Though movie villains are the least expected people we can learn life-lessons from, their words often have a point.
Looking for a new job can be a very daunting task. It can be time-consuming and may require lots of footwork going from one interview to another. Job-seekers oftentimes may face challenges and the odds are not always in their favor when looking for a job.
But it is not an excuse to give up chasing for your dream job. If you are a movie-goer, you may want to get inspiration from movies for your journey to land a dream job. There are lines from famous movie villains that can serve as your motivation in keeping your heads up and start a new career.
Take a look at these wise words from well-known movie villains which job-seekers can learn from.
1. “You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny!” – Darth Vader (The Return of the Jedi)
When looking for a job, you have to anticipate the challenges you may face. You have to stay proactive and assertive. If you were invited for an interview, do not underestimate the evaluation skills of the hiring manager. They have their way of asking you which can uncover your weaknesses and this can be your downfall.
Arm yourself with your greatest asset to land that job. Research information about the company and about their hiring managers may give you an edge in answering their questions. Above all stay confident about yourself. Don’t tell them about strengths instead; show them what you are capable of.
2. At the right time and place, we are capable of anything. – Noah Cross (Chinatown)
The pressure of meeting the expectations and the qualifications of hiring managers will always be there when you are job hunting. There are some cases where you think you are suited to the standards of a certain company but in the end, they have chosen somebody else.
In these cases, do not lose your hope. There are thousands of job offers around and perhaps you just need the right timing, the right place for your dream job. You are capable of doing the things other people of the same degree as yours can do; it is just that hiring managers have different ways of seeing things.
While some of them may not like you, there is still someone out there that will hire you for as long as you have met the standards and you have shown excellent performance.
3. “Everybody’s got a weakness.” –Hades (Disney’s Hercules)
Some job interviewers can be pretty straightforward and may give your criticisms you don’t expect. Learn to accept them professionally. Nobody is perfect and that at some point you will be criticized by employers and hiring managers but don’t take professional criticisms personally.
Instead, use these criticisms to your advantage. You have weaknesses, and criticisms are made so you can improve those weaknesses. Be open for any negative feedback you receive so in your next interview you know how to do it right.
4. “Never underestimate the importance of… BODY LANGUAGE.” –Ursula (Disney’s The Little Mermaid)
The way you project yourself during an interview is as important as your answers to questions asked. How you act, your gestures and nuisances can be the basis of whether you will be offered a job or you still have to fill out more job applications.
Your body language can reflect your personality and sometimes no matter how well you answer the questions if your body language tells otherwise, you will never land that job. During a job interview, your body language should convey confidence.
Your interviewer can pay attention to non-verbal cues so make sure that your body language coincides with what you say. Avoid annoying gestures like playing with your pen, button or hanky. Lack of confidence may also be shown in gestures like crossing and uncrossing the legs, fiddling with your hair or scratching your head.
Keep the eye contact, genuinely smile and maintain your composure.
5. Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order or everything becomes chaos. –Joker (The Dark Knight)
Companies value their time and effort when offering a job, thus, setting different requirements and standards to hire the best person for a certain position. That is why you also have to follow the guidelines and plan out well your job applications.
Planning and organizing your job searching is important so you can find a good job as soon as possible. Start with your desired job position then create a timeline and organize your resume and supporting documents. Having a plan will help you have an effective job search. With an organized plan, it will be easier for you to find the right job from the right people.
Looking for a job is not easy. You will be facing several rejections and frustrations. But when you have already done so much effort in searching for a new job but still fail, will it make you a better person if you stop? The answer is NO.
You already started your journey; continue until you achieve your goal. Learn from these movie villains and who knows the next interview you will have is from your dream company offering you your dream job.