- Last Updated: 12:04 AM, July 2, 2012
- Posted: 11:38 PM, June 30, 2012
This summer, soak up some opportunity.
The sunny season is a boon both to recent graduates seeking their first position and those looking to advance their careers, according to Ford R. Myers, author of “Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.”
While many view the warm-weather months as an invitation to kick back and relax, enterprising young grads can use the season to boost their job prospects, taking advantage of friendlier attitudes and open office doors to make new professional connections.
“In the summertime, people are more receptive and open to networking,” says Myers. “They also seem to be a bit more generous in spirit, so they might take the time to call someone for you or make an introduction.”
While 64 percent of Americans plan on taking a vacation this summer, according to the US Travel Association, the idea that the working world grinds to a halt when the temperature begins to climb is based on a childhood notion of summer — a misconception that can prove beneficial to those who decide to amp up their job search despite signs telling them to hold off until fall.
“If everybody else isn’t going to do anything in the summer, then it opens up a huge opportunity for you if you’re the one person out there really pounding the pavement,” Myers says.
In addition to volunteering as a way of connecting with potential employers, the career expert suggests job seekers take the time to get organized by creating a target-company list, beefing up their online presence and performing an “internal career audit” — an assessment of where they’ve been professionally and a road map for getting where they want to go.
“Clarity is power,” says Myers. “It’s not about casting a wide net and taking anything that comes along. The job-search campaign is about being laser-focused on exactly what you want, where you belong and what you can offer.”
For those set on staking out a new career, summer presents a golden opportunity to evaluate skill sets and investigate possible positions.
Myers recommends writing out personal success stories to identify strengths, along with a 15-second “positioning statement” that highlights achievements.