Self-Care Tips for Graduate Job Seekers During the Christmas Season

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Embarking on a graduate job search during the Christmas season can be quite challenging, especially when it feels like everyone else is unwinding and enjoying the festivities. However, the beginning of the new year often brings a surge of graduate job opportunities, making this period an opportune time to get a jumpstart on your job hunt. Recognising the struggle to stay focused during what’s traditionally deemed ‘the most wonderful time of the year,’ we’ve gathered a set of health and well-being tips to guide you in prioritising self-care throughout this process:

1. Prioritise quality over quantity

It’s not uncommon to feel the urge to apply for every available role in the hope that you’ll be hired for just one. However, this isn’t always the best approach, as it can often lead to an influx or rejections if your skills and experience don’t match exactly what the employer has requested.  A more strategic and effective method is to prioritise job applications that closely align with your skills and experiences.

With this in mind, take the time to carefully read through and assess each job role to identify those which resonate best with your strengths and experiences, to help you create a list of more targeted applications. The rule of thumb is to prioritise quality over quantity!

Once you have identified the applications you wish to target, take the time to invest in your CV and cover letter for each specific role. This proves that you have a genuine interest in each role and demonstrates that you have reviewed each of the job specs in close detail. Be sure to sprinkle in a few relevant keywords used in the specification and highlight any desired experiences or qualifications listed by the employer.

2. Set a suitable routine

While the Christmas break might increase the pressure to dedicate every waking moment to your job hunt, it’s just as important to balance efficiency with some well-deserved downtime. You’re just as entitled to enjoy the festivities and spend quality time with friends and family as everyone else – so don’t feel guilty for giving yourself that breathing space.

So, how do you give yourself structure? Simply, create a daily schedule that optimises your time during the Christmas break. Designate specific blocks for focused job searching, followed by a few hours to revamp your CV and tailor your cover letter. By following a strict routine, you’re more likely to enhance productivity as well as preventing burnout.

3. Register with a graduate recruitment agency

One of the most practical things you can do during your job search over the festive period is to register with a graduate recruitment agency. Recruitment agencies are well-connected with employers across multiple industries so they can save you time through identifying suitable vacancies and sharing their latest jobs. They will send your CV and cover letters speculatively to a range of employers whilst also sending you constructive careers advice to improve your chances of employability.

Many companies finalise their hiring plans for the upcoming year in December, so by registering with a recruitment agency just before the festive break, you’ll already have a head start in a competitive job market.

Inspiring Interns specialises in matching candidates with roles that align with a graduate’s skills and aspirations, which cuts out a great deal of stress during the job search. You can find out more about Inspiring Interns here.

4. Prioritise rest

Expanding on the point above, make sure you’re making time for rest and recovery during the festive period. Adequate sleep is often underestimated but plays a key role in enhancing cognitive function and concentration. If possible, aim to get the recommended eight hours of sleep every night (which is the average for most adults).

Alongside this, it’s equally crucial to take regular breaks from your computer screen or workspace. These pauses provide a much-needed opportunity to recharge both physically and mentally and helps you gain a renewed focus when you return to your tasks. You could go for a short walk, enjoy 15 minutes of mindfulness, or simply surround yourself with loved ones to keep your energy levels high and foster a greater sense of resilience.

5. Celebrate small victories

While you may not be getting that all-important ‘you’re hired’ email right away, be sure to pat yourself on the back for every small accomplishment. This could be as simple as receiving positive feedback from an employer, or gaining a new skill to add to your CV. By recognising these milestones, you’ll notice a drastic boost in confidence and motivation for the journey ahead.

Written by Inspiring Interns. Inspiring Interns is the first recruitment company to use the innovative technique of video CVs to place young jobseekers into employment. Since their founding in 2009, they have placed over 7,500 graduates into the workplace, as well as providing useful advice for recent graduates and employers.