3 Reasons to Vacation While Job Searching

June 9, 2016

Career Advice

5315958369_a80a6a9d29_zIt’s summer! Kids are in camps, the weather is great, your friends are planning their festival trips and summer jaunts here and there… but unfortunately you still have that job search thing going on. Your guilt stops you from thinking about the possibility of going on a vacation, but there has to be a reason why you need one. Right? Right?! Yes! Here are a few reasons why it’s ok to take a break from your search.

  1. Rejuvenation
    Searching for a job is just as draining as having a full-time job. Sometimes the ups and downs of interviews, networking, and rejection can make you feel like you’re riding a roller coaster. Even a short summer weekend trip can give you a chance to unplug and regenerate your battery for your next week on the job search.
  2. Perspective
    Going out of town or even just allowing yourself to soak in a new atmosphere can open up your mind to new opportunities. You may see things you haven’t seen before and therefore allow yourself to investigate different paths. On vacation, your brain has a chance to listen and hear more clearly without the incoming clutter of your regular day-to-day routine and drama.
  3. Networking
    A vacation reveals a whole different world of people and opportunities. Bring your business cards and pay attention to who you meet. Often in a vacation setting you’ll feel more relaxed and find that you’re more open to the opportunities and possibilities that new contacts may bring.

Depending on where you are in your job search, and where you are in your life, you can settle on a quick trip completely off the grid or you could choose to go on a longer vacation where you stay connected through your cell phone and computer. The bottom line is this: give yourself a break!

Image via Adam Hirsh/Flickr.

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