It's summer vacation season, and there's a school of thought that says that you shouldn't take your job search with you on vacation. Instead, you should use your vacation as a time to relax and recharge. However, in this competitive job market can you afford to pass up a job opportunity because an employer couldn't reach you?
In my opinion, when you're job searching, it's important to be available - even if it's just checking email, LinkedIn and voicemail a couple of times a day. You don't want to miss out on a job opportunity because you're out of touch and unavailable. It's crucial to be able to respond in a timely manner to prospective employers.
Staying connected will help your job search, regardless of where you are located. As long as you have the right job search travel tools with you, you won't have any problems accessing voicemail, email, or the Internet. In fact, you can use your phone or iPad for just about everything - searching and applying for jobs, responding to employers and keeping track of your contacts on social networking sites.
You can download apps that search for jobs by keyword and location (using the iPhone GPS function), email job listings, keep track of your contacts, and even create a resume. Here's more on apps for job searching that you can use whether you're on the road or on the beach.
Even if you're not job searching, it can be beneficial to stay in touch with work. A survey from Lee Hecht Harrison, global talent mobility firm, reports that the majority of workers stay connected one way or another while on vacation:
- All electronic devices stay home - 9%
- I take my laptop or tablet - 15%
- I take my smart phone - 43%
- I take all my electronic devices - 33%
I'm in the last category - I never leave home without my phone, iPad or laptop. How about you?
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