Summer Grind: 3 Facts You Need to Kick off Your Summer Job Search

I have to admit – there is a part of me that loves fall, winter, spring, and summer! Yet, there is just something about summer that is especially rousing! Everything about summer can motivate you to work hard, play harder, and go for the things you want. Maybe it’s seeing everything in full bloom that reminds us what we want in life. When we take vacations, mingle at day parties, or lounge on the beach, we get a taste of the finer things in life – and how much we want them!

Enter the summer job search. Depending on your industry, summer could be a peak season for hiring. On the other hand, it could introduce a slight lull in the recruiting world. Whatever the case, it is important to kick your job search into overdrive this summer. Most people get so swept up in summer fun that they forget about the summer grind. In fact, during the summer months, we see swimming pools fill up while the talent pool becomes a little less crowded. Dive in for 3 facts you need to kick off your summer job search!

1. Most jobs are never even posted.

Many people claim to know this but are not willing to do what it takes to overcome it. If you know that most jobs are “hidden”, why are you still relying solely on online job ads to move your career forward? As the saying goes,’ If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done’. Get social this summer. Talk to people outside of your circle. Get invited to stuff and be prepared to network. Finding the “hidden” jobs starts with making connections with people.  

2. At the end of March 2018, there were 6.6 million job openings in the U.S.

And all you need is one! Now, of course, the number of job openings will vary depending on several factors, including your location. Metro areas are more likely to have a surplus of jobs while opportunities in rural areas seem to be scarce. However, with more than 6 million jobs available, you can snag the right one with just a little (okay, a lot) of effort this summer.

3. Your resume gets less than 10 seconds.

That’s right. That resume that you pored over for hours only gets about 10 seconds of face time before an employer decides whether you will move forward. Not to mention, hiring managers are human like everyone else. At the official start of summer on June 21st, employers may be juggling your resume review with thoughts of weekend plans, beach parties, and company luaus. During the summer months, it is even more critical to stand out to employers and maximize your 10-second window. Once summer winds down and you are heading to your new gig, you’ll be glad you did.

Resources Used:

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.nr0.htm