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Taking Your Job Search on Vacation

By June 26, 2013

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VacationIt'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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July 11, 2013 at 11:35 am
(1) Bob T. says:

Alison, I do love your columns, I don’t read them often because of time constraints, as my full-time job is looking for work, and I am on mandatory overtime right now.LOL

But, I do read them when I can, and I just wanted to mention, that not only do I believe that you have to be available during vacations, I have pulled over during travelling. (Can’t afford a vacation now, as we really are in financial mess though will ‘Never, never, never give up’)

But this reminds me back in 2007 when my step-dad and I decided it was time to put my mom on hospice and let her live in dignity her last week. I got a phone call from a job recruiter and excused myself from hospice, going into the parking lot with paper and pencil to write down details on a job back in Michigan, explaining that I was in Florida because my mom was dying.

So yes, yes, yes, the only time you can excuse yourself from job hunting these days, if we are truly in Armageddon and even then still carry pencil and paper so you can take notes!

July 11, 2013 at 11:41 am
(2) Alison says:

Thanks very much, Bob – both for the kind words and for sharing your stories.

On a similar note, I stayed connected while my dad was on hospice. I actually think that it helped keep me stay grounded and better able to manage the rest of the turmoil in our lives.

Plus, my dad never took a sick day, not even one, his entire working life, so I know that he understood.


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