Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, but if you’re in need of a new job, “easy” might be the last word that comes to mind.
However, there are many good reasons why you should be looking for a new job in summer.
Although there are a handful of jobs and industries with a hiring cycle that doesn’t include a great deal of summer hiring, hiring personnel do not get summers off, and businesses do not pause their operations. Hence, summer is a solid time to try to find your next position.
In fact, the following three reasons show why summer is actually one of the best times to search for a new job.
1) Less Competition for Positions
Summer tends to be a busy time in the personal lives of most people. Parents may have to contend with their kids being out of school and even those without children are more likely to be active in order to take advantage of good weather. Contacts overseas often take advantage of mandatory vacation and disappear for weeks at a time.
The result of all this personal activity is a drop-off in professional activity, including job searching. If you are looking for a job in the summer, you’re up against less competition than you would be if you waited until fall.
Because of the lack of candidates, many companies are more prepared to take a look at underqualified candidates with the ability to learn on the job. When there are more candidates on the market, there is more of a desire to find candidates with the ideal level of experience and abilities.
Finally, people tend to think summer is a bad time to job hunt. So, if this is the prevailing sentiment, you’ll have less job seekers vying for attention from employers.
2) Better Networking Climate
In the summer, you’ll have an easier time building up solid relationships and expanding your professional network.
Business can be a bit slow this time of year, and people are typically trying to find any kind of excuse to get away from the office. This means a request to meet with a new network connection or an old colleague will feel more like an opportunity than an obligation.
Also, with so many summer social events on the calendar, there are tons of things to attend – and slip in a bit of networking.
3) More Attentive Hiring Managers
Because business slows down in the summer for many companies, hiring managers often have less on their plate. For job seekers, this means a better chance of grabbing hiring managers’ attention. This also means more time to scrutinize resumes, cover letters and interview performances.
Let Us Help With Your Summer Job Hunt
At ZDA, we help job seekers find career opportunities year-round, including during the summer months. If you’re looking to conduct a summer job search, please contact our supply chain recruiters today.