As it is summer and I am going on vacation next week, I thought this previous blog about job searching on vacation is very timely:
A couple of years 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 peek at new job postings on your smartphone 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.
By day, Rachelle Lappinen, working mother of two, serves as an education advocate and career advisor for MassEdco. By night, Rachelle provides career consulting and works to promote green energy. When Rachelle is not writing her blog, advising her students, or coaching her clients, she enjoys camping and going to the theater with her two children. Follow Rachelle on Twitter at @RLappinen and connect with her on LinkedIn and follow her blog SolutionsByRachelle.