Project Management

Labor Pains

Bob Weinstein is a journalist who covers technology, project management, the workplace and career development.

I've said it before: Summer is a great time for job hunting. Don't wait until Labor Day to start your search. Summer is a particularly good time if you're employed and looking for a better job. You have an edge because you're a proven commodity.


It's so tempting to take a mental vacation during the summer months. You don't have to work hard to find good excuses. The pace is slow, weather hot and most of the world is either on vacation or preparing to take one. The best reasoning is, why kill yourself when the very hiring managers you want to reach are on vacation?


Maybe that was true five years ago, but not now. There is no prime job hunting season any longer. Since the economy is deep into its recovery, there is already a feeding frenzy to find talent. With new companies starting up every day, speed of execution is critical. That means unearthing talent, interviewing them and making them an offer they can't refuse.


Compared with the rest of the year, hiring does slow down during the summer. But it's largely because many candidates stop looking. That's a shame, since about one-half of a company's hiring often occurs in the fall recruiting quarter, and Labor Day is the kickoff. So put your suntan lotion back in the drawer, get out your summer business suits and start cranking up your job hunting machinery. I'm going to tell you why. For …

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