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Keep Calm and Get Hired

By Ruth
September 2 2016

Posted in Student Resources

Job-seeking is a stressful process for most people, and we know that the compressed nature of the Summer of Tech Recruitment season can be an intense time for students.

Here’s some tools to help you through:


Seek contact with a comforting entity, like a kitten, or a friend. If you don’t have your own pet, see if your local SPCA accepts visitors. If social contact isn’t enough, ASK FOR HELP! Talk it through – a problem shared can quickly seem like less of a problem.

Don’t believe me about the kittens?

Research shows that a few minutes of stroking a pet decreases cortisol, the stress hormone, in both the human and the pet. It also increases prolactin and oxytocin, hormones that govern nurturing and security, as well as serotonin and norepinephrine, neurotransmitters that boost mood.

(it must be true, I read it in the Wall Street Journal)

Who can you ask for help?


Go outside, chase rainbows (or Pokemon), get some exercise, stretch, breathe the air. A change of scene and taking a break from your electronic device is the recipe for finding the pot of gold that is a less-stressed you.

While you’re out there, think about what you’re using to fuel your body & mind right now:

Yes, your grandma was right: a glass of water, healthy food and a good nights’ sleep can actually make a bunch of problems magically disappear.


Escape the stress of your everyday reality by immersing yourself in… fiction! Read a book. Go to a movie. Listen to a podcast.

Distract yourself with another world, by taking a break from the stressful reality of job-seeking!


Calm the mind with some newfangled mindfulness techniques. Don’t mock it till you’ve tried it!

Sitting still, breathing, and listening to the world around you for 10 minutes a day can do wonders for stress. Try meditation apps, like Headspace, for a bit more, or jump in the deep end with an introductory yoga class.

And remember, if you have specific stress or questions or anxiety related to the Summer of Tech recruitment process, the team is here to help! Contact us via the ? bubble when you’re logged into the site, or email the team at info [at] summeroftech.co.nz.

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