5 Job Search Lessons From Pirates of the Caribbean

This article was originally published on ComeRecommended.com.

Ahoy! It’s t’ time o’ year t’ celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day! T’ celebration be on September 19th. In honor o’ t’ day, we decided t’ look at some job search lessons from famous pirates. Specifically, pirates like Captain Jack Sparrow and William Turner from t’ Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Even though pirates like t’ break rules and steal treasure, they can still teach us some important lessons. Savvy?

Here be five job search lessons from Pirates of the Caribbean:

1. “Captain. Captain Jack Sparrow.” As a 21st-century job seeker, it is essential to develop and maintain a consistent personal brand. Your skills, your accomplishments, your behavior, and everything you do become part of your brand. A big part of creating a consistent brand is your name. Be confident and proud of your name, and make sure everyone in the professional world knows exactly what you want to be called.

Jack Sparrow, excuse me, Captain Jack Sparrow always makes sure people remember to include the “Captain” part of his name. It’s how he wants to be known, and he never misses an opportunity to remind people.

Captain Jack Sparrow

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2. “But you have heard of me.” In the first Pirates film, Commodore Norrington tells Captain Jack Sparrow that he is the worst pirate he’s ever heard of. “But you have heard of me,” Sparrow replies simply. This is an excellent point. Along with the importance of a name, it’s important that others know what you’ve accomplished.

While Sparrow is known for his crimes and piracy, your goal in your job search is to be known for your achievements and skills. When employers hear about something amazing you’ve accomplished, they can associate it with you as a person. It all goes back to creating a strong brand.

You're the worst pirate I've ever heard of.

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But you have heard of me.

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3. “All one needs is the proper leverage.” A running theme throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean films is having leverage. Leverage is influence used to achieve a desired result. Quite a few times, Captain Jack Sparrow and William Turner discuss needing “the proper leverage” to achieve a goal. The first time this leverage is a physical means to break Sparrow out of his cell, but after that the leverage is less tangible.

There are ways to gain the proper leverage in your job search, most of which require research. For example, before your next job interview you can research the company in the news and find a way to incorporate your new knowledge into your qualifications. Or, you can try to learn a little about your interviewer and weave it into your responses. Find the right leverage to prove you’re the right person for the job.


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4. “Hide the rum.” From the movies, we know Captain Jack has an obsession with rum, and usually the rum is not all that helpful in his mission. In the scene pictured below, he knows it’s probably a bad idea to have rum around if he’s going to work with Elizabeth Swann. Hence his, “Hide the rum.”

Throughout your career, it’s important to know when it’s time to hide the rum. Whether this is literal or metaphorical for some other item, employers don’t want to know if you got drunk on rum at a party last weekend. In fact, if they find evidence of your inappropriate behavior online, you will probably miss out on the job opportunity, or worse. According to a recent survey, 42 percent of employers have reconsidered a candidate based on content viewed in a social profile. Almost the same amount of employers have reacted negatively to a candidate’s profile referencing alcohol consumption, so be smart. Know when it’s time to hide the rum.

Captain Jack Sparrow

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5. “Keep a weather eye on the horizon.” At the end of the third Pirates of the Caribbean film, William Turner tells his wife Elizabeth to “keep a weather eye on the horizon.” In this case, William is literally talking about the horizon over the ocean, but in your career, you can take his words metaphorically.

Always be thinking ahead. Where do you see your career heading in the next year? The next five? Decide where you want to be and how you will get there. Then, keep a lookout for unexpected opportunities. You never know when a new connection, a random tweet, or just being in the right place at the right time could lead to your dream job. Be ready to jump any opportunity that presents itself to you.

Will Turner

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Who knew pirates could teach you so much about your career? Just remember it’s all about your brand, your mission, and the proper leverage. Avast! You can learn how t’ talk like a pirate with this lovely translator. Good luck in your job search and have fun on Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arrr!

What other famous pirates could give us good career advice?

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