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Whether you were fired, laid off, let go, need to make a career change, or just quit your job, it's important to find activities that will make you more employable when you're out of work. Otherwise, you'll have a hard time keeping up with qualified job candidates who aren't desperate for a job.

Also, you'll have a lot of explaining to do when it comes to addressing employment gaps on your resume. Your goal is to fill those employment gaps with productive activities that are relevant to your field. So, when you're unemployed, don't waste valuable time just sitting around applying to jobs online. Instead, make yourself more employable by doing one of these resume boosters:

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to read something inspirational or educational for 30 minutes. We all want to make time to read these days, but for most of us, it just doesn’t seem to happen. Something always comes up that’s more important or you’re just too tired to pick up a book. In a world where we’re all glued to our phones, computers, and TVs, reading good ol’ fashion books almost seems archaic. However, it’s not a bad idea to give your eyes a break from electronics. Plus, reading something inspirational or educational for only 30 minutes can spark an idea, reignite a passion, or simply teach you something new. This is an especially good idea if you’re feeling like you’re falling behind at work, losing interest in your job, or just need a little inspiration for a project. Take a few minutes to read your favorite magazine and get ideas. Or, you can finally start that book you’ve been meaning to read that’s just collecting dust on your nightstand. Today, challenge yourself to take 30 minutes to read something inspirational or educational, whether it’s a book, magazine, article, or something else. What are your favorite books, magazines, or articles to read? What about them makes them special to you?

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to take 10 minutes to learn a new skill. We live in a busy, fast-paced world and sometimes it can be hard to make time to continue educating ourselves. However, it’s important that we continually grow and learn new skill sets. That’s what’s going to keep us relevant, confident, and fresh (all of which are essential to personal and professional success). Learn a new skill today. It doesn't matter what it is, why you want to learn it, or how you choose to learn it. Set aside 10 minutes today and try something new. Not sure what you want to learn? Ask yourself these questions:

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