Humor can help job searchers and employees to avoid large gaps between their career expectations and their career achievements. To do this, however, they must use humor appropriately. It is usually less risky to consume humor for stress management than it is to use humor to entertain others.
Humor also helps to teach valuable career concepts. For example, humor can teach the universal trials and tribulations of the job search experience in today’s economy. Knowing that others are experiencing similar emotions can be therapeutic for job searchers.
Humor also can teach job searchers to avoid resume mistakes. This is important because their resumes usually are the first impressions that job seekers will make. If those first impressions from their resumes are not good impressions, the job seekers will never receive invitations to interview for the available jobs.
In addition, humor can help job seekers to increase their interview skills. They can learn to better understand the differences between what is said during job interviews and what body language reveals about what the interviewers are actually feeling.
Once hired, employees can use humor to learn how to survive and thrive. For example, humor can help employees to learn about office politics. One example of understanding office politics is knowing how to behave at office parties.
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