Finding a job is no easy task, that’s for sure. If you are drowning in CV pain or wading through a never ending job application hell, we feel you.
If you are still waiting for that dream job interview to rock up, then you need to take action. Here are five things you can do to make yourself more employable during your unemployment. You also have to enjoy your time off though, right? Bring on funemployment!
If you want to boost your CV why not do an internship? They will make you more employable because they give you insider insight into certain industries. Make sure you find out if they offer payment or expenses, and agree a fixed amount of weeks before you start any placement. It’s also important to know the law, for example if you are promised future work you are entitled to at least the minimum wage. The Pay and Works Right Helpline is also a useful resource if you need help with your internship.
2. Learn some new skills
Make like Karlie Kloss and join Girls Who Code. Learn a new language. Learn how to create iOS apps. All these new skills will make you an all-rounded team player in an office, which is what employers are looking for. You will definitely impress at an interview if you can demonstrate that you are a fast learner and keen to improve your skill set.
A really useful way to spend your time is to network like crazy. Attend some networking events near you. You never know you could meet a super inspirational new mentor or even a contact who could help you get your foot in the door of a company you would love to work for.
Volunteering is a great skill to have on your CV because it is a good talking point in an interview. Whether it is helping in an orphanage in Thailand (hello beach parties in your time off) or volunteering at a charity on home turf, there are loads of options for you to explore.
5. Sign up to Job Lab
Job Lab is an amazing resource for simplifying your job search, which, let’s face it, can be a long hard slog. You don’t even need to faff about crafting the perfect CV, you just whack up a profile and they do all the hard work for you. Then you wait until the job interviews roll in. That leaves you with LOADS of extra time to enjoy your all-important funemployment.