How Your Attitude Affects Your Job Search

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Job seekers often research what steps to take when looking for a job, the requirements they need, the questions to prepare for, and the information their resumes should have. However, there are many less-tangible factors just as important to hiring managers.

“Your attitude and disposition go a long way toward making yourself memorable in the minds of hiring managers,” said Carolyn Brocket, Florida Regional Director at The Reserves Network.

Take a closer look at a few qualities you should cultivate for a successful job search:


  1. Tenacity

 Hiring managers want employees who are driven by the desire to go after the things they want, refusing to let anything (or anyone) get in their way.

This isn’t to say that you should be overly aggressive. It’s more about showing perseverance and going the extra mile when applying for work.

Things like being early for an interview, offering more information about what may be vague on your resume, or even showing awareness of your weaknesses but also taking action to fix them shows you have grit.


  1. Positivity

 Everyone talks about the need to “be positive” when looking for a job, but what exactly does that mean?

If you’ve been looking for a job for months, it can be hard to feel positive all the time. The trick is to show a positive attitude to potential employers anyway.

  • It starts with dressing for success—you never know who you might bump into and what authority they have to get you a job.
  • Always flash a winning smile during your interview.
  • Never appear to sulk or frown in front of the interviewer—that’s a sure way to set a bad first impression.
  • Don’t talk about how you’re tired after job hunting for months; this only shows the interviewer no one has yet considered you for a job.


  1. Confidence

Do you honestly believe you’re a worthwhile hire? Do you think you have the skills and experience to impact an organization?

If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect a hiring manager to do the same?

This may sound like a cliché, but how you view yourself matters a great deal in how people perceive you. Being confident is not arrogance: arrive at an interview with the mindset that you’re someone worth considering as a viable candidate.


  1. Preparation

 Handing the interviewer your well-prepared and detailed resume (complete with correct grammar and a courteous smile) shows your potential boss you like to keep things tidy. Dressing the part and showing that you came prepared for the interview are also ways to let them know you are organized and ready to help their company succeed.

Never underestimate the value of personal attitude and mindset when hunting for a job. If you need further assistance on your job search, talk to the staffing services experts of The Reserves Network. Call our offices to learn more about our recruitment solutions.


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