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Long Weekend? Tackle These Career-Changing Projects

Posted July 4, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz

It’s a long holiday weekend for most of us, and while you might be tempted to lay on the couch and watch reality television for the duration, think about all the incredible things you could get done this weekend. And no, I’m not talking about cleaning your closets or painting your garage. I’m talking about your career, of course! Just because you’re on vacation from work, you don’t need to be on vacation from thinking about your career, your brand, and your future.

Our friends at The Women’s Agenda recently posted their “Five career kick-starting projects you can achieve this long weekend,” and we love them all. Here’s a little taste:

  1. Establish/Rework your social media presence. Have you been meaning to get on Twitter? Or is your precious short Twitter profile in serious need of a revamp? Now’s the time to give your social media strategy some serious thought. The profiles published about you on various social media platforms will often be the first point-of-contact for a potential client or new employer. These profiles are just as important as the personal appearance you portray when meeting somebody in person. Re-think your personal social media strategy – what are you using it for, what’s your area of focus, which platforms should you reserve for your professional life and which for your personal life? While you’re at it, do a social media audit – any pics or status comments out there on the world wide web you’d rather your clients and colleagues didn’t see? Delete them.
  2. Think up or rethink your mentoring strategy. Your current mentoring relationships might be getting stale. So what are the opportunities to start fresh? Mentally go through your existing networks and contacts and have a think about who you might approach – those who could be a mentor or others who could help you source a mentor. Be confident and draft up an email. Hit send and follow up with a phone call later on in the week.

Need a few more ideas? Try one of these:

  • Write some emails! Now notice I said “write” and not “send.” Of course you don’t want to send emails on a holiday weekend, they’ll likely get buried under someone’s Monday morning mess. But you can write them! Go through your LinkedIn connections, find 10 people you haven’t connected with lately and would like to, and write them an email saying hello and asking for a coffee meeting or quick phone call to catch up. You never know where those 10 connections will lead. Save the emails in draft and send them mid-week after vacation.
  • Stock up! Admit it, you’re an office supplies nerd just like me! You like a certain kind of pen and a certain kind of notebook, we all have our favorites. So this weekend, head to your local Staples or Office Depot and get yourself some brand spanking new office supplies. It might surprise you how much more active you are in your career on Monday morning when you have the right pen. Sounds trite, but it’s true!

Have a great weekend, relax, but don’t abandon your career in the process!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."