Most of us look forward to summer all year long, but if you’re looking for a job, summer can be a disheartening time of year. Many industries experience a slow period during summer months, as consumers are spending more time outside and less time in stores. Additionally, as students return home and start looking for temporary work, or their first career after graduation, the competition can be tough.
But just because the job market is tough doesn’t mean it’s impossible. If you’re looking for a long-term career, consider these options to help you find it, regardless of the time of year.
Many firms actually do hire during the summer, because they have positions to fill. The trouble is, these positions are often temporary, simply filling in for employees on vacation or helping the employer cope with short-term peaks.
A temp job may not be what you’re looking for, but it could be the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door. If the employer still needs the help when your temp period is over, they might ask you to stay longer or — if there’s a need and you’ve really proven yourself — they might even ask you to stay on full-time.
If your temp position doesn’t become full-time, don’t get discouraged. The next time that employer is hiring, you now have a big advantage over everyone else who applies. And the experience you gained will look good on your resume.
Rely on the Experts
While openings for full-time positions may be down during the summer, many firms still continue to hire. The trouble is finding those firms and getting your resume to the top of the pile. That’s where a staffing firm can help.
Staffing firms specialize is matching your skills with local employers, and they are actively watching for new positions, so you don’t have to worry about missing that perfect job. They also act as gatekeepers, vetting potential candidates. When your resume comes from a trusted staffing firm, it will carry more weight than if you sent it in on your own.
A job that specifically matches your skills may not be out there. That’s why Action Group Staffing offers to train to help prepare our candidates for the positions that are available right now. The more skills you can add to your resume, the more positions you’ll be considered for. You may be nervous applying for a role you’ve never had before, but remember, landing the perfect job is less important than getting your foot in the door. Once you’re inside, you can move into that perfect role.