4 Reasons Why Summer is the Best Time to Find a New Job
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Why Your Job Hunt Shouldn't Stop in Summer
There is a common misconception that summer is a slow season for job seekers. As such, many potential candidates could be missing out on their ideal position, simply because they don’t think it’s worth applying.
In fact, summer is a fantastic time for proactive job seekers to find a job, and here’s why:
1. There’s Less Competition
Although some industries and companies will have recruitment cycles, many look to fill job vacancies throughout the year.
The myth about summer job seeking being largely pointless is a prevailing one. You may, therefore, find that many job seekers effectively drop out of the race during the summer months.
This, in turn, means that there is less competition for advertised positions, even jobs which would be highly sought after at other times of the year.
It’s simple maths, if less people apply for the job you want, your chances of, at the very least, securing an interview automatically rise.
In addition, applying for a job during your busy social summer shows that you are keen and proactive, both qualities that recruiters and hiring managers are looking for.
2. Work Slows Down
This may sound counterproductive, after all, if the work has slowed down, why would companies be hiring?
However, it actually can work in your favour.
Not only are you likely to be able to take time off from your current job for applications and interviews, but hiring managers often have more time to take a look at CVs. For example, they may look at a speculative application that they wouldn’t normally have time to digest.
Businesses also use this time to get all their ducks in a row and hire in preparation for upcoming busy periods.
If you get the job, you’ll likely have an easier transition too, as there will be more time to get to grips with your job role before your workload increases.
3. Networking Opportunities
Warmer weather and light nights put most of us in a better mood. We become more sociable, and more likely to attend events or meetings we would try to avoid in the winter.
There is a wealth of summer networking opportunities, often in more creative or relaxed settings, such as city walks or informal chats over coffee.
This is a great way to make contacts and get to know potential employers outside of formal interviews.
You may also hear about job roles which have not yet been officially advertised.
4. Less Job Anxiety
Whilst its true that the slower summer season can help your job application stand out, it can also increase the duration of the application process.
Applying for a job can be a marathon or a sprint, depending on the company, job role, and, yes, the season.
The hiring manager may have more time to review your application, due to having less CVs sitting in their inbox, but they may also take a holiday after the process has started, leaving you to wonder whether or not you will ever hear back.
However, you are likely to have a busy social calendar with holidays and events to take your mind off any job anxiety you may be feeling.
You’re likely to be happier, and more relaxed overall, which can also help if you get nervous in interviews.
This positive attitude will also come across at any networking events you attend, leading hiring managers to believe you would be pleasant to work with. Remember, no matter how qualified you might be, nobody wants to hire someone who seems miserable or disinterested.
So, there you have it, 4 reasons not to abandon your job search during the summer months.
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