Question 1: To Vacation or Not To Vacation?
It's summer-time, and people take vacations --
- People in companies that you want to meet and network with take vacations.
- People who delay your interview by 2 or 3 weeks because they are on vacation.
- People who want to hire you but the hiring manager is . . . you guessed it . . . on vacation!
What do you as a job seeker do? Join the club and take a vacation yourself, or keep on plugging away at your search?
Like the December holiday season, summer is a tricky time of year for job seekers. It can be a challenge to keep your search moving forward when the people inside companies you need to meet are unavailable.
Some job seekers believe it makes sense to stop searching for awhile, and start back up again in the fall. However there is a cost to doing so. Job seekers who take time away lose the advantage that job seekers who keep going gain.
The Competitive Advantage
Many of your competitors will choose to slow or stop their search entirely for awhile, making for fewer people competing for positions. So keep on networking, applying, and attending. While it may take a little longer to secure those networking meetings or interviews, by staying in the game, the advantage is yours!
It gets frustrating when it seems everyone you need and try to meet is unavailable. Everyone you call is . . . you guessed it . . . on vacation!
So, what's a job seeker to do? Might as well take a week off and go on vacation too. After all, it’s only a week! Right?
Why? Because that week off will actually cost you 3 !
In reality, that week off – and away from your search – will actually cost you three! Yes, that's 3 - weeks away from your search. And, probably more!
1. First, there is the week (if not more) before your vacation that you spend getting ready to go on vacation.
2. Second, there is the week of your vacation.
3. Third, there is the week after your vacation which you spend trying to get back into the swing of hunting for a new job.
What happens during that 3-week period that slows your search?
1. You fall out of the productive habits that you painstakingly put into place to organize your job-search-business day.
2. You begin to fall off their - your network's - radar screen.
3. Your pipeline begins to dry up.
4. The biggest cost of all - lost opportunities!
The biggest cost of time away can be real $$ that you don't get the opportunity to earn due to missed leads and opportunities while you're away. Time away slows your search:
- Hinders your networking, and
- Takes you out of the geographic vicinity if an unexpected interview happens to pop up!
- Feeding your pipeline, the "life line" to finding that next opportunity, slows or stops altogether! Remember, you generate leads to jobs and people by your daily - that’s daily - job search activity.
Question 3: Vacationing Anyway? - Then Be Smart About It!
Still not convinced?
Determined to take a vacation anyway?
If you are determined to take your summer vacation while you are still searching for a job, put into place plans to keep your job search moving forward from a distance. Here’s how:
1. Research the area you’ll be visiting. Identify prospective employers, staffing firms, and network contacts who can be helpful to you in providing leads to opportunities - in either the geographic area of your vacation or back home in your home town via their long-distance contacts.
2. Keep your search going back home. Advise hot employment prospects that you will be out of the area for “ __X__” period of time, and attempt to step up your interviews. Who knows - you might get an offer using this technique, before you vacation (which is the best way to vacation, isn’t it!?).
3. Network from afar. With today’s technology, you can network via your computer and phone from whatever corner of the earth you’re on. So, set aside a part of each vacation day – maybe an hour or two in the early or late hours of the day – to stay in touch and connected!
The Best Time to Vacation
We've all experienced it - that freedom you feel during the time between finishing one job and starting the next.
- Choice 1: Well, your job search is your job right now. And, you can experience that same sense of freedom if you delay that vacation until after you have received your next job offer but before you've begun your new job. And you'll have a lot to celebrate!
- Choice 2: But, if you prefer not to delay, or have travel plans that commit you to travel -mid-job search, be smart about advance planning so that you search is still viable when you return from your vacation.
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