There are times when even the best brains in the industry have to take a break in between jobs. This could be out of choice, or even due to circumstances, but whatever the reason, this can actually be a good time for you to sit back and focus on the career path ahead.
Here are some very productive things you can do while you are in between jobs.
1. Refresh your batteries: There is nothing like a relaxing week to help you gear up for your new role. If you have the luxury of joining the new place after a week or two of wrapping up your current role, use the time to just relax and unwind. This will help you avoid the stress of jumping right into another important role and will also help you start work with a fresh burst of energy.
2. Do a health check: This may not seem the obvious choice, but doing a health check now will ensure that once you join the new place, you don’t have to take sudden breaks because of health reasons. Go for a complete health test to understand if there is something that needs to be taken care of.
3. Networking: If you are looking for a job, now is the time to boost your networking skills and make that extra effort. If you are already looking forward to join a new place, use this time to do some networking and catch up with your connections. Spread the word and let people know where you are going. Staying in touch will also make it easier for you to reconnect later. After all, you never know who you might end up needing in future for a quick reference or help.
4. Blog: Why not use the time to start a blog or vlog about the industry you specialize in? The time that you invest now will help you gain and share more knowledge, as well as look good on your resume for future roles.
5. Catch up on your social skills: Connect professionally on social media channels where you can get in touch with professionals and industry gurus. Read up on what is trending, participate in chats and discussion, attend seminars and webinars if possible and let your name pop up in meaningful conversations.
6. Stick to your routine: Unless you are vacationing, make sure to follow your Monday to Friday routine as much as you can. This will help you stay focused and let you make the most of your productivity, especially if you are currently looking for a job.
7. Plan your finances: Once you get busy in your new role, you will barely find time to sit down and go through your finances. Make use of this time and understand your inflow and outflow. Visit your bank and check up on your investment plans. If you have not invested yet, maybe this is the right time to start, especially if you have a new role in hand. The best part is that you can always start your investments even with a small sum in hand.
8. Freelance: If you have been looking for a regular job for some time but are not happy with what you’re getting, maybe it’s time to take up some freelance work. Many professionals are now turning freelancers as it gives you the freedom to work at your own time and pace, while giving you the luxury of maintaining your lifestyle. Brush up on your skills and hop on to those professional job sites.