Optimists are happier, healthier and more successful in their careers. When you are looking for a job, a positive attitude will also serve you well. Here are some reasons why optimists tend to get more job offers:
They are more motivated. Optimists aim higher and are more active in their job search than their pessimistic counterparts. Since they believe that they are going to be successful, they put in more of an effort which leads to their success.
They are more attractive candidates. Positive people are more pleasant to have around than negative ones. Employers know that positive employees create a happier workplace and that they are also more productive. Therefore, it’s no surprise that hiring managers seek out candidates with a more optimistic outlook.
They can tolerate disappointment. Looking for a job can feel like a roller coaster ride. You get excited about a job, submit an application, and then hear nothing. Finally weeks later you get invited for an interview. You do an amazing interview but after that you hear nothing. A few weeks later you get an email thanking you for your application and letting you know that you weren’t selected. These ups and downs can be challenging for anyone to endure, but it’s a lot easier to cope with them if you have a positive attitude.
Once you have determined that you need to develop a more positive attitude, you have to integrate this new outlook into your life. Here are a few ways to stay positive while you are looking for a job:
Be realistic. It is important that you manage your expectations throughout the job search process. The reality is that you won’t get every job that you apply for. You may have to apply to more than fifty positions before you even get an interview. However, if you stick with it, your efforts will eventually pay off.
Give yourself a break. While you should be treating your job search like a full-time job, you should not be devoting every waking hour to it. You need some down time to relax and recharge your batteries. Visit a friend, watch a movie, hit some balls at the batting cages, or do anything that will allow you decompress. You’ll come back relaxed, refreshed, and ready to conquer the world.
Focus only on what you can control. Once you submit your application for a job, you don’t have much control over the outcome. You can put in the time and effort to create a strong resume and cover letter that is specific to the job, you can follow up on your application, and you can be well prepared and focused at your interview, but beyond that it is out of your hands. The key is to do everything that you can to set yourself up for success and then let it go and hope for the best.
Maintaining a positive attitude while you are unemployed is not easy. It takes confidence and determination. However, if you can keep an upbeat attitude during this challenging time, it will serve you well. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)