As most of you are aware, the majority of schools broke up for the summer holidays last week. Perhaps, like me, you wished you were young again with six weeks of fun ahead. We may not get six weeks off but many of us do feel the benefit of the roads being quieter! Not quite the same level of excitement - but a positive nonetheless!
Last week I was on holiday, and coming back into work and looking at our jobs board, which lists all of the jobs we are working on, made me realise just how busy we are. At the moment our clients have both interim and permanent requirements in both the private and public sector. So much to "Oh, the market goes quiet with everyone taking time off for summer holidays..."
This got me thinking - I personally feel that people in business can rely too much on these cliché excuses. This common patter can the easily allow our mindset to change, even if it isn't based in reality. Perhaps then these everyday sayings just become an excuse for why they are not as busy as they would like to be in work.
I can think of typical sayings for every month. "It's January", "It's the bank holidays", "It's the summer holidays", "It's Christmas"... and the one I'm waiting for..."It's the Olympics"! In my mind, if a client needs interim support to cover sickness or maternity leave, or to fill a new post as someone has been promoted, these excuses are irrelevant!
Yes, we have to be realistic about these national events that are out of our control, but I do feel that whilst some may be making their excuses, other good recruiters will be out there winning business and creating opportunities to talk to good candidates about.
The moral of the tale is: don't be disheartened or put off looking for a move over the summer, rather, find a good recruiter and let them help you to find your next perfect role. There is no time like the present - Olympics or no Olympics!