As a former Career Services Director, and Regional Job Development Specialist, for two colleges, my first piece of advice to any new Grad is to jump-start your job search, 60-days prior to graduation.
While some grads may choose to "take a break" after completing their degree program, it would be ill-advised to do so. Some people lose momentum and become less motivated during downtime.
A job search could take some time, and the search process is a semi-downtime period, as you are not in college and you don't have a job yet.
It's important to have realistic expectations and remain optimistic during the process. It could take up to six-months and what seems like a heap of rejection. Take it in stride and focus on the end result, which is securing gainful employment.
Avoid anxious or obsessive behavior in frantically searching for a job, as this may create stress. It will happen for you, just be patient and persistent.
The following tips have been very successful in "real life" for new grads seeking their first career position.