This past year has been a rollercoaster ride for countless people. According to ILO Monitor, 114 million people lost their jobs during the pandemic. Despite starting job searches with the best of intentions—sending out multiple resumes and zeroing in on perfect company matches—many applicants have found it difficult to find a job with an employer who genuinely values their skills and experience.
Undoubtedly, it is challenging to be unemployed. There are only so many variations of your resume you can write, so many in-person interviews you can go on, and so much rejection you can deal with before thinking there must be something wrong with what you are doing.
The truth is, networking and getting advice from experts about your search efforts isn’t always enough. Instead, here are some bona fide suggestions to help bolster your skillset while waiting for your next role.