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Take a break between two jobs, instructions for use

Why take a break before taking on a new job?

The period of integration into a new position is rather heavy in terms of learning. It requires energy, exceptional form and total mental availability. However, in general, when you leave a job, you come out completely rinsed from having given everything for many years and/or from having ensured (seriously) during the transfer of power to your successor. So a break of one or more weeks (maximum one month) is not a luxury.

I’m always scared when I see candidates who follow on. We recommend taking a short break, especially for candidates with high stakes positions.Marguerite Chevreul, coach, consultant and founder of the firm Taldev.

“Obviously, this break must not deprive the candidate of a career opportunity. If he has no other choice, he may have to go directly to the next position, ”tempers Carole Guichet, sourcing and candidate experience manager of the Nice firm Emergences RH.

How to postpone your arrival date?

The negotiation of your date of arrival in the company is part of the terms of the contract with your future employer. If you want to take a break between your two contracts, you have two options. You will have to arbitrate according to your “desirability” and the attitude of the recruiter:

> Tell the truth

Has your future employer had trouble finding you? Do you have a tight job and no one else is available? Then the balance of power works in your favor and the employer will be all the more conciliatory as it will be in his interest not to scare you away.

In this case, be factual about your reasons for delaying your arrival date. Explain that taking up the position will prevent you from taking a vacation for a long time and that you want to arrive rested in order to be 100% as soon as you arrive. In addition, remind him that it is more advantageous for the employer that you take your vacation before the start of the contract because it will not cost him anything…

On the other hand, if the mission he plans to entrust to you upon your arrival is urgent (crisis, waiting customer, critical malfunction, etc.), you will have little chance of convincing him.

> Stay soft

Marguerite Chevreul advises to remain soft: “No need to insist on the fact that you are going to take two or three weeks to rest because you are at the end of your rope, dead tired, etc. This is your privacy. Recently one of my clients hesitated to hire a good candidate because the latter had told him of his need to rest and take a break before moving on. My client thought he was depressed, ”she illustrates.

Rather than tempting fate with hyper-cautious recruiters, say, for example, “I could join you on April 20 because I had planned to be away abroad for 2 weeks”. Also, be flexible if the situation calls for it. “Agreeing, for example, to go to a major trade show for the company and then take one or two weeks off if necessary,” advises Carole Guichet.

What to do during this break?

Everything you haven’t had time to do before. Namely, take care of yourself and your loved ones, travel, bubble… and why not also prepare for your recovery. “Without it becoming a full-time occupation, take the time to follow the company’s news or even do some research on the line of products you are going to manage,” recommends Marguerite Chevreul. And this, in order to arrive as relaxed as possible on D-Day.

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