How Summer Can Heat Up Your Career

Summer has finally arrived filled with hot, sunny days and warm, relaxing evenings. It’s time to get outside whether you find yourself at a pool, park or patio. Summer is also a great time to heat up your career.

Take a break during your busy workday and go for a walk in the sunshine. You will be amazed how energized and refreshed you feel at the end of your walk. Use your walk to brainstorm ideas or provide solutions to problems. Do a walking meeting with a colleague or a client/customer rather than meeting on the phone or in a meeting room. 

Prepare a healthy lunch and eat it outside and invite one or more colleagues to join you.

Make your day shorter and more productive by arriving at work one hour earlier so you can leave one hour earlier and take full advantage of the longer daylight hours.                 

Brighten up your attitude and lighten up your demands and expectations of others.

Attend any summer activities organized by your team or organization. It’s a chance to relate to your team on a personal level and to meet other employees so you can expand your internal network and learn about new initiatives and other areas of the organization. 

Commit to network with one external contact or internal colleague every week for lunch or coffee, preferably outside.  

Offer to take on additional work while a colleague is on vacation. You can gain new skills and knowledge and you will be seen as a valuable and committed asset of the organization. 

Did you know that July is one of the top recruiting months for many companies? They are busy putting together their plans for the new fiscal year and deciding on resource requirements. Hiring managers have more time to interview and integrate new hires.  

Even if you are happy in your current role, it’s time to dust off your resume and update it with your current role and its results and accomplishments. Take some time to see what positions are available in your organization and in your industry. If you see something that interests you, go ahead and apply for it. Remember nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Looking at other opportunities may make you aware that you have gotten too comfortable in your current job and that it’s time to move on or that you have a fantastic job and you are currently in the right place in your career. If you are unhappy in your job, looking at what’s out there will either motivate you to finally make a move or make you change your attitude and appreciate your job, compensation and organization.

Let the summer heat remind you that it’s time to heat up your career!

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About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 17 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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