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!