TAP In with Tristan : What to Expect for Your Summertime Job Search

Tristan talks about what you can expect if you’re job searching this summer. If you aren’t thinking about finding a new job this summer, Tristan has some advice for you too! Check out the full tip to hear what he has to say.

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This tip was adapted from a Forbes article titled “The Summertime Vibe Shift in the Job Market” by Jack Kelly.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about what you can expect if you’re job searching this summer.

Memorial Day marks a shift in our overall vibe. This is when you start to feel the change in the weather, and we’ve deemed it the unofficial start of summer. We start storing away our winter clothes and bringing out the shorts and swimsuits because our local pools begin to open. Kids count down the days until school is over, and parents start making summer vacation plans. Overall, our entire mood shifts, especially for those who live in places like Michigan that can have brutal winters.

Along with summer comes many changes to the way people work. From now until around mid-September, hiring tends to slow down steadily. Some companies start 4-day work weeks, some have half days on Fridays, and most people start taking paid time off. Vacation schedules can really throw a wrench in hiring processes as the people involved may not be around, especially all at the same time. Since many interview processes have multiple rounds with different people, it’s challenging to get things scheduled, momentum is lost, and feel like you’re in the dark as the job seeker.

On top of all of that, we have many other factors impacting hiring trends, including inflation, supply chain issues, the war in Eastern Europe, and a plunging stock market. Companies don’t like uncertainty, and this has caused many tech companies to put hiring freezes in place, and some have even began downsizing.

Now, this doesn’t mean stop looking for a job. It’s simply a warning to manage your expectations. Understand that if you get an interview and don’t hear back, it very well may not be you because larger systemic factors may be at play. On the brighter side, since many people pull themselves out of the job market during this time, this may actually be your time to shine. Since there is less competition, you can stick out if a company is looking to hire quickly.

If you aren’t thinking about finding a new job this summer, you can take this time to figure out how to advance your career. Maybe take some class online, get that license or certification you’ve been waiting on, or network more. This could be a great time to have a conversation with your boss on opportunities for improvement, new challenges, or even internal lateral moves.

This tip was adapted from a Forbes article titled “The Summertime Vibe Shift in the Job Market” by Jack Kelly and brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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