Europe is experiencing one of the hottest summers ever. July 18 was the hottest day in France in almost 20 years and London experienced a blistering 40 degrees in July for the first time. Countries such as Switzerland and Sweden also broke their previous records.
When the weather is this hot, it’s hard to focus on anything work related. Emails just seem a little insignificant when your friends go on a beach trip. Meetings are annoying if you want to sunbathe in peace in the backyard.
However, if you are currently looking for your next position, don’t ignore your job search. After all, summer is one of the best times to secure a new gig. Hiring managers usually have more time before they get into the fall rush (so they really take the time to read your application), there are plenty of networking opportunities, and it will be easier to take some annual leave so you can attend interviews.
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But how do you combine a fun, relaxing summer with finding a great new career? Well, we’ve got you covered. Then view the tips below.
1. Get Organized
The first thing to do is get organized. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep everything related to your job search in one cloud-based folder so you can access it from anywhere and from any device. Be sure to include samples of your past work, your references, cover letter samples, and various resume templates. You should also check any online profiles you have and make sure they are accurate and up to date.
It can also be helpful to set up a spreadsheet to keep track of the positions you’ve applied for and the stage of your application. It may seem like a company hasn’t returned your email in a long time, but in reality it could only be a few business days. Now, the next time you want to apply for a position, everything is at your fingertips.
2. Plan your search
Sure, summer is all about having fun, but you also need some time to rest, recover and spend time with your loved ones. If you’re serious about your search, set aside time each week to apply or prepare for interviews and stick to it. For example, Tuesday morning from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. might be your allotted time. Using an app like A big thing is useful because it is designed to help you get one thing done every day. For example, you could do a new job application or some follow-ups.
If you’re browsing the House of Talent Job Board while sailing off the coast of Almalfi or applying while at a water park with your kids, something has gone wrong. Remember that you should also enjoy your free time.
3. Explore your network
Summer is a great time to socialize. However, many professionals make the mistake of thinking that the only way to network is at work-related events such as conferences or seminars. In reality, you might as well meet your future boss within your own extensive networks.
During the summer months, make an active decision to engage in more conversations with the people you meet – at a friend’s barbecue or on the plane. Be interested in their lives and you never know what could happen.
4. Celebrate every win
If you want to make your job search more fun, don’t forget to celebrate all your small victories. Have you updated your resume? Excellent! Treat yourself to an iced coffee now. Have you been asked for an interview? Awesome! It sounds like you need a morning walk in the sun to celebrate.
Building small, achievable rewards into your job search routine is a great way to make it more fun. It will also help you stay motivated for longer.
5. Remember the Basics
Looking for a job can be taxing on both your mental and physical health. To avoid straining, make sure you take good care of yourself. In this heat, don’t forget the basics: eat plenty of fresh, whole foods, sleep well, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Also, try to spend a little time off your screen every day. Even if it’s just an hour before bedtime. It makes a difference.
6. Don’t worry about the little things
Things go wrong during your job search. Recruiters will ghost you, hiring managers will offer the role to someone else, and salaries won’t meet your expectations. We know it’s easy to get frustrated with these setbacks, especially if you’ve been looking for a new role for quite some time.
If you want to get through your summer quest in one piece, you can’t sweat the little things. When things start to get annoying or overwhelming, take a break and give yourself some time before starting over. And remember, your dream job is here.
Now all you have to do is apply. You can find many great positions on the House of Talent Job Board