During the summer months is when many employees take vacations. This may discourage job seekers from submitting resumes and looking for a new job. But don’t lose hope. Many recruiters take this time to gear up for the fall and search for quality employees. Since less people search for new career opportunities during the summer months, your competition will be less during this time of the year.

Some important points to remember:

  • Since many people are on vacation during this time of year, the hiring process may take longer.
  • Recruiting trends fluctuate across industries. While some industries might not be doing a lot of hiring in the summer, others will be. No matter what time of year, if you are searching for new opportunities, dig in and move forward.
  • Remember, if you start a job in the summer it may make for an easier transition, as it is a less “formal” time of year.

Summer is also a great time to network. There are tons of activities companies hold during the summer months for promotion. This is a great time to get out there and meet people. This can create connections to get you in the door and line up a job. Along those lines, talk to people that you meet when you are on vacation and enjoying summer activities. You never know who you might meet and connect with. Even networking online is a great use of time when you’re job searching.

The summer time is also a great time to get a jump start on lining up a job for September when the job market historically picks up. If you submit your resume and cover letter in the summer, you will be first in line when it picks up in September.