Job hunting is never usually a smooth process, as there are nearly always obstacles and challenges that you will have to navigate in order to be successful. As a result, it can be quite easy to become frustrated and downhearted the longer you go without securing a position.

However, it is not all doom and gloom. A bit of spare time gives you the chance to take a step back and approach everything with a little more focus and precision.

As you put together your application for various jobs and tailor your CV and cover letters to suit each position’s requirements, you can use your spare time to improve and develop new skills whilst gaining valuable experience.

Edit your online presence

Everyone is starting to be mindful of their social media blueprint, and the effect it can have on future job prospects and applications. Whilst you have the time, it is extremely important to make sure that your online profile benefits your search for a position and that it does not become another challenge you have to overcome.

Go through your social media platforms and ensure there are no embarrassing photos or comments that might have a negative impact on your application. Take your time to add a bit of polish to your online profiles by updating your skills, contact details and qualifications. You could also put together some references and ensure your profile photos are professional.

Develop and learn skills

Job hunting can be quite time consuming, but it is vital you do not become solely focused and forget to improve other areas whilst you have the opportunity. Leave some time throughout the day for searching online, making calls and sending emails but remember to treat it like anything else.

Whilst you have the time you can try to learn some new skills or develop some that you already have to see if you can make yourself more attractive to potential employers. You could start to learn a language – free apps like Duolingo can help – or do an online course that will benefit you in your ideal role.

Interviewers may ask you about any gaps on your CV during an interview and being able to detail how you have taken advantage of time to develop yourself will be hugely attractive to them.

If you’re a graduate looking to kick-start your career, have a chat with Discovery graduates and see how they can get you started