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Searching for a Job in the Summer

Jun 19, 2008
Taking the summer off with the promise that you'll get back into the groove of job hunting when the "kids go back to school" would be very easy. After all, the temptations are there - warm, lazy, casual days, when the shoes of choice are "flip flops."

But you must fight the temptation! This is not the time to give up on your job search, at least not all the way.

Below are five easy ways to stay on track with your job search and still enjoy some sun and fun - guilt free.

1. Get up earlier. The sun is up earlier and the early morning hours are much cooler than at high noon. Try leaving your blinds open or shades up and rise when the sun begins to stream through the window.

2. Set a schedule and stick to it. Set aside a certain number of hours each day for your job search. Once you're done you can hit the beach guilt free!

3. Take advantage of networking opportunities. The summer means more time outdoors and going to new places. Be sure and make contacts whenever and wherever possible. The best networking is often done in the least expected places.

4. Work in the evening. Some people work best in the cool of the evening and the summer is perfect for playing during the day and working in the evening.

5. Sometimes it pays to let go. When you decide to enjoy a summer picnic or an all-day outing, let go of your job search and enjoy yourself. There's nothing wrong with giving yourself a vacation day from your "job" of job search.

Job hunting is key for anyone who has been out of work, but it is also a good idea to take time "to smell the ocean." If you do, you'll find yourself refreshed and more energized. As the slogan goes, "You deserve a break today!"
About the Author
Carole Martin is America's top interview coach as well as a renowned author,mentor,and frequent contributor to Monster.com. Carole provides interviewing tips and strategies like no one else. Get a copy of her FREE 9-part "Interview Success Tips" by visiting Carole on the web at The Interview Coach .
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