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!