There is a common perception that companies slow down or even stop hiring processes during summer months. You may feel tempted to take a break from your job search and succumb to your naturally lazy nature.
However, is this the best time to stop the search?
Based on JobisJob’s market trends, summer months present a great opportunity for job seekers. In the UK, analytics reveal that in the last 12 months there has been an average of about one million active offers per month and these figures remained the same in the July-September of 2018 period. On the contrary, the lowest period of the year was December, during end-of-year festivities, when job offers fell by 30%.
Can we predict the same behaviour of the job market for this summer? According to most recent trends, the same seasonal pattern will repeat this year: job offers will surely not decrease.
Therefore, why should you postpone those summer plans and keep on track with the search for the best career opportunities? We give you four more reasons to reconsider your plans for the next few months.
1. It’s a matter of probability
Most likely, you’re not the only one who believed in the summer-slowdown myth. But the equation is easy − look at it this way: with less competitors in the race, your chances of being hired are higher! With hundreds or thousands of applications received for only one position, recruiters usually discard candidates based on objective parameters and don’t have time to carefully analyse each one. Fewer applicants means more possibilities of standing out.
2. Summer temp jobs can lead to a permanent position
With many employees on holiday, many companies look for temporary workers to fill vacancies. Temporary jobs and even summer internships are an opportunity to shine and convince your future employer to keep you. If not, you’ll have gained experience and narrowed the gap between your last job.
3. You can take some days off to schedule appointments
If you are currently employed, it’s easier to ask your boss for one or two days off during these months. You’ll have more freedom to schedule appointments and interviews, or even to update your resume and write some cover letters. And if you have pending holidays, why not reserve a week to plan your search? (Definitely, writing a good resume is still important: don’t forget to check some tips and keep it up to date.)
4. Don’t overlook the fact that people are in a better mood
Most people are on a higher energy level during this hot season and this can make us feel more empathic (summer boosts the mood, science says). Take advantage of it when you meet recruiters. You can also reactivate networking activities and call those old friends from school that may help you in your career shift.
Of course, some difficulties can arise. Hiring processes tend to slow down. After the first contact, recruiters and managers can also go on holiday and may postpone their final decision for some weeks. While they probably want you to settle in to your new position when the business activity starts up again, in the meantime, they have no reason to be in a hurry. You’ll need to be patient.
Data is on your side during the job search!
JobisJob Trends is a powerful analytics tool for job seekers. At a glance, you can find the market big figures, top hiring companies and recruiters, the hottest sectors and job titles, and the average salaries, among others. If you’re not from the UK, data is probably available in your country also: take a look!
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