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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.

Practice Your Interviewing Skills

Finally, use your spare time this summer to practice your interviewing skills, says Palazzolo. This includes practicing your two-minute 'elevator pitch,' and even doing 'mock interviews' with a friend or family member to keep your skills sharp and ensure you're projecting the right image.

"Along with making sure your resume is up-to-date, another good way to take advantage of spare time during the summer is to practice what you need to do during interviews," Palazzolo says. "This includes mastering your 'elevator speech' to the point that it no longer seems staged, maintaining eye contact with those you interact with, and — should you have interviews lined up — incorporating your thorough research into your replies so that you are prepared."


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