Is the summertime a good time to search for a job or do employers back off on hiring?
The summer is a great time to job search, and it may give you an edge over others who take the summer off. Also, with online application systems facilitating hiring, the hiring process is working even when the hiring managers are not.
So, how do employers decide to start hiring and what are they looking for in a candidate?
Many firms develop staffing plans at a high level within an organization. Once they agree to execute that plan, it becomes a matter of supply and demand.
In terms of what they are looking for, probably the most desirable attribute will be some exposure to technology or business processes that the employer uses. A healthy can-do and customer service oriented attitude will always generate interest.
Below are some tips for keeping your job search going during the summer:
- Do not take the summer off, and do not presume that everyone is “off” because it is the summer. Hiring managers and decision makers are generally still plugged in and engaged.
- Update your social media profile (including Linked In and Facebook).
- Strongly Consider Internships, Temporary Assignments and Volunteer Opportunities.
- Network and have face to face meetings.
- Set realistic goals for yourself and be open to entry level work.
It’s also important for job seekers to keep up on the latest trends in the industry they are looking to work in.
Watch the video below for more help with your summer job search: