How To Productively Fill Your Time If You’re Unemployed


Whether you quit a job that wasn’t “the one” and are on the search for your next career move, or you’ve just graduated and you feel empty without the consistency of a class schedule, filling the time of unemployment can be a pretty daunting task. The days pass by slowly, or extremely quickly, and it’s easy to lose track of your purpose. We’ve all been there to some degree and can relate to the awkward feeling of being unemployed. To combat the in-between time, we’ve rounded up a few tips on how to spend your days productively.

Take A Class or Learn Something New

Whether it’s an online platform or at a workshop like General Assembly, there are so many choices of courses that you can dive into to broaden your skill set and give your resume the extra boost it may need to get you noticed. Keeping your mind active will also fill you with a sense of purpose and drive. If you've had it with the academics and need to get your hands on something more active, find a creative hobby to pursue, like playing the guitar or calligraphy.  Who knows, it might just become your future side hustle!

Attend A Networking Event

They say it’s all about who you know, and that is somewhat true in the job market. Stepping outside of the safe confines of your home and chatting with professionals in your target industry is an extremely effective approach to getting noticed. A foot in the door will go a long way if you practice your interpersonal skills to wow people once you meet them!

Start A Passion Project

Do you have a hobby that you’ve always wanted to pursue? Or perhaps you’ve been putting off a big idea for a while with every excuse in the book? Consider this period of unemployment a “gift of time” and have the courage to begin a project. You never know where it might take you, and you will having something tangible to show for what you accomplished in between jobs.

Get Moving!

Whether it’s training for a marathon, or something more low key like committing to a 20-minute walk each day, getting your body moving will help you shake off the doubt and confusion that are inevitable feelings during this time. Moving your body in whatever way feels best will keep you motivated and can serve as a great time to meditate and set goals.


One of the most challenging parts of being unemployed is simply craving human interaction. If you feel down because you miss the company of classmates or coworkers, volunteering might be a great option for you! You never know - it may even lead you to your next career move!

Invest In A Coach

Do you feel like you’ve tried everything, but are still feeling lost? Then you might want to consider investing in a life coach or career counselor. Companies like Mavenly + Co will support you in your quest to find meaningful work and find your sense of purpose in the professional world.

At the end of the day, the time will pass whether you take these steps or not, so why not make sure that you feel like you still lived life to the fullest even if you’re in-between jobs? Feeling in control is key to handling this time with grace and determination.

Story By: Sophie Duncan