“Don’t get depressed”, “cheer up”, “stay positive”, “things will look up and you’ll find a job”.  Does any of this sound at all familiar to you?  If you have been unemployed for a while, chances are that you have heard a couple of these before.  When your friends and family use these saying to cheer you up, they just want you to be less of a bummer to be around.

Today, I am going to tell you to “Stay Positive” but for a very different reason.  Studies have shown that when a person is anxious or tense, they lack the ability to notice the unexpected.  When you are negative or bitter, you automatically seek out the negative and bitter in every situation.  By staying positive, you open yourself up to many new opportunities that you never would see otherwise.

When someone is depressed or feeling down, they have blinders on that block out much of what is going on around them.  I know from personal experience that when playing a game, taking a test or applying for a job, I always do better when I am in a good mood.  Just think about your personal experience, do you agree?  If you were to go to a party for a social obligation or fun, while you are in a bad mood, you will send off vibes that will make people want to stay away from you.  If you are in a good mood though, you’ll be more fun to be around and who knows who you will meet or what connections you will make.

The same goes for the job search.  Whether it is writing a cover letter, being interviewed or how I came up with this topic, posting in LinkedIn groups, you need to stay positive to attract positive.  Believe it or not but positivity and bitterness are really hard to hide.  They shine through in everything you do, write and say.

I’m not saying that switching over to “positive” mode will get you a job immediately but I am saying that it will start attracting new opportunities and the more new opportunities, the better.

How do you stay positive during the job search?  Share your ideas in the comments.

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  • http://www.morganjones.net/ Nathan G

    I think when it comes to employment, recruitment agencies are there, to cater for you every need. It’s not just about numbers to them. As such, it’s important that job hunters need not be intimidated by the prospect of registering with a recruitment consultant. This is their job, to find you one, and they are at the forefront of the job market, so really are your best asset in finding the temporary/permanent/dream job you’re looking for.


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