We know, we know, finding a job while you’re unemployed should always be your first priority. But while you’re busy searching for the perfect gig don’t forget to live a little.
In fact, live a lot. There are lots of things that you can do to improve your employability without actually working.
Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof.
Take a class
Have you always wanted to try photography or learn how to make your own beer (look it up, it exists!), now is your chance. When you’re unemployed you will have a lot more time on your hands, make the most of it. When else can you take a watercolour class on a Tuesday afternoon or go to a drama group on a Monday morning?
Taking a class that is related to your career is a great opportunity to upskill. In today’s work environment, we need to be constantly learning. Taking a class can add to your experience, plus it’s a great opportunity for networking.
If you really want to make a difference while you’re unemployed then why not volunteer? Volunteering shows future employers that you are passionate and care about something other than yourself. It also shows them that money isn’t your top priority.
According to The Corporation for National and Community Service in the UK, people who volunteer are 27% more likely to find a job than people who don’t. Afterall, employers want to find people with integrity and community spirit.
An impressive side project like a blog or podcast is a great way to capture a new employer’s attention, especially if it is related to the field you are trying to work in. Think of your blog as a place where you can market yourself and show off your personality.
Starting your own website shows that you have initiative and drive. You’re not going to waste your time sitting around watching Jeremy Kyle reruns *cough cough*.
This is your perfect opportunity to see the world so what are you doing sitting reading this article? No, seriously? Being unemployed is the perfect opportunity to take that trip you’ve been dreaming about. Travel around South East Asia or finally visit your friend in the states. It doesn’t matter where you go, just go somewhere. Many employers value travel experience. You’ll learn lots of new things and have a greater appreciation for other cultures.
An added bonus? You don’t have to worry about using up all of your annual leave.