HR and Hiring Managers are usually WAY more open to cold reach-outs and informational interviews during this period.
Create a list of 10-15 dream companies, start putting in calls, and get your face out there!
2 quick ideas for summer networking (because those who build their network during the Summer months reap rewards come fall):
-Large cities host informal, outdoor “happy hours.” Attend one to quickly meet new people across many different industries.
-What’s your university alumni group up to? Meet up to trade notes and scope out potential opportunities.
Longer wait times to hear back during Summer isn’t a sign that you’re doing anything wrong.
Think in terms of “hurry up and wait”: periods of rapid activity followed by gaps as staff go on/come back from vacation, etc.