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Attitude is the key to career success

In good times and bad, in depressed economies or periods of full employment, everyone hits a slump now and then, a period when you simply don't have your A-game together and your attitude goes down the drain. It happens to you, to me, to co-workers and employers, to athletes and movie stars.

Fact: Nothing has more impact on career or job search success than one's attitude.

Fact: A negative attitude has a disastrous effect on productivity, job security, happiness and the morale of co-workers, employers, friends and family. A negative attitude infects others like a deadly virus.

Fact: You, and only you, have control over your attitude. You must make the first move to a positive attitude.

When athletes hit a slump, they turn to coaches; actors take classes; students rely on teachers; employers and employees get regular training; and self-employed people seek workshops and seminars.

Job seekers are self-employed workers — your job search is your job, and it can often be a lonely, depressing, frustrating activity, leading to a deadly negative attitude attack.

Tips for staying upbeat

Here are some tips to avoid this infection:

• Know yourself, your strengths, accomplishments, skills and passions.

• Know your job or career objective — what you want to do, why do you want it, and where you are most likely to find it.

• Identify employers who would benefit from knowing you, and hiring you.

• Practice communicating your objective in 25 words or less.

• Develop network contacts by getting involved in community and professional organizations, and expand your social contacts.

• Set your goals and priorities, and then stay focused. Do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

• Plan each day and work each plan.

• Believe in yourself and be persistent in proving your worth to others. Believe that a positive attitude is the shortest route to success.

• Understand that bad news sells, so don't take things personally. If you are working, your unemployment rate is 0 percent. If you are unemployed, it is 100 percent!

• Remember that you can only hit home runs in life if you risk getting strikes. Step up to the plate.

Do what others fail to do!

Attitude is the key to career success 05/06/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 6, 2011 4:30am]
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