You don't need a company psychologist to prescribe the therapy of humor. Good clean workplace humor often meets our need to laugh, even in tough times.
Let me suggest that you apply humor therapy to your employment search efforts.
I have always loved to laugh. Especially in my career as a hospice chaplain, I see how important laughter is in living life and facing death.
The therapy of humor brings healing through laughter, something you will need as you change your career with purpose. Sometimes workplace humor is just what the doctor ordered in our need to laugh. So here is some humor therapy to provide inner healing through laughter.
Let me encourage you to keep your humor in the career change process. In one of my former blogs I offered some suggestions on how to interpret job descriptions, doing so with what we often call "tongue in cheek" humor.
How are your communication skills? How about your ability to interpret what is said into what is meant?
The following came to me in those incessantly funny emails we all have received from time to time.
I thought about the therapy of humor when an employment seeking client questioned just what the following employment expectation meant: "other duties as determined".
My guess is that it is a reference to the job expectation to "make the coffee" or "take out the trash". It could mean the newly hired employee will "babysit the boss's dog when he or she is out of town".
We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
"JOIN OUR FAST-PACED TEAM"
We have no time to train you.
"MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED"
You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.
"SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED"
Some time each night and some time each weekend.
"DUTIES WILL VARY"
Anyone in the office can boss you around.
"MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL"
We have no quality control.
Female applicants must be childless (and remain that way).
"APPLY IN PERSON"
If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position is filled.
"NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE"
We've filled the job, our call for resumes is just a legal formality.
"SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE"
You'll need it to replace three people who just left.
"PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS A MUST"
You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos.
"REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS"
You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.
"GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS"
Management communicates, you listen, then figure out what they want and do it.
For more sessions in the therapy of humor, I am writing a job search journal for those who need to get serious about laughing in their career search. Of course, Journaling Your Job Search is a great way to document the process of changing careers.