5 Things to Do on Your Vacation to Jump-Start Your Job Search

by monsterstaff, published 09/03/2013
5 Things to Do on Your Vacation to Jump-Start Your Job SearchA recent Monster.com poll found that 70 percent of respondents said they are more likely to look for a new job when they get back from a vacation. But if you’re interested in pursuing new opportunities, there’s no reason to wait until you get back to work. Instead, consider starting your job search during your time off. You’re out of the office and have plenty free time to devote to the search. You’re also more relaxed, and the change in scenery can help adjust your perspective on work. Here are five things to do on your vacation to jump-start your job search.

Make a plan.

“While you’re on vacation, it’s a great time to take a little time away from distraction to think seriously and objectively about how you’re going to begin your next career move,” says Ellis Chase, a career management consultant and author of “In Search of the Fun-Forever Job: Career Strategies That Work.” “Write down all your options, with pros and cons of each. See what patterns emerge.”

Survey your network.

“A job search requires social activity, research and the all-important networking,” says Ron Thomas, human resources and administrative officer at the RGTS Group. He recommends taking the time to review your network and create a marketing plan that describes your accomplishments and lists the companies you want to connect with. Doing so during your vacation ensures you’re able to dedicate the time it takes to make this a useful exercise; you’re not trying to do it on the fly at work. When you return to your job, Thomas says, “send this marketing plan to each of your networks to give them an overview of your capabilities and fields of interest.”

Pump up your network.

Just because you’re away from the office doesn’t mean you can’t try to make new connections. “For many people, vacations are social times: visiting family, going to a BBQ with friends or making new friends on a vacation cruise,” says David Burnett, CEO and co-founder of Prept, which helps candidates prepare for job interviews. “When you're on the job market, every conversation is an opportunity to network. Use these social conversations to spread the word that you're on the hunt for a new job and learn about potential opportunities at the organizations where friends and family members work.” You never know where your next job opportunity might come from. “Every personal lead has potential,” Burnett says.

Time it right.

If you schedule it just right, you can plan your vacation during a major event that your target company is hosting and offer to volunteer, recommends success coach Tiffany Reynolds. Before the event, she suggests getting an introduction to someone at the company who can vouch for you and introduce you to a manager. Prepare a quick personal pitch in case you meet with a decision maker. Keep your eyes open throughout the year in case your target companies host any other events that you can take a personal day to attend.

Rest and recharge.

Don’t forget that a vacation is meant to give you some time off and away from the cares of your job. Even if you’re searching for a new job during your vacation, ensure that you are also taking care of yourself in such a way that you can approach the challenges of your current job and the potential of a new job with renewed energy and dedication.
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