The recently released film “Chef” tells the story of a talented chef getting back in touch with his culinary talents and learning to take better stock of the things he loves in life, all during a cross-country road trip in a food truck. I absolutely loved this movie; delicious-looking food on a giant screen happens to be right up my alley. But as I watched sandwiches be expertly grilled and pork be crisped to perfection, I started noticing a lot of great lessons for job seekers as well.
Read on for some insightful observations that could help you in your job search but beware of possible spoilers…
Be smart about social. After one angry tweet and a very public freak out, chef Carl Casper learned quickly about the ripple effect that can occur on social media. Look to Chef as an example of how not to use Twitter, Facebook and any other social media channel. Stay positive and somewhat professional when posting. Good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it, don’t even type it.
Get some support. Carl didn’t truly start succeeding until he started including family and friends in his yummy pursuits. Their support was the catalyst for his burgeoning food truck business (and all of those Cuban sandwiches that looked SO good). Looking to your own support system for words of encouragement and some extra help can make an overwhelming job search a little easier. Loved ones always make the best cheerleaders.
Find passion for your passions. Beyond the beignets and barbecue, Chef is really a story about following your passions. As you travel alongside his food truck, it’s hard not to be a little inspired. So figure out what your passions are and go for it. Pinpointing what makes you the happiest can help you find your own success. Whether you’re trying to kickoff your career in a certain industry or saving money to prepare for that next step, let your hourly job feed your passion.
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