As you anticipate the lazy, hazy days of summer, that usual discipline and focus with which you approach your job search may begin to wax and wane. But despite the mellower mood, resist the urge to play hooky from your job search this season. Take a prolonged vacation from it, and you’ll miss out on what could be one of the most productive times of the year to take the next step in your career.
Just because business slows down and people go on vacation doesn’t mean that all will be quiet on the job front over the summer. In reality, these next few months can be an extremely busy time for successful job searchers, so here are a few tips for making the most of this time.
The single most important thing any job searcher can do is networking. This can be easier to do in the summer when people have a bit more flexibility in their schedules, or at least a more relaxed attitude. Identify the target companies on your list. Use your alumni database, LinkedIn, former colleagues, etc. to identify contacts in those target companies. Request an informational interview to learn more about the company, but do not ask for a job. Rather, ask how the company hires, what skills are required for success, and how the function you are interested in fits in that organization.
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