Zena Everett, leading career coach and CV expert at Second Careers, said that any activity that develops people's skills and confidence is better than doing nothing.
She explained that volunteering, training for an intensive sporting endeavour, education or training courses all enhance a CV, as well as giving candidates sense of purpose and self-worth.
"School and community groups are always looking for people to lead or help with projects. These provide opportunities to learn new skills as well as expanding your network," the expert added.
The main thing is that people need to show that they have done something to spend the time constructively, such as boosting IT skills or even language training.
People who want to change the type of work that they do should also try unpaid work in that role to gain experience and see if they enjoy it, Ms Everett suggested.
Recently, Paul Emery, head of community and social organisation at Zurich, said that volunteering is an effective "pathway to work" for people who are currently unemployed or looking to change jobs, as it gives them an opportunity to work with different people and develop new skills.
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