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Navigating The Summer Job Market

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Navigating The Summer Job Market

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Summary:
Most people believe summer is the worst time to conduct a job search.
Between college students and high school students eating up the market,
vacations, lagging budgets, etc. hiring would seem to lag during the
summer making it a bad time to conduct a job search. In reality, summer
is a very good time to job hunt. Here are some tips to make your summer-
time job search more effective:

Spiff up your telephone skills. With people on vacation, you will be
receiving more voice ...


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Article Body:
Most people believe summer is the worst time to conduct a job search.
Between college students and high school students eating up the market,
vacations, lagging budgets, etc. hiring would seem to lag during the
summer making it a bad time to conduct a job search. In reality, summer
is a very good time to job hunt. Here are some tips to make your summer-
time job search more effective:

Spiff up your telephone skills. With people on vacation, you will be
receiving more voice mail messages than usual as you try to reach people
in your job search network. Always make calls with a notepad or organizer
nearby and take note of when your contacts will be back in the office.
Set an email up to be delivered the day *after* the person’s return and
set a reminder to call again the second day after he/she returns.

Make sure you leave a clear, informative voice mail. Make sure you state
your name twice, your telephone number twice, and your message once. Give
a good time for a call-back. The following is a general formula for an
effective voice mail.

“Hello , this is . My number is XXX-XXX-XXXX. I am calling because . The
best time to get back in touch with me is . Again, this is and my number
is XXX-XXX-XXXX. Thank you!”

Always include your area code with your telephone number. Many times,
people cannot return calls because they are not sure where the caller is
calling from. Giving your time zone helps the recipient of the message
know where you are located and helps them know exactly when to call you
back. Speak slowly and clearly, especially if English is not your native
tongue. Spell your name if the spelling is not easily recognizable.
Provide more than one number if possible and repeat both of them twice.
Take advantage of summer social activities for your job search. Most jobs
are filled through word-of-mouth. That means the more people with whom
you talk, the more effective your job search. Summertime is chock-full of
social activities from picnics to family reunions to ball games. Make the
most of gatherings of people to gather information for your search and
extend your network toward your target companies.

Volunteer. Summer seems packed with opportunities to volunteer.
Volunteering not only gains additional network contacts for your search
but it has many emotional rewards, too. Looking for a job, especially for
those who have been engaged in long searches (more than 3 months) is
emotionally exhausting. The warm fuzzies you receive from volunteering go
a long way toward boosting your mental attitude.

Be persistent. Since many job searchers slack off in the summer thinking
they are wasting their time, your competition is less. Take advantage of
that and redouble your efforts in your search.

								
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