One of the great pieces of bad job search advice: “You might as well take the summer off.”

Really? The misconception that the summer is a job search “dead zone” is common, but nothing could be further from the truth!

Summer job search myths have been around for a long time and are repeated like mantras. Like other myths, they’re fantasies that shatter when scrutinized.

Myth #1: Nobody hires in the summer.
Myth #2: Nothing ever happens after July 1st, so you might as well leave town and stop networking.
Myth #3: Even if an employer has an opening, the hiring manager won’t have time to meet you.
Myth #4: You won’t find the job you really want in the summer.
Myth #5: You will have a better chance of landing a job if you wait until September.

The reality is that in today’s highly-competitive business world, no company or organization can afford today to go to sleep for the summer.

  • There is too much change.
  • Too much new technology to absorb and launch.
  • The volatility of change is accelerating every day.
  • New competitors, big and small on a global basis are looking to seize the day, disrupt markets, steal customers, and grow.

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Myth #1: Nobody hires in the summer.

There are 4 reasons companies may hire in July and August:

  1. The summer months don’t affect much of a change in most businesses. There may be more employees on vacation, but activities roll along just like any other time of the year. Few vacations are more than a week or two.
  2. Many companies have fiscal years that start in late summer or fall. This means they have new budgets, new growth plans, or new process-improvement initiatives and they will need resources in place to get the next fiscal year off to a solid start.
  3. Contract positions to cover for employees who experience immediate changes in their lives can open up at any time. And these contract positions, can lead to full-time employment.
  4. This is often a time to finally make resource changes to enable searches to build management or front line strength. That creates job opportunities for you.

Myth #2: Nothing ever happens after July 1st, so you might as well leave town and stop networking.

  1. Surprise! If you continue your job search throughout the summer, you won’t have as much competition. Because so many people believe in the myths, it’s a perfect time to be out there. And It is often a good time to meet with a recruiter.
  2. Active job seekers know the opportunities are there and go in with a positive attitude.
  3. We often hear that the summer atmosphere makes people more relaxed so when you do get in to see someone, they tend to be more open and available.
  4. The summer months create social opportunities to network: neighbourhood BBQs, sporting events, and cottage parties. Don’t let those opportunities slip away.

Myth #3: Even if an employer has an opening, the hiring manager won’t have time to meet you.

Scheduling networking opportunities may be slower during the summer due to periodic vacations, but even if the process slows, it doesn’t stop.

The interviewing process may also take a bit longer with hiring managers in and out of the office. And you may have to meet with the different company representatives at different times in order to meet all of the players involved in the decision-making process. But the process does not stop. If there is a sense of urgency to hire and on-board new hires, it may not slow at all.

Avoid “time anxiety”. It will only unsettle you and cause you to prematurely shut your search down. The old adage is true, patience can be a virtue.

Myth #4: You won’t find the job you really want in the summer.

Really? You’re just as likely to find the job you really want in the summer as in any other month. Our experience with clients over many years proves this.

Myth #5: You will have a better chance of landing a job if you wait until September.

If employers have a need, they don’t care if it’s March, July, December, or January. Hiring isn’t focused on the time of year – it’s focused on the business need.

Early summer is the perfect time to get ready, research, prepare SOAR stories, and do on site reviews. Then no matter what happens or when it happens, you are prepared.

During the summer, job candidates need to make sure they are available. The thought that someone will come in on Friday of a long weekend if need be will tell potential employers a lot about who you are. It happens.