Apparently “summer” has settled in for the long haul here in the Boston area, and I’m reminded of how easy it can be to just shift into “cruise control” mode in your post-graduation job search.
I say this knowing full well that my Curry College PR students have been charging non-stop all the academic year with a full load of classes, part-time jobs, volunteer activities, and on-campus associations (CCPRSA, for example).
Unfortunately, if you are a job or internship seeker, “summer” doesn’t mean to slam on the brakes and do nothing.
Yes…you really do need and have earned some downtime. You’re tired. I’m tired. But the “real life” train is still out there chugging along, heading for the next station/job opportunity and, if you’re not on it, well…
The nice thing about the summer for a lot of businesses is that things do calm down a smidge. Folks take vacations. Companies implement “summer work hours” that give employees a little bit of extra time off.
But unfilled jobs are still sitting there. And sooner or later they have to be filled.
Summertime is good networking “planting” time. Lots of activities are going on around town that offer you a chance to meet people…potential employers…potential co-workers…and “plant the seeds” of future relationships.
Here in Boston, for example, the Boston Chapter, PRSA, and the Publicity Club of New England have a joint “summer social” scheduled for the end of July. For a nominal fee, you will be able to rub shoulders and swap business cards with a hundred or so PR pros, find out a little about their organization, and start lining up informational interviews.
The same holds true for other cities, so it doesn’t matter where you are…start “planting”! As a good friend at Curry likes to respond when I say “Good to see you”…“It’s good to be seen!”
So get yourself some well-deserved rest and recharge your batteries. Then call on your existing resources…professors (current and past…you do keep in touch with those key players who gave you the insights that got you going in the right direction, don’t you?) and your career services office (for help with resumes, cover letters, potential jobs or internships).
Then start your cultivating. After all, it’s summer…the professional growing season!