I’ve realized this article is a companion to two others How you know when it’s time to leave and Choosing your next job. I hope they’re helpful to you! I’ve been having a bunch of conversations with Glue People about how and whether to take time off between jobs. When I say take time off, I mean leaving a job without the next one lined up AND taking time to reset before starting the search for your next role. Ideally, a few months – sometimes more, sometimes less.
So much of this resonates with my experience this year taking time off between roles for the first time ever. Thanks for writing this piece! I have shared it with several people who will benefit. One thing I would add is that to successfully take time I also thought about what I get out of my job that I might miss while I wasn't working, and make sure to get that expression somewhere else so that I wouldn't feel the urge to cut short my time off. I think it fits with how to choose the personal goals you recommend. For me, the biggest risk activity that I would miss was deep dive analysis and planning, especially in partnership with other people. I planned a complicated family trip that involved a lot of research, and that met the need for my first few months off.
So well said, and so timely (for me, personally).
So glad I came across this. I take some time off of work and I end up doing so much work I’m exhausted after my time off 🤦🏽♀️
Great read Molly, thank you!
I really enjoyed reading this Molly. So much to take from this even when our circumstances might not be quite the same. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insights 💛
I have had a break from employment for a year now. I have been interviewing throughout most of that time, but layoffs in my field were tremendous and there has been fierce competition. I have been asked in recent interviews, "What have you been doing with your time?" I don't want to reply that looking for a job is a full-time job, but essentially that is what I have been doing. How did you answer this question when you interviewed after your breaks?