Along with all the other added benefits of summer, the warm weather and longer days can bring a much needed boost to your job hunt and motivation.
Are your hopeful inquiries to job posts going unanswered?
Struggling to keep motivated after a bunch of rejection emails (if you’re lucky enough to even receive acknowledgment you exist?)
Finding it borderline impossible anymore to sit down and write a cover letter after a long day at work?
Lucky for you, along with all the other added benefits of summer — I’m thinking hot men and women in next to no clothing frolicking on the beach — the warm weather and longer days also bring a much needed boost to your job hunt and motivation.
Check out these five reasons summer can be your best job hunting season:
1. Longer daylight hours means less time crunch
Remember in December when you left work and it was pitch black outside? Talk about sleep-inducing!
Longer daylight hours trick our biological clocks into thinking we have more time. In an article explaining the added benefits of “Springing Forward”, Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune writes, “There’s nothing we want more in life than time, and light feels like time.”
So use all that extra time to rework your resume AND go for a run all before dark. No more choosing between the two!
2. Summer screams happy hour
When the weather gets nice, everyone goes outside to drink, which provides the perfect excuse to attend as many networking functions as possible. Summer = social.
Always feel a bit awkward standing alone at a seminar at some university or convention center? No problem. Networking events hosted at baseball stadiums or outdoor venues provide a much more relaxed environment for getting to know other professionals. Warmer weather means more mingling – and margaritas!
3. Vacations to the beach? How about office buildings instead?
I know, it doesn’t sound as fun as partying with your friends at their beach house (no one said job hunting was fun), but summer months allow the perfect opportunity to leave the office a little early.
In an article for CNN Money, Patty Coffey of Winter Wyman suggests summer allows employees time to “slip away unnoticed,” and that “August is a good time to take a ‘job search vacation,’ where you use some vacation days to conduct a week-long blitz of intense searching and interviewing.”
While these “vacations” may not sound enticing, they will pay off big in the long run.
4. You can actually enjoy the time you spend job searching. Maybe…
Instead of being cooped up at home on the couch, warmer weather allows the opportunity to take your laptop outside and enjoy the sun while you job hunt. (And maybe get a tan!)
Goodbye hunching over a computer at your desk or in the library. Go to a park or sit at a picnic bench to draft your resume. Just go easy on the people watching.
5. More activities mean more options
While more relaxing activities like beach reading are now available, you also have more opportunities to join different groups or organizations. Websites like Meetup.com give you the chance to not only meet new people, but do it in fun and interesting ways by joining a hiking club or weekly biking group.
If working up a sweat isn’t your thing, try a new book club or cooking group. These activities build not only your group of friends, but also your network of professional connections.
Regardless of what you choose to do with the next three months of beautiful weather, be sure to take advantage of all summer has to offer. You won’t regret it once the shorter days and colder weather moves back in.
Sarah Stackhouse is a freelance writer and blogger in the Philadelphia area currently looking for the next big thing. You can read her rants and questions about life in her blog or follow her on twitter (@stackhousesarah).