Heating Up Your Career: Eight Tips for Summer

When the weather is hot and the beach beckons, the temptation is to do what you used to do when you were a kid on summer break: Give your brain a rest, take it easy overall and recharge your batteries. But if you do that, you're missing an opportunity to advance your career -- whether you're just out of high school, attending post-secondary classes or gainfully employed.

Despite the urge to have fun in the sun, summer is not a time to cool your heels career-wise. Instead, the generally slower pace gives you a breather that can be used to build new skills, expand your network, and plot your next move on the career ladder.