By Robert Francos.
Oh sweet, sweet summertime. Chances are, it’s a time of year when your social schedule is packed. But your professional life? An office is quieter than usual, thanks to the various vacations workers have planned. To-do lists gets abandoned a little early on Friday afternoon in favor of escaping the desk and enjoying the weather.
For reasons just like those, many people operate with the assumption that summer is an awful time to job search—they think that companies put a pause on hiring for those warmer months.
But is that actually true? Should you put your hunt for a new position on hold until the fall rolls around?
Jennifer Faris, a Senior Recruiter with Vanguard, answered those questions, and debunked some of those common myths you have heard about job searching during the summer.
Does Hiring Really Slow Down in the Summer? The short answer: Absolutely not.
“The truth is that recruiters and hiring managers do not get their summers off, and companies do not stop their operations,” explains Faris, “Summer is a great time for a job search.”
While Faris admits that there are a few positions that follow a specific recruiting cycle that will cause certain months to be more fruitful than others, that doesn’t mean that you should plan to abandon your job hunt until fall rolls around.
So right now is as good of time as any to continue looking for your next role. In fact, if the following reasons are any evidence, this could actually be the best time to keep your search moving.
There’s Less Competition
Just think: If everybody automatically assumes it’s an awful time to apply for an open position, you will have fewer people tossing their hats into the ring during that time. And, when standing out from the sea of competition can be a huge challenge to overcome, the fewer resumes you have in that pile, the better your chances will be!
In reality, 10 years of hiring data indicated that one of the best months to apply for a job is June—a summer month. So, go ahead and keep tailoring your resume and polishing your cover letter—even when you think everyone else is taking a break. While they’re planning their next vacation, you’ll be planning your next career move.
Hiring Managers Are Often Less Busy
Yes, you are bound to encounter a few out-of-office emails from hiring managers. But, during their normal working hours? They’re often less busy—leaving them more time to sort through applicants.
“Many candidates can benefit from summer hiring, as the hiring managers they are meeting with are not heavily involved in year-end related projects or tax season,” shares Faris.
The less that hiring manager has on their plate means the more time and attention they can give to filling any open positions—meaning your application stands a better chance of being reviewed somewhat promptly (rather than being consistently pushed to the back burner).
Networking Contacts Are More Willing to Meet
From informational interviews to informal coffee chats, your network will be a huge asset to you when you’re job searching. The good news? People are often looking for any sort of excuse to get out of the office during the summer—especially in August, when everything feels extra slow.
So your request to get together with a new acquaintance or an old colleague will feel less like a burden or a hassle and more like a welcomed opportunity—which means you will have a much easier time forging some relationships and expanding your web of professional connections.
Think summer is a notoriously slow time to find a new job? Think again. Even the experts say it’s as good of time as any to continue your search.
“Hiring managers are looking for top talent now,” concludes Faris, “If they have any opening, they do not wait to hire.”
So rather than taking a hiatus, continue to dedicate yourself to the process, YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre can help so that your career can heat up right along with the weather.
YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre can assist job seekers to make connections to employers. Should you have any questions about resumes, how to prepare for an active job search, or how to answer those difficult interview questions, join the Job Search Program today. You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 306-986-2873.
You can view the full original article by Kat Boogaard, on The Muse, at: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-reasons-summers-actually-the-best-time-to-job-search