There seems to be a common misconception that summer isn’t as great a time to job hunt due to more frequent vacations and fewer openings. However, summer can actually be an ideal time to begin your search for numerous reasons. Here are five reasons that stand out.
Many companies experience what’s called a “lull” in the summer, meaning they might have less busy schedules than usual. This of course depends on the company, but especially private practices that welcome patients by appointment might experience this as many folks go on vacation during the summer and travel. These lulls can present a time for employers to evaluate their teams and see what positions might need to be filled or created to help aid their crew. While sometimes the summer can warrant slower response times, it can also provide a great time to enter a company as they’ll likely have more time to dedicate to training newcomers.
For much of the same reason that you might hesitate to job hunt during the summer, many others do as well. This means that there’s actually less competition because many are caught in this assumption. In reality, ten years of hiring data show that December is the slowest month for hiring while June is one of the best.
If you don’t yet see a job that catches your eye, consider looking for summer internships instead. While not always paid, these are great opportunities to get your foot in the door and test to see if a position and environment is the right fit for you. Some internships might be exclusive to those still in school or needing credit, but others are likely to open to anyone.
More Networking Possibilities
In the colder months, it can be difficult to find time to network with individuals. Matching up schedules can be a hassle and in general, people tend to stay close to home with the chilly weather. Summer presents more opportunities to go to networking events, some even being held outside. In addition, some businesses have more lax hours during the summer, leaving their employees more time to grab lunch or a drink during the day to chat so as not to intrude on night and family time. With this combined with the aforementioned “summer lulls,” it leaves more room to schedule interviews and informational chats and discussions.
This one might seem silly, but it’s a proven fact that sun tends to help elevate someone’s mood. Along with longer days and warmer weather, summer is a great time to job search and interview because you might catch your interviewer in higher spirits, and you yourself might share in the sunshine effect. While people of course interview at all times of the year, the summer spirit can make for a more casual and relaxed environment, which is always a plus.
Are you ready?
If you’re ready to take the leap and start looking, start with us! Med-Scribe is open throughout the summer and our recruiters are as dedicated as ever to finding you the perfect home. Contact us today.