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With summer quickly approaching and the temperatures rising, it’s also a hot time of the year for job searching. As a result, the competition can be pretty fierce – and it’s not always easy to reach hiring managers because of frequent vacations and absences. Here are some tips for streamlining your summer job search and gaining an edge on the competition.

Act Early

Perhaps the best thing you can do is get a head start before summer is in full swing. If you wait until the last minute, hiring managers will probably be sorting through dozens or even hundreds of resumes. But if you act early, you can get your name out there before the competition. Ideally, you should start your job search by early May or even late April.

Brush Up Your Resume and Cover Letter

Is your resume or cover letter a bit outdated, or could it simply use a little tweaking? If so, you should spend some time fine-tuning these documents so they’re ready to go and will make you look more appealing to recruiters. Maybe you’ve learned a new skill or recently finished an educational course. Whatever the case may be, make sure that both your resume and cover letter are professional and up-to-date.

Follow Up Regularly

Following up after submitting an application or interviewing is incredibly important because it proves you’re genuinely interested, assertive and willing to put forth some initiative. make it a point to follow up within a reasonable period of time (e.g., within 48 hours after an interview). Due to the fact that hiring managers may be on vacation or absent, you need to be extra diligent about this and may need to contact more than one person.

Send Thank-You Notes as a Reminder

According to a survey from CareerBuilder, “22 percent of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who does not send a thank you, and 91 percent like being thanked.” These statistics show just how powerful a simple thank-you note can be and prove why it’s important to send one. Generally speaking, an email is sufficient. However, a traditional, handwritten thank-you card can have an even bigger impact.

When it comes to landing a summer job, it pays to be proactive and hit the ground running as early as possible. By using the right strategies, you can impress recruiters and find the perfect job.

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