It’s summertime, and while you might be tempted to hold off your job search for some fun in the sun, don’t give up hope just yet. The most important time to look may be right now. Businesses hire year-round, and you need to be ready.
Stay home ... for a little while
While others are surfing the waves, surf the Web. Start by reviewing your job search plan and writing out desired job titles and companies you’d like to work for. Jot down the type of company culture you’d fit in best. Once you do the research, the fun can begin.
Go to the beach
Instead of bringing your boogie board and a good book, take your netbook and soak up some rays while making tweaks and updates to your resume. Don’t rely on a one-size-fits-all resume — create a second or third resume that speaks to a specific type of job. The same can be said for your cover letter. Though it may not seem so, a beach setting might be the best place to help you open up your mind and get the creative juices flowing.
Enjoy the barbecues
The family barbecue is the perfect place to practice your elevator pitch. Be ready to provide a 20-second overview of who you are professionally and the type of work perfect for you. Have more than one pitch ready if you are looking for different types of jobs. You never know who you might run into while enjoying a hot dog and a cold beer.
Pack your job search along with your swimsuit as you head out for parts unknown. Don’t just research the top restaurants and hot spots in the area; find out what companies might be hiring nearby. And resorts don’t have rules that prohibit networking while on vacation. As you meet people, you’ll likely have an opportunity to network. Mix hard work into the fun and you might walk away with a great job.
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