We are 10 days away from 2023! This year was a turning point (both good and bad) for a lot of people.
If you lost your job this year, it's important to take a break so you can move on. Not having a job during the holiday season is hard and stressful. It's normal to feel stressed out and unsure about what will happen next. Also, you might feel like you have to look for a new job right away.
In the holiday seasons of 2015 and 2017, our founder (urvi bhandari) was in the same spot. She didn't have a job going into the holidays.
During the holidays in 2015, she worked hard to keep looking for any kind of role. Getting a new job took almost 8 months.
She took a break in 2017, thought about her past, and spent time with people who made her feel good and gave her energy. She started looking for a job in 2018, and it only took her 6 weeks to find a new one.
Here were the highlights of what she learned in these two instances:
It helped her process her emotions: She felt a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, depression, and anxiety. In 2017, taking a break away from these emotions helped her process these emotions and come to terms with her new reality.
She reflected on her career goals: Not having a job gave her an opportunity to reassess her career goals and consider new paths. Taking a break gave her time to focus on her story and become clear and confident to have a directed path on finding a job versus applying for everything.
She recharged her batteries: She was emotionally and physically drained Taking a break gave her the time to rest and recharge and allowed her to feel refreshed and energized in 2018.
She focused on self-care: She realized she needed to slow down and just take some time to relax and think through her thoughts. Trying to network during the holiday season instead of just enjoying the time took a toll on her in 2015. In 2017, she spent time with friends who energized her about life without thinking about "networking."
In short, if you don't have a job during the holidays, it's important to take a break before looking for a new one. It can help you deal with your feelings, think about your career goals, get your energy back, and take care of yourself. Don't be afraid to take some time for yourself. It will help you be more productive and successful in your job search.
Peppercorn.ai can help you keep looking for a job in 2019. Sign up for Discovery today. It's a free platform for career coaching and community building.
Then take a break and come back to your search in 2023 with a fresh mind. The Peppercorn.ai team will be waiting to support your journey on the other side!