It’s no secret that the pulse of business activity slows during the summer season, making it the ideal time for workers to tackle back-burner projects and take advantage of much-needed vacation time. For active job seekers, however, the dog days of summer can be a difficult and frustrating time. Rejection is hard enough when you’re not sweating through a full suit in 100-degree weather. Related: The 4 New Rules Of Recruiting Because of staggered vacation schedules and the general slow pace of summer, the elapsed time between scheduling interviews and decision-making can seem like an eternity to the eager job seeker. In fact, the most recent report on job trends from the Bureau of Labor Statistics accounted for 741,000 discouraged American workers in July. The BLS defines ‘discouraged workers’ as people who are unemployed but not actively looking for work because they believe there are no jobs available for them. If you are one of the discouraged workers out there, or if you’re just itching for a new job, here is some good news: in a few days Labor Day will mark the unofficial end of summer, which means a traditional boost in hiring is just around the corner. Hiring managers and gatekeepers alike are returning from vacation refreshed, rejuvenated and motivated for a productive fourth quarter.