Should you use your Christmas break for some time off or as your prime time to job search?
With Christmas Eve arriving tomorrow (whether it feels as if it’s arrived too soon or not!), it’s decision-making time.
Are you going to put your job hunt on hold for the duration of the festivities or are you going to step up your search ahead of the New Year? We’ll take a look at both options…
The pros of taking some time off:
If you’re already employed (and unless you work in retail, hospitality or similar), this is likely to be one of your longest breaks in the working year. It’s been a tough year for many professionals, with increasing numbers of people said to be at breaking point. It’s also the year that WHO expanded on its definition of burnout syndrome.
To top this all off, national productivity has plummeted and there’s even more research to prove that happy employees are more successful.
With all this in mind, the option of a break to unwind and enjoy yourself has clear benefits.
What’s more, it can sometimes take a proper break to gain a bit of perspective.
If you’re feeling run down, burned out and/or desperate for a break, it could be wise to use all or at least most of your leave for some time away from thoughts of work and job searching. You’ll likely feel more capable and confident as a result.
Why it could be the prime time to job hunt:
With many offices closed and (hopefully) now having a little more time to yourself, it can be an excellent opportunity to focus your mind on what you want to achieve in the New Year. It’s not uncommon to feel even more motivated as a result.
You’ll get the chance to research jobs more thoroughly, helping you to identify the most appealing and suitable opportunities.
The extra time can also allow you to put together a better quality CV than you’d compile on the average busy evening or weekend. You could even ask any willing friends and/or family to lend some thoughts on anything you might have missed out in your first draft.
It’s also a chance to make sure your CV is one of the first to arrive in inboxes ahead of the January return.
So, which is the best option for you?
This is a tricky question to answer. It’s most likely one that only you can answer – or someone very close to you who knows how you’ve been feeling lately.
Our best advice is to make sure you’re using at least some of your Christmas break to relax and recharge. However, providing as you’re not feeling unwell or burned out, you could also schedule some time for advancing your career. Perhaps following that period of proper relaxation to get the best of both worlds!
Reminder: if your stress is starting to interfere with the quality of your life (in and/or out of work), you should speak to your GP.
Also, if you’ve experienced a sense of career failure recently, please read this post. It may give you more confidence before those festive catch-ups!
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