One of the definitions of dog days is "a period of stagnation or inactivity." That can happen to any of us when it's the hottest summer on record, parks and beaches are packed, and you're trying to hustle up a new job when everyone else is having fun.
And then there's estivating, passing the summer in a dormant state, much the same as a bear does in winter and snails do in summer, or dogs do a little when it's way too hot. It can be tempting to pack in your job search, or your tennis balls, and estivate for a while.
Even though it's vacation time, employers continue to hire, albeit slowly, and, given the job market, there aren't many job seekers who afford to put their job search on hold for a month.
In addition, there may be less competition for available jobs and even if you split your time, some at the beach or park, some estivating, and some working on your job search, you will still be able to make headway and beat the crowds who will be job searching in force after the summer.
This is also good time to take a little while to unstick your job search if it's stalled and you're not getting results.
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