Career Advice from the Movies

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I saw a couple of movies recently and after seeing headlines of other blog posts (7 things I learned from xyz movie, etc.), the thought crossed my mind that you can extrapolate something from just about any setting. That being said, this isn’t a movie review post, just an effort to encourage readers to open their eyes and think about the things revolving around you and what you might take from it. I’ll try my best to not spoil the movies, but I’ll say spoiler alert in case you want to see the movies, and then come back to this.

Lesson #1 – If something sounds off, it probably is (#muppetsmostwanted, #constantine). This is a lesson in instinct, not skepticism. Our hero/villain roles are pretty blatant. It’s fairly obvious to the movie goer what’s happening, but everyone else turns a blind eye. Same applies in your job search.  If something seems off, trust your instincts or at least start asking some intelligent questions about the facts. If you can’t get discernable answers or direction, it’s more likely to fall into the category of “if it sounds too good to be true.”

Lesson #2 – You don’t always get what you want (#ham, #noah). Most of us know the story of Noah and the Ark. I have to admit, I didn’t know much about his kids. I’m not spoiling anything by pointing out that Noah and his family survives the flood. It was sad to see that Ham didn’t have someone to be his future partner though. As much as he pouted, and created other problems, it didn’t change the fact that he still didn’t get what he wanted. You won’t get calls for every resume you submit, or even get a job offer for every job you interview for. Don’t dwell on it. Focus on doing your best, and presenting yourself in the best light. The rest will happen if it’s mean to happen. You cannot control what the hiring managers decide on.

Lesson #3 – Don’t make up a fake life (#bluejasmine). Even the most put together people can be a little (or a lot) off. Even if it sounds great, sometimes it’s not believable and you’ll be called onto the carpet. OR, you’re real story will come out and things will just implode on you.  The worst thing you can do for your career is lie to your employer. It ruins your credibility both now and down the line. Keep things on the level and people will hold a lot more respect for you.

At the end of the day, you need to look at yourself. Are you standing still, or are you moving forward?  What are you doing to improve your career search scenario?  Sometimes it’s just speaking with a recruiting professional, sometimes you need to change things up. Either way, learn something new, observe, apply and reflect back on those changes [then repeat].

For more job tips, ideas, techniques, etc. visit Some of the posts are newer than others, but the principles can always be interpreted and applied based on your situation. AccuStaff is a leading staffing provider of temporary, and direct hire recruitment services.

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