Dive into a new job this summer

The summer season brings to mind a lot of things: lounging by the pool, weekend barbeques, family vacations, and sunny days. And while you’re daydreaming about fun summer activities, finding a job may be the last thing on your mind.

But don’t let your lackadaisical summer mindset derail your chances to land a new job this season! Summer can be a great time to be on the hunt for a job, and you may even find less competition for position when other candidates are wrapped up in their summertime activities.

According to a report released on Thursday by ADP, private payrolls added 176,000 jobs in the month on June, when only 100,000 had been predicted by analysts. Though the job reports have brought mixed news over the last few months, this new report provides job seekers some reassurance that there are jobs to be had. The best news of all is that the right job is out there waiting for you to find it!

Make sure you take advantage of the summer job market by getting your head in the game well before the leaves start to change color this fall. Here are a few tips to make your summer job search more effective:

Make sure you follow all application instructions
Each job application is unique, and you will greatly boost your chances of consideration if you’ve made sure to follow instructions to a “T.” Does the job listing request a cover letter? Does the company want you to complete an application on their own website, instead of the listing where the job was found? Make sure you follow all instructions and answer all questions to the best of your knowledge and ability. The time spent making sure your application is thorough and complete will be well worth it—incomplete applications are rarely reviewed in the first place!

Keep up with your emails
Even if you haven’t heard back on some of the applications you submitted, be sure to check your email regularly to make sure you don’t miss an email job alert or application response, especially if you have a secondary email account set up just for job searching (which is a great idea, by the way!) Checking often ensures you won’t miss an opportunity to apply for a great job in your job alerts or catch a response from a potential employer.

Stay professional
Sure, summer may bring out the laid-back beach bum in us, but it is important to keep your attitude toward your job search and interviews nothing but professional. Respond to emails in a timely fashion, keep your resume up-to-date, and be ready for an interview at any time.

If you have fair or sensitive skin, it is also important to wear sun protection while you’re enjoying outdoor activities. Besides the obvious health reasons, you don’t want to risk showing up at an impromptu interview inadvertently red in the face.

Follow this guidelines and this summer just may be remembered as the one you landed your dream job!