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So you’ve decided to find a new job—only to discover that the market is scarce.

Job markets (like any market) ebb and flow. Some months, like September and October, are better than others because a lot of companies want to hire before the frenzy of the holidays. Other months, like June and July, aren’t so hot; employers are on vacation and it lands in the middle of the year when employers are thinking less about bringing in new help.

Nonetheless, these slower months don’t mean that there’s nothing to do. If you’re not seeing the sort of jobs you’d like, here are six ways you can take advantage of a slower job market.

I. Update Your Resume

One of the easiest (and best) ways to prep for the busy post-summer season is to have a resume ready for applications. If you’ve been at a job for a while, it’s likely that you haven’t taken the time to refresh your resume; take some time to recall your accomplishments, put them to paper, and get your resume ready for hiring season.

II. Grow Your Network

While there might be fewer jobs available, that is not the case for industry conferences and networking events. A quick online search can reveal a plethora of events available during the slower job hunting months. Try attending an event like the HINMAN or AADOM; you might even make a connection that turns into a job.

III. Reevaluate Your Goals

Our priorities change as we get older. As a result, or goals change too. If you’ve set life goals for yourself that are no longer relevant or that you’ve already accomplished, now is a great time to reevaluate.

Goals help drive us forward and they’re incredibly important for long-term success. Use the slow job market to create new milestones for yourself that you can align your new job with.

IV. Make a Timeline

It’s all too easy to get discouraged when the job market is slow. By creating monthly, weekly, or even daily timelines for yourself, you’ll not only be more organized and ready for the busy season, but you’ll feel more confident. A plan of attack ensures that you’ll be ready to apply for that dream job as soon as it becomes available.

V. Learn Valuable Skills / CE

Not only is CE required in some states, but it’s helpful and keeps you at the top of your game. Sharpen your skills will make you better at your job and increase your value in the job market.

VI. Take a Vacation

If your resume is updated and you’re prepped for job season, you might consider taking a vacation. Vacations are important for maintaining a sense of balance with work. Plus, once you start applying for jobs again, you’ll be busy with interviews and cover letters. Might as well enjoy some time off!

If you want to ensure you don’t miss a job, create a DentalPost Job Seeker account and sign up for job alerts! We’ll email you jobs specific to your location and professionals interests on your cadence. It’s easy and takes only a few minutes to get started.

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