In the Meantime
A job search typically doesn’t take all your time
Depending on your circumstances, looking for a job can be a full-time job. Reaching out to contacts, doing research on potential employers, constantly tweaking your resume – it could add up to 40 hours a week.
Typically, however, most job seekers don’t spend that much time week in, and week out on their job searches. Given today’s tight job market, your job search may take longer than expected. So what to do with the extra time?
According to AARP there are any number of things a job seeker can do while waiting to be hired. There are even some things you can do to enhance your job search and increase your chances of being hired.
There is a lot to be said about volunteering at some non-profit. There is hardly a non-profit organization in existence that couldn’t use some help, somewhere. First, you don’t want to get trapped into doing busy work that provides no benefit to you at all. Second, be wary of the non-profits that are constantly luring you into doing more and more. If you’re not careful, you may end up working for them for 40 hours a week – for free. Here’s a tip: learn how to say “No!”
On the plus side, non-profits can provide real-world experience. There may be chances to explore new responsibilities or to keep your skills current. They also can offer opportunities to upgrade your skills – especially in the area of technology. It’s very possible that you may learn new software, or newer versions of software you already know.
In addition, you most likely will meet a lot of people. Fellow volunteers, staff members, board members – any of whom may be a connection to a job opportunity. Last, but not least, you could be offered a position by the non-profit for which you’re volunteering.
Volunteering may be good for your mental health as well. While you’ll feel good about doing good and having someplace to go, having something to look forward to also will keep your mind engaged.