Maybe you were recently laid off and, besides dealing with all the emotional upheaval, you’re worried that summer is the worst time of year to look for a new job. So you’ve decide not to work too hard at it. You’ll lick your wounds for now and dive in this fall.
Or, maybe you’ve been job hunting for a while and figure you’re entitled to take a few weeks off, because no one hires in the summer anyway.
But, just as it happened last summer, companies ARE hiring. They’re not putting the brakes on, so neither should you.
According to a recent article by Joseph Daniel McCool of ExecuNet:
“Two leading indicators of projected executive job market expansion — a monthly forecast of management-level job creation and a separate reading on recruiter confidence — suggest continued hiring activity through the summer and fall. Recruiters expect 80 percent of employers to recruit for new management roles or trade up with new hires for existing roles.”
Now is the time to get your foot in the door and make some connections, while others are out sunning and catching waves, and trying to forget about job search.
Competition is less intense. Fewer people will be jockeying to get the attention of hiring decision makers at your target companies. These key people will probably have more free time to speak with you because their staffs will be taking vacations and their schedules will be lighter.
Make those calls to employers, recruiters and other hiring decision makers. You’ll be surprised by how many are “in the office” and available most of the summer. They have jobs to fill and they’ll be sourcing good-fit candidates to slide into them.
Your network will probably be more available, too. This is the time to do some more relaxed in-person networking – playing golf, informal lunches on the patio, etc. People have more time right now to accept such invitations.
And take the time to connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social networks, too. If you’ve been struggling with these new tools, now could be the perfect time to learn how to best use them.
But it’s okay to relax and recharge a bit, too. Plan out goals for each day. Once you’ve met them, take the rest of the day off. And give yourself permission to take weekends off.
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