This is the first post in a series called of how I am working with unemployment, how I'm managing my time and amplifying my job search, based on advice and research from others as well as my own experiences. For those of you also experiencing a similar transition or who have, I would love your input. For everyone else, I hope you don't have to involuntarily go through periods without work, but find this series of posts interesting nonetheless.
Probably one of the most prolific tips for job seekers is the need to do something when you go through a period of transition. There are a lot of "somethings" to do, but a great consideration is volunteering your time. There are always organizations in need, and with a little bit of research, you can find a volunteer position that is somehow relevant to your professional experience/goals.
I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for a few months now (full disclosure: my dad works there). Habitat for Humanity has some of the greatest "brand recognition" among non-profits, but if you aren't familiar, according to their mission statement, HFHGLA "builds and renovates homes in partnership with God and people everywhere with a goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, affordable housing a matter of conscience and action in our communities."
Whatever your reason for having free time, volunteering is a great way to spend it.
Looking for somewhere to volunteer?
Habitat for Humanity: search for opportunities with your local affiliate
Idealist: includes volunteer and job openings
Volunteer Match: "making it easier for good people and good causes to connect"