Five Things to Do While You’re Unemployed

Okay, the summer is officially in full gear which isn’t such a good thing for job seekers. Although more temporary assignments may be available, this means hiring managers are away, job requisitions are on hold, and it seems like everything may be on hold until Labor Day and beyond.

Never fear! For unemployed job seekers, there are five ways to make the most of your down time.

According to a piece on Forbes, for starters, you can take temporary work. Andy Teach, the author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time, explained to Forbes, “If you do a great job, even if it’s for a temporary job, whoever hired you is more likely to recommend you for a permanent position.”

Secondly, you can always take a class. Considering your career is a marathon, not a sprint, a class can bolster your technical skills and keep them sharp. It shows you’re serious about your industry and that you invest in yourself. For instance, even if you take a class that’s unrelated to your job such as a Mediabistro class on HTML Fundamentals, you’re still expanding your mind and consequently, your skill set.

Third, there’s no shortage of organizations seeking volunteers. Not only will volunteering boost your spirits, giving back also has a way of spreading good karma. It gets you out of the constant job hunt mindset, gives you a break, and also provides you with the opportunity to get out of the house and meet new people. Plus, here’s another bonus: A schedule. There’s something to be said about creating structure by committing to a weekly soup kitchen commitment. Just saying.

Next up, build your social media presence. Start a blog, build your website, work on that Twitter feed. It’ll keep you immersed in your industry, position you as an expert, and give you the opportunity to create the best brand ever: You!

Last but not least, you can use this time to make new connections and develop existing work relationships. When else would you have the flexibility to have breakfast meetings, coffee networking sessions and informational interviews? Enjoy the flexible schedule which lends itself to making new connections.