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How Gratitude Can Improve the Job Search

Are you discouraged in your job search? Are you trying to transition to something new but keep running up against roadblocks? Do you feel like all you ever hear is “no”?

One of the biggest deterrents to finding a job is not the sluggish economy, steady unemployment rate, or even lack of required skills. The number one deterrent is negativity! According to Richard Bolles, author of the #1 best-seller, What Color Is Your Parachute?, researchers discovered that one third of all job-hunters never find a job because they give up too soon. I see this happening around us every day! Finding a job is the hardest job there is!

The pressure of looking for employment can be discouraging as it usually involves a steady diet of rejection, patience, hassles, and self-doubt. When these feelings turn into a negative attitude of defeatism, it’s easy to stall and sputter out. Adopting gratitude into your daily habit is a great way to rev up your positive energy and help you to gain a clearer perspective. Sounds nutty, but it works!

How do you do it?

Focus on what is going right and what you have accomplished rather than what is going wrong and what you didn’t get done. “My car started today” “I finished an application today” “I visited the Business and Job Center at the library and found out about Interview Practice” “I called my former employer to see when I worked there”

Take control of your thoughts. Hara Estroff Marano, editor in chief of "Psychology Today" magazine, reports that the average person generates 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day. How many of your thoughts are positive? As you think, so you respond. Instead of thinking, “the economy is bad, there are no jobs” think “It’s tough out there but with a good strategy and the right tools, I will land a good job for me in time.”

Be thankful every day – with intention. Go out of your way to tell at least one person each day that you appreciate them (the person fixing your coffee or your teenage son.) Make it your goal to write down 3-5 things a night that you are grateful for, that went right, or that you accomplished that day. Intentional gratefulness is transformative!

Remember…

Employers are looking for Positive People!

Positive people are problem solvers because they choose to see set-backs as obstacles to creatively maneuver around not unsurmountable roadblocks.

Positive people are resilient and can help employers successfully navigate the changes ahead and to adapt to these changing technologies, methods, and services.


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