Don’t worry, none of the three things is ‘keep applying for jobs’. That’s CLEARLY a given. (Don’t you hate when people post the OBVIOUS?)
1. Enjoy it.
I had recent college graduates in mind when I came up with this concept. But actually, these things apply to every single unemployed person in the world! And the very first thing you should do is ENJOY your free time! If you just graduated, enjoy sleep!!! Enjoy the fact that you don’t have anymore Friday classes that start at 8:00 a.m. or better yet, any that start at 8:00 p.m.! When was the last time you watched your favorite movie, visited the family, or even read a book? And remember those hobbies you neglected? This is a fine time to take them up again.
2. Further develop your craft.
I’m a journalist, so I write. And I’ve had a lot more time to write now that I’ve graduated. I also like web design, and I’m trying to figure out Dreamweaver (if you know anyone, let me know). But after you’ve finished enjoying your free time, spend a few hours perfecting your skills. Reread old notes or textbooks. Whatever your career path is, do some research and see what has changed in the last 6 months/years. What new skill is that particular company looking for, and do you have it? If not, can you acquire it? Always, always, ALWAYS think resume builder when it comes to your skills!
3. Meet new people.
You might be standing in the checkout line at Express or even Starbucks and run into the person who works for/worked for/used to know someone important. Heck! The person in line might be the someone important!!! So don’t be afraid to talk to people. I know sometimes your hair isn’t done, your outfit isn’t cute or you just don’t feel like being social. I totally understand. But even baseball caps and sweats can get a business card.
Until next time!