Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Summertime Job Search Strategies

Summer is the season when college grads flood the job market. With huge layoffs in progress, many executives are treading those same waters this summer, anxiously peering at the horizon for a sign of lifeboats.

Historically, July and August are not optimum job search months. The number of positions offered executives drops precipitously compared to other times of the year. Vacation schedules interrupt the interviewing and hiring processes. And this year, given the fragile economy, there is no urgency on the part of most companies to hurry up and hire.

If a relaxing summer is not in the cards, there are productive activities you can engage in that will stand you in good stead when the weather cools and the hiring season warms up.

Think fun

1. Entertain. Host parties, dinners and get-togethers. Expand your guest list. Invite new people. Friends of friends. The more the merrier. Informal gatherings can increase your network exponentially when you’re the reason people are enjoying themselves.

2. Social events. Whether you’re sightseeing or poolside, chat up the people around you. You never know who knows who. A pleasant way to expand your network.

3. Business breakfasts, lunches and dinners. You have a better chance of generating information and leads from your contacts in the summertime when fewer people are vying for their time.

4. Professional/industry conferences. Scope out the fall programs and schedule yourself in for those that can enhance your career. Many have a limit on attendees, so early registration is to your advantage.

5. Your 30-second “pitch” for voice mail. Chances are about 100% that any phone call you initiate will be responded to with a request to leave a message. Make it the best message possible and follow up with an interesting email.

Be opportunistic

There’s less competition in the summer. As others withdraw from the market, those who stay have an increased chance of success.

So, while the hot weather slows down your job search, it also provides the opportunity to warm up your future prospects.

1 comment:

rjb410 said...

Informal works best every time. A few years ago I was talking to the couple sitting next to me at a restaurant. The woman turned out to be well positioned in the company I now work for and that friendly conversation was what got me in the door.

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