The Mind-Body Connection

The words we use combined with our own unique body language convey information to others and also influence how we see ourselves. The words you choose in speaking about the job search process can impact how comfortable or uncomfortable you feel moving into the working world. If you say, “I am limited to finding a job in Hartford,” that conveys a restricted situation. If you say, “I am focused on finding a job in Hartford,” that conveys a sense of purpose or plan of action. To gain insight into the words you choose, read “Use Your Words”, by Joseph Barber, in Inside Higher Ed.

Additionally, your body language impacts how others see you during the job search process and also influences how we see ourselves. Maybe it is not your nature to stand tall or to speak with broad gestures, but by “power posing” you can increase your testosterone level and decrease your cortisol level. This configures your brain to be assertive and less stressed. Doing “power poses” for as few as two minutes can change your body chemistry, allowing you to feel and project more confidence. Watch Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk to learn more about how your body language shapes who you are.

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By Kay Kimball Gruder
Kay Kimball Gruder Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services Kay Kimball Gruder