As the midsummer job hunt wears on, you may find it hard to continue promoting yourself in the job market.
While your friends might insist that there’s always a summer job out there, you can reach a point where you’re certain that you’ve met every manager, dropped by every store and filled out every application.
If you’re looking to change up your approach, check out the resume booster tip in the Midsummer Job Hunt Hint series. This trick can help you leverage your social network to ensure your resume winds up in the right place.
Unfortunately, the majority of jobs on the market won’t come with a friendly in you can use to get your foot in the door. However, resuming your job hunt is easier than you might think – and it involves putting a litte spin on the basics.
Now is the time to revisit places you’ve already been.
Before setting out, prepare a special resume. Make sure that this copy is up-to-date with the activities you’ve been doing since the summer began. Change up your format entirely. Be as visually arresting as possible, without sacrificing legibility.
Treat this like your first visit: go in with a folder of resumes or a completed application, be personable with the staff and dress the part. It’s likely you’ll have the same talk with the manager you had in April or May, culminating in a polite refusal.
Explain your situation with a smile, not a grimace. Acknowledge that there are no openings at present. Restate that you’d love to work at that organization and that you hope they’ll keep you in mind. If you’re prepared to take on a part-time job during the school year, emphasize this throughout your conversation.
Leave a copy of your new resume. Stress that this copy is up-to-date with your latest activities and new contact information.
Though revisiting an employer may feel pushy, you can make a lasting impression if you play your cards right. Many of the candidates who continue to distribute resumes into the midsummer period are dispirited or desperate. These are natural attitudes, but neither one helps you make a great impression.
Bringing in an updated resume shows that you haven’t given up on the search; demonstrating a positive attitude shows that you haven’t given up on yourself.
You’ll have a good chance of being the candidate that employer remembers if there’s a vacancy down the road, as your persistance and personable demeanour will stand out – an impression your eye-catching resume should help cement.
This doesn’t guarantee you a job, but it gives you a good shot at an interview.
As with most job-hunt tips, this approach is more likely to be successful the more frequently you use it. Make sure you don’t wear yourself out. It’s better to give it your all at two or three places each day than to drag yourself to a dozen at a time.