By Jim Wong, CPA | July 13, 2016

Are you making the most of your summer?

For many professionals, the summer is a period of relaxation, family and vacations, and not necessarily a time to think about advancing one’s career. However, now is as good a time as ever to do just that. Contrary to what many professionals think, business are still hiring throughout the dog days of summer including accounting, finance and IT roles. Therefore, it can be a great time to make progress on your job search.

Rather than taking the summer off from thinking about work, consider taking advantage of the longer days of sunlight and reevaluate what you’re looking for in an ideal position—especially if you’re looking to advance your career.

I have discussed this topic before, but as summer is in full swing, I want to discuss the topic again. Plus, I recently read “Sizzling Summer Job Search Tips” on Monster and decided to share some of their tips along with a few of my own suggestions in the 5 Hot Tips for Your Summer Job Search below.

1. Update your resume. 
This is a simple step that can be done in no time. It’s essential to update your resume a few times a year, or as soon as you have new skills or accomplishments to share. A resume is an opportunity to showcase yourself, so don’t hold back when it comes to listing any significant accomplishments, awards or certifications. Need help updating your resume? Brilliant recently created an infographic that explains how to create a standout resume. Click here to view.

2. Use summer events to network. 
Do you find invitations to parties, BBQs and other celebrations piling up during the summer? You’re not alone—summer is certainly a busy time; but why not utilize those social events to network? Job seekers could benefit from their own networks during any time of the year, especially during the summer though. Be sure to keep the networking informal; I’m not suggesting to treat a BBQ as a professional networking event, simply throw into the conversations you have that you’re in the market for a new position. Make connections from there and keep up with any relevant leads. You never know who your network can connect you to.

3. Make a schedule to stay on track. 
It should come as no surprise that it’s easy to get distracted in the summertime. In the midst of soaking up the sun and spending time with family and other outside engagements, be sure to stay afloat by creating a small schedule for yourself to dedicate to your job search. Just by setting aside 30 minutes or an hour every day to focus on managing your career could prove to be beneficial. The summer is busy enough as is—don’t let the job search pile up on top of the rest of your activities.

4. Persevere.
I know it can be difficult to get in touch with hiring managers and other key decision makers during the summer months, but it’s important to keep your head up. It never hurts to leave a polite message and follow-up. Don’t let automatic replies and out of office messages discourage you from your job search. Keep pushing forward! Most professionals check their emails and voicemails whether they’re in or out of the office. An employer is bound to see your potential and they will be impressed with your perseverance.

5. Use social networks.
Besides scrolling through pictures of all the fun in the sun people are having, consider updating your LinkedIn profile, utilizing Twitter or posting messages to friends on Facebook that you’re in the hunt for a new role. Social media is as powerful as ever. Why not use it to connect with people in a professional manner—you never know how it can help.

These or only a few of the tips for a summer job search. Do you have other suggestions? Comment below to share your thoughts with us!

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