It’s no secret these days that strategic conversations (loosely called “networking”) are key to a successful job search. The more people you meet, the more you increase your chances of hearing about job opportunities.
While it’s true that people may be more difficult to reach during the traditional vacation months of July and August, it’s also true that summer gatherings provide increased opportunities to connect with a host of people you would not normally see.
So don’t abandon your job search when the weather calls for shorts and tees. Rather, think about how you’ll take advantage of situations that put you in front of people who could be key resources and would make networking easier than usual.
Too often, job seekers avoid social gatherings where they might be asked what they are up to, or feared more, what type of position they are seeking.
The line “I’m working on that” is second only to “I don’t know” in the worst response category because neither fosters an opportunity for you to explore ideas or request an introduction to someone who might further your search.
Instead, be ready with a thoughtful response that names your skills and the type of work environment you desire, rather than a job title. Then ask for suggestions about a good fit for you in the marketplace.
If the person with whom you are speaking has ideas that seem like good options to investigate, you might explore whether or not he or she is willing to introduce you to someone in that line of work.
If you adopt this approach to your summer job search, you’ll be prepared for any opportunity that presents itself around a barbeque grill or beach party.