8 tips for managing a summer job search

By Kate Warren 01 July 2016

With hiring managers and recruiters away on leave and many duties passed on to summer interns, hiring can often be put on the back burner. Here are eight tips for managing your job search when it feels like everyone is away at the beach. Photo by: Flazingo / CC BY-SA 

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is well underway. In Washington, where I reside, this means days are so humid that going outside can feel like stepping into one big steam shower. It also means lighter traffic, empty restaurants and plentiful parking.

As the “out of office” email responses start flying in, it becomes increasingly obvious that the working world is on vacation. Especially in more vacation-leave generous places such as Europe, some offices virtually shut down during the months of July and August. But what if you are a job-seeker — should you put your job search on hold, too?

With hiring managers and recruiters away on leave and many duties passed on to summer interns, hiring can often be put on the back burner. Here are eight tips for managing your job search when it feels like everyone is away at the beach.

1. While hiring typically slows down during the summer, so do applications. Employers aren’t the only ones on vacation, candidates are too. So while there may be fewer jobs posted overall, you are likely to face less competition, too.

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Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with international NGOs, consulting firms and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.


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