I was struck by the significant increase in traffic during my commute to work from New Jersey to New York City following the long Labor Day weekend.
During the last three weeks of August I grew accustomed to leaving for work a little later than usual since the traffic died down due to the glaring absence of commuters. Vacations prevailed and workers disappeared.
Now, the commute and business as usual returns. The trains and buses are once again over crowded. The tired, unhappy and bothered look on faces take the place of empty seats.
For job seekers, both active and passive, this is a great time to reignite your search. Yes, it is sad that summer is over and we are in back to school mode, however procuring a great new job is far better than waiting hours on crowded lines at Disney World.
The hiring managers, human resource personnel and others involved with the interview process are back in the office. The interview cycle starts again. Also, we have a window open between September and late November when firms can hire before the December holiday slowdown.
Here are 10 simple things to do right now to jump start your job search.
- Review and refresh your LinkedIn profile.
- Update and enhance your resume.
- Contact and set-up meetings with top recruiters in your specialty.
- Let your network know that you are open to opportunities so that they can keep an eye out for you.
- Connect with recruiters, human resources and other people on LinkedIn that can help with your search.
- Splurge on a new interview wardrobe.
- Take inventory of where you want to go in your career and design a career game plan.
- Discretely feel around at work to determine if your managers will offer you a promotion, raise, and bonus.
- Practice your elevator pitch.
- Remember, not taking an action is really a decision to maintain the status quo.