Over the holidays you may be using your professional skills in other aspects of your life such as volunteer work, a role in an organization, PTA, etc. By using these skills when transitioning into a new job it shows your future employer that you are continuing to build your skills and resume even between jobs. Volunteering and being involved in organizations can build great experience, especially because you chose the organization. By examining these experiences and maximizing the opportunities you may find a path to your next job.
What skills are you using regularly? Why did you choose the company you are volunteering for, or the professional organization you wanted to become a leader in - because you love the work and tasks or the organization in general. The skills you use there could help you find a job you love that actually pays you money.
Realize that you are networking on a daily basis. Be sure to “Connect” with everyone through LinkedIn. Someone interested in the same activities and that has a similar skill set may know of an available position within the industry. You can also network with the organization leaders and the people who run the organization.
Don’t overlook the opportunities. There may be paid positions available to work in the same organization you are already volunteering for. This can give you the experience and knowledge that someone from the “outside” doesn’t have, which is a competitive edge.
Get involved and expand your network. If you are involved in a professional or social organization, they may have socials or monthly networking events where you get the opportunity to meet with similar organizations. This is a great opportunity to prepare a resume and get ready to network with professionals who may know of available positions within your industry.