Playing professional football might be the most exhausting activity a human being can take part in…aside from finding a new job, that is. However, after weeks of intense practice, grueling applications and gutting it out in interviews, there’s nothing quite like the sweet taste of job search victory! If you’ve got a hunger for a new job, we’ve got the perfect snacks to help you on the road to your very own job search Super Bowl:
Just like a warm bowl of chili that’s been slow-cooked to perfection, a good job search hits the spot because of a hearty mix of ingredients. While every job search is different, many take longer than candidates initially expect due to a combination of factors, including:
- Economic conditions
- Job preference flexibility
- The amount of time and energy devoted to the job search
- The quality of job search materials
Any delay in finding work can be a bummer, but the secret to great chili (and finding a great job) is taking things slow! Instead of rushing into an opportunity, give yourself the time find meaningful work that truly connects to your values and goals.
Pigs in a Blanket
Everyone can use a little support every now and then! Take the hot dog, for example. Most of its existence is lonely, spent chilling in a fridge as a standalone tube of processed meat. Is there anything more depressing than eating a single plain hot dog with a knife and fork? Thankfully, when you wrap up that same hot dog in a warm blanket of dough, it transforms into a fan favorite – the pig in a blanket!
If the job search has got you feeling a bit down, it never hurts to seek out support from those around you! Friends, family and mentors can all be great sources of information and inspiration on the road to a new job. Sometimes, you just need a pick-me-up talk or a good hug – and that’s okay! Wrap yourself in a blanket of positivity, then get back out there!
Potatoes are good. Crispy potatoes covered in bacon, cheese and sour cream are even better! Once you’ve got the base materials needed to apply for a job – application, resume, cover letter – it’s time to think of ways to take your candidate profile to the next level. For example, depending on your industry of interest, a digital portfolio or website can be a great way to take your interviewing experience to the next level for employers. Don’t just be a boring potato, cover your next job application with “the works!”
Chips and Dip
Chips and dip might seem like the bare minimum needed for Super Bowl snacking. On the surface, it’s a simple dish, but dig a bit deeper and you’ll encounter a rich world of variety! Everyone has a favorite, like sour cream and onion, 7-layer dip, guacamole or buffalo chicken dip, and their idea of the perfect chip pairing. Whether you crunch with tortilla chip or swear by ridges, everyone has their own take on the game time classic.
When applying for a job, it might seem nearly impossible to stand out in a crowd. After all, if everyone’s required to have the same experience and skills to even interview, how different can the candidates appear to an employer? Just like your family’s “secret” recipe for a twist on a classic dip, you have your own unique style to bring to every opportunity. How will you make it stand out on interview day?
Finding a new job might not always be the most interesting activity in the world. Poring over countless job boards and application systems is a tedious process, and that’s before the stress related to interviewing comes in! The black and white details of applying for jobs can be a boring as an unseasoned piece of chicken.
In order to stay motivated, it’s important to figure out what your “hot sauce” is, that special ingredient that spices up the job hunt for you. Maybe it’s the promise of gaining the ability to work directly with people that fires you up, or perhaps the promise of working with your hands. Whatever it is that keeps you going, it’s important to never lose sight of it!
Whatever your tastes are, every job seeker needs fuel on the way to a job search Super Bowl victory! What are your favorite foods for game day? Let’s chat over a snack in the comment section below!