Martial arts has the power to benefit our lives in many different ways. Among its most immediate benefits is giving us better health and fitness, improving our athleticism, and giving us the knowledge of self-defense. But aside from the apparent, martial arts has a myriad of other effects on people, some of which we don’t realize until we actually get to experience them firsthand.
In the incredibly competitive arena of the modern-day job market, the talent pool is highly-saturated with immensely skilled and capable individuals. When you’re out there looking for a job, it can get pretty difficult to land that all-important interview and even harder to convince recruiters that you are the right person for the role. Sometimes, it boils down to the intangibles — things like confidence, posture, mental fortitude, and even better fitness.
If and when you do get shortlisted, it’s important to come at your absolute best. Martial arts has the power to unlock your potential, improving every aspect of your life and enhancing you overall as a human being. From giving you better mental clarity and focus, to leaving you brimming with energy and confidence, martial arts may turn out to be the x-factor that gets you the job you’ve always wanted.
Give yourself the best chance of succeeding in today’s ultra-competitive job market. Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways martial arts can help prepare you for a job interview.
1) Martial arts gives you mental clarity and focus
One of the most important things recruiters look for when screening talent is that candidates are sharp and focused. No one wants to hire a potential candidate that is not well-composed, especially if the job is set in a high-stress environment that requires employees to have mental clarity. Martial arts has the ability to set your mind right, giving you the edge you need to land that job.
Because martial arts not only works on your physical health, but also teaches you to be more mentally sound, it can help calm your mind. A large portion of martial arts involves clearing your mind of external distractions. This will undoubtedly help in allowing you to exhibit your best qualities in your next job interview.
Mental clarity and focus are important if you want to show recruiters that you can handle any situation which requires a strong mind, and martial arts can help enhance this very important trait.
2) It provides you with improved health and fitness
Sometimes, recruiters look for suitable candidates based on their physical appearance, taking into consideration things like posture and outward confidence. Employers often look for candidates that can not only handle the job well with talent and skill, but also be able to physically cope with the high-stress environment of the workplace. Coming into an interview looking at your best could give you an advantage over the competition.
It’s an often overlooked aspect of the recruitment process, but ensuring candidates are in good physical health and condition is a requirement for most jobs. So it certainly won’t hurt if you come into an interview looking fit and ready for anything the job demands.
There is no shortcut to great fitness. Achieving your fitness goals and getting your physical health in order takes a lot of effort. In martial arts, every training session is unique because it deals with so many complex movements. The techniques involved in disciplines like boxing and Muay Thai make use of the entire body, including major muscle groups and stabilizing muscle fibers.
Martial arts will whip you into shape just in time for your interview.
3) It gets rid of lethargy and gives you more energy
Another great effect martial arts has on the human body is that it has the power to give you a boundless reservoir of energy. Because you are more physically active and begin to accustom yourself to the rigors of training, your body becomes an energy producing machine. The result is that you become less lethargic and more outgoing, with increased athletic performance.
This becomes increasingly important because one of the traits that recruiters look for in job applicants is that you are energetic, enthusiastic, and outgoing. Human resource executives don’t only look for professionals who can handle the job, but also people who will fit within a team environment.
Through martial arts, you are not only given more energy to exude to recruiters, but also a fun and interesting hobby that you can share in your interview. When recruiters ask the question “Tell us a little bit about yourself”, you can proudly reply that you are a practicing martial artist, which will surely give you a great topic of discussion.
4) It gives you an incredible sense of self-confidence
Lastly, and perhaps the most important trait to bring with you to a job interview, is of course confidence. Recruitment heads can detect confidence in job applicants, and sometimes it is the sole deciding factor whether or not to hire someone. If you are confident in yourself and the job at hand, employers know they are able to place their trust in you. Communicating this confidence then is the next challenge.
Through martial arts, you are given an incredible sense of self-confidence.
Martial arts and its techniques require a certain degree of patience and attention to detail. The many moves in various disciplines take years to master. However, once students are able to learn the techniques, there is a sense of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment empowers us with self-esteem and confidence.
Because martial arts will push our limits as humans, a person can discover a great deal about himself during training. Of course, knowing more about ourselves makes us more confident in our own skin. Knowing that we have the ability to defend ourselves and being confident in our abilities is certainly an awesome feeling.
So if you’re planning to ace that next job interview, why not give martial arts a try? It can help prepare you to land your dream job, or at the very least, get you to your absolute best so that you are confident in yourself and your abilities. Take the first step and book a trial class today!
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