Not everyone is on Vacation – the Summer Job Search

It is summer and the market is hopping!

It seems that the summer job market slowdown is a total myth. I have been talking with candidates who have multiple opportunities on the go.  And it’s not just in one vertical – engineering, product development, organizational development and the whole gambit.

If you have been putting off looking for something new because everyone is on vacation, you can keep using it as an excuse, but be aware, it’s really just a way to procrastinate

If you really want to find a new position, do not start by looking at LinkedIn jobs.  That’s right.  Do not start there.

Start with your resume.  Get it up to date with your title, responsibilities, achievements, courses and volunteer stuff.

Then reach out to your references and tell them you might need them in the future.

(This gives you instant allies and a super positive network to draw on for support.

Once those things are done, then you can sit down with the LinkedIn Jobs app and see what’s going on.  Don’t use just LinkedIn.  Check out simplyhired, eluta, your professional association website and higher bracket if you are that way inclined.

Apply directly or network through a friend.  Many companies have referral programs that net $1000 or more for a referred employee who “sticks”.

Find your resume and get the ball rolling.  You could still have a new job for Labour Day.

Fair warning:  next week, I will be writing/ranting about entry level jobs and the interview/selection process they use.  I have two twenty somethings looking for work in my family and they have had atrocious experiences lately.  It makes me embarrassed for the whole world of recruiting.

Let me know if you have any positive or negative experiences to share.

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