EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

As a season, summer is sure hard to beat.

The days are warmer here in the Northeast. The days are also longer. No more getting up when it is pitch black and coming home when it is pitch black. (Winter is so depressing!) And, outdoor activities like sailing, tennis, and golf sure can’t be beat.

The only problem with summer is the perceptual one that job search is more difficult during the summer because so many folks are on vacation. Friends, a little bit of urban legend is at work here.

Unless you are planning to wait until after Labor Day to work on your networking activities, I think you are just going to have to accept the simple truth that there really isn’t ANY good time to be looking for a job. By definition, job search is a time of stress and uncertainty and there isn’t a season or time of the year when it is really convenient.

It is sort of like the story I used to tell about my old company. Most folks didn’t drag in until 10AM, and what with an hour coffee break in the morning and an hour in the afternoon plus two hours for lunch, it really was hard to get anything done. Did I forget to mention leaving early?

Anyway, if you divide up any day in this depressing way, there really isn’t any reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Scheduling appointments and/or making phone calls and trying to connect with anyone these days is just plain difficult — any time of the day, month or year. That is why you have to work so hard at it. (But, it can pay off.)

If you allow silly excuses to play with your mind, you just won’t be as effective as you need to be to make good progress on your most important goal – connecting with Santa Claus – that one person who is going to offer you a job.

The truth is that there are holiday periods throughout the year, plus times when the weather is bad and travel is difficult. You just have to make do with the resources you have at your disposal.

Time and tide wait for no man (or woman). And, the most important time is always now!

Regardless of the time of year you need to plan this week and next week so you will take best advantage of the availabilities of those you wish to see.

Summer is a great season. Don’t let it become an excuse to inaction.

Regards, Matt

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