Finding a job can be challenging. Even candidates with a great resume and background do not necessarily find a job right off the bat. Even extremely talented people with solid work histories are finding the current job search climate to be tough, and on some days it can be very hard to maintain a positive attitude. Many speak of becoming depressed. In a job hunt, the one thing you can control is your outlook and attitude.
Plan Your “Work” Day – Every Day
When you’ve been unemployed and engaged in a long job search, it can be discouraging to continue looking for a job. Look at finding a job as your new job. Many people who have found jobs attribute their success to structuring their day. Set goals and work toward them as you did on the job; new LinkedIn connections, informational interviews or new application submittals for example. Exercise, shower and be at your job search desk at 9 o’clock each morning, five days a week. Set a schedule for your job hunt and stick to it.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
During your job hunt, surround yourself with positive, successful people. Do you have friends or acquaintances that are positive more often than not? You may wonder how they do it. The key to a positive attitude is not allowing a negative thought to control them. You may not be able to control what thoughts go in to your mind, but you can control how long they stay there and what you do with them. People with a negative energy are not helping you and can bring you down fast — even if they are well meaning relatives and friends. Seek out and talk with upbeat people often. If you don’t have someone in your life that truly makes you feel good when you talk to them, join a job search support group, talk to a professional such as a counselor, psychologist or spiritual adviser.
Believe in Yourself
Potential employers and recruiters can sense negative energy. They will pick up on your moods when you are depressed, overeager or frantic. Smiles can be heard through the phone lines. Employers want people who believe in their abilities, who want to work hard, who want to work for them and people who generally have a positive attitude .
Take Stock of Your Talents
When you feel yourself getting a little unhappy or need a job hunt “pick me up,” we suggest that you take some time to identify your talents and acknowledge yourself. Take the time to list the areas where you do well. Don’t use this list for only your professional life, but include your personal talents also. Keep writing until you have written everything that you do well. Everyone has talents. If you get stuck, ask yourself why people seek you out … what do they look for from you? When you see your talents listed on paper, this is a good reflection of what you bring to potential employers. This is the key to a positive attitude.
It can be easy to get caught up in a job search and allow it to affect your attitude. The key to landing a job is maintaining a positive attitude. In the next part of this blog post, we’ll discuss more techniques for staying positive during your job hunt.
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