Whether it is for a week, a month or a year, all graduates have to deal with unemployment; it is the hurdle that is naturally next in line after graduating. It is neither a nice hurdle to jump nor an easy one in the current economic climate. Learning how to deal with unemployment is an essential aspect of overcoming it and gaining a graduate job.

As most would testify, the worst aspect of unemployment is that the longer it extends the greater its effects are felt - unsurprisingly financial problems start to materialise which at its least severe degree can mean less funds for socialising and other personal pleasures. This may be the reason why research has found that unemployment leads to feelings of isolation. With less money to spend on social activities many are forced to stay at home and as previously mentioned, this is financial restraints at their least ruinous. Other symptoms include increasing stress, boredom and laziness.

Stress and boredom are rather self-explanatory being a consequence of constant job applying and not getting anywhere. Laziness is a self-propagating symptom from receiving no results from such applications and (even if only on a subconscious level) thinking that there is little point in the continuation of applying to a graduate job. If you are feeling lazier than usual or demoralised the way to break out of the routine is with sheer willpower by remaining optimistic and hopeful.

This is the bedrock of dealing with unemployment. Keep applying to those jobs and you will get one eventually. The reason why you are not getting anywhere is most likely not because of you or your skills and attributes but simply the unfortunate job climate.

Additionally, keep yourself busy - try and get a part time job, if you already have one why not expand your hours? Similarly, if you have a hobby, engross yourself in it a bit more. This is especially true if that hobby is a form of exercise; research proves that physical exercise relieves stress, decreases lethargy and increases quality of life.

Another good tip is to take up a hobby that is relevant for the graduate jobs you are hoping to get. For example, if you have your targets set on journalism, start blogging and do it often. Graduate employers love to see enthusiasm for an activity that is applicable in the workplace and there is no better way to exemplify that enthusiasm than by demonstrating how it overflows into your private time. Furthermore, the longer you have been unemployed and participating in this activity the better it will look to graduate employers, increasing the chances of you landing a graduate job day-by-day.

If you are having trouble coping with unemployment there are two things you should keep in mind: keep applying for graduate jobs and keep active. Resorting to lying on the sofa watching daytime television will get you nowhere (and is usually more boring than job applying anyway!) so engage in what interests you and show graduate employers how your time unemployed has actually been beneficial to your skills development.