Your Best offence Is Under Your Nose

** From my weekly newsletter to subscribers **
It was the spoof headline in The Onion (“America’s Finest News Source”) that caught my eye:

“Study Links Adult-Male Smiling To Extremely Overweight Men Scoring Touchdowns”

The article continued:

“PHILADELPHIA – A study released Monday by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology revealed a direct correlation between smiling in adult American males and the scoring of touchdowns by incredibly large or obese football players. ‘The initial results of the study proved that adult males offer at least a smirk at the sight of any extremely overweight man’s head squished into a helmet,’ said Dr. Caroline Nissen, who directed the study. ‘But without fail, if that man happens to recover a turnover and begins to run with the ball, the size of the observer’s smile grows exponentially, especially if the plump athlete attempts to jump over anything. By the time the obese player scores, literally every adult male we studied was grinning to the limits of his ability.’ Thus far, the study is being heralded by the medical community as a potential cure-all for males suffering from chronic depression.”

Now, you might know The Onion is a satirical newspaper, so all their news is fake news, but there’s nothing false about laughter being the best medicine for what ails you.

And in the job hunt, there is a lot that can ail you. The stresses of interviewing, writing cover letters, doing follow-up calls, taking phone screen interviews… all of it can pile up and leave you feeling uncertain and unprepared to thrive in your search.

So I want you to forget all about that for a second and enjoy these outstanding, surprising touchdowns from unexpected heroes…

Here’s Shaun Rogers returning an interception 66 yards for a touchdown:

BJ Raji scoring big in the playoffs:

And here’s one for the old folks… William “The Refrigerator” Perry from 1985 (we couldn’t find his Super Bowl touchdown online – if you have it please send it our way!):

I remember watching The Fridge back in high school… did you know that his Super Bowl ring size (25) is the largest of any professional football player in the history of the game?

So, look, there are going to be many times in your job search when you get down, or when you feel like your nerves are getting the best of you.

It could be when you’re sitting in the car in the parking lot waiting to go in for an interview. You know the feeling – sweaty palms, pit in your stomach, you’re wishing you hadn’t had the Venti at Starbuck’s – but there’s also a nervous electric energy about you.

It could be when you’re sitting staring at your phone in your home office. You know you have to call back the HR department for a follow-up interview and you’re hoping that you know the right thing to say, the right words to put together, the right answers because, dang it, this is a job you really want, you really deserve, and let’s face it – you really need. So it’s the nerves, nerves, nerves that have got you on edge.

For these, and for any other occasion in the search that has you feeling wound up, the most important advice I can give you is to relax You’ll do fine. You’re one of the top professionals in the country (in the world, really) and I know you’ll do wonderfully.

But as much as I say it, you’re not feeling it. It’s easy for me to write you this little note and tell you everything’s going to be OK, but, c’mon, I’m not the one sitting in the car or staring at the phone or fidgeting in your seat as you think about how important and frustrating this job search is for you.

So, great, forget about me, forget about advice, forget about everything, and just let your head get out of the fog by taking your mind completely off the task at hand for a few minutes.

Pull out these videos and hit play. Save this newsletter and any time you’ve got a big interview, watch The Fridge, The Freezer, and Rogers chug down the field for a score. It’s a great feeling. It feels like an accomplishment and success and triumph and you know, if those guys can lumber down the field and score improbable impossible touchdowns, perhaps it’s not really that tough for you to answer a few questions about what you do for a living.

You’ll be smiling and you’ll probably be chuckling and then when you go into that interview or pick up at the phone, your confidence and your good humour are going to come across and make you sound great.

I’ve been giving career advice to millions of people for the past decade and I can tell you this helps and this works. Try it out yourself, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to score.

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