I’m a huge fan of the Star Wars films. Now, I admit that even the thought of this topic for a blog makes me seem like a nerd, and that’s perfectly fine with me. I am cool and confident enough to accept the title of “nerd.”
You might be wondering what connection Star Wars could possibly have to job searching?
If you saw the most recent Star Wars movie, you may remember that Anakin Skywalker held a blue light-saber (a glowing sword) throughout his entire Jedi life. (**Spoiler Alert) But, when Skywalker becomes the character known as Darth Vader, his light-saber glows bright red.
As it turns out, the light-saber’s color represents each character’s personality; a mood ring of sorts symbolizing the energy they give out into the world.
The question that I ask you, loyal reader, is “What color light-saber do you have?”
When I was searching for a job, I felt as if the world was against me. I didn’t understand why my resume and winning smile wasn’t enough to get me a good job. I went on several interviews but no offers followed. When you have tried your hardest and things aren’t coming together like you think they should, it is frustrating. I began to wonder if I was letting my frustration show. When someone looked at me, what did they see? What type of energy was I giving off?
You might have to consciously work at putting away your red light-saber (negative energy) and bringing out something more positive.
Perhaps you could imagine your green light saber and express a personality of being a peaceful person. You will likely make the impression that you work well with others and are calm and collected in stressful situations. Or maybe you could imagine a blue light-saber, communicating that you are strong and have the ability to make a positive impact within the company.
There are many other light-saber colors that we can speak about; purple, yellow, and even black. The point is, the energy you express or communicate to potential employers will affect their decision on whether or not to move forward with your application. So, let your positive personality shine when you walk into a room because believe it or not, it’s speaking for you. May the force be with you!
Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.