[05.29.09]
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The Power Of Music During Job Search

power, music, job search, positive, psychologySo.  Why is Buddy Holly Smiling?

Well, this particular shot of him is from an advertisement.  But I thought his image was a good one to kick things off.
Also, I’m kind of a Buddy Holly fan.  His music, like many others of his generation had a simple and pure energy.  An energy that I found lacking some days during my last job search.
The idea here is that job search requires a certain confidence.  A solid belief in yourself that can be lost through a series of rough spots, an extended search or simply a bad day.
And when things got tough for me, on some days, I turned to music.  And I still do – on days when I feel like I need a lift.  In fact, there’s a certain Buddy Holly song that does it for me called “Rave On”. There’s also The Kinks.  My favorite band of all time – and a certain song called “Better Things”.
Now, do you have to be a music lover for this to work?  I don’t think so.  But only you can tell me how it fits in your life – job search or not.
Now I can feel some of you heading toward the virtual door.  Too touchy-feely? Yes, there’s some of that here.  But let me give you some ideas of how it can work for you.
1.  Its early on in your job search and you have a ton of work to do on your resume.  Work that is sometimes tedious and may feel like you are focused on very fine points.  How about some music to calm you and help you stretch out the process instead pulling out your hair or turning on the TV.
2.  Heading to the interview and need a confidence boost or timely distraction? How about a reminder of your glory days when you couldn’t do anything wrong? Here I’m thinking Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp or Bryan Adams.  Look for upbeat songs that get you moving and, even better, singing out loud. Another really good and more modern one is Green Day.
3.  Need to bask in the glory of a great interview day?  How about a loud opera with the windows down?  Madame Butterfly works well.  Sounds like victory.
4.  Planning your future?  Trying to decide on your life plan as part of a larger job search strategy? How about Vusi Mahlasela?  I listened to him through the Oakland airport one day and ended up taking two laps around the departure area to get through the album.  Also good here?  Ben Harper.
5.  Feeling a bit stressed?  I like Steve Martin’s “Wild and Crazy Guy” as comedy always seems to work for me on those days.  Another good option is reggae. Bob Marley or Jimmy Cliff.
But, tell me.  What role does music play in your life and how does that change when in stressful or provocative situations (like job search)?
While you are thinking, here are my two theories on music.
Music stirs up your blood.
When you are nervous or tense (pre-interview?), music helps get your blood flowing.  It shakes loose the nerves and helps you to think.  Especially if you pick the right song at the right time and at the right volume they seem to make sense.
Music has healing power.
Post-interview, when it is time to power-down, music can take you to a happy place and ease you back into the rest of your day.  So you can contemplate what happened and confidently plan your next steps.
OK.  Your turn.  What are your favorite types of music and how do you use it to get you through all this?
In the end I hope you, like Buddy Holly, will be smiling.

Tim Tyrell-Smith is the creator of Tim’s Strategy. As a blogger, Tim has been a regular contributor to U.S. News and World Report, interviewed twice on NPR and is the author of two career books (“30 Ideas” and “HeadStrong”). Become a fan at http://facebook.com/TimsStrategy and follow on Twitter (@TimsStrategy). He lives with his wife and three kids in Mission Viejo, California.

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  • Lauri

    I couldn’t agree more. As a fellow music lover, i reject the constant barrage of TV, and instead turn to music to calm and/or invigorate me.
    Feeling scattered? Classical pieces from Vivaldi and Bach help to sooth.
    Feeling thoughtful? Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Norah Jones pave the way.
    Need energy? Green Day, Coldplay, Pink, Bowie… to name a few.

  • Lauri

    I couldn’t agree more. As a fellow music lover, i reject the constant barrage of TV, and instead turn to music to calm and/or invigorate me.
    Feeling scattered? Classical pieces from Vivaldi and Bach help to sooth.
    Feeling thoughtful? Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Norah Jones pave the way.
    Need energy? Green Day, Coldplay, Pink, Bowie… to name a few.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/1220292248s14607 Tim Tyrell-Smith

    Hi Lauri – Wow – I love your suggestions. I actually write all the posts here with my iPod on and at a strong volume. Helps me get in the mood and find a pace based on the content that night or morning.
    Don’t tell anyone, but I actually was listening to Katy Perry the other night. My daughter introduced me to “Hot N Cold” and it helped me get re-jazzed as I started to get sleepy. Thanks for adding your playlist!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/1220292248s14607 Tim Tyrell-Smith

    Hi Lauri – Wow – I love your suggestions. I actually write all the posts here with my iPod on and at a strong volume. Helps me get in the mood and find a pace based on the content that night or morning.
    Don’t tell anyone, but I actually was listening to Katy Perry the other night. My daughter introduced me to “Hot N Cold” and it helped me get re-jazzed as I started to get sleepy. Thanks for adding your playlist!

