Now that the fireworks have exploded, the parades have wound down, and the picnic basket is back on the shelf, it’s time to put your job search on hold, relax in the hammock and start sipping those mint juleps, right? Not necessarily.
Even though you’re looking for work, you may have decided to take the summer off—or, at least, reduce your job search schedule. After all, people in your network are on vacation, new contacts are hard to come by, and it’s difficult to get appointments with key people you’d like to speak with. Rather than spin your wheels, you’d rather wait until fall when people return from their trips and business starts gearing up again.
However, if you make that decision, you’d be misguided. Despite the above realities, summer can be one of the most productive times people can look for work. And, as a jobseeker over fifty, you’ll want to make certain to make the most of every advantage.
There are two main reasons summer can be so productive:
#1 Your competition levels drop.Many people choose the hammock over the networking meeting so there aren’t as many active applicants during the summer months.
#2 Your networking is more productive.Although it’s true people are more difficult to reach, your meetings are likely to pay off in a big way. Early fall is one of the strongest hiring periods of the year because new projects are put in place after the summer slowdown. Therefore, the more people you connect with during the summer, the more likely you are to be the one called in for an interview.
So make the most of this special time! I invite you to check out Land the Job You Love: 10 Surefire Strategies for Jobseekers Over 50. Drawing on my twenty years experience counseling midlife jobseekers, the book gives older applicants the insider techniques they need to turn their age into their advantage. You’ll learn how to:
- Emphasize your special skills to set yourself apart from the competition
- Use the best resume format to highlight your experience as an older applicant
- Move your search forward and get in front of key decision makers
- Ensure you make a dynamic first impression, ace the interview, and much, much more
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