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How to Land A New Job This Summer

How to Land A New Job This Summer

Those spring showers are starting to fade, and the warm summer days are fast approaching. But green grass and sunshine are not the only things on the horizon. It seems we are finally over the hill from the pandemic; employers are ramping up production as they finally return to somewhat normal. As a result, you may be evaluating your career options and looking for a new opportunity. If you are looking to take advantage of this scorching hot market, here is how to land a new job this summer.

Are you ready to return to the office?

With summer approaching, many employers are beginning to plan their return to the office. Some companies are returning on a hybrid remote/onsite work schedule, while others will be 100% in the office. Returning to the office is exciting for many workers but making others feel anxious. If you are feeling uneasy about returning to the office, here is a brief guide on how to prepare mentally. However, if working from the office is no longer suitable for your needs and lifestyle, remote opportunities are booming this summer.

Remote work may be permanent for you

As some employers are bringing their employees back to the office, others are embracing this new working environment. In May 2021, paid job postings skyrocketed 457% as of May 2021, according to LinkedIn Workforce Insights. Some industries are leading the pack of this work-from-home revolution. At the very top is the media and communications industry, which currently accounts for 26.8% of all paid job listings on LinkedIn. Software and IT services closely follow with 21.8% and wellness & fitness coming in third with 18.6%.

Overall, remote job postings account for 9.7% of total paid job listings, significantly up from under 2% last year. Therefore, if you are looking to land a new job this summer, you must explore remote opportunities.

Don’t drag your feet

There is still a lot of uncertainty out there in the post-pandemic workforce, but one thing that is for sure is the labor market is competitive. Employers are hiring again, and some are even struggling to find candidates. So, when a hiring manager finds a qualified, talented candidate, they move quickly. If hiring managers are making hiring decisions rapidly, job seekers have to, as well. If you find a job opportunity that interests you, you cannot hesitate. You may be the most talented candidate in the pool, but if you don’t apply right away, it may be too late for your candidacy. Employers need candidates now, and if they find a good one, they make an offer. So, if you are serious about finding a new job this summer, you must act fast.

Partner with a recruiter

Things are moving lightning fast in this labor market, and if you want to gain a competitive edge, why not work with a recruiter? Professional recruiting firms can help propel your summer job search to the next level. Our recruiters at JSG have exclusive opportunities you won’t find posted on any job board. If you want to find a new job this summer, reach out to us today, and let’s work together.

Why Summer is A Great Time to Hire

great time to hire

Most of us have been patiently waiting for summer. Longer days, warmer weather, and much-needed vacation time. But before you start to kick back and relax, it’s time to think about your hiring needs. There’s a common myth that summer is the slowest hiring season. Many people believe hiring slows down because there are not as many opportunities available. That simply isn’t true. With a 50-year low unemployment rate and 7.5 million job openings, the labor market is the busiest it’s been in decades!

Don’t let summer slow you down and deviate your hiring needs. Here are a few reasons why it’s actually a great time to hire.

Hiring tends to slow down

Typically, many employers slow hiring efforts during the summer months. Your fellow employees may be on vacation or taking advantage of “Summer Fridays.” These absences can make it difficult to coordinate panel interviews, and ultimately, make hiring decisions. However, with an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, the pool of candidates to choose from is still shrinking.

Many companies desperately need talent, so it’s a great time to take advantage of your competition’s lack of attention to their hiring needs. With fewer hiring managers and human resource professionals hunting for candidates, there will be less competition for your company to swoop in and find fantastic candidates.

Additionally, many younger candidates have just graduated and are looking for their first career opportunity. Take advantage of this fresh pool of applicants and find some recent college grads to fill any entry-level roles.

Candidates are taking vacations

Many people patiently wait to take their vacation or paid time off during the summertime. This available time opens up the perfect opportunity for squeezing in an interview.

If a candidate is already taking a week off for a vacation, it may be easier to tack on an extra day for an onsite interview. Or if it’s just a phone interview, most people can spend 30 minutes to an hour away from the beach or family for a brief conversation. Don’t let vacation time scare you away from searching for the candidates your team needs!

Faster hiring process

Everyone is busy in the summer. Employees are out of the office and departments are balancing multiple projects. The faster you can add qualified people to your team, the faster they can get acclimated and start making an immediate impact. This is great for your company’s bottom line as the average job vacancy takes 42 days to fill at a cost of $4,129. Thus, by making smart hiring decisions quickly, you are saving your department money in the long run. It’s a win-win situation!

Just because the sun is shining, doesn’t mean you should put your hiring efforts on hold. In fact, hiring for critical needs during the summer months might be just what your organization needs to do in order to get ahead of your competition!

How to Keep Motivated at Work During the Summer

How to Keep Motivated at Work During the Summer

How to Keep Motivated at Work During the Summer

It’s creeping towards the end of July. The weather is finally nice. It’s hot outside and there’s nowhere you’d rather be than the lake. It’s the middle of summer and you feel the motivation slipping. It can be difficult to stay productive when summer is upon us, but unfortunately, that pile of paperwork won’t get finished by itself! Here are three tips to help keep your motivation during the summer.

Spend some time outside during your lunch break

Can’t afford to take some time off? We get it, it happens to everyone when the projects start to pick up. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great summer sunshine!

Take advantage of your lunch break to go outside and soak up some rays. Go take a 30-minute walk or take your lunch outside to eat. Spending just a few minutes of your day outside does wonders for your motivation. Getting just a little taste of summer during the work day will boost your mood and keep you focused.

Break your daily tasks down into a list

When your motivation begins to slide, it’s always a good idea to create a plan or to-do list for yourself. Write down all the things you want to get accomplished and prioritize them.

Do the most important tasks at the beginning of the day when your motivation is at its highest. As the day ticks away and summer’s heat starts to affect your motivation, it gets more and more difficult to stay focused. By working on your most pressing tasks at the beginning of the day, you will ensure that you get your most critical work done first (and done well!).

Take a vacation

If you’re really feeling the dog days of summer, use up some of your vacation time if you have some saved up. The best way to improve your motivation at work is to actually take some time away and relax. After all, that’s what your vacation time is for!

You’ll return feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world! If you don’t have a ton of time off available or you’re absolutely slammed at work, just try taking a Friday or Monday off to make it a long weekend. Even just taking an extra day off will help you enjoy some of the summer fun and take a step back from work to stimulate that slipping motivation.

Still need some motivation?

Check out some of our favorite inspirational quotes to help you keep chugging away.