Approach your job search like a full-time job - not an extended vacation.
Sometimes bad news comes in the prettiest packages. One of the commonest I see in the careers business is the generous severance payout. What seems like a gift from the highest graces too often turns out to be bad tidings in disguise.
The "severance vacation" -- that fools' gold of "time off" that turns a few well-deserved weeks into several empty seasons -- has led too many professionals, executives, and high-performers to mistakenly act against their own best interests.