7 lessons about job searching you can learn from holiday movies
Accept these gifts of wisdom from the Grinch, Jack Skellington, Buddy the elf, and more.
Does your job search have you feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge this holiday season? Don’t say, “Bah humbug.” Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, and Jack Skellington are all here to help.
That’s right. While you might think you’re taking a break from job searching by binging on your favorite holiday movies, these festive films can actually help guide you in your job search journey. Well, maybe not all holiday movies, like Office Christmas Party, unless, of course, you want to know what you're not supposed to do).
If a new job is at the top of your Christmas wish list this year, you’ll have a better chance of landing one if you heed the important lessons from these holiday movies.
Movie: How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Lesson: The company that’s right for you is out there.
A miserable shut-in who lives atop a mountain, the Grinch resents the happy little people living out their happy little lives. By the end, though, he is welcomed into the fold and turns a new leaf, an outcast no more.
In your job search, don’t ignore a job opportunity or company until you give them a fair shot. Go into your job search with an open mind, and trust that the right job is just waiting to welcome you with open arms.
Movie: Home Alone
Lesson: Use your resources.
In the first two Home Alone movies, 8-year-old Kevin McCallister—left behind by his parents not once, but twice!— proves he is the most innovative and resourceful kid of all time. He outsmarts two seasoned burglars using stuff he finds around the house.
What can you take away from young Kevin’s triumph over these Christmas Eve criminals? Don’t try to go through the task of finding a job alone. Get creative and use your resources. Reach out to a former boss or co-worker, your alma mater’s alumni office, and anyone else in your networking arsenal about job leads.
Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Lesson: Apply for the job, even if you don’t think you’re qualified.
When Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, stumbles into Christmas Town, he becomes obsessed with the bright cheeriness of Christmas and decides to assume the role of “Sandy Claws.” As it turns out, his skills in scaring people aren’t exactly transferable to his new gig, but yours could be.
Don’t be afraid to try something new and apply for a job in a field you don’t have much experience in or for a position you might not be 100% qualified for. You never know what a recruiter or hiring manager is looking for. You could be it.
Movie: A Christmas Story
Lesson: Don’t give up.
A Christmas Story is chock-full of important life lessons, like not giving in to peer pressure when someone double dog dares you, and being careful not to shoot your eye out with a Red Ryder air rifle. Speaking of which, the Red Ryder is the one thing Ralphie wants for Christmas this year. His only problem? His mom, teacher, and even Santa flat-out deny him his dream. Nevertheless, Ralphie keeps hoping and believing that he’ll get the air rifle, and sure enough, he finds it under the Christmas tree.
In your job search, don’t let one—or more—rejection derail your whole search. Stay focused, be persistent and you’ll land the job.
Lesson: Have a positive attitude.
Nothing can put a damper on Buddy the Elf’s spirits. All he cares about is spreading joy and holiday cheer—and his positive attitude is absolutely infectious..
Although we don’t recommend giving out hugs as freely as Buddy, having a bright outlook and showing enthusiasm in a job interview will get you far with recruiters and hiring managers.
Movie: A Christmas Carol
Lesson: Treat everyone you meet with equal respect.
From co-workers and clients, to neighbors and family, Ebenezer Scrooge is rude, dismissive, and just plain mean to everyone he comes in contact with. As the story progresses, however, Scrooge learns the importance of treating everyone with kindness and respect.
When you’re called in for interviews, it’s crucial to treat everyone from the receptionist greeting you at the door to your potential boss conducting the interview with equal respect.
Movie: The Santa Clause
Lesson: Read every word of the contract before accepting a job.
In this Christmas comedy, advertising executive Scott Calvin finds Santa Claus’s business card after the jolly one falls off Calvin’s roof. Convinced he must continue St. Nick’s work, Calvin dons the iconic suit. However, he fails to read the fine print, which tells him that by putting on the suit, he is officially accepting the role of Santa.
When you get a job offer, be sure to read every word of what the offer and job responsibilities entail before you accept. And if you something doesn’t sit well with you, don’t be afraid to ask questions, negotiate, and ultimately get what you want out of the deal. Or you might find yourself going gray overnight, gaining an exorbitant amount of weight, and being forced into delivering presents to children around the world.