|Summer Is A Good Time To Conduct Job Search
Many job-seekers incorrectly assume that summer is a bad time to look for a job, putting it off until the fall. However, summer is actually a good time to search for employment, according to Right Management, a leading global provider of integrated consulting solutions across the employment lifecycle.
A common myth is that most people are away on vacation during the summer months. Actually, most people are only allotted a few weeks of vacation time, and conduct business as usual, gearing 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,” said Eileen Javers, Global Leader of Right Management’s Transition practice. “Procrastination can cause job-seekers to miss out on these prospective jobs, as well as in being ahead of the rest to be considered for interviews in the fall.”
Job-hunters may find it easier to arrange networking meetings during the slower business climate. “More than 70 percent of job openings are in the ’hidden job market,’ and are uncovered mainly through personal contacts, introductions, and referrals,” said Javers. “Face-to-face networking remains the most effective job-search method.”
“Summertime activities such as picnics, barbecues, and beach parties are great networking occasions. Job-seekers should also network with people they meet while on vacation, and consider planning trips to places where they may want to relocate,” said Javers.
Job-seekers should try to do at least one proactive thing per day during the summer, added Javers. “Call someone for a networking meeting who isn't in the mainstream of your discipline – for example, an old teacher, a coach, or your dentist. Try sharpening your interviewing skills by practicing in front of a video camera. Use the time other people consider ‘down time’ to refine your job-search skills, get ahead of the competition, and be better positioned for any suitable openings that occur now and in the near future.”
About Right Management
Right Management (www.right.com) is a leading global provider of integrated consulting solutions across the employment lifecycle. Right Management helps clients maximize the return on their human capital investments while assisting individuals to achieve their full potential.
Right Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manpower, Inc. (NYSE:MAN), a world leader in the employment services industry, creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the changing world of work.