Dawn Dugan specializes in writing books, articles, white papers, reports and special communications for the human resources industry. She is the co-author of Effective Executive Compensation, which was published by AMACOM in 2008. Read more...
If unemployment drags on for an extended period of time and you're feeling stuck, consider what some experts are calling "mini-retirement."
Arrange to go somewhere for four to six months, and choose to do something completely different. You'll gain a new experience, fresh perspective, will meet new people, and will return to your job search refreshed.
In some cases, your "mini-retirement" may also open the doors to a new gig.