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Shaking Off The Job Search Blues:  Taylor Swift’s Playlist Of Career Wisdom

Shaking Off the Job Search Blues: Taylor Swift’s Playlist of Career Wisdom

By Erin Virus
Communications Director and Contributing Writer

Before the holidays, Taylor Swift was named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023—making her the first woman in history to earn the coveted cover twice. It should come as no surprise. In the world of pop music, Taylor Swift is not just a global sensation; she’s also a source of inspiration for navigating the twists and turns of life.

So, we thought to ourselves… what can this powerhouse at the top of her career game teach us about the job search? Whether you’re a Swifty or not, let’s take a look at what job seekers can learn from Taylor Swift’s playlist.

Embrace Change Fearlessly: “Fearless”

Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” album is not just a testament to her musical prowess but also a mantra for job seekers. The job market is dynamic, and change is inevitable. Whether you’re transitioning between industries or exploring new career paths, embrace the unknown with courage. Just like Swift, who fearlessly shifted from country to pop, be open to reinvention and don’t let fear hold you back.

Build a Strong Personal Brand: “Blank Space”

In the digital age, creating a personal brand is crucial. Taylor Swift has expertly crafted her public image, and job seekers can learn from her approach. Use LinkedIn and other social media platforms to showcase your skills, achievements, and personality. Your online presence is often the first impression employers have of you, so make it count! And like style-icon Swift, remember to keep it tasteful. Hiring professionals regularly eliminate candidates based on what they see online during preliminary screening.

Learn from Setbacks: “Shake It Off”

Job searching inevitably involves facing rejection. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” anthem is a reminder to bounce back from disappointments. Instead of dwelling on rejection, use it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Swift herself has faced public scrutiny, controversies, and even public rejection (remember when Kanye West ambushed her 2009 MTV VMA acceptance speech?)  but has consistently risen above them. Develop resilience, maintain a positive mindset, and keep moving forward.

Network Strategically: “Bad Blood”

Building a professional network is crucial for career success. In the business world, conflicts may arise, but Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” teaches us a lesson in handling professional relationships. Instead of burning bridges, strive to resolve conflicts diplomatically. Networking is not just about making connections; it’s about maintaining positive relationships even when faced with challenges. Be especially wary of bashing individuals and businesses online and never air grievances publicly. Hiring Managers and Recruiters will catch that during screening, and it will immediately poison your chances of success.

Don’t Fall for the Counter-Offer: “We are Never, Ever Getting Back Together”

Just like any bad relationship, a toxic employer who realizes your value to their bottom line might try to seduce you when you announce you’ve finally had enough and are leaving them. They may shower you with money and say all the right words—but remember why you started looking in the first place. Once the danger of losing you has subsided, all the non-monetary issues (e.g., poor management, office politics, work life balance) will still be there. Compounding the situation will be the trust issues that develop on both sides because you threatened the break-up.

Be Authentic: “Style”

Taylor Swift’s authenticity is a key factor in her enduring popularity. In your job search, be true to yourself! Don’t exaggerate your skills or pretend to be someone you’re not—but also don’t be afraid to sell yourself and be honest about what you’re good at. Employers value authenticity, and presenting your genuine self will lead to more meaningful and lasting connections. Remember, your unique style is an asset in the professional world.

So loyal Swifties, are you ready to “Begin Again” and find the job of your “Wildest Dreams”?  If you are, “Let Sparks Fly” and check out our current openings here.

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