A year ago, I was in a job search that had lasted almost two years. During that time, I worked a couple of part time jobs, with the hopes of turning part time work into a full time position, but alas, I was laid off from my part time job too.
All summer, I searched, networked, sent out resumes, and the summer was winding down. My family had a family vacation planned, a trip we always take to the same place, same week. The question was whether or not to take the time off from my job search. I was feeling burnt out, and decided I needed time off to recharge my batteries, but that I would take my laptop with me, just in case.
During a job search, it is necessary to recharge your batteries. I am not suggesting to book a $5000 trip to Disney, but to take a weekend and get away or take that planned trip you already booked. Your job search will wait, and you can always take a peak at new job postings on your smart phone while sipping your morning coffee.
As I said, last year I took my yearly planned camping trip, with my laptop in tow. I had a great time with my family, swimming, boating, horseback riding, and still sent out a couple of resumes. On my third day, I got a call for a Skype interview and another call with a job offer. I was able to take the Skype interview in the camp director’s office. Two weeks later, I started the job I have now, and will celebrate my first anniversary next week.
This past week, we took our yearly camping trip to Camp Becket, and had a wonderful time, and I was able to rejuvenate after a hectic year in a job I love.
So take that weekend trip, and recharge your batteries. Your job search will wait.