How to Exploit Summer for Your Job Search

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Summer is upon us, and with it warm weather, casual dress codes, and summer vacations -- all things that might make it tempting to press "pause" on your job search. Before you take a holiday from job hunting, however, you should consider the consequences, according to Vicki Salemi, a contributor to U.S. News & World Report's "On Careers" blog.

"It may feel tempting to postpone your job search endeavors until Labor Day because you think there are less open positions in the summer, but that will likely become Thanksgiving, then the December holidays and before you know it, another new year," Salemi says. "Don't let this be you! Countless job offers are indeed extended at this time of year."

In fact, the fact that it's summer could help your job search more than it hurts it.

"Consider this: There's a significant decrease in online application submissions between June and Labor Day. For recruiters, this is tough, but it's great news for job seekers! During the summer, recruiters have less resumes and cover letters to review," Salemi continues. "Simply put, you'll have less competition for the jobs you want."

Browsing job openings inside when it's nice outside isn't easy, but it could pay off.

"Sure, it may feel challenging to keep the job hunt going while you're planning a vacation or enjoying those summer Fridays, but you need to keep your eye on the prize," Salemi concludes. "Instead of waiting until September to resume your job search, this is the perfect time to refocus on your New Year's resolutions. As long as you stay on top of your job search -- even if it's just with coffee meetings or informational phone interviews -- you'll keep developing your prospects and in turn, be ahead of other qualified job seekers. They snooze, they lose -- and you ultimately win."

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