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Don't give your job search a summer vacation

Sharon Florentine | July 18, 2014
For most people, summer's the perfect time to relax, take a vacation and operate at a more leisurely pace than during the rest of the year. But if you're a job-seeker, you can't afford to put your search on the back burner. Instead, use the slower pace and longer days to your advantage.

And while Facebook tend to be a much more personal, she says job seekers should still use it to make connections with companies to increase their visibility in the job market.

"If there are targeted companies that you want to work for, 'follow' them, 'like' them and engage with their representatives by make comments, starting discussions and building relationships," she says. "Don't flat-out ask for a job, but you can send messages stating that you're in the job market and you're looking for more information about opportunities, which can build inroads into further communication," she says.

"Social media is a conduit to a further relationship. The face-to-face contact and presence is still the most important; so don't think of social media as being 'in lieu of' that in-person interaction. But do recognize that it can prime the pump for interviews, deeper connections, and eventually, a job," she says.

Be Productive and Gain Experience

If you're an inexperienced job seeker or looking to change industries, use the summer to gain more work experience, says Dale Carnegie's Palazzolo.

"When you're not applying for jobs or going on interviews, it's a great time to volunteer in a field of interest, or go a step further and taking on a part-time internship," she says. "Furthermore, being productive in your spare time will show future hiring managers that you have a proactive spirit and are more than willing to go the extra mile," she says.

Update Your Resume

Make sure your resume is as current as possible, says Palazzolo. Summer break and vacation is the perfect time to sit down and revamp your resume; you could even consider hiring a professional to help you look your best on paper.

"Whether it's adding new experience, or switching around items to promote your leadership skills up front, making sure your resume is in great shape before applying for jobs is essential," says Palazzolo.

Network, Network, Network

Tapping into various networks is a great way to search for jobs - and summer barbeques, parties and get-togethers are a great place to increase your visibility and let friends, colleagues and family know you're on the hunt, says Palazzolo.

"For new graduates on the job hunt, taking advantage of your alumni network or connections from a previous job or internship can be extremely helpful. Rather than throwing away the alumni magazines you receive in the mail, graduates should use these publications as a networking tool," she says.

Reaching out to someone you already have a connection with and showing that you're genuinely interested in their advice and experience can only be beneficial when job searching; remember, though, to show honest and sincere appreciation for their time and energy by following up with a thank-you note, Palazzolo says.

 

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