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.

5 comments

  1. I have been unemployed for more than two years. I took a vacation (actually, it was a gift for a “special birthday”) after about six months out of work. But t’s been almost two years since then. When I was employed, I had 5-6 weeks vacation and regularly took 3-4 trips across country or to Europe every year. I obviously have had to make significant changes in my lifestyle since I’ve been unemployed, and this has included forgoing vacations. I had always looked forward to my vacations from work as a chance to unplug and immerse myself in a different environment. Now I am not only frustrated day-in and day-out because of the lack of (work) structure in my life, but I also miss the structure that work time.time off gave me — the ability to plan, to schedule my life.

  2. I took a vacation, trouble was I didn’t stop vacating yet-nearly a year later. Why? Because I was in the very fortunate position of having no dependants and no need for a new car or other financial ball and chain that required me to keep bouncing back from frustrating rejections. I worked out that in reality, what did I NEED – material wise – in my life?

    It was less than I thought. Because I could choose to, I signed out of the rat race, decided career ambitions aren’t for me as I just don’t want the stress as the rewards don’t seem worth it.

    Cynical view? Only towards the world of competing for work. It’s not even a fair or reasonable view, I know this,but most of us act and live through how we feel. This is how I feel. I love freedom, choices and NOT being told what to do or being accountable. Love it.

  3. 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!

  4. 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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