March 20, 2019

Managing A Job Search During The Holidays

by Scott Thompson

So, I was working with a candidate the other day and he mentioned spring break. He is taking a ten day trip and he wondered,  “Should I even be doing this right now?” In some ways I get it. Spring Break and the holidays are some of the busiest times of the year. I spent the last week getting ready to leave and today I even thought to myself, “Is this worth it?” I’m sure that I’ll have a great time next week but seriously, between fighting with my wife and dealing with the stress there have been some times.

That said, if you are looking to make a move don’t put it off. I’ve found that putting off making a move can set you back six to twelve months. Bear in mind, it isn’t that spring break is some magical time of year when people get jobs – it isn’t. However, what I have found is that when you finally are ready to make a move you have to jump through that hoop and take action. If you don’t, it may be until next Christmas or even next spring break when you finally get upset enough to make the move.

So, how do you manage a search when you are going to be gone. It is really simple. You communicate and you let people know you are going be gone far in advance and multiple times. If you are up front about your trip or vacation and you make people aware and work ahead of it. Planning a first interview in early March. Mention your vacation in early April. Just don’t make things a surprise!


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