3. Join or start a networking group.
加入或创建一个社团

Another good way to stay connected to the business community is to join a networking group. In most cities and towns there are local chambers of commerce and industry associations that are open to individuals. Before investing in a membership fee, attend one or two events to be sure that you feel comfortable and that you will make valuable connections. Consider all fees associated with each group.
另外一个和商业社团保持联系的好方法是加入一个社团。很多城镇都有对个人开放的当地商会和工业协会。在交入会费之前,要先参加一两次体验活动来确保你在该社团里感到舒服,你会结交到对你有帮助的朋友。将每个社团的入会费综合起来考虑。

In addition to associations, check for business groups on Meetup.com. If you can't find an existing group that interests you, why not start one? Ning.com allows you to create, customize, and share your social network for free.
除了协会之外,也在Meetup.com看一看商业群组。如果你找不到任何你感兴趣的,为什么不创建一个呢?在Ning.com上可以免费自定义创建一个可共享的社交网络。

4. Learn HTML (or another computer software program).
学习HTML(或另一种电脑软件)

Now is the perfect time to learn HTML or another computer program. You can find out which programs you need for your industry by reading job postings. Libraries, local colleges, and adult education centers usually offer short-term computer classes. If you'd prefer to learn on your own, online learning is a convenient and inexpensive option. Lynda.com offers computer software tutorials in everything from HTML to Excel for a low monthly fee.
现在正好是学习HTML或另外一种电脑程序的最佳时机。你可以通过阅读你所在行业的工作职位要求来弄清楚你应该学习什么样的程序。图书馆,当地的大学,以及成人教育机构经常都会提供短期的电脑培训。如果你更喜欢自学的话,在线教程则是更方便、实惠的选择。Lynda.com提供从HTML到 Excel一切电脑软件教学,学费也很便宜。

5. Apprentice.
当学徒

If there's an industry or particular job you've always been curious about, or if you want to gain work experience in a new field, consider becoming an apprentice. Do some research about local professionals in your chosen field and approach them about shadowing them or doing some volunteer work for them. Be sure that you and the company are on the same page in terms of any pay and length of stay before you start. This will give you a bird's-eye view into a job or career before making a big investment in time or additional training.
如果你对某个行业或某个工作机会特别好奇,或者你想在新的行业学到工作经验,那就考虑去当学徒吧。在你选择的行业里调查一下在职人员,通过模仿他们或志愿为他们工作来接近他们。在开始之前要先确定公司和你对报酬和工作时限方面达成了一致。当学徒会让你在作出重大投资或进行培训之前,对该职业有全面的了解。

6. Job hunt.
找工作

While these are all great ways to keep busy and beef up your resume, don't forget to spend time job hunting for your next gig. With all of your new skills and connections, you'll be ahead of the pack in your search.
这些都是保持忙碌的好方法,也能够充实你的简历,但是不要忘记了找下一份工作。有了你所学到的新技能和新认识的朋友,你将会在求职的道路上更胜一筹。

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