If you’re returning to school in the fall, September may mark the end of the job hunt–and take a real weight off of your shoulders.
While you may not have found work, the lessons you’ve learned this summer will hold you in good stead in the future.
However, if you aren’t heading back to school in the fall (or if you’re hunting for a part-time job during the academic year), it’s going to be business as usual until you find work. Things may be looking a little dire, particularly if you need to make up lost summer wages. After a summer of cold-calling and cover letters, you may feel like you have nowhere to go.
Surprisingly, the best way to make progress may be to stop pushing–for a moment.
The Fall Makeover
If you’ve read about drawing your lines in the sand, you may already have an agenda for the remainder of the summer. If the only thing on your agenda is “hunt for work–never stop,” identify a period before the fall where you can disengage from the job hunt and recharge.
The disengagement component is easy. Don’t look at job postings, don’t write cover letters and don’t email resumes.
After taking a short break, try and change up as much of your job hunt routine as possible. Here are some ideas:
- Set your resume aside and create a new one from scratch.
- Update your LinkedIn profile and Twitter account with your projects and latest news.
- If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile or Twitter account, create one.
- If your wallet can take it, invest in some new job-hunting clothes or replace any that are worn out.
- Create a new schedule for the fall job hunt. Break up your routine and move daily tasks to new times.
- Rearrange your living space, office or bedroom. You don’t have to spend a fortune or knock down walls – just move things around.
It’s important that you treat the fall like a whole new ball game – because it is. A enormous staffing shift will take place with the end of seasonal employment in August and you need to put your best foot forward when you tackle the new job hunt.
Taking a break isn’t the same as slacking off or giving yourself over to self-pity. It’s a reasonable acknowledgment that you can’t work at something incessantly and still be giving 100%. Job-hunting always demands stubborn persistence, but if you’ve been on the hunt for weeks (or months), you may be a little burnt-out, even if you don’t recognize it.