When You Leave for Christmas, You Should Probably Come Back

Just over a year ago, I wrote another article on this topic, which attempted to help with knowing what time is the right time to hand in your notice. The world of unemployment is big and bleak, so taking the decision to enter it can be more than a little intimidating, particularly without the warming, goose down, jacket of top recruitment advice to help you take that first, chilly step. Even with this jacket it can be a struggle, so consider this article the socks. Or hat. Or gloves. Or something. It should help anyway.

The reason for my bringing this topic back is because it’s getting to that time of year again when most people have a bit of time off, and start to take a long, hard look at exactly how good they’ve got it in their current position. When you’re sat on the sofa watching Love Actually after a 2 day turkey binge, it’s easy to feel a little bit of trepidation about going back.

This backed up by facts too, but I would argue that this isn’t the best time to make an informed decision. After the self-styled Most Wonderful Time of the Year, going back to work will seem like a tough task for many. My argument is that it’s probably worth taking the time to think about the decision in a little more depth before you get charged up on sherry and announce to the family that the notice is going in on the second of January whether your boss likes it or not.

There are a few criteria that I believe are important, and boxes to be checked, before sending that strongly worded email about a meeting on the third. The following is a handy, travel sized questionnaire that you can use at any time to assess the situation:

  • Are You Drunk?
  • Have you ‘had a few’ but are definitely not drunk?
  • Is this something you thought about before the Xmas break?
  • Has someone else just been talking about how great their job is?
  • Has someone else just been talking about how they’re definitely quitting in January?
  • From February – December did you like your job?
  • Will you be immediately job-less if you resign when you get back?
  • Off the top of your head, can you immediately think of 3 reasons to stay in your job?
  • Definitely not drunk?

If your answer is yes to any of these, it’s probably worth hanging fire on the decision, for a few weeks at least. Give yourself time to get back into the swing of things after the break, and remember all the reasons why you enjoy your job, instead of just focusing on the negatives. That way, come February, you can make a well informed decision to start the search then!

It might seem counter intuitive to hear this advice from a recruiter, and I really hope that everyone doesn’t follow it, or it’s going to be a really slow month for us. Either way, I hope that all of my connections have a fantastic break over Christmas, and if you do need any career advice/ assistance in the new year, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team in the new year!

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