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Inspirational New Year Memes for Job Seekers in 2021

Let’s face it: As 2020 comes to a close, we’ve never been more in need of a fresh start and some new year inspiration.Whether you have a list of 2021 resolutions or not, it's crucial to find time to reflect on positive outcomes of this past year, as well as challenges, so we can think about our goals for the coming year.

If you're a candidate seeking a new career opportunity or an employer looking to build their dream team, keeping a positive frame of mind as we enter the new year is a goal we should all have in common. Here are our favorite funny 2020 memes with inspirational new year messages to help you make 2021 your year!


1) “When you’re at work trying to stay positive.”

toddler attempting to smile


A simple smile goes a long way! Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system, and even prolong your life.


2) “Optimism is the best way to see life.”

turtle flipped on his back exclaiming that he's flying


Try the upbeat approach! No matter how hard things may seem, having a positive outlook will carry you through some of life's most challenging moments. This leads us to our next point…


3) “If you only focus on the problem, you might miss the easy solution.”

Cat thinks it is stuck in a cage that it can easily escape meme


Adjust your mentality in both your personal and professional life. This year, consider spending less time worrying about the problem and focus on ways to resolve situations. Use lessons from your past mistakes to grow.


4) “It’s my emergency confetti. I carry it everywhere.”

A woman explains how her eight year old daughter carries emergency confetti.


A heartening reminder to celebrate every success, no matter how small it may seem. Both an adorable and inspiring new year message.



5) “When you get home from work and you can finally be yourself again.”

A pig under a blanket eating a cookie.


We can all take a little something from the grinning, cookie-eating pig from this 2020 meme. Even if you have shifted to working from home, it’s essential to find some “you” time. Treating yourself to something small, or giving yourself a little break, can make a world of difference in your work.


6) “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.”

Celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls funny meme


2020 threw a big curveball at some of us. Your ability to adapt to the rapid change this past year is a great personality trait to embrace as we enter 2021. As a job seeker, you should mention flexibility as a strength on your resume. If you are an employer, this could be a relevant topic to discuss with candidates during an interview.


7) “This hedgehog is cheering for you because you can do anything!”

Cute hedgehog with his arm raised as if he's cheering.


This might be all the new year inspiration we needed. Start preparing for your next great opportunity by reading up on career advice, or using our helpful job search templates. Because the hedgehog is right: You can do anything!


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8) “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Scene from NBC's Show 'The Office' Meme


While this one might not be considered a meme, we liked the message too much to pass it up. Take more risks this year, because opportunities aren't going to find you, so you'll need to find them!


9) “You’re hired.”

Job interview funny meme. Candidate is shushing interviewer for librarian role.


There are endless variations of this trendy 2020 meme featuring different popular job titles, but the idea is the same; it’s a satirical approach on being a qualified candidate and winning a job interview. This year, start with our industry-specific resources and tools to help you nail down the career – or candidate – that you’ve always wanted.


10) “To-do list: Your best.”

To-do list: your best.


Whatever you do give it your best shot! If you’re ready for something new, the key is to start networking, preparing for interviews, and updating your resume early so you’ll be one step ahead this year, and one step closer to achieving your goals

by: Alexia Hasbrouck
December 31, 2020

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