Searching for the ultimate job can be a bit like a roller coaster ride, full of peaks and valleys. To fully prepare for the thrill, it takes a little “down time” (the valleys) to make sure that you are “at the ready.” You’ve probably heard that June and July are often slower times for finding a job (many recruiters are “chill in'”), yet there are a few things that you can do to be ready for when recruiters get back on the treadmill again in mid to late August.
– Review your resume and cover letter, making sure that they are free of typo’s and grammatical errors
– Do your research. Target some of the companies that you would like to work for and learn about them (e.g., what’s the key product; how would you describe their culture)
– Get involved in LinkedIn and begin networking with others in your field
– Clean up your social media profile. Make sure your photos are appropriate and portray you as a responsible citizen. If you aren’t too sure of how you’d come across to an HR professional, the make sure that your settings are private
– Stay positive. Having a good attitude leaves a good impression (in your cover letter; your social media, etc.)
It can be difficult to stay upbeat if you’ve been searching for months, but studies show that staying positive ensures a better chance of getting a job. Think of it as riding on the roller coaster and be prepared to S.O.A.R. after a few curves, loops and major hills to climb!