June is an exciting time for new grads, but it can also be a bit stressful.
While they’re celebrating their hard-earned academic achievements and looking forward to the next chapter in their lives, new grads are also looking for a job. The good news is that June is the best time to job hunt.
As a former recruitment consultant, I spent a lot of time talking to companies about their hiring strategies. For many of them, June marks the end of their fiscal years. This means that they are budgeting and planning for the year ahead and, of course, staffing is a huge part of that. By using a proactive approach to your job search, you can get yourself to the front of the line of applicants by selling yourself to businesses before they even have time to post the job (or need to).
How to get to the front of the line
The proactive approach starts with research. Look into the companies that you are interested in working for and find out when their fiscal years end. Do some investigating on LinkedIn and find out who would make the hiring decision for someone with your background and skill set. If you can’t find that person, at least find the HR manager.
Send a professional e-mail explaining that you know that it is year-end for them and that you understand they are planning for the next. Tell them why you are interested in the company and, most importantly, how you can contribute to its future success. Describe your skill set and highlight your relevant professional or academic achievements. Of course, attach a resume to your email.
Why you will stand out
Taking this approach shows that you’ve done your homework and that you understand the company to which you are applying. If you can make a compelling case for how you will help the company, you will show that you can anticipate and solve its business needs. Lastly, because you are essentially applying for a job that hasn’t been posted yet, you will be competing against a much smaller applicant pool than if you were simply responding to a job advertisement.
Creating your own job
The benefit of looking for a job in June when companies are busy planning for the next fiscal year is that you may end up creating your own job. A well-written and well-timed approach can show HR and hiring managers that they do, in fact, need someone like you on their team and they can build that staffing need into next fiscal year’s plan. And before they even post a job ad, the best candidate is right there in front of them.
Use June to your advantage. Get to know the companies you want to work for and be proactive in your job search this month. Your next job might just be waiting for you to make it!