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Fall Forward: 4 Fall Career Hacks for 2018

by Kaila

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Who doesn’t love fall? Cool nights and crisp mornings, pumpkin spice lattes, and fly autumn looks all make up one of the greatest seasons of the year. What’s more, fall tends to have an impressive impact on your job search as well. That’s right – fall is the best times of year to kick off your job hunt!

Realistically, there is no time like the present to change your career – whether that be spring, summer, winter, or fall. However, once fall hits, the job market is revived! To take advantage of this prime time in the career sphere, check out these 4 career hacks that you can begin using NOW!

1. Email prospective employers on Monday mornings. 

One of the best things about job searching during the fall is a higher response rate. Most employers wrap their vacations up in August and return to their usual Monday morning routines. Try to reach out to employers on Monday morning – this ensures that your email does not get lost in the shuffle of the previous week’s inquiries.

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2. Meet the employers where they are. 

During the Autumn months, you can find employers just about everywhere: college career fairs, company open houses, information sessions, and of course, online! With an influx of new fall applicants, employers will find it easiest to work with candidates who meet them where they are. They will not only be impressed by your flexibility and persistence but will also have a tough time forgetting your name (and face) when you chat them up at the events they are already attending.

3. Update your resume. 

Now, of course you don’t have to wait until fall to update your resume. In fact, it is key to keep your resume updated throughout the year – you never know when an opportunity will arise! But if you haven’t done a spring or summer update, fall is the time to do so. Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready!

4. Prepare to get proactive. 

Fall time is grind time. The competition is stiffer, but this just means that you have to polish your approach a bit. Employers see an influx of candidates applying for the same positions, so if you don’t get a response the first time around, don’t be afraid to follow-up.

Finally, keep in mind that Autumn is about shedding the old and harvesting the new. So, whether you are fresh out of college, returning to the workforce after time away, making a career change, or just looking to do something different, remember that this is the time to reap what you have sown. If you put in the work, your harvest will include new career beginnings!


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