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Stay connected with job search apps and check e-mail often to see if a hiring manager wants to meet.
Stay connected with job search apps and check e-mail often to see if a hiring manager wants to meet. / Anna Bryukhanova/Getty Images

Steamy days may not put you in a job search mode, but if you’re seeking new work, these tips set you apart from those who paused their hunt to swim and tan:

Be proactive. Simply applying to a job is too passive, says Lou Adler, author of The Essential Guide to Hiring and Getting Hired. Instead, “use job postings as leads. Think of it as a sales process, not a waiting game.” And be different: Find out the name of the hiring manager and send an e-mail with a link to your blog, a white paper you wrote, or a YouTube video with a sample of your work. “This is how you get noticed, and you just might find some unadvertised openings,” Adler says.

Use social media. Create or update your profile on sites like LinkedIn.com. “Even if you think August is a slow month because of vacations, reach out anyway; there is less competition for open jobs,” says Alison Doyle, About.com’s job search expert.

Stay connected. If you have a smartphone with job search apps, keep an updated resume on hand. Plan on traveling? Check e-mail often to see if a hiring manager wants to meet. Says Doyle, “You don’t want to miss out on making a connection because you went on vacation.”

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