06 January 2016
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
Being between jobs can sap your energy and feel generally unproductive, so what can you do in the interim to keep your skills sharp? While you don’t have much control as to when a future employer may contact you, you do have options to ensure any gaps in your employment history are as productive as possible. Here are 4 ways to keep moving and stay focused: Temporary positions Many professionals prefer holding out on a temporary position in favor of looking for a full-time role, but this has the potential to be limiting. Staying proactive by regularly searching for a full-time position is always a smart idea; however, keeping an open mind when it comes to short-term roles can be equally beneficial. Not only can a gap in employment history be avoided, but a temporary position can be a great opportunity to hone your abilities, master a new skill, and make connections with other professionals. Who knows, accepting a short-term role could possibly lead to a full-time role! Volunteer work Not only can volunteering feel rewarding, but it can look impressive to future employers as well. Every hiring manager is looking for a well-rounded candidate who takes initiative, and volunteer work can demonstrate just that. When looking for a volunteer opportunity, seek a role that speaks to your interests—whether that means spending your time with children, animals, or helping out an organization close to your heart. No matter what you choose to do, volunteer work is a win-win for everyone. Job searching While this may seem obvious, it’s important to keep in mind that looking for a position is a job in and of itself. Set aside an established amount of time each day in a quiet environment dedicated to job hunting and submitting applications. Furthermore, being organized is a crucial and often overlooked aspect of a successful job search, so keeping a list of jobs you’ve applied for on a daily (or weekly) basis is a great way to keep yourself on track. If you begin to notice trends in your applications or need to reach out to a hiring manager, you’ll have a chronological list to refer back to. Take a class Whether your skills are up to date or not, taking a class or attending a professionally relevant seminar can be a terrific way to learn something new and connect with other professionals in your field. Utilizing online tools such as LinkedIn to connect with colleagues or SkillPath to find seminars in your area can help get the ball rolling if you’re feeling stuck. When it comes time to interview for a position, not only can attending classes/seminars boost your marketability, but help to demonstrate your interest in your field as well as your professional development.