It’s summer! When it’s hot and sunny outside, the last thing you want to think about is managing your career or growing your business. The temptation is to turn down the heat on your career or business to a slow simmer and turn up the heat on rest, relaxation and recreation. You figure that your colleagues and clients/customers are doing the same so you might as well follow their lead.
It is important to your personal progress and professional productivity that you take some vacation be it a week or a few long weekends. Once you have returned from your vacation, you may think that you can take the rest of the summer off and just turn the heat up and get going after Labour Day. So you set the heat on managing your career or growing your business to low and leave it at a slow simmer while you let the good times roll.
Summer is a great time to focus on turning up the heat and keeping your career on a steady sizzle. Here’s why. Did you know that many organizations who have their fiscal year ends at the end of the calendar year are busily planning for the following calendar year? Did you know that July is one of the busiest hiring months of the year as organizations take the time to assess and bump up their resource requirements to finish up the current year and take them into the next year? So if you are thinking of making a move in your career, now is the time to create a competitive LinkedIn profile, produce an attention-getting resume and write an eye-catching cover letter. Whether you are happy or unhappy in your current role, you need to make sure that you are doing everything possible to keep your career on a steady sizzle rather than a slow simmer.
Summer is also a productive time to turn up the heat on growing your business and keeping it on a steady sizzle. Rather than finding and doing business in an office or meeting room, you can often find and do business outside on a patio, golf course or just walking or running down a path or street. Your clients/customers want to take a break as much as you do. Why not invite them out for a coffee, lunch, walk or game of golf? See this as a chance to connect with them, strengthen your relationship and discuss potential business opportunities. Start any product or service pitch at a slow simmer and wait for the right time to bring it to a steady sizzle. Because there are often many people on vacation, organizations often find themselves with a shortage of staff so if you are in the business of providing a service, let your clients/customers know that you will be available to serve them should the need arise during the summer. They will appreciate knowing that they can count on you which will then keep you in their thoughts as they plan for the fall and winter to come.
Smart and successful people make the most of the summer personally to rest, relax and recharge and professionally to take their careers or businesses from a slow simmer to a steady sizzle.