Is the Summer Really A Good Time to Look for a Job?
There’s a great myth out there: the summer months are a time to hang up your job search hat and head to the beach. As a former recruiter, I can tell you this could not be further from the truth. Believe it or not, recruiters and hiring managers don’t get the summers off … it is business as usual! Although it may feel like a slower pace, this can be an ideal time to jump into your next adventure. Be intentional and strategic with these vacation filled months to make the most of your job search and ramp up your relaunch process.
Summer is the perfect time to network
Take advantage of these warmer weather months to reconnect with old friends, colleagues and former bosses. Summer is the ideal chance to set up coffee dates or a quick lunch in the park. Schedules are often a little looser and can accommodate a spontaneous get together.
Use this season to update your resume and/or your skill sets. Sign up for a certification or on-line course. Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day. These upcoming months are the perfect chance to scratch things off your “to do” list, research opportunities, practice mock interview questions and move forward with an action filled roadmap toward success.
Slather yourself with self-care
It’s not just about sunscreen! Take a long hike, connect with nature, move your body and exercise. The mind-body connection is integral to your job search and helps with stress reduction and overwhelm. While the weather is nice, use this opportunity to stretch your mind and feed your soul. Listen to a podcast on salary negotiations while walking the dog or practice your interview elevator speech while basking in some extra vitamin D. Maybe even subscribe to the meditation app you’ve been meaning to try for ages … just seize the moment!
Soak in the magic of summer and celebrate… your next job is just around the corner! The present is perfect and the time is now. Just remember, you’ve totally GOT THIS!
Sara Dickison Taylor, ACC, is an iRelaunch coach and President & Founder, Celebrate Life by Design, LLC. A member of the International Coaching Federation, Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College and is also a graduate of the internationally recognized Coach University. As noted above, Sara studied her coaching craft with Dr. Martha Beck, renowned columnist for O Magazine and New York Times bestselling author.