1. Capitalize on Seasonal Events: There are an endless number of ways to meet people in the summertime-weddings, barbecues, festivals and parades. Use these times to build your network. Ask friends if you can be their guest to their company picnics and have them introduce you to key decision makers. As you go about your normal summer routine, have networking on the forefront of your mind. This will help you be aware of building new relationships that could lead to job interviews.
2. Don't Get Discouraged: Summer can be a tricky time to reach people, as many use the summer months to vacation. Don't give up! Be patient and persistent (but not overbearing). Also keep in mind that receptions and other gatekeepers tend to take vacations, too. So this could be the perfect time to directly reach a hiring manager.
3. Keep a Job Search Schedule: Yes, it's summer, but that doesn't mean you get to take the season off. You should be applying to jobs as often as you apply sunscreen. Find two hours each day that you can devote to the job search.
4. Build a Network of Job Seekers: Find other job seekers who you can meet with regularly. They will help you stay focused, and they may also help you find job opportunities. Discuss different opportunities you have found when you get together-just because a job isn't right for you, doesn't mean it couldn't be right for someone else (and vice versa).
5. Lend a Helping Hand: Summer months are full of community events and volunteer opportunities. Get involved! Walk around your neighborhood and offer to give someone a hand. While you're helping that neighbor, you can share that you're job hunting and tap into someone else's network. Also consider signing up as a volunteer at a community event (especially if your company of interest is sponsoring). You will be in the right place to meet and make a favorable impression on company execs. Don't be obnoxious about your interest in a job or expanding your network, just make a good impression. Then follow up and ask if they would be willing to meet with you for 15 minutes to ask a couple of career questions, or if they can direct you to a hiring manager who may appreciate your talents, collaborative approach and hard work, even in the hottest days of summer.
*Adapted from monster.com and glassdoor.com