The idea that “nobody hires during the summer” is common. So is the advice “you might as well take the summer off.” It may seem counterintuitive, but the opposite is true–for both.

Here’s why summer is the right time to intensify your job search and persist with your networking.

  1. You have a better shot during the summer. Surprise! Statistically, you’re just as likely to find a job during the summer as any other season. In fact, your odds improve since you won’t have as much competition. Since many people believe in the nobody-hires-during-the–summer myth, it’s a perfect time for YOU to be out there.
  2. Summer is a great time to bring new hires on-board. Despite the calendar tells us, many people see September as the start of the year. For companies planning to launch new products, campaigns and initiatives in the fall, summer is the time for them to prepare.
  3. Use it or lose it. Many companies must spend down their budget before fiscal year-end, so summer is the time to hire people who can hit the ground running in the new fiscal year. You might as well be one of them!
  4. Contract opportunities open up during the summer. To cover employees taking vacation, a summer contract might just be the ticket for you. Since 40% of contracts eventually lead to full-time employment, this is a great way for you to get known to a new organization as well as get some fresh experience on your résumé.
  5. Interviewing can be extended during the summer. Due to periodic vacations, hiring managers are in and out of the office. You may have to meet multiple times to cover all the players involved in the hiring decision. This is a perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate the key competency of flexibility. Show your positive attitude, patience and persistence.
  6. Employers don’t care what month it is. Hiring isn’t focused on the time of year, rather on the company’s needs. Demonstrate your commitment by making yourself available. The fact that you will come in on the Friday of a long weekend says a lot about your work ethic. Show your prospective employer that “business as usual” is your operating principle.
  7. Summer is great time to network. Whether you’re meeting up with former co-workers after work or out for a neighbourhood BBQ, people are generally upbeat with conversation ranging from vacation plans to what’s next in everyone’s career. Encourage former colleagues to invite others along and you’ll create opportunities to meet new people as well.
  8. Spread the word. When you get together with family and friends, make sure you let them know you’re looking and what you’re looking for. A casual Sunday brunch conversation can lead to a Tuesday morning coffee chat or Zoom meeting.
  9. No “excuses” needed. When you do land a summer interview, you may have an easier time explaining your absence from the office or away from your screen, as everyone is taking PTO when they can. Far better than pretending you have ““a dentist appointment” again!
  10. Nice weather tends to make people more relaxed. When you do get in to see someone–whether for a networking meeting or an interview– they may be more open and generous with their time. Plus, it’s easier to get someone out of their office for a coffee meeting when it’s not freezing cold or snowing!

Whether you’re a Canadian recovering from Canda Day or an American looking forward to Independence Day, remember that summer is a great time to activate–not decelerate–your job search. Let us know if you need help.



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The idea that “nobody hires during the summer” is common. So is the advice “you might as well take the summer off.” It may seem counterintuitive, but the opposite is true–for both.

Here’s why summer is the right time to intensify your job search and persist with your networking.

  1. You have a better shot during the summer. Surprise! Statistically, you’re just as likely to find a job during the summer as any other season. In fact, your odds improve since you won’t have as much competition. Since many people believe in the nobody-hires-during-the–summer myth, it’s a perfect time for YOU to be out there.
  2. Summer is a great time to bring new hires on-board. Despite the calendar tells us, many people see September as the start of the year. For companies planning to launch new products, campaigns and initiatives in the fall, summer is the time for them to prepare.
  3. Use it or lose it. Many companies must spend down their budget before fiscal year-end, so summer is the time to hire people who can hit the ground running in the new fiscal year. You might as well be one of them!
  4. Contract opportunities open up during the summer. To cover employees taking vacation, a summer contract might just be the ticket for you. Since 40% of contracts eventually lead to full-time employment, this is a great way for you to get known to a new organization as well as get some fresh experience on your résumé.
  5. Interviewing can be extended during the summer. Due to periodic vacations, hiring managers are in and out of the office. You may have to meet multiple times to cover all the players involved in the hiring decision. This is a perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate the key competency of flexibility. Show your positive attitude, patience and persistence.
  6. Employers don’t care what month it is. Hiring isn’t focused on the time of year, rather on the company’s needs. Demonstrate your commitment by making yourself available. The fact that you will come in on the Friday of a long weekend says a lot about your work ethic. Show your prospective employer that “business as usual” is your operating principle.
  7. Summer is great time to network. Whether you’re meeting up with former co-workers after work or out for a neighbourhood BBQ, people are generally upbeat with conversation ranging from vacation plans to what’s next in everyone’s career. Encourage former colleagues to invite others along and you’ll create opportunities to meet new people as well.
  8. Spread the word. When you get together with family and friends, make sure you let them know you’re looking and what you’re looking for. A casual Sunday brunch conversation can lead to a Tuesday morning coffee chat or Zoom meeting.
  9. No “excuses” needed. When you do land a summer interview, you may have an easier time explaining your absence from the office or away from your screen, as everyone is taking PTO when they can. Far better than pretending you have ““a dentist appointment” again!
  10. Nice weather tends to make people more relaxed. When you do get in to see someone–whether for a networking meeting or an interview– they may be more open and generous with their time. Plus, it’s easier to get someone out of their office for a coffee meeting when it’s not freezing cold or snowing!

Whether you’re a Canadian recovering from Canda Day or an American looking forward to Independence Day, remember that summer is a great time to activate–not decelerate–your job search. Let us know if you need help.



Schedule time with me!