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Keeping a positive attitude is important during a job hunt

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This article discusses why and how to keep a positive attitude during a job hunt.

The reason why job hunters should keep positive attitudes was captured by Robert Farrar Capon when he said, “The shock of unemployment becomes a pathology in its own right.” In other words, depression and a lengthy job hunt too often go together. Being in a state of depression will hinder anyone during their job hunt.

How should job hunters keep positive attitudes? First of all, they should realize that, in this current economy, which has improved a little, they are hardly alone in their unemployment or underemployment. Therefore, they should keep in mind the quote of Reinhold Niebuhr who said:

“God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.”

Job hunters have some control over their thoughts. After not getting a job for which they interviewed, for example, they should remember that Michael Jordan, possibly the greatest basketball player of all time, missed more than 9,000 shots during his career. However, because he could accept setbacks, he went on to set many basketball records that still are unbroken. Also, rather than mourn for the jobs that they lost or did not get after interviewing, job seekers should realize that they possibly could end up eventually with jobs they like better than those jobs that they lost or did not get.

Being nervous before an interview is not necessarily a bad omen. Those who are too relaxed might come across as lazy, and the nervous interviewees might impress the interviewers as being more vigorous and ambitious.

Introverted job hunters often envy extroverts who may seem to be more adept at interviewing. If the hiring officials are introverts, however, these officials may actually prefer to hire and work with introverts. Also, certain jobs are more appropriate for introverts than for extroverts.

Job hunters should look upon job interviews as important learning experiences that they cannot get with only mock interviews. Job hunters also should try to learn from others’ mistakes.

Last of all, job hunters should never forget that they are defined by more than just their jobs. Job hunters would do well to maintain their pleasurable involvement with their spouses, children, friends, and hobbies.

What are your thoughts on unemployment and underemployment and how to manage these unfortunate states of being? Please comment below.

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