In the last three months, more people have quit their jobs than been laid off, according to a recent AP article. Is this a sign of better economic times or an exhausted workforce that in light of recent layoffs have endured more stressful environments? Could it be that companies are actually hiring again or maybe is it just the lure of the amazing summer weather? Many employees are quitting their jobs without lining up another position.
Is their tenacity to be applauded? Firms may frown upon this as it is common to fret over gaps on a resume. It may be misconstrued that these candidates aren’t loyal and will quit when things get a little stressful. A prospective employer may even wonder if a sudden departure was due to a performance issues and that the candidate left before getting fired. Actions can be misinterpreted so finding another position first is superlative.
With amazing temperatures and so much to do during the summer, who wants to sit inside combing the internet for networking and employment opportunities? Thanks to the smart phones and the expanding App repertoire, it is now possible to career network while getting a sun tan, mowing the lawn, or kicking back at a local beer garden. As if you needed another excuse to get a Smartphone!
Consider it a career investment and check out a few of these amazing apps that can be accessed from anywhere any time:
If taking the smart phone plunge isn’t in the cards, the old school methods of career networking can be just as effective. Many firms host parties and happy hours during the summer- why not grab your business cards and a cold one?
A few tried and true tips still work for these events:
It is possible to enjoy all that summer has to offer AND grow that career network. Make sure to keep track of all contacts, it is so unprofessional when a candidate doesn’t know where they sent their resumes or what jobs they have applied to. Maybe the Smartphone is essential…excel spreadsheet anyone?