How to Use this Summer to Get a Promotion

summer officeMemorial Day Weekend has come and gone (along with a lot of people’s money from living it up in Miami and Las Vegas) and even though summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st, the warm weather is causing everyone to get an early start on the season. This means outdoor brunches (YES!!!!), summer Fridays and hours of staring out the window, wishing you were out there tanning. While those around you fall into the “summer slump”, use this time to stand out and work your way into a promotion.

1. Network, Network, Network!

The upcoming warm weather will bring about a slew of networking events and opportunities for you to meet different people in          your office, as well as employees at other companies, maybe even your dream company. Make sure to alot time during your               week  to attend at least one of these events, bring your business cards and stick to a two drink maximum to make the most of               your time while there.

2. Focus More On Your Passion

Maybe you love to write. Or maybe you have a passion for the culinary arts or are a budding fashionista. Whatever it is that                  you love and find yourself spending your free time doing (unless you are one of the lucky few who have already found that                    perfect job that allows them to do what they love), now is the time to devote more of yourself to your craft, honing your skills            and working on a way to make it generate revenue. You’ll still have your steady paycheck and will now have the liberty to work          more on your future career goals.

3.  Volunteer Your Free Office Time to Other Departments

During the summer, many individuals go on vacation, leaving a lot of offices closed down or working at slower rates. If you find         this to be true at your office and you’re faced with a scarcity of work, walk around and visit other departments in which you                 may be interested. Volunteer to lend your services to projects and ask to sit in on meetings. Maybe even ask to schedule lunch           with department heads. This will not only allow you to learn new things, but will also provide you with the opportunity to see             if you would enjoy these other roles as well.