Quotable Quotes About Job-Hunting

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Most people don't think there's anything funny about looking for a job, interviewing for a job, or any other aspect of the job-hunting process. But, after all, a positive attitude is important in a job interview. You might find it helpful to have some amusing thoughts running through your head as you prepare. Many of the ones included here are thought-provoking, too.

Here are some quotable quotes from successful and insightful people, selected because they're the most likely to lift the spirits of any job seeker.

On Interviewing

“I had a job interview at an insurance company once and the lady said ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ and I said ‘Celebrating the fifth-year anniversary of you asking me this question.’” Mitch Hedberg

“During job interviews, when they ask, ‘What is your worst quality?’ I always say, ‘Flatulence’. That way I get my own office.” Dan Thompson

"I can count on one hand the number of people who wrote me a thank you letter after having an interview, and I gave almost all of them a job.” Kate Reardon

“When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.” Jack Handy

"I get mad at people who talk about traumatic job interviews, about going on one and getting rejected. I get rejected all the time and not only do I get rejected, but people have no problem being really specific about why I was rejected." Julia Sweeney

"I sometimes find that in interviews you learn more about yourself than the person learned about you." William Shatner

"I picked up an issue of Cosmopolitan the other day that had tips for job interviews, because I was like, 'I need to get better at interviews.' The article was basically about how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes." Jennifer Lawrence

"At the Harvard Business School, I really felt I had gained the ability to resolve difficult issues. But I also felt that I wasn't in the mainstream with my fellow students. During job-hunting season, for example, everybody shaved their beards for interviews. I thought, 'This is crazy.' So I grew a beard.” Thomas Stemberg

“Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire.” Dan Zevin

On Working

"When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.” Anna Quindlen

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.” Arthur Ashe

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius

On Opportunity

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” Theodore Roosevelt

"If opportunity doesn't knock, then build a door.” Milton Berle

On Ambition

"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want something." Randy Pausch

“Every experience in your life is being orchestrated to teach you something you need to know to move forward.” Brian Tracy

"Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Japanese Proverb

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” Katherine Whitehorn

"Getting fired is nature's way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place.” Hal Lancaster