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Top 7 Reasons You Should NOT Take the Summer off

Day Merrill

10 Reasons

The misconception that “nobody hires during the summer” is as common as the bad advice “so you might as well take the summer off.” It may seem counterintuitive, but the opposite is true.

Here’s why you shouldn’t take the summer off, but rather intensify your job search and persist with your networking efforts.

  1. You have a better shot during the summer. Surprise! Statistically, you’re just as likely to find a job during the summer as any other season. In fact, your odds improve since you won’t have as much competition. Since many people believe in the nobody-hires-during-the –summer myth, it’s a perfect time for YOU to be out there.
  2. Summer is a great time to bring new hires on-board. Strong companies want to start the fall with a bang.  Despite what the calendar tells us, many people see September as the start of the year. As a result, companies launch new products, campaigns and initiatives in the fall; summer is the perfect time for you to help them prepare. Also, many companies must spend the money in their budgets if their fiscal year-end is the fall. Therefore, summer time is a great time to hire people who can hit the ground running in the new fiscal year.  You might as well be one of them!
  3. Contract opportunities often open up during the summer to cover for employees taking extended vacation during July and August. And since 40% of contracts eventually lead to full-time employment, this is a great way for you to get known to a new organization as well as get some fresh experience on your résumé.
  4. Interviewing can be extended during the summer due to periodic vacations. Hiring managers are in and out of the office, so you may have to meet multiple times to cover all the players involved in the decision. This is a perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate the key competency of flexibility. Show your positive attitude, patience and persistence.
  5. Employers don’t care what month it is. Hiring isn’t focused on the time of year, rather on the company’s need. Demonstrate your commitment by making yourself available where and when needed. The thought that you will come in on the Friday of a long weekend says a lot about your work ethic. Show your prospective employer that “business as usual” is your operating principle.
  6. Summer is great time to network, whether you’re meeting up with former co-workers at an outdoor patio after work or out for a neighbourhood BBQ. You'll find that people are generally more upbeat out in the sunshine and topics range from vacation plans to workplace activity to what's next in everyone's career. Make sure your former colleagues know they can invite others along and you will open up opportunities to meet new people as well. Also, make sure your friends, family and new acquaintances know who you are, what you do and what you’re looking for. Many a casual Sunday afternoon chat has led to a Tuesday morning office meeting.
  7. The weather tends to make people more relaxed. When you do get in to see someone, they may be more open and generous with their time. Plus, it’s easier to get someone out of their office for a coffee meeting when it’s not freezing cold or snowing!

The misconception that “nobody hires during the summer” is as common as the bad advice “so you might as well take the summer off.” It may seem counterintuitive, but the opposite is true.