The 2 main reasons why doing something between jobs is so important
When between jobs it is easy to fall into a negative routine off staying up late watching a late night movie, waking up past dinner time, which leads to a late breakfast and by the time you have finished watching the afternoon talk show the time for job searching is over.
To combat this negative routine job hunters need to fill their time between job searching and a second activity IE training, volunteering, etc.
There two main reasons to fill your time:
Reason One: from the employers point of view, when reading your CV a gap in your employment can look negative, with some employers generalising that gap means your lazy or you have served a short term prison sentence. As with all generalisations this conclusion has no evidence, but once an employer has a negative thought about you it is hard to have a change of mind. So the first reason is, by volunteering or training you will have a gap free CV
Reason Two: a job is more then just an income it is an identify, when being between jobs you can easily become down beat or depressed falling into that negative routine we discussed before. By undertaking a training course or by volunteering, you will create a purpose, a positive routines and a new identity, in short you will feel good about yourself keeping you motivated during your new job applications and interviews.
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