Recruiter Top 10: Ways to Stay Productive When You're Unemployed

Recruiter Top 10: Ways to Stay Productive When You're Unemployed
From Recruiter - November 4, 2016

1. Join a Philanthropic Organization or Professional Association

Career downtime is a great opportunity to get involved with a professional association or philanthropic organization, and by get involved, I dont mean become a member and show up at the occasional event. I mean, really get involved. Raise your hand and volunteer.

This has several advantages: It gives you a chance to learn new skills, add some new skills to your resume, and get to know colleagues on a deeper level. People you work with in an organization can send job leads your way, act as references, or even become future managers themselves. I cant think of any activity that would be of greater benefit to someone who is between assignments.

Jacob Dayan, Partner and Cofounder, Community Tax

2. Keep Working on Projects

When Im hiring a developer who has been out of the workforce for a little while, I look to see what open-source projects they have been working on. Those projects can be just as challenging and rigorous as a for-pay position, so if I see a GitHub project with an extensive history, thats something that will easily make me overlook an extended stay outside of the workforce.

Mike Catania, Cofounder and CTO,

3. Teach

Another way to stay productive and keep your skills sharp is to teach. The Internet provides numerous opportunities to blog or hold your own webinars.

Tami Belt, Owner and CEO, Blue Cube Marketing Solutions

4. Learn a New Computer Skill

Computers, systems, and software change so rapidly that you are losing ground to others if you do nothing to update your tech skills while unemployed. Even nontechnical people can benefit from learning a new computer skill or phone app.

Steve Silberberg, Owner and Head Guide, Fitpacking

5. Exercise

Its such an important part of staying productive and will also help keep your mood levels up during a time that could easily get you down. While you may not be sharing your exercise plan with a potential employer, the benefits it will have on your overall mood will certainly translate and be to your benefit when interviewing.

Michele Mavi, Director of Content Development, Internal Recruiting, Training, Atrium Staffing


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