How do I know this?
I’d be lying if I told you I had a clue.
Most of my success has come in the Fall and when I look around; it just seems like the Fall is a good time. I understand that companies hire year round but factors converge this time of year that make it “prime time.”
And I’m not talking about season help at your local Kmart or Walmart – God forbid. But of course, if you’ve been out of a job and want to get into retail; these upcoming seasonal positions can be golden. Yes, golden.
Because you get in – do a good job – and be included in those they keep after the holidays are over.
But here the factors that I think work in your favor:
Summer vacation and the dog days are over. HR and recruiters are more focused.
Fiscal reboot. Government fiscal budget gets a reboot in October and that’s good. Because a number of companies set their fiscal year to the government’s schedule, which means hiring budgets are about to flush with cash. And some companies reboot in July.
Companies looking to 2012. Some companies begin the hiring process for 2012 now. Their fiscal year matches the calender year and to hire a great candidate; some companies plan 2 to 4 months to hire. It’s prime time to get started.
So what to do:
- LinkedIn – Get on it. Check out all the articles in my Social Media categories if you need help getting this going (as a side note – I just get an unsolicited email request for my resume from a HR rep with a major retailer – that’s nice; getting request for resumes versus sending out. AND my LinkedIn page sucks!)
- Resumes – If your resume isn’t the best it can be – why not. Tons of articles and advice here to help you. Or go get a good book from the library. You have other options like the Guerrilla Resume approach for 30 bucks. Of course, you could also pay someone to write your resume for you – but – that starts to get really pricey. Best bet is to go through all the advice here and head to the library.
- Networking – If you have not, then you need to start. Don’t overtly seek help with names and contacts. But do start asking for advice and potential openings. Don’t make anyone feel obligatory or feel that you are imposing on them. Just ask for help. If they do – fine. If they don’t – fine. And get out there. Join Toastmasters or a local job club. Think about joining ExecuNet. I used them for about 3 months back in 2003. It was a bit pricey. Cost me around 120 bucks or so. I didn’t get much out of its job postings but I did like the networking sessions they put together.
- Industry Job Fairs – Forget the cattle calls but do look for industrial specific job fairs. And if you were in any way related to the military, however long away, look for fairs that specialize in the military. But fairs that key in on a common theme is critical. More of my thoughts here.
Of course there’s a lot more, but the most important is to get going. Fall is prime time and you need to make the most of it.