How to Stay Productive Between Jobs
Everyone at some point in their career deals with time spent in between jobs. But your time in between jobs can be a productive one for your career. This way you can come back into the workforce in career shape. Also, you will also have a story to answer that interview question, “What were you doing between jobs?”
The technology is out there. Taking a break between jobs gives you time to take classes and stay productive while you are not working.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about SEO, coding, or writing? Maybe you even wanted to try your hand at starting a website. There are business courses and webinars available, many times at no cost. Spend your gap in employment learning a new skill from online courses.
Even better, try setting simple goals for yourself to achieve each week. For example, set a goal like, "I will take three education webinars a week and one new software program a week”. Make your time between jobs a time for enhancing your career.
In the future, when you get back to interviewing for jobs, you will have a great story about how you stayed productive during time off from work.
Volunteer (if you can)
Maintaining your work regimen is important. Volunteering keeps you conditioned for waking up, working, and going to sleep between jobs. It also keeps your mind sharp and gives you the same sensation of having a job.
The best part is your volunteer work can lead to new job referrals. When your time between jobs comes to an end, you will have people to interview with. The act of you taking a break between jobs will have paid off for your career.
Clean up your web presence
When is the last time you truly went through ALL of your online content? Do you even know what’s out there? The Internet has been around for more than 20 years. During that time you may have made blog comments, created a bunch of pointless online profiles, or just tested new websites.
Take this time to go through all of it. You can either remove content or better yet, clean up your social media profiles. While you are at it, you can maintain your network in preparation for a return to work.
Plan your next career move
The worst thing you can do between jobs is sit around doing nothing. When your mind goes to sleep, so will your career.
While between jobs start planning your next career move. Think about where you want to be in the next 5 years. Where do you want to live? Who do you want to work for? What skills will you need to know for the future?
It is a good time to start planning your next career move because you have no added work pressure. You can be solely focused on what is best for you.
Ultimately, your time off from work between jobs can turn out to be a reboot of your career!