Rethink your career goals
In order to boost your career you should reevaluate where it’s headed. Do you still enjoy what you do? Has your current position changed in any way? Summer is halfway mark so there is still time to finish the year with a bang.
Update your resume
Spruce up your resume just in case you find a position that interests you. Make sure all of your information along with job descriptions are up-to-date.
Search for jobs and interview now
This is the time to get your resume out to potential employers. Don’t let the idea of summer vacations discourage you as people can get very busy towards the holidays and tax season. Check to see if your company has a summer schedule that you can use to your advantage if and when interview opportunities arise.
Get out and network
Warm weather means more networking events and the chance to brush shoulders with the right people. Clear up your schedule to attend an event or two. At the very least you can say you enjoyed a great cocktail.
Plan vacations after important dates
If you know you have something big to work on this summer then you might want to reconsider that vacation. It doesn’t mean you can’t take one, but you shouldn’t do so before any deadlines as it will zap productivity. Plus you’ll be able to let your hair down once it’s over.
Adjust your summer reading list
There’s nothing wrong with getting lost in a good book at the beach — just make sure you include career-related reads with takeaways for the workplace. Learn more about entrepreneurship and the art of negotiation.
Take a summer class
Hopefully you have a more relaxed schedule during the summer months that will enable you to continue your education. Whether online or in the evenings, learn something new you can apply to your career.
Brainstorm with like-minded people
It’s great to discuss your dreams and ambitions with others who have a vision for their life beyond their current situation. Meet up with these people so you can each share and listen to ideas that will encourage you to take the next step. Summer schedules should make coordinating these efforts much easier. If you don’t have a reliable circle consider a Meetup group.
All work and no play makes you a dull and burnt out employee. Take some time for yourself this summer — whether a pre-planned escape or last-minute trip. You have to charge your battery so you can come back to the office refreshed and ready for the next challenge. The point is to get outside the four walls of your office building and use the summer to explore the area or abroad. We are often inspired by the things around us so your next big idea could be a vacation away. Take the trip and bring your sunblock!