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Change in Seasons Brings Change in Focus

By Diane Dunton

The leaves are beginning to change their colors. Crowds of beachgoers are thinning, boats are being pulled and the focus turns to preparations for the fall. School is back in session, sports activities begin and people shift their mindset from summer to fall schedules.

Here in New England, we have such a short summer season that many activities are focused on spending time with family and friends, whether it's hiking, camping, barbecuing or just getting outside. In some respects, with the exception of tourism professionals, many put their normal routines on pause; and not much hiring is going on.

Summer Job Search

For job seekers, summertime is not a time to pause one's search. You still need to continue to meet with people to find a job. With summer over, though, you may begin to find that people are able to make the time to meet with potential candidates now that vacations are slowing down and normal routines are resuming.

What does the change in season mean to you, the job seeker? You must gear up for the fall with a renewed strategy. It can be a difficult time, especially when it may seem that everyone else has a schedule to get back to and you're still searching. Now is the time to put a new plan together for the upcoming season. Companies and organizations are beginning to create budgets for the next year and upcoming projects, as well their hiring needs, may be back on the front burner.

Examine Your Contacts

As you begin to look at your plan, reflect on new and old contacts. Make a list of whom you can meet with for a second time and who you can reach out to for a first-time meeting. When meeting with people in your network, ask what opportunities they might be aware of in the coming months. Be sure to inquire if there are any projects or seasonal work anticipated in the fall.

Resume Enhancements

Look at your resume and ask yourself what new skills you can add to enhance your resume. There are so many great courses offered in the fall and taking a course can also help with feeling good about what you have to offer. Meeting new people in an environment where everyone is learning together is a great way to keep a positive attitude, which pays off in spades with your job search.

The seasons are changing. Begin your plan to move into the new season for your job search strategy. Make a list of contacts, find seasonal jobs or projects, volunteer and learn a new skill. These strategies can enhance your wellbeing and give you renewed energy for finding a new job.

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Diane L. Dunton M.S., president of Potential Released Consulting Services since 1996, has over 25 years of business and HR experience. Diane has received specialized training with National Training Labs, the Gestalt Institute, Center for Creative Leadership, the University of Michigan's Organizational Career Development and the Center for Reengineering Leadership programs. She has developed programs for over 25,000 employees and leads more than 20 workshops annually offering executive coaching, professional individual coaching and programs on leadership and strategic planning. She has appeared before conferences of up to 9,000 participants and her work has appeared in both U.K. and U.S. management publications, including the Society for Training and Development's Team and Organizational Development Sourcebooks (2003-2006).Learn more about Diane at