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Why Summer Is a Great Time for Your Job Search

Published: July 21, 2017 | Updated: November 10, 2020

Ahhhh, summertime. Time to kick back, relax, hit the beach, and go to a backyard barbeque. Wait! Unless you’re on the hunt for a new job! Don’t let the summer season stall your plans for a new career. Here’s why summer is a great time for your job search:

There’s less competition. You may be tempted to take lots of downtime during the summer, but that’s what your competitors are doing. Don’t be that guy! If you want to beat them out, show up when they don’t. Polish your professional portfolio, scour job postings, fill out applications, and go on interviews. Opt out of flip-flops and get your foot in the door to a new career.

A slower season can offer a more thorough assessment. Hiring tends to slow down in June and July, but ramps up at the end of August and beginning of September. If you’ve got the right stuff, but have never had the chance to prove it, now might be the perfect opportunity. Start the process when those in the position to pass your info up the food chain have some extra time to be really thorough. Impress them and they’ll let the hiring manger know all about you. Are you ready to get to work?

Contract-to-hire positions are available. One way to get a job is to do the job. Many companies have to fill in the void for their vacationing employees with temporary help. Healthcare facilities and other businesses continue to run, no matter the season. Take a temp job and do awesome work. Make connections. Ask about permanent positions. Make sure to observe, listen, and learn. There’s no telling where it could lead.

Summer offers great networking opportunities. Nice weather and low-key events put everyone in a good mood. What a great time to make connections. Practice your elevator pitch so when you meet the right person, you’ll have the right thing to say. Create a business card—you can’t hand out resumes at a beachside bonfire—and use it to share your contact info. And remember to follow up.

If you’re looking for a new career, start with career training at Charter College. We have programs in Business, Health Care, Information Technology, Veterinary Assistant, and some Trades.