As we enter the 3rd week of August, people have started asking me if hiring picks up in the fall and if it's a good time to look for a job.
My answer is a RESOUNDING yes.
Summer is notoriously slow for job seekers and hiring managers alike.
People are on vacation.
Out of the office.
Mentally checked out.
There are too many interruptions in the interview process for all involved so it grinds to a halt.
Things definitely start moving again come fall.
The post-vacation mode kicks in, and individuals shift gears to tackle staffing needs with a renewed sense of urgency.
It's basically the adult version of "Back to School".
So, if you're feeling discouraged after a very quiet summer, having potentially experienced ghosting, long interview processes that go nowhere, or just no feedback on your application whatsoever, you're not alone.
Think of September as a reboot.
Put the summer behind you, and reinvigorate your search.
Reach out to coworkers who have successfully landed exciting new roles, and inquire about the professionals who assisted them in this journey.
Establish connections with top headhunters and articulate your desired position, compensation, and corporate designation.
Give your LinkedIn page a refresh, ensuring that your profile is optimized with a thoughtful "About" section that highlights who you are, what you've accomplished, and what you're renowned for.
Polish your resume, work on your elevator pitch, and get comfortable talking about yourself.
And start roleplay interviewing with others to practice before you go on official interviews.
If you're ready to throw your hat back in the ring and embrace the #septembersurge, let's chat more about how to do it effectively.