Aurora Donnelly is a solo practitioner always looking forward to the next exciting transition.
Holiday joy can come in the form of a job offer. But if you don’t get that offer this month, don’t slack off on your job search or on making plans to open your own office, or otherwise working on your personal transition plan.
There is a tendency to set aside some tasks over the holidays, to give ourselves a break. And sometimes you really need to. You may have numerous family obligations in December, or maybe you are traveling. Understandably, you may just be sick and tired of the job search.
Cut back on the weekly job search chores if you have to, but I wouldn’t stop altogether for the holiday month. I am trying to come back from taking a week off from the gym around the Thanksgiving holiday and I am having a terrible time of it. I was used to getting up at 5:30 a.m., going to the gym and then heading off to work, it was an established and unthinking routine.
But then I started working on an assignment at the far north side of the Loop and could not find a quick or easy way to get from the gym to the office without wasting almost an hour every day. Plus, it was Thanksgiving, so what the heck.
Now we are well into December and I still haven’t managed to get back on track, even though I am again working two blocks from the gym. My visits with the elliptical trainer have been sporadic, brief, and unsatisfying. I am finding it a dreadful chore to get up early.
Don’t let this happen to you with your career work. This month, two colleagues are starting new jobs, one next Monday and another on December 21. Another good friend had an interview earlier this week. They didn’t get there by taking holidays off! In all cases they have been at it relentlessly for quite some time.
And don’t believe that the whole recruiting business comes to a stop during the holidays and that no one is interviewing. If a hiring manager has a position to fill, the holidays can be the best time of the year to do it, for many reasons. Having a position open in his or her organization is a problem to be solved as quickly as possible, never mind what else is going on in the world.
So, indulge in some holiday joy. Go get that cup of eggnog, bring it right back to your computer and stay on task until you get what you want and need!