Earlier in my career, I took a year off to travel & volunteer. It was something that I had always wanted to do & was in a phase where I was getting ready to buy a house & start a family.
That year, was an incredible experience, not to mention spending a winter away in Australia & Thailand was a real treat.
Like many others, as the time was ending there were two thoughts.
- Should I extend my time for an additional year?
- If I decide to return as planned, what was going to be my return to work strategy.
I choose option two, I definitely wondered how employers would see my year away.
I was fortunate to have 3 offers fairly quickly. I was also fortunate to choose a leader that saw value in my time away & still believed that like riding a bike, I would be able to get up to speed & be productive very quickly.
My leader, like other smart leaders, recognized that all life experiences have value & in fact applauded my courage to do what I did.
My advice – Searching for great hire?
Look outside the resume next time you hire…
P.S. We’re here to walk with you through your organization’s challenges and successes during this period of transition. Reach out to Jason Parks, VP of Business Development at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-(866) 438-5134 ext 600 to chat about how you can support your team.
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