• Tue, Jul 10 2012

4 Things To Check Off Your Summer Job Hunt List

With so many cookouts to host and beaches to visit, securing a job may be one of the last things listed on your summer bucket list. While you may think you deserve a vacation from your job search, consider this: a recent survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals found that three in ten (29%) of U.S. employers plan to hire summer workers.

In addition, a Forbes article advised recruiters that now is the ideal time to hire temporary workers to achieve specialized expertise, quick ramp-up and fresh perspectives. Before you grab your flip-flops to head to the pool, remember that more often than not, temporary work leads to a full-time opportunity within a company.

To stay focused on your job search when the summer sun is so inviting, try checking off items from a Summer Job Seeking Bucket List like the one below!

1. Update Your Professional Profiles
This step on the bucket list seems like common sense, but job seekers will often update their paper resume without giving a second thought to their online professional profiles like LinkedIn. If you’ve forgotten this vital step in your summer job search, make it your first bucket list stop. Double check to ensure your online professional profiles match your paper resume almost exactly (and of course are reiterated in your video resume). Use the same keywords and punctuation style and keep job descriptions very similar, if not the same.

2. Give Your Resume New Flair
More and more job seekers are finding creative ways to bypass the dreaded resume pile. Job seekers with a knack for design are creating an infographic depicting their career experience to accompany the traditional paper resume. However, any job seeker can utilize their webcam to enhance the paper route by creating a video resume.

Today’s technologies allow job seekers not blessed with design or advanced video skills to stand out, too. For help creating an infographic resume, check out four tools Mashable outlined. If you’re looking for a video aspect for your resume, services like SparkHire.com get you in front of hiring managers instantaneously.

3. See How Others Are Searching
Job seekers see searching for jobs in the summer as such a chore because they visualize themselves hunched over computer screens while the smell of grilled goods wafts through the air. What they don’t realize is that job searching doesn’t mean ignoring the summer weather and traditions. Instead, they should be embraced!

If your job search attempts have come up short, consider inviting a variety of other professionals to your home for a summer picnic. They may be able to share on how they landed their current positions or even help you re-strategize your job search tactics.

4. Make A Community Event A Networking Event
Searching for a job in the summer certainly doesn’t mean you need to avoid community events like picnics or festivals. In fact, you can use them to your advantage! If your area hosts a big summertime event, approach it as if it were a networking event. Take time to socialize with a few area professionals, and chat with members of your area’s Chamber of Commerce Board. (Chances are, they had something to do with the event.)

Networking at a community event allows you to share more personal facts about your brand that you may feel are irrelevant at a traditional professional networking event. It also shows other professionals that you have a love of the community in common.

 

Josh Tolan is the CEO of SparkHire.com, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. Connect with him and SparkHire.com on Facebook and Twitter.

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