Job Search During the Summer?

Man with umbrella on beachIn the months leading up to summer vacation time, I hear many of my clients say, “I think that I’ll take it easy on the job search during the summer. People are on vacation, it’s harder to reach employers, etc….”. I would like to argue that while the hiring process can take longer in the summertime, summer is an opportune time to kick your job search strategy into gear! For a few reasons:

1) Companies DO hire during the summer! I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that in the past week I’ve talked to two different individuals who have both found significant jobs during the summertime – and not summer jobs. Many organizations are “tooling up” during the summer so that they can hit the floor in full force during September after vacation time is over. This means that if these organizations need to hire, they would be hiring… during the summer! Hmmmmm!

2) There are fewer job seekers during the summer. Over the years I have encountered enough job seekers who have wanted to stop or ramp down their job search during the summertime that I believe I have an ample sample size for this conclusion: there are fewer job seekers out there who are actively searching during the summer. What this means to the avid job seeker is that there is less competition!

3) Networking is ideal during the summer. One mantra of most every career professional is, “Networking is the best way to find a job”. What a better time to network than over a Venti Skinny Iced Caramel Macchiato? (Baristas out there, did I get that order right?)  When I say the word “networking”, the vast majority of my clients succumb to an expression of fear and intimidation. While many fear the idea of networking, networking is NOT the same as “smoozing”. The idea of smoozing causes ME to succumb to an expression of fear and intimidation! I teach my clients how two break networking down into simple, easy steps. A simplified version of my steps: 1) Identify your specific need or questions; 2) Make a list of your friends, family and colleagues who can potentially help you or introduce you to those who can help you; 3) Call in order of “safest” (those closest to you) to the least safest (those you don’t know as well). By ordering your calls this way, you will gain confidence and momentum as you work through your list. If you need some inspiration, I’d recommend reading “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. And while you’re at it, treat your friend to a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino and see if that doesn’t get you somewhere.

It is natural and important to take some time to enjoy the summertime, but PLEASE don’t stop your job search. The summer represents a time to look for opportunities when the picking is ripe, there is less competition and the networking can be more relaxed and enjoyable.


Kevin SchaferKevin Schafer is a Career & Leadership Coach, Principle at Cardinal Career Management Services, and an Ambassador with Career Professionals of Canada. He has 16 years experience in High Tech and 10 years experience in the Career Development field. Kevin has worked with over 500 clients and facilitates workshops for various job search topics.





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