I have also been trying to work on one skill per month. Since the mermaid tail has taken me so long, I'm starting a little late. For August, I am going to be focusing on enhancing my rigging skills in Maya. Through school I really enjoyed rigging, and was pretty good at it, so I would like to enhance these skills so I can wow the industry with my new abilities.
The application process is ever on-going, as things are pretty tight for the film industry these days, so fingers crossed that things get better for everyone!