How to spend your time when you’re in between jobs
Whether you’ve been laid off, your contract has ended, or you chose to leave a job, it’s important to make valuable use of your time in between jobs. While everyone’s priorities are unique to their situation, spending some time on personal development can really pay off in the long run. Here are some suggestions on how to spend your time when you’re in between jobs:
When you’re employed, you may not have a lot of time for organization in your personal life. Being between jobs is a good time to schedule any appointments you may may have been putting off, such as going to the dentist for a checkup. It’s also a great time to de-clutter your home—giving your living space a fresh start can help you feel mentally refreshed and ready for the next chapter in your life.
Make sure your resume, cover letter, and social media profiles are up to date with information from your previous job. If you take this time to make updates, you won’t have to rush to get everything sorted out before your next job interview. Use social media to connect with your old colleagues and make sure to keep in touch in order to maintain those professional conections that may come in use in the future.
It’s a great idea to reflect on your goals. Contemplate where you see yourself in 5, 10, and even 15 years. Think about what you need to do to get there. This period of reflection will help you discover which jobs you may want to apply for in the future. Perhaps you’ll even make the decision to go back to school or change career paths entirely.
If you had a particularly stressful and demanding job, don’t be afraid to take some time to yourself. It’s important to rest and catch up on sleep so you feel rejuvenated. Resting will help you stay calm and focused and help prevent burnout in future endeavours.
If you’re unsure of when your next job opportunity will arise, it’s important to fill in gaps of unemployment. Volunteering will help your future employers understand what you care about and it may even lead you to a new job. Think about what you’re passionate about and look for volunteering positions. From animal rights to healthcare to sustainability, there is a wide variety of options and industries that could use your help. You’ll be able to assist people in need while learning more about yourself. It’s a total win-win!
If you’re recently found yourself between jobs, contact WorkBC Vancouver City Centre operated by FSGV. We can help you fill your time productively and get back on track with a host of resources such as free workshops, assistance with resume and cover letter writing, and one-to-one case management that can help lead you to your next job.