Contrary to popular belief, summertime can actually be a season of opportunity for job seekers. It’s all about how you look at the big picture.
Most people think that businesses slow down during the summer and therefore do not hire new employees. This is not always the case, and if you can change your perspective on the situation, summer can actually be a good time to get into a new job.
Just because the weather changes does not mean that companies stop hiring. The focus for many during the summer months is not on work but on vacation and relaxation, so people tend to think that businesses kind of fall off track as well. While most job seekers out there are moping around because they believe they are in the middle of the summer doldrums, the ones in the know are scooping up all the good jobs.
Summer is an excellent period for temporary or contract positions. Many workers go on extended vacations or take leaves of absence during the summertime, but the work still needs to be done. This creates jobs for candidates willing to work temporarily.
A temporary position may not sound like a golden opportunity, but it’s a foot in the door. Once you get in somewhere, there is usually room for advancement. You never know when that company is going to be hiring for a permanent position, and it’s always good to promote from within. Before you pass up a temporary position, think about the opportunities that may pop up in the near future.
Because many people like to take time off during the summer, this creates an ideal environment for moving into a new position. There are fewer people around the office, making it easier for you to get to know the other employees and make a name for yourself at your new job. Without as many employees shuffling around the office, it will be a better situation for you to stake your claim.
Summertime is the ideal season for networking as well. Because of the warm weather, long days, and plenty of sunshine, people are out and about more so than the rest of the year. There are plenty of social gatherings and situations in which people are conversing and meeting each other.
To be an effective job seeker, you should look at every get-together or causal chat as an opportunity to network. It’s very easy to work into the conversation that you are looking for a job. It’s natural for people to talk about what they do for a living, and maybe someone you have not met yet knows of an opening.
So, before you give up on your job search this summer, maybe you just need to change the way you are looking at the big picture. Opportunity exists in every situation if you look at it the right way.