Alright, midsummer job hunters, let’s talk turkey. Or tofu, depending on how you feel about meat.
Your friends have sailed gleefully off to vacation, fold shirts, flip burgers and mow lawns. You’ve missed the boat.
You’ve leaned on family connections and friends alike to no avail; pounded the pavement with reams of resumes; slavishly scoured the internet for open opportunities – and still you’re no further ahead.
It’s a difficult rut to pull yourself out of, particularly with each passing day bringing you closer to the end of summer. After all, the number of seasonal opportunities doesn’t exactly skyrocket in the last two weeks of August.
It may be time for you to reevaluate where you are and what’s on the road ahead.
Draw your lines in the sand
Sit yourself down and figure out what the remainder of the summer looks like. Carefully evaluate your likelihood of finding work in the coming weeks. Do you have any encouraging leads? Are you waiting to hear back from a promising interview? Or are you stuck in neutral with a pile of dusty resumes?
You can (and should) involve family, roommates and close friends in this discussion, particularly if financial arrangements and accommodations are part of the issue.
When you’ve figured out where you stand, set some deadlines for the rest of the summer.
- If I don’t have a job in one week I’ll…
- If I’m still looking in two weeks I’ll…
If possible, plan to change something about your routine and schedule at each interval.
If you don’t take time to reevaluate your position, it’s very easy to wind up pursuing one activity out of habit, slowly losing enthusiasm and eventually stalling altogether. This is doubly likely to happen with hunting for work, which always involves some grinding.
Planning for the short- and medium-term helps keep you in touch with your priorities and aware of your alternatives. You may find that when you give energy over to actively thinking about the future, you’ll become aware of interests you didn’t know you had.
Setting realistic timeframes also ensures that there’s an endpoint to each activity you’re pursuing. This will help you stay motivated and give each task your full attention.
If the prospects are looking a little bleak, there are a number of productive ways you can fill your time between now and the fall. If you plan on continuing the job hunt, it’s probably time to expand your search beyond summer work–start planning for the fall.
If you aren’t going to work past the end of August, start thinking of different ways to spend your time. Our next piece will give you some starting points.