Summer can be a difficult time for job-hunting, according to a recent survey by TheLadders, a website which matches its members with jobs. The survey, which reached out to over 200 of the site's members, found that more than 60 percent of job seekers said finding a job during the summer months was more difficult.
"Chronicling job-seeker behavior throughout the year, we see spikes in January, likely due to New Year’s resolutions and disappointing holiday bonuses, and again in September when kids go back to school," Amanda Augustine, job search expert for TheLadders, said in a statement.
Additionally, almost half of respondents found job-seeking to be more competitive during the summer. Job seekers also believe overwhelmingly that they face unresponsive employers. Nearly three-quarters of respondents believed that employers were less responsive during the summer.
With many employers taking summer vacations, Augustine acknowledges that it may take longer to get a response. She encourages people to persist through the summer months, however. "Summer is a fantastic time to jumpstart your job-search efforts because your application will have less competition, plus it offers numerous social events for networking and fine-tuning your elevator pitch," said Augustine.
Check out Augustine’s tips below to help prepare you for success.
A recent study conducted by TheLadders reports that recruiters spend just six seconds reviewing a resume before making an initial decision. With a professionally written resume, candidates are 40 percent more likely to land the job they want.
Perfect Your Personal Brand
An online presence speaks volumes to potential employers. Increase the security settings on all personal profiles to keep information and photos private, and update professional profiles to align with one's current resume.
Party With A Purpose
Summertime is a social time. Take advantage of barbecues, baseball games and beach parties to expand professional networks. Carry business cards at all times, and practice an elevator pitch with fellow guests
Quench Their Thirst
Workloads tend to be lighter during the summer, making it a perfect time to invite industry associates for iced coffee. Use the time to pick their brains and get a pulse on their companies and the industry, overall.
Set Summer Hours
Although children are on summer vacation, there is no break from the job search. Setting summer hours means allocating time for opportunistic outreach, and maintaining that schedule.