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Guest Post: Making the Best Use of Your Time While Job Hunting

09.15.10

Advice

Searching for a new job can be exciting, thrilling and frustrating all at the same time. The shift in the economy has flooded the market with new job-seekers, making the challenge of landing the right position all the more difficult. It may take several months to find the right job, so keep yourself occupied and your skills updated while you search for your new position.

Learn a new skill

When seeking your new job, it is helpful to learn new skills that will help you in the workplace. If you’re a writer, learning basic accounting can prove useful, for example. Expanding your skills in new areas shows maturity and dedication, and may even help you to land a new job.

Volunteer

Not only does volunteering help others, it also helps you. Volunteering will help to relieve the stress of the job search, while providing a valuable service to others. To further help you in your job search, consider volunteering in your career area. If you’re looking for a job as an administrative assistant, for example, consider taking a volunteer position as a receptionist at a nonprofit. Looking for a job as a firefighter? Consider volunteering at the Red Cross or as an EMT.

Network

Sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know that counts. Attend networking events, pink slip parties and social after-work events. Networking is not only a good way to meet people in your field, but a great way to release stress. Set aside one night per week to network with peers and colleagues.

Take Classes

Maybe you have a degree that you never finished, or you’ve always dreamed of going to dental school. Or maybe you just want to expand your base of knowledge. Consider taking a course or two at the local college and earning credits. You may learn a valuable new skill to use on your resume. Colleges also have great career services centers that may be able to assist you in your search.

Freelance

Have a talent that you can use to earn money? Try freelancing. Writers, graphic designers, webmasters—there are plenty of ways you can use your talents to earn money while you search for a new job. There are tons of websites that connect freelancers with clients seeking their services. Use your free time to earn cash while job seeking. Your next client may even become your next employer.

Job seeking can be tough and stressful. But you can make the most of your time between jobs. Sharpen your skills by taking a new course or two. Make a difference by volunteering. Earn a few bucks through freelance work. Your new dream job could be closer than you think.

Louise Baker blogs about getting an online degree at Zen College Life. Her most recent post looked at the best online schools.

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