We are coming into the holiday season starting with Good Friday and ending with the beauty and glory of Easter! The official start of spring, the Spring Equinox takes place on March 20, 2014; however, Easter is often considered the unofficial start of spring.
At this time of year, the temptation to suspend job search may be strong. With children out on spring break and new beauty all around you, what’s wrong with taking a break to spend time with your children, vacation, do absolutely nothing, or tend to that colorful garden? Absolutely nothing!
However, you can work around the temptations of spring and its inevitable “fever” by staying on track and maintaining focus in your job search. Let me be the first to motivate and encourage you to hold fast to your goals and continue to visualize those dreams; even if not at full speed, continue the business end of your search.
Keep communications with employers open by keeping in touch and staying on top of all employer generated correspondence coming your way. Check your phones (all numbers given to employers) often for any messages and requests for additional information or clarification. Return all calls, emails, letters, and text messages as soon as you can. Even if you are vacationing, find a quiet place to conduct business and respond professionally from your virtual office!
Perhaps your search has gone on longer than expected and you are no doubt feeling frustrated. You’ve come so close to getting a job, but offers remain elusive. You’re tired and need a much deserved break! Don’t stop now, or completely disconnect from employers. While progress might not be evident, regaining the same level of activity might not happen as quickly as you think.
So this spring, in between overly-planned family outings, much needed relaxation, and wild-eyed trips to local nurseries to purchase the latest in abundantly flowering plants, save some time to secure a real return on your investment. Remember, Easter is all about change and renewal. If you can just manage to fight the temptations normally experienced during this beautiful holiday season, you may find that a colorful new job opportunity will spring up!
Frieda Carmouche is a member of the Regional Navigator team specializing in training, educating and assisting employers, and career center staff throughout the Gulf Coast with community resources, outreach events and technical support in assisting job seekers with disabilities. A native Houstonian with a love of training and development, Frieda has been employed by Workforce Solutions for over 16 years.