Summer may be almost half over, but there’s still time to take action to give your career a boost. Here are five things you can do in the next two months:
- Take an online class – Sites like lynda.com are great for both short and comprehensive tutorials to teach you new skills or improve the ones you already have. For example, if you’re already proficient on Excel, you could take an advanced Excel course and really see a difference in your work.
- Update your LinkedIn profile – Whether you’re in the job search stage or not, having an updated LinkedIn profile is a good idea. You can track your progress over the years and add new achievements and skills. (For more tips about your LinkedIn profile, read this blog post)
- Connect with more colleagues – Take some time to look up people with whom you work on LinkedIn. Send a personal connection request and tell them why you want to connect. Don’t be too shy to send this to those in your management chain as well. Most will see it as a positive sign that you’re managing your own career.
- Create a reading list – despite our short attention spans these days, books are still a valuable source of learning material. If you don’t have time to read or you simply don’t like it, download audio books and listen to them in the car or during your workout. Soon you’ll realize you’ve “read” quite a few books!
- Review your mid-year goals – did you set goals or “resolutions” at the beginning of 2015? Many people did and most of them have already long since abandoned them. If you are one of these, don’t give up! Dust off the list or start a new one. It’s always the right time to set measurable goals. You’ll find that you give your motivation a boost in the process and that will help you achieve the goals.
While your colleagues are taking a break this summer, get your game in gear and help your career move forward!