Are hiring managers on vacation in August? πŸ˜• Maybe. There's still work you can do πŸ’ͺ

Hello to you πŸ– and helloooooo August! Whether it's at the cottage, beach, wine country or abroad, this is the month we typically see many people take a week or two off.

Because we see a lot of "OUT OF OFFICE ALERT" emails, it can feel discouraging having to wait for hiring managers to get back to work.

That said, though many decision-makers are out, you only need one to put you back in the game πŸ˜‰

Here are my (un-scientific; totally from personal experience) thoughts on job hunting in August:

1. You can still get hired this month πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό

My last two full-time roles, both at the tech startup and at the media company, started interviewing me in August.

One set of interviews took a really long time, with interviews held weeks apart because of vacation schedules, but I still got the job.

The other set of interviews were back-to-back within a few days and I still got the job.

Yes, some hiring teams will have members out on vacation, but business objectives (including staffing for new projects) don't rest.

You're likely to see a slowed down interview cycle, or a sped up one, but rarely one that's stopped completely.

2. Hiring managers may be more open and relaxed πŸ’†β€β™€οΈ

Summer's still in full swing, the warm weather is inviting everyone to happy hour on a patio and we have the most daylight now than we're going to have for the rest of the year.

People are just a little happier this time of year.

You may find that you'll get some very amicable hiring managers to the table and the same barriers that held you back previously might be a little more loose.

You may also find that people are a little more open to networking meetings if their to-do lists are shorter. Why not treat them to an iced coffee?

3. This is a perfect time for you to develop 🧠

In the event that you're not getting the bites you need on your resume, you could take this extra time you're not interviewing to catch up on personal and professional development.

Sign up for an online course, take out a few books from the library, hop on a guided tour bus in your city.

Every day, regardless of where you are in your career, you can be developing, learning and growing.

4. This is a perfect time for you to take time off πŸ–

Again, if you're not getting traction, maybe hang up the job hunting hat for a week and take some time just for you.

Send out a couple of applications first thing in the morning, then go to the beach. In fact (PRO TIP!) go on a weekday while all your counterparts are stuck at the office (leaving the entire beach yours for the taking.)

Or maybe take a long walk in the sunshine.

Or maybe take a nap.

Job hunting truly is a series of ups and downs, with some downs lasting a little longer than others. Ride the waves as they come and do whatever you can today, without worrying about tomorrow.

Richard Gawlas