Okay, the summer is officially in full gear which isn’t such a good thing for job seekers. Although more temporary assignments may be available, this means hiring managers are away, job requisitions are on hold, and it seems like everything may be on hold until Labor Day and beyond.

Never fear! For unemployed job seekers, there are five ways to make the most of your down time.

According to a piece on Forbes, for starters, you can take temporary work. Andy Teach, the author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time, explained to Forbes, “If you do a great job, even if it’s for a temporary job, whoever hired you is more likely to recommend you for a permanent position.” Read more