Many job seekers assume summer is a bad time to look for a career move. It sounds counterintuitive, but this summer is actually a great time to be on the hunt. At Synergis, we’re super busy filling our clients’ jobs right now. Help us out and check out our IT jobs and Creative jobs!
And, in the meantime, I’ll tell you why you shouldn’t wait until the fall to look for your dream job.
1. There’s less competition.
According to LaborIQ, the job market challenge is on the side of employers, not candidates. Almost 3.5 million fewer people are participating in the labor force than before the pandemic, so the pace of hiring will slow due to a lower labor supply, not the demand for skilled workers. But this is good news for candidates as it means less competition for the jobs you’re applying for. So, go ahead and brush off your resume and cover letter—even though everyone else might be taking a break.
2. The demand for talent is back.
In April of 2020, many companies were cutting back on hiring and/or conducting layoffs. So, now that we’re on our way back to “normal” with economic growth over the past few months, companies are looking to hire again. And the candidate supply remains extremely tight for roles in technology, much like it did before the pandemic hit. But the job rebound varies around the country, so keep that in mind. Here are the U.S. locations that have recovered the most total jobs in the first quarter of 2021.
|Location||2021 YTD Job Gain|
|New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA||95,500|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||58,700|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI||52,200|
|Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX||34,800|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||23,900|
Source: LaborIQ and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
3. It’s easier to ask for time off.
Many companies and industries slow down over the summer, so it might be easier for you to ask for vacation time. It’s a natural time for people to take PTO that no one will bat an eye when/if you take a few days here and there to interview. The lull in work may also mean it’s easier to get on a hiring manager’s calendar. They may also have more time to sift through resumes.
4. Networking is no longer hazardous.
Trying to meet with people from your professional network was hard enough before the pandemic. Once COVID hit, it was virtually impossible. But now that people are getting vaccinated and the weather is warm enough to grab coffee outside, your contact might be not only be willing, but eager to meet with you. Any excuse to get out of the home or office to socialize again! And you never know when you’ll make a great work contact at the neighborhood pool or barbecue, too. So, ABN (always be networking)!
5. We’re hiring too!
Not only is Synergis experiencing high job order requests, but we have open positions as well. We are looking for recruiters and sales to work in or around our offices in Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Check out the job board here. And, by the way, we were named a Staffing Industry Analyst 2021 Best Staffing Firm to work for, so you might really want to consider it (that’s my shameless plug).
This summer is a unique time for job seekers. But I advise you to take advantage of it. After living through a pandemic and possibly a job loss, you owe it to yourself to take stock of your career. And summer is the perfect opportunity for that self-reflection. Ask yourself, “Am I doing what I love?” and “Can I see myself doing that same job for the next 30-40 years?”
And companies like Synergis are here to help you find your dream job. Reach out to us to get paired up with one of our expert recruiters.
About the author
Marisa Wahnschaff serves as a Technical Recruiter for Synergis out of our Atlanta office. She specializes in placing candidates in Cyber Security, Cloud Engineer, DevOps and Principal Architect roles. Prior to Synergis, Marisa worked in business development in the insurance and risk management industries. But she missed recruiting so much, that she came back to it! Marisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Campbell University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little ones, her three fur babies and cheering on her favorite sports teams (Notre Dame Fighting Irish and New York Yankees).