August has been dubbed the “Silly Season” because supposedly nothing really important happens during this time. Mucky mucks in the world of business and government tend to take long vacations during this month, and try to spend as little time as possible thinking about work. Because of this reputation, as well as their own desire to take some time off, employment seekers tend to put the brakes on their job hunt for positions right about now. However, they do so at their own peril, said Duncan Mathison, a senior consultant at DBM, a firm that helps professionals find work who have been released through downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, and so forth.
“We typically find that in the third quarter, companies start to look at their budgets for the coming year,” he said. “They’re looking at what they’ve got in their budgets, and they’re looking at what they’re planning for next year. What often happens is in the summer, when the workflow is interrupted by vacations and things like that, it’s a great time to get queued up into the hiring cycle for a company. You do that through networking and those kinds of things so that when they really start selecting people, you’re in the queue. If you wait until the actual offers start going up to get into the job-search cycle, then you’re too late.”
Likewise, the holiday season running from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day has a reputation as a slow period for company operations and,…
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