The Attitude of a Successful Jobseeker
There are a variety of aspects of the job search a job seeker just doesn’t have any control over. Even with the great amount of effort you put forth, there’s no guarantee your experience level will impress your potential employer or you’ll make it past a phone interview.
But there is one part of the job search you do have complete control over — your attitude — and it’s arguably the most important piece of your job search.
75% of job vacancies ask for a friendly and energetic personality. As soon as you are accepted and are given the opportunity to talk with an employer ask for a call or interview. Mention that you would like to present yourself and how you could add value to their organisation.
Be optimistic or at least fake it. Never appear desperate
It’s not that employers don’t want to help you. They are on your side! Keep that in mind. If you get an audience with them it means that they are thinking you might be part of their team in the future.
But if you seem like you are giving up the battle they translate this into a lack of patience and persistence. This is the worst message you could ever pass on to your potential employer. Every and any position requires toughness and resilience.
Daily determination pays off. Don’t take rejections personally
In the job search, just as in any other game in life, if you want to win, you have to work harder than your opponents. Remain confident, even when the going gets tough.
Successful job searches often take six months or more. It’s possible to land some jobs overnight, but rarely the kind of work you really want. Use positive self-talk to overcome someone else’s opinion.
Creating a schedule that you stick to can often send your job search in a new direction. Focus your attention on your daily tasks to prevent yourself from feeling bored or frustrated.
Don't be too picky
Smaller tasks can lead to bigger things.
Build on what you have done. If you are a young person just starting out, people expect you to have had some fixed-term jobs. Maintain an inventory of the jobs that you do while working and frame those into what employers are looking for.
Maintain an inventory of what you have learned at each job. How did it make you better? What have been the skills gained?
Continue to develop your skills and knowledge while looking for work. Do this by:
• Taking a class.
• Attending free webinars
• Reading relevant articles on the web
• Reading the newspaper and other current affair magazines.
• Doing volunteer work that uses the skills and knowledge you want to use in your next job.
Keeping on top of the skills, knowledge and trends in your field will make you feel positive about your ability to do the type of work you want to do.