Have you taken a vacation this year? Do you plan to?
I notice interesting patterns when I ask that question of my job-seeking clients. Some folks reply, â€śNo, absolutely not â€” I canâ€™t dream of taking a vacation until Iâ€™m back to work.â€ť
If I had my druthers, the answer given by all job seekers would be, â€śOf course, Iâ€™ll take my vacation. I need to recharge.â€ť But if youâ€™re â€śvacation-resistant,â€ť I hope youâ€™ll consider my answers to the arguments I most frequently hear from people who wonâ€™t take a break.
Argument 1: â€śI canâ€™t afford a vacation.â€ť But have you explored borrowing a friendâ€™s house while he or she is out of town? Or spending time at a relativeâ€™s cabin? Even a short camping trip can feel like a vacation if youâ€™re able to get away from things.
Argument 2: â€śI might miss a call from an employer.â€ť To be honest, when I hear this one from my clients, I mostly think theyâ€™re digging for an excuse.
Argument 3: â€śI wonâ€™t be able to relax.â€ť This might be true, but I usually think itâ€™s worth finding out. And besides, who â€¨really relaxes on vacations? Relaxing is part of the point, but maybe not the whole mission.
Now, here are my top reasons for why you really do need to do this.
Reason 1: You need the rest, and so does your family. Even if you canâ€™t relax, that doesnâ€™t mean the rest of your family wonâ€™t.
Reason 2: You need the fresh perspective. This is, by far, my most pressing concern for my job-seeking clients. When they donâ€™t take breaks, they wear themselves down emotionally and mentally and it shows.
Reason 3: You need to build some memories of this period that arenâ€™t about job interviews and rĂ©sumĂ© revisions.
Reason 4: Itâ€™s true: You might not get another chance for a while. The United States has fewer national days of rest than almost any other country.
My point? Take your break now, since you canâ€™t count on your new job, and certainly not on the federal holiday system to provide you with rest days after youâ€™re re-employed.
Amy Lindgren owns Prototype Career Service, a career consulting firm in St. Paul, Minn. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 626 Armstrong Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102.
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