Job Search Lessons as Told by Dad Jokes

In honor of Father’s Day coming up, let’s all take a second to appreciate dads for more than their stellar grilling skills, handyman expertise and impressive sports knowledge. Dads are great for pretty much anything, especially teaching us life lessons on this confusing journey to find our perfect career fit. Brace yourself for some of the all-time greatest job search lessons accompanied by some okay dad jokes:

What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a tricycle and a well-dressed man on a bicycle? Attire.

Aha! Get it? Cringe worthy as this dad joke may be, it touches on the importance of practicing good habits. Dressing nice every day will increase your motivation to get moving and apply for jobs! Not to mention, a clean-cut appearance will be necessary in the later steps of your job search. For instance, when interviews come along, you’ll want to master your perfect “look” by then to come off as professional and prepared. Even when it comes to phone interviews, dressing nice versus lounging in your pajamas will help you project a professional air on the phone!

Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.

Cue the *wince.*

In dad’s defense, this brings up a valuable lesson and raises the question of how to be an outstanding job searcher. Here’s the key – never stop educating yourself and always strive to learn new things. Whether it’s researching a new industry, looking into different job descriptions or pursuing a higher education path, immerse yourself in knowledge!

Want to hear a joke about construction? I’m still working on it.

C’mon, this one deserves a couple of chuckles. Not to mention, ties into a lesson that my dad swore by when I was younger:

“The answer is always ‘no’ until you ask.”

People inside and outside of your personal network will most likely be more willing to help you pursue a career than you may think! Either way, it never hurts to ask for help, especially if your peers are passionate about similar career paths. Treat your network like a construction site –never stop working on it! After all, a study conducted by LinkedIn revealed that nearly 85% of jobs are found through networking.

Why did the coffee file a police report? It got mugged.

What job search lesson could possibly come from this cheesy dad joke? Think of it this way – if you’re drinking coffee, it’s usually in the morning, and we’ve all heard the saying, “the early bird catches the worm.” The same principle applies to job searching! Whether you jump on job boards online, ask around for potential job opportunities or simply search through the newspaper, it’s important to start right away.

What do you call an elephant that doesn’t matter? An irrelephant.

Did you laugh out loud at this one? But seriously, who wants to be irrelephant? During a job search, always be as responsive as possible. This means returning every call, answering every email and exhausting all job search abilities by the end of a work day. Without even realizing it, opportunities will present themselves when you make yourself accessible.

Do you know where you can get chicken broth in bulk? The stock market.

Referencing the stock market in a joke, what a dad move! These days, not everyone pays close attention to the stock market, but you guessed it – a job search lesson lies within! When conducting your search, pay attention to outside factors. Keeping up with current events and business etiquette will help keep you informed about the job market as a whole. It’s important to be aware during a job search so you don’t enter a new job blindly! Likewise, this type of knowledge can also be beneficial in interviews. You never know what hot topic might strike up a great conversation with a potential employer!

Don’t forget to wish your dad a happy Father’s Day this weekend and reflect on some of the life lessons that you were taught growing up. You may find that they apply directly to a job search! Also, feel free to embrace any and all dad jokes; after all, it’s their day! Have any job search advice? Feel free to share below:

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