Tempting as it is to lie in the back garden (if wet, in bed) reading a trash detective novel, jobless should not mean clueless. There are more productive ways to spend the next few weeks, none of which need interfere too much with your natural inclination towards rest and relaxation.
Mix and match from the following:
1. Volunteer. Sounds almost too worthy? Think triple whammy: benefit others, boost your CV and bask in a warm glow. If it meshes with your career aim, so much the better, but almost any sort of community activity appeals to recruiters. http://www.do-it.org.uk/ has all the links you’ll need.
2. Get ahead of the competition. Deadlines are for the desperate. Why not meet them well ahead of time? Neither new kids in town nor older hands are exempt.
Freshers: the application window for 2013 industry insight days is already wide open
Penultimate years: next summer starts NOW. Investigate internships immediately.
Finalists: Autumn is the traditional season for job hunting – as if you won’t have enough on your hands by then. So start now and feel suitably smug in September.
3. Pick up a placement: ask around to see if you can wheedle some work experience. Your filing and tea making capacities might be tested to the limit, but grit your teeth and get on with it. It ain’t what you do, it’s what you learn and observe on the way that counts.
4. Study: Local universities and colleges will be offering summer courses galore, so how about working on your web skills, embracing entrepreneurship or learning another lingo?
5. CV: dig out that dog-eared document and update and upgrade it. If not now, when?
6. (Optional): Polish your halo.