In the view of Employability all work experience is valuable, irrespective of what area it is in. Communication and interpersonal skills, customer service skills and teamwork skills can all be improved by most forms of work experience. When jobs are scarce though, one of the best ways of doing this is through temporary employment. In a difficult and challenging job market, undertaking temporary or contract roles can be extremely advantageous and a surefire way of indicating to a future employer that you are keen to remain in active employment and truly recognise the value of all work experience.
Undertaking voluntary work will also serve to improve your employability and enhance your standing with any prospective employer.
Even if you have left education and are not working, it is still possible to be actively engaged in your chosen career or profession. Find out if you can join any professional bodies or groups for your particular field. Identify ways that you can undertake Continuing Professional Development. Are there newsletters or magazines that you can subscribe to which can help you keep abreast of industry news? To a potential employer, being able to demonstrate a keen awareness of relevant industry news and developments even if you are not currently employed in that industry will greatly enhance their perception of you.