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New York City, NY, United States, 2006/06/14 - Typically, the average job-hunter ceases to look for employment during the Summer months. “Nothing’s going to get done until September anyway” - FiveOclockClub.com.
Next to the Holidays, summer is often looked upon as the second-worst time to find a job. The usual refrain is, “Nothing’s going to happen until September.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many, many reasons to look for a job during the summer; Bayer lists the major ones:
1. September is the second highest hiring month of the year. Most companies are relaxed and start to think about fall budgets in August, which results in September being a stellar hiring month. Many hired in September gained early consideration by searching in the summer. Hiring managers do not wait until September to plan next year’s budget and to hire new employees—they are planning ahead.
2. Competition among job hunters is minimal. Other, less-savvy job hunters retire from the battle and leave the field wide open. Thousands of people who ought to be out there interviewing decide to kick back and coast through the summer—they think no one is hiring, contrary to what’s actually happening. Of course, it’s not true that everyone stops job hunting, but this does make it easier for you. The last thing you want to hear at the end of a terrific interview is, “We have five more candidates to see.” “The Five O'Clock Club focuses on strategies to outclass the competition—and this is a lot easier if there aren’t as many people in the race. You’ll rarely have the field all to yourself, but during the summer it will be a lot less crowded,” notes Bayer.
3. Business keeps going during the summer—that is, hiring managers do read résumés that land on their desks, even if they do not plan to start hiring until later in the year. Business does not hibernate during the summer months.
4. Hiring managers have more respect and give greater consideration to those who consider getting a job a top priority—that is, those who do not slack off during the summer, no matter what is happening in companies and the job market.
5. You may be able to fill in for someone who is on vacation during July and August—this is especially true for those who are art directors, assistants to executives and other professionals, healthcare workers (such as dental hygienists) as well as those in other positions in which a skill can be transferred from one place to another. For example, many magazines print their fall issues during the late summer and, if you are an art director, you can help with the final makeup while the full-time art director is on vacation.
There are three advantages to this kind of summer work:
(1) you can get paid much more than you would for a regular temp job; (2) you may be able to work for one company all summer, filling in for people in various departments or publications; or find numerous, shorter assignments with different employers; and (3) this can lead to permanent work later on.
Concludes Bayer, “Keep searching—don’t lose your momentum. Starting up again is more difficult than maintaining your pace. And you just might find your ideal work situation, while other job hunters are working on their tans!”