Many of us are about to start our summer holiday, and that can mean only one thing:
Thinking about your job as little as possible.
Seriously, the whole point of a summer holiday is to leave the office behind, right?
At some point, though, your holiday will end, and you may want to come back ready to explore new career opportunities. You can use your holiday break to increase your chance of being a more appealing candidate—while still having fun.
1. Rest and recharge
Most of us don’t get enough sleep. We check our phones too often. We think about tomorrow and lose sight of today. As a result, we’re often stressed out and performing below our potential. If we were one of the smartphones we check so frequently, our battery would be perpetually beneath 20%.
In other words, we’re always in the low-battery red zone.
Your holiday is a chance to charge up.
Before you do anything else, you need to stop doing everything else.
2. Challenge yourself
After you’ve rested and recharged, try doing something out of your comfort zone. Never surfed? Rent a board. Never mountain biked? Go find a trail (and a helmet). Never learned to play the guitar? Sign up for some lessons.
Your next big career opportunity will push you out of your comfort zone. If it doesn’t, it probably isn’t an opportunity worth taking. Getting out of your comfort zone is sort of like learning to run long distances or lift weights—you’ll get better at it the more you do it.
So start doing it.
3. Strengthen your network—with a little BBQ and beer, a summer music festival or a bike ride
The best type of networking is networking that people enjoy. Having fun and sharing a laugh with someone helps build genuine friendships and a strong network, but laughter and fun can be hard to find at a typical awkward, stuffy networking event.
Seriously, eat some BBQ, have a beer or if you are not into meat and grilling, just send invites to one of the so many summer music festivals, or suggest a Sunday afternoon bike ride and strengthen your network. You’ll be better off for it.
4. Come back better looking
Good looking people have a lot of advantages in life. That’s not an opinion; that’s science.
It’s also bad news for the rest of us.
While you can’t do anything to make your face more symmetrical, you can use your holiday to make yourself a little healthier. Go swimming or biking, or incorporate a jog into your morning routine. Get a little sun and fresh air. Lose the extra weight you needed to stay warm in the winter.
Being fit is about more than your looks. Mastering your health gives you the self-discipline to master your environment, including your career. Being healthy puts a bounce in your step and confidence in your handshake.
And even if your employer doesn’t appreciate your firmer handshake and trimmer belly, your spouse or partner will.
5. Talk with your family about the future
During the rest of the year, many of us are just trying to make it to the next day. That’s modern life, but in trying to keep pace with our hectic day-to-day demands we lose site of the future—particularly the sense of a shared future with the people we care about.
What do you and your spouse or partner want out of life? What are your goals and aspirations? When is the last time you even had that conversation together?
There is a good chance that when you do have that conversation, your career(s) will play a big part in your shared vision. Summer is a great time to recalibrate and get on the same page with the people you love.
More than anything, though, enjoy your holiday. Be safe, have fun, and come back ready to achieve your goals—and if one of those goals is finding your next managerial or executive role, be sure to contact Robertson Associates.