You could use the three-day weekend to catch up on some serious R&R—and no one here would blame you. But those extra eight hours you have off work could add up to some serious gains in your job search, if you’re willing to put in the time.
After all, “looking for a job really is a full-time job,” points out Miriam Salpeter, a job search and social media strategist and owner of Keppie Careers. “Busy people often have trouble carving out time to do a complete and invested job search, so a holiday weekend can provide welcome time to focus on important aspects of a job search.”
So if you’re determined to shun fun in the sun in favor of getting ahead in your job search (or doing a little of both), here’s how to use this weekend to your advantage.
1. Take advantage of your holiday plans.
You don’t have to rescind your RSVP to your friend’s cookout. But you should make attending the BBQ work for your job search. “If you have plans to attend a cookout, check out the LinkedIn profiles of the people you know will be there,” says Hannah Morgan, job search expert and founder of Career Sherpa. See where they work, then research their companies and look for any openings, she instructs. “Then, while you are at the cookout, you can weave questions into your conversation and let [them] know you are interested.” And, she adds, “even if you don’t see a job you are really interested in, you can still ask questions about why they like working there.” Your dream job may just open up in the near future—and you will have made a contact.Read more