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Christmas is supposed to be a time of relaxation and festive fun. But if you are looking for a job you may be feeling slightly more stressed than usual. Follow these tips to help you battle your stress and to help you gain that all important job interview.

Planning

It’s crucial during your job search that you plan. Without a plan you will find yourself feeling confused and stressed. Try and structure your job search and give yourself regular targets to meet. Perhaps it’s applying for three jobs a day, perhaps it’s gaining a job interview by the New Year or perhaps it’s simply re-writing your resume. Ensure you set yourself goals as you can then tick these off when they are achieved. Not only will that give you a great sense of achievement but it will help you to focus on your job search.

Talking

One of the best ways to find a job is talking to people. Getting out to networking events, talking to industry contacts and handing out your resume could definitely boost your chances of finding employment. This will also help you to feel less stressed. Sticking to an office all day and ploughing through job applications can be stressful as you don’t have any interaction and it can feel quite lonely. Instead, boost your motivation by getting out there and meeting contacts!

Thinking Outside of the Box

If you are job searching at Christmas there may be a variety of jobs available that fit your skills although it may not be the job you are looking for. If you are feeling particularly stressed because of money issues then it could be an idea to think outside of the box. Instead of looking for your full-time perfect job, why not contact a temping agency and look for temporary part-time work? Although this isn’t permanent it can help you to get back into a routine, to boost your resume content and confidence.

Relaxation

Don’t forget to relax during your job search! It’s impossible to look for work twenty four seven so ensure you take breaks, socialise and relax as this will help with keeping your stress levels at bay.


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