Make the Most of Back to School: Job Hunting During School Hours

Students headed back to the classroom in Polk County this week, and for parents who are unemployed, your days can seem somewhat quiet and empty now that your school-aged children are gone 7+ hours each day. While it can seem nice to have a breather once the school year begins, this is really the prime time to make the most of your free hours and buckle down on your job search. Why?

First, you have free time! During the summer, it was likely hard to find childcare while you attended interviews or job fairs, or ran around town picking up and dropping off applications and required paperwork for various openings. Add any summer camps or activities, family vacations, and regular household duties and you have very little time or energy left to creatively work on your search for employment. Now, your kids are in school for a large part of each day, Monday-Friday, and you are left with open hours to research new openings throughout the Central Florida region, attend career fairs, drop off resumes, or even schedule interviews.

Not only do you have more free time, but you have more opportunities! Many businesses tend to step back from staffing and recruiting during the summer months, as the business owners themselves are busy with their own families and activities. The start of school signals the beginning of a new year, and that is a great time to maximize opportunities with companies opening new positions on their staff, or re-opening jobs that had been closed over the summer.

Finally, this time of year is a great time to find a new position as you are in between summer break, and the holiday season. As we get closer to the holidays, businesses often take another break from staffing and recruiting (unless they are in retail) since they don’t want to be handling employee paperwork, payroll changes, etc. at the end of a tax year.

Don’t miss out on this period of time to get hired! Ready to take your job search to the next level? Hand it over to PHR Staffing Solutions and let us do the hard work for you. We handle the research, the paperwork, and payroll, and our goal is to match you with positions that are perfect for YOU and your own unique set of skills and qualifications. Head over to our Lakeland office after you drop your kids off at school and learn more about how we can help you this year, or apply for one of our current openings right here on our site!