I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a few days off. I come from a very large Italian-American family, and the holidays (Thanksgiving included) are always a big deal, and a big meal.
One of the things that have always been important to me in this business is retaining the ability to be “big enough” – to achieve my own goals of professional growth, while still providing a one-on-one individualized experience to each person I have the pleasure to work with. As feasible as it might sound to build a global empire as a writer (I know…), I’ve always been interested in striking a certain balance between work and play.
So this Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the opportunity to take time off to spend with family and friends, to get into the holiday spirit (somewhat), and to reflect on the successes of this year as I prepare for the next.
As we all know, Thanksgiving is an American holiday celebrating our past and present as a culture. What else is very American culture? Working long, hard hours and not giving in to that little voice in your head that says, “Hey there, you – it’s time for a break!”
Here are three things to remember so you can eat, sleep, rest, and repeat, a little easier:
Your Vacation Time is Already Paid For
Often with full-time employment, paid time off is part of your compensation package, a benefit that’s taken into account when calculating your gross salary. Not taking your vacation time is essentially the equivalent of leaving a wad of cash on the table and then walking away. So help yourself to what you’ve already earned!
You Can Fit A New Job Around Pre-Existing Vacation Plans
If you’re in the midst of a job search, you’re still entitled to enjoy that winter vacation you planned. And rest assured – HR probably won’t give you a hard time about taking time off around the holidays, even as a newbie.
The Job Search Can (and Maybe Should) Wait
Finally, you may feel that itch telling you to use your time off to get on the computer, search for job leads, and knock out a few extra applications. My opinion? You’re better off waiting until after the long weekend when recruiters’ inboxes aren’t clogged with hundreds of applications from folks with the same idea. You’re more likely to get a response.
Here’s hoping that all of your travels – near, far, by train, plane, or car – are happy and stress-free!