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Motivation Monday: Summer Cruzin’

Motivation Monday For me, summer is about cruising (taking it easy):  lakes, family, and a bit of R&R. If this is the case, then how did we get into August so quickly? Is anyone else thinking it was just June? As much as I crave these traditional summer activities, I find slowing down can be hard to do. There are lots of projects on my plate and never quite enough hours in the day to get them all done.

If you are in “summer-time mode” and in job search, balancing your time can be particularly challenging. Maybe you want the opportunity to enjoy your first free summer in years. Maybe you feel you are entitled to some downtime. I get it. But, what can you be doing to lay some of the groundwork for a productive search when you return from vacation?

Read

Catch up on some reading to boost your career! Looking for suggestions? Here are some

books worth reading from pinterest

Or perhaps you could pick up one of these books that influenced other people:

books that influenced others from twitter

book that influenced others

Whether you pick up Rand, Gladwell, Sagan or any other author, do chose one that will inspire, refresh and update your thinking!  Got a book that influenced your life? List it in the comments! I’m always looking to share good reads!

Start Blogging

If nothing else, create a blog and use it as a professional profile and portfolio of your work! Not sure how to get started? It isn’t as hard as you think. No coding or programming skills required. Go start a blog or at least start commenting on blogs related to your industry!

Here are some helpful sites you may want to check out too!

ProBlogger

Denise Wakeman

We Blog Better

Oh, you ARE employed?

Actually, go read it even if you aren’t employed yet! 15 Tips to Rock Your Career from WorkAwesome. There are some good ideas for career development!

So…what will you do this week to make your summer memorable?!

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  • Marc Miller August 6, 2012, 10:21 am

    Great reading list. For many of the unemployed it is difficult to kick back and relax. I have had a couple spells of unemployment where what I really needed to do was take time to heal.
     
    Starting a blog is a great idea.

  • careersherpa August 6, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Marc, 
    Absolutely, it can be hard to relax! Healing is so important to the process. Perhaps kicking back with one of these books will not only increase knowledge of what’s going on but also help boost confidence!