Month: July 2014

Six Summer Job Search Tips

How do you keep your search moving forward in the summer? Our experts offer these tips:
  • Capitalize on Seasonal Events: “Summer is a terrific time to network,” says Terwelp. “There are festivals, barbeques, weddings and other gatherings that can be a perfect time to connect.” Fortgang says that using personal and social gatherings to let people know you are looking is an excellent strategy.
  • Don’t Get Discouraged: Summer vacations may make reaching the right people more challenging, but don’t use this as a reason to back off, Fortgang says. “Be patient and consistent, leave polite messages and continue due diligence,” she says. Keep in mind that receptionists and other gatekeepers take vacations, too. “You might connect with that otherwise hard-to-reach hiring manager while your competitors are lolling around waiting until September,” says Ditta.
  • Keep a Job Search Schedule: Yes, it’s summer, but don’t be lulled into laziness. “Even if it is just an hour a day, put structure in place to keep you going,” says Fortgang.
  • Build a Network: “Form a group of like-minded job seekers to keep your summer job search on track,” Fortgang suggests. Meet regularly to share information on who’s hiring. A job opportunity not right for you may be perfect for someone in your network, and vice versa.
  • Take Stock of Your Resume and Skills: Summer is the perfect time to assess and update your resume and skills. “Review your resume and add any new accomplishments or training,” Terwelp says. Also, brush up on any skills that may be lagging. “Take a class or two in the summer. Not only will you be improving your skills, but you can network with your classmates.”
  • Get Outside: Warm weather is the prime time for outdoor home improvement projects, and by helping your neighbors you can help your career at the same time. Walk around your neighborhood and offer to give someone a hand. While you’re helping that neighbor, you can share that you’re job hunting and tap into someone else’s network. “This can lead to more connections, information and maybe even a new job,” says Terwelp.

When it comes to your job search, summer doesn’t have to mean slow. While that perfect swimsuit may remain elusive, you can use the summer months to find an ideal career fit. Your time and effort can reap big rewards and even land you a new job before autumn. The key is to be positive! 🙂



Since the official end of the Great Recession, the news has been inundated with reports about what matters most now to job seekers. How has the recession affected our values in the positions we seek, and the positions we have? How many experienced workers gave up the large paycheck or flexibility in exchange for job security?

No matter where you are in this job search, you know the salary you must make in order to make a job worth your while. Today’s employee wants to thrive off their salary, not just cover expenses and “make ends meet.” Before you go into the interview process, it is a great time to review how you negotiate a higher salary.

Start at a high amount, and negotiate down. Showing your enthusiasm for the position, begin the discussion with an “optimal amount” above what you need to make, but that is fair for the position you are considering. You and the employer can work from there to find a middle ground that is comfortable for both parties.

Demonstrate your value to the company’s bottom line. Be confident in your skills and experience level. Provide examples of how you could use your skills to increase company sales, improve customer service, and accomplish the organization’s missions directly. If you are asking for $5,000 more in salary, justify that amount in savings you can provide the company, or projects you can complete that will bring in even more revenue.

Look beyond base pay for other ways to increase your pay. If an employer will not budge from their first offer, as many employers will do in a recovering (but not yet fully recovered) economy, you can inquire about additional vacation days, an early salary review, and the possibility of bonuses based on job performance.

As you apply for each position, you can put together a game plan for how you will negotiate your ideal salary. 



Summer Job Interview Tips

So you’ve networked successfully or reached out directly to employers and landed an interview, now what can you do to capitalize on this opportunity and convert it to a job offer for the summer? Effective preparation, delivery and follow up will all be critical to your success. Here are the top ten tips for successfully interviewing for a summer job:
Prepare! Think of successful past experiences as a student, athlete, volunteer, employee, and friend or with school activities. Identify the skills or qualities which enabled you to do well in those situations. Be ready to share statements referencing those strengths and to give examples of how and when you tapped those assets.

Practice a 30 word statement underscoring why you want the job and how you have the right stuff to excel in that role. Rehearse in front of the mirror, with parents, advisors or other trusted individuals.

Review all the experiences listed on your application and/or resume and be ready to answer questions about them like what was challenging about that role, why you left the job, what you learned and your biggest accomplishments.

Dress more nicely than you would in everyday life. Think neat church clothing. Have your parents inspect your outfit before departing for your interview.

Avoid excessive make up, piercings and wild hairdos. Present the image that your employer would want for their clientele. You can always readjust your grooming once you leave the interview and see your friends.

Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and warm smile. Make comfortable eye contact when articulating your statements. Lean slightly forward to engage your interviewer and don’t slouch.

Enthusiasm and a positive attitude really count with summer job interviews. All things being equal, the eager, upbeat young candidate will be much more likely to get an offer. Smile often, use a lively vocal tone and focus on the positive at all times. Verbalize to the employer that you would really like the job and work hard to do well.

If you don’t have all the skills or experiences required for the job, it is best to honestly admit that fact if asked but emphasize your eagerness to learn and ability to learn quickly.

Express as much flexibility as honestly possible regarding hours worked and start dates. If you can start in the spring or continue in the fall while in school, it may be a distinct advantage with some employers.

Compose a thank you note as soon as possible after your interview expressing your appreciation for the meeting and excitement about the possibility of working there this summer. Include a photo to help them remember you. Check in periodically with your employer after the interview and express your continued interest.

Remember that there are many fish in the sea of summer employers, so be yourself, do your best, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself to succeed in any one interview.

(Thank you for this Article 🙂