Job Seekers Vacation

Should Job Seekers Take A Vacation?

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Your job search is like a full-time job. In fact, I’m sure many job seekers would argue that their job search takes up more time than a full-time job would.

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That being said, a vacation is almost certainly one of the farthest things from your mind while you’re searching for a new job. For some, it’s because of financial reasons. For others, sparing even one day to recharge seems out of the question.

What do you think: Should job seekers take a vacation?

I’m going to argue for both sides.

Why You Need A Vacation

Finding a new job is tough. It’s stressful and confusing. It drains your energy. A vacation – no matter how small – is a great way to recharge your batteries and get a fresh perspective on things. After all, everyone needs a break once in a while. Why not job seekers too?

If you’re considering taking a vacation, keep the following in mind:

  • Unplug, but keep your phone handy. You never know when an employer might give you a call for an interview. It might also be helpful to connect your email account to your phone for periodic inbox checks.
  • Complete job applications and next steps before taking off on a trip. That way, you won’t miss any application deadlines or look like an uninterested candidate.
  • Be realistic about the amount of time you can vacation. You probably can’t afford being unemployed for too long – so don’t squash your chances at landing a new job by jetting off for several weeks!
  • Keep finances in mind. Hopefully you’ve got a small nest egg put away to get you through your job search. Consider how realistic a vacation is at this point in your career, and plan accordingly.

Why You Should Sit Out On The Fun – For Now

On the flip side, many job seekers cannot afford to take the time off of their job search or don’t have the funds to take a trip—and that’s okay. There are other ways to take a break. Go out for a walk, head out to dinner with a friend, rent a movie, or participate in one of your favorite hobbies. Taking a few hours to relax can help you re-focus your job search efforts and bring back your sanity.

What do you think? As a job seeker, did you take a vacation? If not, how did you unwind in your spare time?

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Heather Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder of Come Recommended, a content marketing consultancy.

2 comments

  1. As many others do, I treat my job search as a full-time job. I put in my 6-8 hours/day, then take my evenings for time with my family, and then a ballgame or movie on TV. My husband is “all into” taking time away, so we have an occasional long weekend here and there; that keeps me refreshed and energized for the next few weeks’ hard work!

  2. I do agree that the idea of a vacation is based on the persons financial situation, and if they are really giving a full time effort to job search. Clearly if you are you need to be refreshed take a break and get new perspectives, for me i teach that even on vacation you can network and could find a great source of contacts for your search if you handle it appropriately, clearly bring your electronics don’t be out of contact.

    The problem is not for the motivated job seekers it is for the ones who have not yet put the effort in and allow summer to add to distractions, clearly the hiring people take vacations and interviewing in summer is difficult to coordinate their work schedules with their vacation time but summer is when people are being processed for fall hiring.

    I wrote this article on LinkedIn .
    https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140609155400-16631208-summer-and-job-search?trk=mp-reader-card

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