Don't let up on your search for work over the summer

When it comes to job searching this summer, let everyone else take a vacation. Many job-seekers wait until after Labor Day to shift their search into high gear, but the lazy days of summer are a prime time to get a jump on the competition.

Companies continue to hire during the summer months, and job recruiters rarely take more than a week or two off for vacation, according to Lauryn Franzoni, vice president of executive recruiting network ExecuNet.

"All of us tend to think, 'It's summer, I want to relax. And so everybody else must want to relax,' " she said.

First, consider your goals and evaluate the progress you've made over the first half of the year, Franzoni said. Then, start networking, preferably in the morning hours. People tend to arrive at the office earlier during the summer, both to beat the heat and to get out in time to enjoy the afternoon, she said.

Flexible summer schedules can also mean colleagues or clients will have more time to chat with you or conduct informational interviews, Franzoni said.

If you do land a job interview, trade in your dark, wool suit for something lighter, Franzoni said. You have enough to sweat about as it is.

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