Summer might be drawing to a close, but the job market is hotting up.
Data from a recent survey conducted by CV-Library has shown that 57.1% of employees will be thinking about a new job during this period.
It’s hardly surprising. With many of us returning from holidays and a normal workload after a quarter, the post-summer blues can affect us all.
While it may be tempting to reflect on that golden moment when your biggest concern was staying afloat on your lilo, it’s also possible to turn this situation on its head; resume that job search which you may have been putting off over the last few months, or get started now.
- Go for broke
Another (unsurprising) revelation: there’s a massive surge in jobs being created during this period (there was a 17% increase last year, according to CV-Library). With this comes the possibility that the demand for candidates may outstrip supply.
This could be the best time to go for that role which you feel is a little bit beyond your reach. Whether this position involves higher salary or greater responsibility, it’s likely that employers will be willing to take you more seriously when the necessity of using that remaining salary budget is looming.
- Plan ahead:
If you’re not looking for a role in the immediate future, it’s still worth starting the process now.
Many business communities resume their networking events in the autumn after the summer lull. Take advantage of the back to school mood by expanding your circles; you might learn of developments which might lead to a job opportunity further down the line.
Reschedule meetings which you missed because of summer plans, and take advantage of the back to work adjustment period by pinning down those useful contacts before their diaries are filled.
You could even start planning your approach for a job search during the Christmas holiday period, when demand is still high but competition is scarce.
- Rebrand yourself online:
You’re probably looking at your CV. But are you thinking about your online profile?
Chances are your social media pages are still awash with photos of barbecues, bikinis and parties. Make sure to untag yourself from anything unprofessional, and use the opportunity to remove any lingering dodgy jokes or posts which don’t seem relevant any more. Employers might be hard pressed for candidates at this time, but this doesn’t mean they won’t be googling you.
Use this time as an opportunity to improve your online presence. Updating your LinkedIn page with a new bio, a professional photo, and endorsements from all those new contacts will make a difference.
You could take this further by joining relevant groups, following people and institutions and writing professional blog posts. They’re all methods of demonstrating curiosity and knowledge in your chosen field, and might lead to opportunities in themselves.
- Reflect the change in seasons in your wardrobe
If you’re debating whether or not it’s appropriate to wear boardshorts or flip flops in an interview, please consult our style guide: