The Makings of a Successful Season

will-s-0209Making good use of the calendar to springboard your way to a new job.
As the dreadful summer heat of Houston begins to relent, my head begins to fill with visions of professional and college football teams taking the field in hopes of what will be a championship season.

The average football season lasts about four to five months with the balance of the year focused around recruitment, training, and planning. Coaches and players are keenly aware that in order to be successful from September through January, they need to be extremely effective in how they use the calendar from February through August.

If you are challenged with the pressures of a trying job search, your use of the calendar can be paramount in landing a new job. For instance, with summer winding down and vacations out of the way, many employers will now hunker down to focus on the best way to hit their last quarter projections. For some, this last-ditch surge could determine whether or not they reach bonus payouts.

All industries operate by the calendar.

All companies look to the calendar as they make plans to manage their business affairs. Although the year is twelve months long, many industries depend only on a fraction of that time to produce the bulk of their revenue annually. In order to properly handle this ebb and flow, most business will be inclined to bring on additional staff during peak months.

For example, to handle their holiday package rush, UPS fills thousands of part-time positions from November through January. Interestingly enough, many of the people who now fill their management and administrative positions came aboard at some point during a seasonal hiring phase.

Obviously, the retail industry will be expanding their workforces to accommodate the busy holiday season. Even with the economy experiencing spasticity, seasonal opportunities will be abound.

January is about the time of year when accounting and financial firms hire additional staff to offset the demands of a busy tax season. This can be a great opportunity to earn extra money while gaining the opportunity to forge relationships with hiring managers.

Spring is when hotels, recreational theme parks, and other businesses that depend on summer crowds, beef up their hiring needs. This is also around the time of year when working professionals start heading off to vacation. I mention this because this could be the perfect time for tapping into some great temporary opportunities.

Staffing companies usually start priming up each spring, knowing that their clients will begin to bombard their offices seeking temporary employees. As I’ve preached in past articles, some of the best careers begin with temporary assignments. If you’re targeting a specific employer, it might be wise to learn if they employ seasonal or temporary employees.

Just like sports, job search preparation is the key for developing a winning formula. Always remember to keep your head in the game!

Wil Smith is a Business Consultant for Workforce Solutions in the Houston metropolitan area. Wil has collected over 20 years of expertise in the areas of Corporate Training & Development, Recruitment and Operational Management; with the majority of that time working with a Fortune 500 Corporation. He has also worked in the Sports/ News industry as a Reporter and Broadcaster.


%d bloggers like this: