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4 Tips for Making the Most of Your Unemployment

April 26th, 2016

In a perfect world, you’d be unemployed for a couple weeks, just enough time to catch up on all those household projects you’ve been ignoring. Then the perfect opportunity at your dream company would come along and – boom! – you’d be back at work.

In the real world, unemployment usually doesn’t look like this. In fact, it can last a lot longer than you’d expected. So what should you do while you’re waiting for your next great offer? Here are four tips for making the most of the time:

Tip #1: Check something off your bucket list.

Have you always wanted to write a book? Learn to cook? Or take up an instrument? Now’s the perfect time. While you don’t want these activities to compete with your job search, it’s also important to spend time doing things you enjoy outside of your search. Hopefully, you’ll land a new job soon enough and it will be much harder to do these kinds of things once you’re back at work full-time.

Tip #2: Volunteer at a place you’re passionate about.

Volunteering your time is great in so many ways. Not only are you giving back to an important cause, but you’re also keeping your skills sharp, acquiring new abilities and expanding your network in the process. Plus it’s a good way to add structure to your day so you can stay as productive as possible.

Tip #3: Learn a new work-related skill.

Have you always wanted to take a course on public speaking, or learn more about using Excel? Not only can learning new skills make you a stronger job candidate, but it will boost your confidence as well. Many community colleges offer low-cost continuing education classes in a variety of areas and topics. If you can’t find what you’re looking for locally, then look for classes online.

Tip #4: Reach out to your network.

When it comes to your job search, you should be connecting with those in your network who may be able to help and explaining the type of job you’re looking for. But beyond that, now’s a good time to catch up with those in your network you’ve been meaning to link up with.

Haven’t gotten together with your old college roommate or former work BFF in a while? It’s the perfect time to reach out and reconnect. Not only is this a meaningful way to spend your time, but it can also lead to a new opportunity.

Are you unemployed and searching for a new job in Spokane, WA? Call the experts at Provisional. As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, we’ve placed more than 8,000 direct hire employees with leading local employers since 1994. And we can help you find a new job too! Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more.

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