Just because the year is winding down doesn’t mean your job search should be. The weeks leading up to the calendar turning are full of both challenges and opportunities. Here, experts offer thoughts on making the most of 2011’s closing months.
“September is typically a great time for job searching as many people are returning from vacation and turning their attention once again towards business,” says Roberta Chinsky Matuson, president of Human Resource Solutions in Northampton, Mass., and author of “Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around.”
Duncan Mathison, a career consultant and co-author of “Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps to a Successful Job Search When Times are Tough,” agrees. “This is a time when many people are back in the office and before holidays begin. It is a great time to kick up the networking to hiring managers and even your direct approach — letters, emails and calls to people who manage people with your skills.”
As fall progresses, companies often start solidifying future plans. “Fourth quarter is budgeting time,” Mathison says. “This is when employers are looking at budgets for next year and jobs are being created. Yes, these positions might not start until after the first of the year, but get ahead of the line!” He recommends making sure managers know you and your available skills, which could lead to a job description written to fit your profile or at least a spot in the candidate pool that gets called before an ad gets posted.