I am in what I feel to be a unique situation: My company is being shut down by our parent company at the end of the calendar year. Basically I have until now (11/14/2017) until 12/31/2017 to find another job while "still employed". I am now looking for my next job and am beginning the interviewing process with some other companies.
My issue is that I had planned (months ago) a 3 week vacation to Singapore which will take place 11/17/2017 to 12/10/2017 - this takes up almost half of my remaining employment time. I have a couple of worries and wanted to field them for anyone who may have experienced or seen a similar situation.
Does being currently unemployed have an adverse affect on a job hunt vs. being employed? That is, should I be worried I'll be spending time on vacation during valuable "employment time"?
If I start the interview process say 11/16/2017 with a company, and then go to Singapore, would that put parts of the process on hold? Is it ever a deal breaker if an employee puts an interview process on hold like that?
Remote and phone interviewing is one thing, and I've done that before, but does anyone think the time difference (14 hours ahead) would give rise to especially bad lines of communication? I assume email would move along fine but phone calls or Skype calls would be harder to orchestrate. Would this put interviewers off from trying to schedule "meetings"?
When I return on 12/10/2017, will I be setting myself up for failure in some way if recruitment slows down soon for the holiday season? Does recruitment become much slower in the holiday season?
This may sound silly, but this is a very important trip to take for me, I'm in a long distance relationship and we haven't seen each other in a very long time, but I'm very anxious about the situation as it currently stands and would appreciate some unbiased feedback to help me make any plans. Thanks!
Edit: W.R.T. this question being suggested as a duplicate Why shouldn't I resign when I haven't secured another job?: I honestly can't really identify anywhere in my question where I'm asking a similar question or addressing a similar problem. Bullet point 1 is not being asked because I want to resign or plan on resigning, I have a date of termination and no say in the matter. I'm asking if international vacation during an interview process is detrimental to the interview process, date of termination is a variable in my equation.