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Your Attitude is Key to Your Job Search

The reason attitude is vitally important in a job search is that it's the one thing out of the entire process you can control. You can't control when someone is going to call you back, or if the person liked you, or what the economy is going to do, but you can control your attitude and how you conduct yourself throughout the process.

It’s in Your Control

The job search process inherently comes with ups and downs. Moments of excitement and anticipation blended with feeling defeated and beaten down. It's crucial that job seekers keep the negativity of the process from affecting their attitudes. If negativity starts seeping in and you start to feel defeated and hopeless, the hiring manager will see and sense the baggage, and will likely pass. They want someone who is positive and upbeat; someone who says, "Give me the ball and let me run through the line."

Negative Attitudes Will Lead to Job Search Failure

A negative attitude can lead to job search failure right from the start. Think about the way you ask for help.  Stay away from, "I know you don't have time for me…" and instead say, "I have a lot to offer and would love to be able to share what I know and what I can do." If you are sitting in the room anticipating the end of the play before the first act, it can be a self fulfilling prophecy. That's where you have to pump yourself up and not go down the negative road. Right from the start, go in with an attitude of confidence.

Accentuate your value at all times. Talk about demonstrated skill sets, not just, "I'm a good guy." Instead, "I'm a good manager of people, I'm a good problem solver, I've been ahead of quota every year."  And in talking about past jobs, never bad mouth anything or anyone. Maybe you were let go, and that is emotional. But if you allow that to bleed into your presentation, it's negativity that the hiring manager doesn't want to deal with.  Your attitude and story need to always come across with positivity and confidence.

Your Attitude Will Persuade Your Potential Employer

If you want to impress your potential employer, think carefully about all of the things going on in his or her work life, causing stress and anxiety. Talk about how you can go into that job and make things easier and better for the manager. "I'm here to lighten your burden and lighten your load."

How do you impress a hiring manger with your attitude?

  • Give me the ball; I don't have to have my hand held.
  • I'm an awesome team player; not a lone wolf.
  • I take initiative.
  • I am fiercely loyal; I run through walls to get the job done.
  • I'm aware of politics in the field of play around me and can navigate effectively.

These are all attitude indicators that make you more attractive to a hiring manager.

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