It’s Christmas eve, the presents are all wrapped, mince pies are in the oven and it is soon time for Father Christmas to pay a visit. But if you are out of work, the pressures can cause stress and potentially ruin your enjoyment of the festive period.

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I know, I have been made redundant twice just before Christmas.

The first time, I stressed about looking for work and I did let being out of work affect my mood, until my aunt pointed out:

Recruiters don’t work on Christmas Day

Recruiters don’t work on Boxing Day…

…unless they are super dedicated to their job that is.

Yes that’s right, she was suggesting to take a break, to relax and enjoy the time with my family. It was just the tonic I needed and it gave me the energy to get right back into the job hunt in the week between Christmas and new year. That week, although quiet, still sees jobs being posted and employers looking to fill vacancies for the new year, giving you a head start for lining up interviews in January.

So my number one Christmas day job hunting tip is to take a break and enjoy the company of those closest to you. It costs nothing and pays in the form of refreshing you for the busy January hiring period.

Wishing you all a wonderful festive break whatever you are doing.

Jo and the rest of the EmptyLemon team