Just because you're unemployed or are working at a place you don't love, doesn't mean you should lose your drive and passion.
"Whether it's reading articles on the industry or going to an industry or networking event, position yourself and treat yourself as a thought leader," DeWall said. "It doesn't matter your past experience, it just matters that you're committing yourself as a thought leader in that industry."
A thought leader is someone who is very knowledgeable on a certain topic, whose stays informed on the latest trends and whose insight is sought by others.
So how do you show that? Make a personal website as a first step.
"All you need is your name, mission statement, who you are what you care about, photos, a few testimonials from a previous boss, professor, or even a friend to speak to how great you are, and a couple logos of your college, where you worked or volunteered, even if it's a local program," Poswolsky said.