Why the Summer is Great for Making Career Moves

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People will tell you that there is no point in trying to make career moves over the summer months.
“Everyone’s on holidays, no one is available!” is the general theory. Or “No decisions get made du
People will tell you that there is no point in trying to make career moves over the summer months.

“Everyone’s on holidays, no one is available!” is the general theory.

Or “No decisions get made during the summer!”

All of which results in postponing any activity to September and thus delaying career happiness by at least two months.

I don’t know about you but I think that’s a very long time if you are unhappy or underpaid…

Plus: you’re not the only one thinking about your career over the summer. Many people seem to contemplate how (un)happy they are on their pool-side stretcher. I know this because there’s a strong uptick in women reaching out to me in late August and September every year, to check if I can support them actually making those moves.

Ergo: you’ve got strong competition if you’re only starting to work on your career at that time.

And here’s the thing: none of it is true.

Sure, most people take holidays over the summer months. But I have yet to meet a corporate baddie who went away for 6 – 8 weeks. (And if you know one: yeay! Let me know where they work so I can send my clients there!)

Most people go away for two, three weeks at most. And you know when they aren’t away? They are taking it a bit easier, because that’s what summer months are for. Meaning they tend to have time to meet with you. They can schedule that long lunch, they can go on that lovely walk, they can book that morning coffee with you in the bar below their office. You also tend to get more relaxed, more informal conversation when you’re both in that zone.

So I’d argue that the summer months are a most excellent time to work on your career.

So go and connect!

Go and speak to people!

That way, by the end of summer, you have a much better idea of where you can take your career. And if you’re lucky, you might even go away on holidays to come back to a new role that you absolutely love.

If you want my help putting some method to the madness, by helping you figure out who to connect to, then how to make sure they want to speak to you and then what to say and how to say that during those conversations – send me a quick message.

There’s nothing I love doing more.

 

 

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