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The Laid Off IT Guy! Take a Vacation

I’ve written over 20 blog posts about how to help your job search through networking and other skills, such as resume writing, etc.  Even though I haven’t been employed for 2 months, I hadn’t had a vacation this year!  It was high time I took some time off with my family.  I’m advising that you do the same.

I read a newspaper article a month ago that said something to the effect of “finding a new job is a full-time job."  I’ve also heard, “finding a new job is harder than keeping your job.”  I tend to believe those statements.  I might not start right at 8:00 am, but I also don’t end right at 5:00 pm.  It’s 8:56 PM as I write this article tonight.  I applied for some jobs this morning.  I took the kids bowling this afternoon.  Now I’m making up for the hours that I took off.  Job hunting does make up a full day's worth of activity for me almost every day, but it is nice that it is on my own schedule.

Take a vacation.  If there is a perk to being unemployed it is having the time to spend with your family.  I consider it a Catch 22, however.  When I’m working, I have money, but don’t have enough time.  Now that I’m not working, I have the time, but don’t want to spend the money.  I certainly needed to take this trip and do it inexpensively. 

Over the past few years we’ve flown somewhere nice.  In leaner times, like now, we chose to drive within a day’s distance to keep transportation expense down.  We drove from Indy to Wisconsin Dells, WI, the “water park capital of the world.”  Why it's in Wisconsin, with such a short warm season, I’ll never know. We had a nice time.  We hit a water park, played mini golf and prepared our meals in our condo instead of eating out every meal.  We were thrifty, had a good time, and enjoyed some quality family time together.

Let me hear from you.  Share some of your down time experiences with us.  Please post your comments to share with me and our readers!

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