Keep active. It is easier to minimize the appearance of any gap if you stay active. These are some examples of how you can do that:
- Work With Your Current Employer, if possible. While your current employer may not be able to afford you in a full time capacity, perhaps your employer has a part-time position, consulting work, or periodic assignments that you can do until you land your next job.
- Volunteer. Challenging and appropriate volunteer work can help to fill the gaps in your resume. Make sure the type of work develops your skill sets and your networks. For instance, serving as president of a board is likely more beneficial to your resume and career than other service opportunities.
- Create a Small Business. Become a consultant using your skills; make and market goods (instead of buying from Etsy, become a vendor); design an iPhone application; develop marketing materials for businesses; or cater. The sky is the limit.
- Education. Take courses, go back to school, and keep your skills current.
Network. It is a good idea to maintain your professional contacts through an employment gap. People move, find new jobs, and retire. You do not want to lose contact with your best references and contacts. One way to maintain your network is to stay active in professional associations. Do not stop at membership, though, attend meetings and conferences and take advantage of other opportunities that the association offers.
Spending time, keeping your skills, education, and network active helps keep your resume active and can be invaluable in finding the next position.