Give Your Job Search a Good Laugh

Posted: February 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Job Search Networking, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Give Your Job Search a Good Laugh

Most days of the week I wake up smiling. I actually laugh in my sleep, it’s true. I don’t talk or snore, I laugh like George Carlin’s doing stand up in my bedroom. It’s good to be happy and it’s good for your job search too.

Boost Your Job Search By Laughing

Do something today that makes you laugh or laugh at something you would otherwise cry about. Here’s what I did…I fell down my stairs. Not intentionally of course but because I’m a complete and utter klutz. I always have been and this morning instead of berating myself I started laughing hysterically, and then said a short gratitude for not breaking my ankle!  Give yourself a good old boost of happiness and see how much better your job search is for it. Go ahead, it’s easy enough to do (and it’s free)!

Why Happiness Affects Your Search

Employers are overwhelmed in today’s market. 1,200 applicants per opening, 5-10 interviews per candidate and dozens of candidates for each job. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. What’s better than interviewing a happy, smiling, positive candidate? If you think it’s just me that has this attitude…after all, this is coming from a career coach that laughs in her sleep…take a recent conversation I had with a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company with over 150,000 employees.

From The Hiring Suite
Senior executives to managers, hiring decision makers are finding that unemployed people’s personalities have become toxic and they’ve lost their excitement. As a career coach, this news is disheartening yet not surprising. While I coach job seekers for a living, 90% of my clients are gainfully employed and focus on improving their skills, looking for the next great opportunity to go above and beyond where they are today.

Taking time to laugh, smile and allowing your happiness to come back to life will positively impact your job search. After all, who would you rather work with? A happy you or an unhappy  you? Get your happy on.


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