There is a persistent myth that there’s not much point to looking for a job during the summer, since everyone is on vacation and all the students on break have taken the available jobs anyway. This is a lot like the idea that there’s no point in looking for a job in December, since everyone has mentally checked out prior to the Christmas season and won’t be hiring until after the start of the new year (another job search myth!)
I won’t argue that there are certain times of year that are slower than others, hiring-wise. And we all know that it can be hard to get a reply from people at any time of year. But saying that you’re going to put a job search on hold because of the time of year assumes that control over the search is in the hands of other people. YOU are the person running the show (whether it feels that way or not). Your actions, effort, and focus determine the success of your job search more than any other factor, including the vacation schedule of the Human Resources department.
It can be comforting to think that other people are in charge of our careers – after all, life would certainly be a lot simpler if we didn’t have so many choices. What would it be like to have someone else choose your clothes, pick your meals, and tell you what you were going to do every day? It might feel like a welcome break from decision-making at first, but it would probably wear on you pretty quickly. When you have the freedom to make choices about those things, you can explore different options, change your mind, re-prioritize, and put in as much or as little time as you want. Your job search is no different . There are a lot of things we can’t control – the economy, the competition for a particular job, an employer’s timeline for hiring – but the outcome of your job search doesn’t have to be one of them.
If you’re looking for advice on how to get started, stay tuned: all this month we’ll be talking about how to make the most of these long summer days, including a workshop later this month on Career Action Planning.