Sometime in your career, you will find yourself between jobs, in other words, unemployed. It happens to the best of us for diverse reasons.
A gap in your resume does not have to be a red flag to your new employer.
So, what should you do when you’re between jobs? How should you spend your time?
Productivity is a habit, and it cuts across disciplines and fields of work. In essence, you don’t have to be employed before you are productive.
If you read up to here, it means you will eventually learn how to fully maximize your unemployed phase.
Any two of the tips below will help you use your unemployed-phase productively:
Take a Class
Acquire a skill. Learn something new. Learning something new gives an immeasurable advantage. It broadens your knowledge base; it can even get you a new and better job by adding to your skillset.
The advent of E-learning has made learning a lot easier to accomplish and more efficient. You can now take courses online and get certifications your new employer will recognize.
Most people think volunteering means you’re desperate. On the flip side, volunteering does better to you than harm when you’re between jobs.
The worst that will happen to you is that you will have a low income. As a matter of fact, the workplace is more humane now than before, any organization that will accept you as a volunteer will take of your basic needs. Even if that doesn’t happen, volunteering gives you the needed experience and fills the gap of unemployment.
Follow a Job Platform
Job platforms increase your opportunity of finding a job. They keep you posted with new jobs that might be beneficial to you. Some even do as good as notify you of jobs around you. Job platforms to follow and register on include Recruiterng, Jobgurus, Myjobbag, Jobberman.
Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is a platform where a lot of employers scout and search for talents for employment. A lot of candidate selection takes place on LinkedIn. Optimizing your LinkedIn will increase your chances of being found when there is a search.
Start a Business
Not everyone is cut out for being an entrepreneur. However, your unemployment window is a great time to find out.
To us, it is a win-win situation. If you start a business and discover you are not an entrepreneur, you would have gained certain negotiation and communication skills that will aid your new job; then the business can transform into a ‘side-hustle’ and become your extra source of income.
The whole idea of using your unemployment window for the above and more is to stay productive, it is to use that space of time of being out-of-job for something that will not just fill the space in your CV, but make you a better version of yourself.
So, ensure to do what you can!