Tip 7: Keep moving and don't waste time.
There are so many things you can do to improve your chances of finding work that there’s no reason to not be active when you’re not editing your resume and cover letter. Here are some ways to stay active:
Get a part-time job
Retail, fast food, and temporary employment companies are always hiring! BUT be fair to yourself and the employer—don’t take a job that you may leave in 60 days or less.
Look for internships, fellowships, and volunteering opportunities
There are many local organizations that will gladly take an extra pair of hands.
Ask about graduate assistantships
If you’re interested in pursuing more school, ask about graduate assistantships that may come with stipends and/or tuition remission. Keep in mind that graduate and professional degree programs are NOT something to do while unemployed. You should pursue these options if you know an advanced degree is required to achieve your future career goals. Speak with a career advisor for more information on this topic.
Attend career fairs and events
Keep an eye out for career fairs and events hosted at nearby universities and networking events sponsored by your local chamber of commerce. In Bloomington, there is HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Excel). LinkedIn and your local news media can also be valuable sources of information on local and regional networking events.
Join a professional association
If you have the funds available, join a professional association related to your field. They often share information on job postings, networking opportunities, and conferences.
Pursue professional development
Use your down time for self-improvement! Many websites can help you learn new skills or develop those you already have. Here are some great sites to check out:
- Lynda.com—has video tutorials on many computer topics
- Khan Academy—use it to broaden your knowledge base
- Code Academy—a great way to learn programming languages
- Duolingo.com—a free way to learn different spoken languages
- Lumosity.com—platform of online cognitive development games and exercises
Public libraries often sponsor events where you can pick up new hobbies, crafts, and skills too.
Don’t forget about your alma mater! Indiana University has many terrific resources, including IUware and the Alumni Association, which are available to all IU graduates.