Use Summer Downtime as Your Job Search Advantage

Thoughts of summer typically conjures up visions of sunshine, swimming, hikes and vacations with family and/or friends.   I hope your summer meets all of these expectations.  Once we get into mid-July we start thinking of the ‘dog-days’ of summer.  For many that gives way to a more relaxed environment at work and home, but for those of you considering a career change, or getting your career started, the summer months are prime time to prepare for your job search.

man-and-skyline Summer is not a peak hiring time – anywhere.   It tends to be when corporate America takes vacation time.  Work environments typically go into maintenance mode, rather than expansion mode.   Even as the economy improves and unemployment drops, national employment figures have remained consistent from June through September in each of the previous three years.

However, job openings as of June 2015 are at 5.4 million in the U.S., which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports is the highest total since it began tracking openings in December 2000. This is great news for anyone preparing to start their career this fall.

My advice to recent graduates and career changers – ‘enjoy the summer’ (It’s my favorite time of year), and use it to be prepared for your fall hire.  Here are some things you can do in your down time this summer to be properly prepared for a fall hire:

1 – explore your true strengths, discover what success really means to you.  Consider an online training program to prepare your career and success mindset.  Prepare yourself with your go-to response to “So you’ve graduated, now what?” … Through this online training you will get everyone networking for you this summer.

2 – retool your resume and cover letter. (check out these amazing cover letter tips)

3 – make sure your LinkedIn Profile is up to date and professional looking. (you are welcomed to check out my LinkedIn Profile)

4 – practice your interview skills.  Prepare your ‘stories’ or ‘examples’ to answer the basic Behavioral interview Questions.

5 – reconnect with your references and personal network.

6 – if you are considering a career in business, how about updating your Excel spreadsheet skills?  Or advance your skills in some other technical area.

7 – something that helps you from a personal development perspective. How about free career search training … I would welcome the opportunity to be your Virtual Career Coach for the next 2 weeks – all of my programs are 100% online, and my career-starter program is a FREE 2 week Career Clarity Challenge.

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If you accept this challenge, for the next two weeks I will stay in touch with you daily, keeping your focus on your job search.   You will get my FREE Career Clarity Challenge Toolkit right now, then every day for the next two weeks you will get an email from me with something inspirational or some type of action related to your job search – all free, only your email (no credit cards or payment required).  Click Here to get your FREE copy of my Career Clarity Challenge Toolkit today!   This is a great way to use your summer down time and to be prepared to be hired this fall in a job you will love!

Most of all, enjoy your summer.  If you are in-between careers right now it may be difficult to think about enjoying the time off, but take it from me, your full-time career opportunity will come. Enjoy the time you have off now.  Use some of your time to properly prepare for your next employment opportunity, but also allow yourself some guilt-free time to enjoy the summer and time off with family and friends.  If you do a little planning (on the rainy or cloudy days), you can equally enjoy some well-deserved time off.  After all, summers are too short – enjoy while you can!  Fall will soon be here and you will soon be working full time!  Cheers!!



Deborah Clarke, is a personal and career development authority expert serving university and college educated job seekers and entrepreneurs.

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