Wednesday, 20. July 2011
In an unprecedented move, the entire staff of Resume Mag decided to take their summer vacation at the same time. Unfortunately that move left no one to man the blog. For that, Faithful Reader, we do apologize.
While Gerry was away on a family vacation, which included Zoo Camp for his daughters, and Corey was off white water kayaking, I was relaxing on the deck at the family cottage. However it wasn’t all play and no work for this blogger, in between fishing during the day and sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows at night I did have time to brainstorm a few blog post ideas.
Today’s post, fittingly enough, deals with how to continue your job search while on summer vacation.
Depending on your choice of summer vacation, such as wilderness camping, white water kayaking or even sitting at the family cottage, there is a good chance that you may be without access to your phone or internet. That is of course if you are lucky enough to escape the ever growing range of technology – this past trip to the cottage my partner noticed that cell phone service was available if you stood on the dock in just the right spot.
Without access to email or voicemail there is the potential that you may miss out on a call from one of the many much sought after jobs you had recently applied for. Here are a few tips to help alleviate the stress of worrying about missing an opportunity so you can relax and enjoy your vacation:
Keep the interviewer informed of your plans – if you happen to know the exact date of your summer vacation, there is nothing wrong with letting the interviewer know that you may be unavailable between a certain date. This way your unreturned call won’t be a sign of disinterest in the position they are looking to fill.
Follow-up with your summer availability – they told you they would let you know their decision in the next two to three weeks, unfortunately (or fortunately) you’ve just been given a rare opportunity to do that summer road trip you have always dreamed of. What to do? Well a follow-up phone call, or email, to let the company that you are still interested in the position, but will be away for a week may prove to be more beneficial than you think.
Set up a vacation auto-response for your email – although sometimes these auto-responses can prove to be annoying, especially to coworkers who need to send you updates as the come in, being able to let your new potential employer know that you will eventually return their response is a good way to keep that open position open until you return.
Update your voicemail with an away message – although leaving a message on your home voicemail that states that your home is unattended is an open invitation for a home invasion, those of us that have forgone the landline for the mobile may be able to rest a little easier. If at all possible, you can try to forward your calls to a local number where you will be vacationing, but then again, if it is in the middle of the wilderness a carrier pigeon may be your only option.
There really is only so much you can do when away on vacation, the best advice is to try not to think about it too much and hope for the best.