As kids, Disney films taught us lessons about life. From the princesses to the lions to the toys, each movie teaches something new about our reaching our dreams. Now that we’re grown up, we can still learn a lot from our favorite Disney stories. Many of these lessons can even be applied to the job search.
Here are 10 lessons from Disney heroes you can apply to your job search:
Embrace your quirks, like Belle. When Belle is first introduced in Beauty and the Beast, the townspeople sing about all of her oddities (like the fact that she reads books, the horror!). “No denying she’s a funny girl that Belle,” they sing. Despite all the things they say, Belle embraces the qualities that make her uncommon because they make her special. In your job search, make a note of the qualities that make you unique and use them to your advantage.
Be One Jump Ahead, like Aladdin. Aladdin starts out as a street rat who is struggling to provide for himself. At the end of the song One Jump Ahead, he sings, ”Here goes, better throw my hand in. Wish me happy landin’. All I gotta do is jump!” Yes, the song is about stealing food, but if you put that aside, there’s still a lesson in there. If you’re not satisfied with your job (or lack of one), you need to put all of your effort into making yourself happy. Take the big jump.
Hakuna Matata, like Timon and Pumba. It means no worries for the rest of your days. The important lesson here is to not let your job search stress you out too much. You’re going to be rejected occasionally, but you’re also going to have some wins. The best thing to do is be optimistic. You have the skills, now use them to impress hiring managers. Use the Hakuna Matata philosophy when you’re down to gain a new sense of motivation.
Stand Out, like Max. Goofy’s son Max puts on an epic performance at a school assembly where he lip-syncs to the song Stand Out. The song goes, “You’ve got to believe that I’ve got what it takes to stand out above the crowd, even if I’ve got to shout out loud. Til mine is the only face you see, I’m gonna stand out til you notice me.” These lyrics are words to live by for job seekers. Find what makes you stand out from other job seekers, based on your unique accomplishments or experiences, and show hiring managers why you are the best candidate.
Find a new perspective, like Pocahontas. It’s important not to get stuck focusing on one outlook in your career. Pocahontas and John Smith both learn, “If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” Take this idea and apply it to your career. Find out what other professionals in your field are doing to get ahead. Bounce ideas off your peers and mentors. A fresh perspective can do wonders for your job outlook.