Maximizing a Jobless Summer

The time has finally come: School’s out for summer! But while students everywhere may be rejoicing over the fact that they can finally stow away their books and pencils, some may find the moment bittersweet. That’s because in the current economy, it can be hard to find a summer job or internship, and there are undoubtedly quite a few budding IT professionals with no plans for the next few months.

However, all is not lost. Even if you’re faced with a jobless summer, you can still make the most of your time by following a few of these simple tips:

Set a regular schedule. When you don’t have classes and you’re not working, it could be tempting to sleep until noon and wear pajamas every day. Don’t. Set goals for yourself both on a daily and on a monthly basis. Keep a checklist and be organized and diligent about crossing items off when you’ve completed them. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you motivated.

Continue to apply. Just because a position hasn’t come through yet doesn’t mean you should give up. In fact, now you can dedicate yourself fully to finding employment. Continue to apply for positions, and pound the pavement if necessary. Set up informational interviews with companies you’re interested in by contacting their human resources departments. Always reiterate your interest. Also, be sure to have an up-to-date resume on hand.

Leverage job boards. This is related to the previous point. When you’re…


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