You may not find paid work, but that doesn’t mean this time is a complete wash. “Always be working on projects, even if you aren’t paid for them,” says Dan Schawbel, author of Me 2.0.: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success
. “Don’t walk into an interview with a period of no work activity.” Put your energy into non-profit work or a favorite charity. Blog intelligently on a topic you’re passionate about. Pitch an adult unpaid internship to an employer. While money pays the bills, it doesn’t need to validate your work: Remember that employers don’t have salary records from your previous jobs, Schawbel says.