Episode 15: The Real Secret to a Successful Job Search

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Hello Friends! Welcome to Episode 15

Are you struggling to get a job? Are you miserable submitting application after application?

Do you want to know the secret to a successful job search?

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • The seeming contrarian advice to a successful job search

  • What is alignment and why should you care

  • Three steps you should take to have a successful job search


Are you struggling to get a job? Are you miserable submitting application after application?

Do you want to know the secret to a successful job search?

Get happy.

That’s it. Done. Have a great day.

Just kidding.

Friends, I don’t mean to be flippant but I truly do believe that if you want to get a job you truly want, you cannot be miserable during your job search.

So many of us believe that once we have something we will finally be happy. If we finally get the perfect job, then we will be happy. If we finally get the callback, then we will be happy.

The truth is: If we want to be successful, productive, fill-in-the blank we need to feel well FIRST.

You don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to science! A FANTASTIC book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, is literally all about this. The essential premise of the book is that based on research of thousands of people and companies, the key to being successful (however you define it) is to be happy and engaged first. Happy people are more engaged, productive, and focused. That’s no surprise, but there’s science to corroborate this.

I want you to not only get a job, but I want you not be miserable the entire time you’re searching for that job.

Here are three things I encourage you to do to get happy and successfully get a job:

1.)   Stop all job search activities for two whole days.

Do not even peak at Indeed, LinkedIn. Do not send another email for an informational interview. Do not even lay a finger on your resume. Put a complete halt on the active job searching. I want you to do this because I want you to fill your time in with something else instead.

2.)   During those two days, do as many things that make you feel lit up inside during those two days.

Maybe that means you’re painting, you’re reading a new book, you’re running some formulas in STATA or R. Whatever it is that makes you feel happy and energized, that’s what you’re going to fill your two days up with.

Now, your lizard brain is going to freak out and say no way, I need to be working like a dog on my applications, resume, whatever. That is okay. That’s normal. Recognize those thoughts, interrogate them, and divest. Don’t spend time as much time with them.

Our whole goal is to get you back to feeling good. Because at the very least, there’s no point being miserable over a job search. It is truly unnecessary and unproductive, even if your lizard brain thinks it is. But, we’re also doing this because you’re going to have so much energy, so much gusto to channel into your job search.

3.)   At the end of your two days, I want to make and enact a plan of how you’re going to continue getting into alignment EVERY day forward.

I want you to carve out at least 30 minutes per day where you get aligned. I suggest doing 15 minutes in the morning, 15 at night so that you start and end your day happy. I want you to take this as seriously as you take writing that resume and submitting those applications. Because it is serious. Your well-being is very serious business. You cannot postpone joy until you get something and expect to be able to fully enjoy the outcome. You’ve essentially made that outcome be your savior, your golden calf and no job can ever be that redemptive.

So be diligent. When you want to skimp on the 30 minutes, I want you to re-prioritize. Don’t be obsessive, this is not another thing to do perfectly. But set your intention to prioritize your well-being and make it happen to the best of your ability.


I want you to do all these three things because the focus and energy you will have when you’re job searching is going to change. How do I know this? Because you have changed. You cannot both be happy and stay invested in negative thoughts at the same time. They are incompatible.

When you change, when your thoughts change, your feelings change and then your actions change.

And that my friends, is how you will thrive in your job search.



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Danielle Callendar