It’s hard to maintain momentum in your career during the summer with Summer Fridays, activities after work, and vacation. Summer is perceived as a “slow time” so employees are less diligent when it comes to staying on top of their career game. But contrary to popular belief, summer is actually the best time to give your career a checkup. And 24 Seven is here to show you how.
Revisit your goals
Summer is the perfect time to look back at those goals you set in January and assess your progress. You may find that you met or even exceeded your goals in which case you can create an entirely new set of goals or you might be further behind than you thought. Either way, summer is the time to check in with yourself and see how you are doing professionally and prepare for what’s next.
Goal setting is an important tool in every area of your life but it’s especially important for your career. A Harvard Business study found that “14% of people who have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals. The 3% with written goals are 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals.”
Update your resume/portfolio
If your company offers summer Fridays or your schedule is slower this time of year, use the extra downtime to update your resume and/or your digital portfolio. It never hurts to maintain a working portfolio all year round but sometimes the start of a new quarter can be hectic and by the time you get around to updating anything you don’t know where to start. Why not start today?
Maybe you acquired new skills, achieved new certificates, or completed an exciting project, add these accomplishments to your resume. If you’re considering making a job change in the future you want to have updated and relevant materials ready to go!
Learn new skills
Summer is also a great time to seek additional training and learn new skills. Visit the training materials at your current company or conduct research on your own at places like Skillshare, Lynda, and Udemy and dive into an online course that will increase your worth as a professional. The more skills you have the more of an asset you will be to your organization and potential employers seeking top talent.
Think outside of your current job responsibilities to what’s needed in your department overall. If you gain those in-demand skills you may be able to expand your role in the organization or even create your next position!
There is no better time to network than in the summer. There are endless events to attend, afterwork, during lunch and on the weekend. Eventbrite is a great resource if you’re looking to build your social calendar.
Network After Work is another great resource to use to if you’re unsure where to find networking events in your area. Sporting events, summer happy hours, pool parties, and graduations are also potential opportunities for professional networking.
Each season, including summer, brings new career challenges to conquer and opportunities to take advantage of. Enjoy it all!
What are your plans for your career this summer? Tell us in the comments!
Written by: Brittany Johnston