Summer is considered vacation season for most — a time to push pause on your life and reflect. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing. In fact, taking a step back to refocus on your goals is important, and key to personal and professional growth.
Here are three ways to heat up and accelerate your career this summer.
1. Reevaluate, Plan, Go
Taking a much-needed reset increases productivity, and allows you to gain a fresh perspective on your career. Have you accomplished or made headway on any set goals? Does achieving these objectives still make sense? Summer is the perfect halfway point to assess your progress, find the gaps and make adjustments so you can finish the year strong.
2. Grow Your Network
We get it. Stepping out of your social comfort zone doesn’t necessarily sound like lax summer material — but it can be. Seasonal mixers plus a relaxed atmosphere translate to easy networking that doesn’t even feel like, well, networking. A sluggish season is also an opportune time to schedule drinks or informal meetings with professionals who are normally too busy. Pro-tip: be sure to follow up with new connections come September.
3. Slow Means Opportunity
It’s a job seeker’s market, so candidates shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding open career opportunities. Identifying the right one, however, takes a little more finessing. Summer’s slow down gives you the chance to get an edge on competitors who choose to press pause on their search. A smaller candidate pool also encourages employers to be flexible with their requirements and consider professionals that maybe don’t have the exact skill set they’re searching for.