The last few weeks of summer are upon us.
Surely you deserve to take some time off from your intensive job hunting efforts, to rest and refocus.
Yes, you do. But don’t lose momentum and miss opportunities by lounging too long.
Now is the time to get your foot in the door and make some connections, while others are out sunning and catching waves, and trying to forget about job search.
Competition is less intense. Fewer people will be jockeying to get the attention of hiring decision makers at your target companies. These key people will probably have more free time to speak with you because their staffs will be taking vacations and their schedules will be lighter.
Make those calls to employers, recruiters and other hiring decision makers. You’ll be surprised by how many are “in the office” and available most of the summer. They have jobs to fill and they’ll be sourcing good-fit candidates to slide into them.
Your network will probably be more available, too. This is the time to do some more relaxed in-person networking – playing golf, informal lunches on the patio, etc. People have more time right now to accept such invitations.
And take the time to connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social networks, too. If you’ve been struggling with these new tools, now could be the perfect time to learn how to best use them.
photo by Klearchos Kapoutsis