With the general election now set for the 6th May and each party promising to lift Britain out of the economic crisis with quite opposing methods, it looks unlikely that we will be completely unaffected by the recession for a while. Consequently, job hunting in such hard times could still pose a problem to graduates of 2010.

As a graduate of 2009 I know the impact that the economy's crash had on my and others' job hunting experience. To be honest, it can be tough. I was fortunate enough to have parents who provided a roof over my head in the meantime and I had a part time job at my local pub, but it was still tough.

People tell you that job hunting can be demoralising and to be perfectly honest, at first I ignored these warnings. I thought of myself as the resilient, optimistic type who rarely lets knock backs get to him. However, you do get demoralised, even if you are unaware of it; you start getting bored with the whole process and persuading yourself that it's a futile process. Obviously it is not futile at all, in fact the alternative of not applying is what is pointless, but after your first couple of weeks of applying nine to five and not hearing as much as a whisper back, the argument seems to get very persuasive.

On that note, I must also mention that job hunting nine 'til five is the only way to approach this if you want to get that dream career - you must treat job hunting like a job itself. To any readers who haven't delved into this activity as of yet I can promise you, it gets laborious. Job applying is not merely a process of clicking 'Apply' on every job advertisement that takes your fancy. Most require a small essay, of about five hundred words, be it about yourself, your skills or a sample piece of work.

For example, if you are applying for a job as a TV reporter then they will often ask you for a piece of criticism about a certain television programme. This is part of the screening process that employers use in order to sort the wheat from the chaff and if you are not putting time and effort into each application then you will be considered chaff fairly quickly.

This is a good thing though because it allows you to really set yourself apart from the other applicants. From personal experience, all of the applications that I felt really good about because I had put a lot of effort into the screening questions, my covering letter and my CV, bore fruit of at least an interview.

The persistence of this peak effort is the key to job hunting success during the recession. If you are a graduate who is struggling to find employment at the moment the best advice I can offer you is not to give up. This takes a lot of mental strength; surveys have reported that minor depression, feelings of isolation and family related problems are all common in graduates who have been searching for jobs in the past year. However, if you are feeling any or all of those symptoms try to push it to one side or use it as a driving motive to apply whole heartedly and get that job that you want - because believe me when I say that the pay off you will get once you sign that acceptance form will be overwhelming and you'll wonder why you ever doubted your abilities.