At this time of the year when the days are getting warmer and longer it is always tempting to think about taking some time off. As in, "I'm going to put the search on hold for the summer". This always blows me away. Sure, the job market is tough but just because the weather is nice this is not the time to put things on hold. Personally, and I know I'm not alone with this, when a candidate tells me they are spending the summer at the beach I know that I am going to have a challenge taking them serious as a candidate. When football season starts and this candidate restarts their search the question that torpedoes their first couple of interviews is usually along the lines of, "So what have you been doing all summer?" When that response describes hanging out at the beach the interview for all intents and purposes is over.
While there is never a great time to be looking for a job, the summer, at least is the most palatable season. The great thing about the summer is that if you are out looking for a new job when you come to a roadblock or disappointment you can go to the beach and forget your cares for a few hours.