Summer: One of the best times to find a job
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Since we were in school, summer has been associated with vacations, lazy days and a small break from life. Because of this association, people often forget that's not how it works in the real world. While workers do take vacations during the summer months, most people are only allowed a few weeks of vacation time. The rest of the summer is business as usual, as employers gear up for the busy fall and winter.
"If a company has an immediate need for someone, they'll fill the position now instead of waiting until the fall," says Eileen Javers, global leader of transition practices for Right Management, a provider of integrated consulting solutions for employment. If you wait, you'll miss out on these jobs, as well as on the chances of getting ahead of the rest to be considered for interviews in the fall, she adds.
Javers offers this advice for job-hunting this summer: Do at least one proactive thing per day, such as calling an old teacher or coach for a networking meeting. Use the time others consider 'down time' to sharpen your job-search skills. Search and apply to jobs to get ahead of the competition. Refine your interviewing skills by practicing in front of a video camera. Network with people you meet on vacation and at summertime activities like picnics, barbecues and beach parties.