SUMMER JOB SEARCH BLUES
Got the summer blues when it comes to looking for work? Wish you were on vacation, not figuring out how to get to the decision makers who can hire you? If yes, you’ve got lots of company. Job search is rarely anyone’s favorite activity, but instead of letting the summer get you down, why not take advantage of it?
First of all, as you reach out to people in your network, they tend to be a bit less busy, so have time to help you. Secondly, smart companies are gearing up for the fall. Third, there are lots of family and community activities in the summer so it’s easy to get together with others. Here are a few tips to help you:
- Plan an adventure that doesn’t cost much. Maybe it’s a trip to a park or national forest, or to a local beach. Give yourself time to enjoy what summer has to offer.
- Get off your computer and get outside. Take a walk, ride your bike, swim–and if possible do it with a friend. This gets you exercising and gives you much needed social time.
- Make a list of ten places where you’d love to work. See if you know anyone at any of these organizations–through LinkedIn, your personal network, friends, neighbors, family. That contact should be able to help you determine the best way to approach the hiring manager.
- Take classes at your local Department of Labor/Workforce Alliance office. Where I live in Connecticut, there are many wonderful, free classes that help job seekers succeed.
Let me know what works for you, and be a smart job seeker and keep at it during the summer. You’ll get there!