It’s not all business.
A lot of people believe they’ve got to be stiff, boring, and “professional” when it comes to work and looking for jobs. Have you seen most resumes and cover letters? Not only are the uninteresting, they are utterly humorless and unfun.
Hiring managers are people too (I know, tough to believe sometimes), and they like a smile and a laugh as much as the next person. But it’s not just for them. When you’re having a good time, you tend to do things better. Your joy makes you more interesting and attractive to others.
If you’re naturally a serious person, don’t stray from your personality or fake playfulness. But for heaven’s sake, don’t suppress it in order to be taken seriously!
I once had someone apply to work for our company by sending a slide show where he had photoshopped himself into pictures of our team he’d found on our website and social media. He was awkwardly and hilariously inserted with a big smile and text that read, “See how well I fit with your team?”
We had dozens of applicants for that role, and to this day, now four years later, his is the only one everyone remembers.
Let a little mischief out and be yourself.
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