  • Brent Hosier

    Oh, I could go on and on with this subject. Music is really soemthing that helps me get through the low times and celebrate the high points. I would like to add a few things for energy for sure.
    DMB new album….great energy. The band had lost someone very close (LeRoi Moore), and the energy that came out of this new volume of their music paints a picture of what is really important in life. Also, you can’t go wrong with U2 in the mix. As far as meaningful, Lauri mentions Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. These guys have alot of soul and meaning in their music. Check out their latest album (Cardinology). Specifically the song “Born into the light”.
    One last thing. There is something to be said for silence as well. Try it once in awhile when you need to spend time placing focus on a specific part of your life. I have recently tried this, and it is very effective when searching for perspective.

  • Brent Hosier

    Oh, I could go on and on with this subject. Music is really soemthing that helps me get through the low times and celebrate the high points. I would like to add a few things for energy for sure.
    DMB new album….great energy. The band had lost someone very close (LeRoi Moore), and the energy that came out of this new volume of their music paints a picture of what is really important in life. Also, you can’t go wrong with U2 in the mix. As far as meaningful, Lauri mentions Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. These guys have alot of soul and meaning in their music. Check out their latest album (Cardinology). Specifically the song “Born into the light”.
    One last thing. There is something to be said for silence as well. Try it once in awhile when you need to spend time placing focus on a specific part of your life. I have recently tried this, and it is very effective when searching for perspective.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/1220292248s14607 Tim Tyrell-Smith

    Hey Brent – Thanks for the additions. I also like your thought about silence. Good point!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/1220292248s14607 Tim Tyrell-Smith

    Hey Brent – Thanks for the additions. I also like your thought about silence. Good point!

  • Kristie Spivey

    I loved the article, Brent. I find myself turning to music as a way to relieve my stress as well. In fact, I recently recommended the same to my sister. I’ve never been a TV fan.
    When I have a ton to accomplish, I turn to Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons.
    When I am stress out, I listen to “Little Rock” or the Mama Mia soundtrack.
    When I am a bit down, my 13 Going On 30 soundtrack cures me ever time.

  • Kristie Spivey

    I loved the article, Brent. I find myself turning to music as a way to relieve my stress as well. In fact, I recently recommended the same to my sister. I’ve never been a TV fan.
    When I have a ton to accomplish, I turn to Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons.
    When I am stress out, I listen to “Little Rock” or the Mama Mia soundtrack.
    When I am a bit down, my 13 Going On 30 soundtrack cures me ever time.

  • Tom Lewis

    Hi Tim -
    As usual, I’ve both enjoyed and found functional wisdom in this particular post. As a musician, this is a vehicle I turn to habitually, with either guitar or banjo. Like Steve Martin said, and it’s true ‘it’s really hard to be depressed when you’re playing a banjo’. As an adjunct, I also run a small monthly coffeehouse event at our church. In addition to providing an outlet for some amazing musical talent, this venue also brings together scores of like-minded people and provides an excellent networking environment in and of itself.
    Keep up the great work Tim -
    Thanks!
    Tom

  • Tom Lewis

    Hi Tim -
    As usual, I’ve both enjoyed and found functional wisdom in this particular post. As a musician, this is a vehicle I turn to habitually, with either guitar or banjo. Like Steve Martin said, and it’s true ‘it’s really hard to be depressed when you’re playing a banjo’. As an adjunct, I also run a small monthly coffeehouse event at our church. In addition to providing an outlet for some amazing musical talent, this venue also brings together scores of like-minded people and provides an excellent networking environment in and of itself.
    Keep up the great work Tim -
    Thanks!
    Tom

  • http://twitter.com/AvidCareerist Donna Svei

    Hi Tim,

    Billie Sucher led me here via you. I think everyone ought to have a job search theme song. I’ve listed some of my favorites, and others have added theirs, here: http://j.mp/hhcse1.

    Donna

    • http://timsstrategy.com/ TimsStrategy

      Thanks Donna – I’ll check it out. :-)

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