Spring Clean Your Job Search
If you started 2020 with “new year, new job” vibes but haven’t had luck yet, stay the course! Now that warmer weather is upon us and you’re airing out your home, you can bring those spring cleaning vibes into your job search as well.
Many companies are finalizing a fiscal year budget for the upcoming year beginning July 1, so spring is when they’re getting approvals for new hires.
Here are some key reasons why this is the time of year you should really be focusing on your job hunt and tips to make the most of your search.
As the weather gets warmer, spring is a time for families and friends, there’s no doubt about that. But it’s also the time for businesses to get together with all employees, enjoy food and drinks, and share each other’s company.
Even if it’s not hiring time, it’s a great way to start networking. Businesses tend to host a lot more events during this chilled-out season, so attend things like fundraisers, open houses, and whatever opportunities you can to mingle with the right people that can help with job openings.
A spring party at a friend’s house can even be a good chance to network. You never know who might be there, so it’s always important to make a good first impression with everyone you meet. Get to know the other attendees and if someone has a job related to what you’re interested in, ask them if there are any other positions available and mention your search.
As per Fran Healey, a career writer at 1Day2Write and Next Coursework, “the important thing here is approaching the event the right way, so you’re not too business formal or desperate. Let the information about your job search come up in organic conversation.”
If you’re going to be graduating from college in May, you can start looking already for entry-level positions to secure an offer for after graduation. It’s worth mentioning in your cover letter that you’re about to graduate and you’ll be ready to start as soon as the semester ends.
Most people who are job searching, regardless of whether they’re employed or not, will take a break during this relaxed season. They hear the myth that job hunts aren’t as successful toward the end of a fiscal year.
That means the numbers are in your favor. There are still job openings and employers are hiring, so put your name forward while there are limited candidates.
What About July?
It’s certainly possible to get hired in May and June because a lot of managers want to check that off their to-do list before their vacation. If you don’t hear back immediately, it’s nothing to worry about. A lot of employers want to review the resumes and set up holiday season interviews but will ultimately offer the job in July. This trend happens often enough that it’s worth continuing to apply for positions.
Companies will also be looking to hire someone for additional help over the sometimes-busy spring season, depending on the industry. That means there are a lot of seasonal job openings. These are a great way to earn a little extra money, but they can also lead to a full-time position, lasting long after the season. Your position is almost like an interview on the job. You can show your worth to employers by making yourself invaluable.
Go Above and Beyond
If you land a seasonal springtime job, you want to do your best, and show your employers why they need to get you a permanent position to keep you on after this relaxed season. Dan Doyle, a journalist at Brit Student and Write My X, says to “talk to the boss and get to know your management team well. Let them know in time that you’re interested in staying on with the company. Don’t be afraid to talk to them about your career goals.”
There’s no reason to take a break over spring, because there’s no time like now. Don’t make waiting for the main working year an excuse; although you should still be able to enjoy warmer weather and planned vacations, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep looking for your dream job at the same time. During any scheduled downtime, take a few moments each day to submit your resume to a position or two.
Make this job search a routine that you continue through your vacation schedule, and you’ll find that you can still enjoy them to the fullest. You might get a bonus vacation gift of a new position.
Bethany Tate, a content marketing professional at Academic Brits and PhD Kingdom, loves to help her readers with their professional and career development. She is dedicated to finding ways for people to apply successfully to their dream positions and make positive impacts at their new companies. She also writes for Origin Writings.