Conventional Wisdom holds job seekers should wait until the fall to begin their job search. It is commonly assumed summer is a bad time to search for jobs, as companies often work at a slower pace due to more vacations and nice weather. Due to the relaxed nature of businesses during the summer, people are often discouraged from searching for jobs in fear it might be an exercise in futility.
Contrary to popular belief companies do not cut back on hiring during the summer months. Most companies actually hire for openings at the same pace, if not a faster. While it might be more difficult to schedule interviews around vacations during this time of year, there are many benefits to starting your job search in the summer.
As more people go on vacation, contract/temporary work typically becomes available in the summer. This presents a great opportunity, as many temporary positions can turn into permanent jobs in the future.
Another perk of searching in the summer is you can stay ahead of the pack and beat the rush. Since many people still buy into the summer slowdown myth, there is less competition in the summer than in the fall.
The summer is also a great time to expand your network. Summer is a more social time, so take advantage of in person networking opportunities such as parties, neighborhood events, conferences, and sporting events.
Despite the extended interview process, you should take full advantage of the unique opportunities presented in the summer time. Though you should still be encouraged to apply for jobs during the rest of the year, don’t be deterred from continuing your search in the summer. If you are unemployed or looking for a new job, there is never a bad time to pursue the next opportunity. Although it can sound appealing to take the summer off, you will thank yourself when your hard work pays off.
Written by: Andrew Shlafmitz