Why You Need to Stay Positive During Your Job Search

Looking for a job is difficult, and every job seeker loses their confidence sometimes.  However, when you’re looking for a job, you can’t afford to have a negative attitude.  Here’s why:

The employer can detect your mind-set.  Your attitude, whether positive or negative, radiates from you.  Hiring managers are trained to detect and assess your frame of mind.  Just by having a more positive outlook, you make yourself more attractive to employers.

Negative thoughts slow down your progress.  When your thoughts are negative, it’s like you’re carrying around a heavy weight everywhere you go.  It slows you down, and it limits what you can do.  You don’t send out as many applications, and you don’t put as much effort into the ones that you do send out.  If you weren’t weighed down by those negative thoughts, think of all of the extra energy you would have for your job search.  

When your thoughts are positive, you’re more innovative and creative, and you can see more opportunities.  When you approach your job search with enthusiasm, you see opportunities everywhere you go, but when your thoughts are negative, all you can see are obstacles and barriers.  Optimism opens doors that you may have otherwise not even seen. 

Optimists are better able to weather the natural ups and downs of the job search process.  Job searching is not for the faint of heart.  You will have good days and bad ones.  To be successful, you need to be able to endure the bad days, and not let them shake your confidence.  It is much easier to have this resiliency if your thoughts are positive.

There is a school of thought that believes that your thoughts dictate your outcome; if you have positive thoughts, you will have positive outcomes, and if you have negative thoughts, you will have negative outcomes.  Even if you don’t don’t believe in that theory, there are lots of reasons to stay positive during your job search.  Remember Henry Ford’s words, “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” –Henry Ford

(Written by: Karen Bivand)


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