7 Things You Can Do This Summer To Get Ahead At Work

Illustrated by Abbie Winters.
By Marisa Torrieri

When the sunshine beckons and the backyard hammock starts to look a lot more appealing than your cubicle, it becomes all too easy to put off those small but important career-building tasks. But the less-harried pace of the office during the lazy days of summer may actually provide an opportune time to do a little professional fine-tuning.

“Everyone gets a bit more laid-back when the weather is warmer,” says Jill Jacinto, a millennial-career expert and associate director of editorial and communications for career site WORKS by Nicole Williams. “Don’t fall into this trap. Use the summer as a time to shine and develop new projects, while your coworkers take summer Fridays and long lunches.” Just think: You’ll be ahead of the game for the busy fall hiring season — or when your boss takes a renewed interest in your duties in anticipation of year-end reviews.

We asked workplace experts to share their top summer career to-dos for everything from developing your skills to beefing up your personal brand — so that you’ll be moving ahead professionally while your competitors are hanging poolside with their umbrella drinks.