Looking for a job isn’t exactly a fairy tale. Getting the job of your dreams requires hard work and persistence. But what if we took some of the most famous Disney princesses and threw them into the modern job search scene? How would they cope?
Rapunzel: Taking Breaks is Important!
Rapunzel is famous for being locked up in a tower, right? Sometimes the job search can seem like our own towery prison. But she’s always looking for a way to get out there and experience life, just like we want to get past the job search and into the position of our dreams.
If Rapunzel had to spend hours a day sending out job applications, you can bet she’d start working fun activities into her routine. After all, she has an entire song about it! She might send out five applications, and then “start on the chores and sweep ‘till the floor’s all clean” or go for a fun activity like adding “a few new paintings to [her] gallery,” or maybe “paper mache, a bit of ballet and chess.” This golden-haired princess is known for her optimism, and she wouldn’t let the job search get her down. Throwing some other activities into a job-search filled day can help keep the job search burnout away.
Cinderella: Seek Help!
We can all empathize with Cinderella. She was stuck in a dead-end job with no real avenue for promotion. But she sets her sights on a achieving a dream and knows “if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
She gets her dream job through marriage (which doesn’t work super well in today’s job search landscape), but she couldn’t have gotten there without help. Throughout her journey, there were always helpers: the mice and birds, her fairy godmother, even the prince! Everyone believed in her dreams and wanted to help her get there.
Plop Cindy into modern times and she’d realize that wishing and hoping might not get her as far as in her own story. But she would still seek help from others to get that dream job. Maybe she would join professional organizations or ask friends and family (not counting those annoying step-sisters) for any job leads they had. Doing it all by yourself is incredibly difficult, and there’s nothing wrong with asking for a bit of help. Bibbidi-bobbidi-believe it!
Elsa: Let it Go!
Yup, that song is probably stuck in your head on an endless loop now. Elsa thought she couldn’t be her true self in her old position (that of Queen of Arendelle), so she quit and entered the (literal) job search snowscape. She forged a path ahead as an entrepreneur in castle design and made some truly beautiful creations.
And sure, that career didn’t exactly pan out, but a modern-day Elsa wouldn’t let job search rejection get her down. It’s all part of the game, and she would spend her time applying to as many jobs as possible to land that one dream gig. And if a bad interview happens? It’s totally fine to run out into the wilderness and sing-scream into the void. Just make sure you pick yourself back up afterwards.
Even if you aren’t a princess with magical golden hair, a fairy godmother, or magical snow powers, these lessons can still apply to your job search. Now is your time to create your own job fairytale.
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