Optimism can produce a powerful impact on your next job search. In a world where frustration and pessimism appear to dominate the scene, that’s important to remember. Hence, optimistic job searching can be crucial.
This blog post will “read” somewhat differently than my usual entries. That’s because I’ve grown tired of reading and hearing mostly negative news. I figure it’s time to do my share in spreading optimism to counter that trend.
Am I being a Pollyanna? No, I don’t think so. (“When you put a positive spin on everything, even things that call for sadness or discouragement, you’re being pollyannaish.”—Dictionary.com.)
I prefer to call myself a realistic optimist. That means I know life can get difficult, but I don’t buy into the notion that it has to stay that way or that we don’t have choices. For example, if you look at your work life and decide you need to launch a job search, do you start by looking at all the discouraging aspects? Maybe a better—and more productive—choice would involve noting possible challenges but refusing to let them block your progress.
In fact, I urge you to focus the lion’s share of your attention and energy on identifying factors in your favor. What do you have going for you that employers need to know? The value you can bring to prospective employers should provide a firm foundation for your job search. If you have trouble clearly identifying your value, correcting that problem would make a good starting-point.
Optimistic job searching requires you to do thorough due diligence. It’s not enough to spot a job posting online and fire off your resume. If that’s all you do, optimism won’t help. Research your target companies and job opportunities thoroughly. The more you can find out about the company and the job, the better prepared you’ll be to achieve job search success.
Knowing your value and feeling confident about it can add energy to your job search. Include a healthy dose of optimism with it, and you’ve given your efforts a major boost. However, that doesn’t mean you should become cocky, even arrogant.
Why is that a potential problem? Mainly because it can lead you to make rash assumptions about your progress. For example, you might believe you outclass your competition for a new job when you don’t or think you’re sailing through an interview when you’re missing important cues.
You can choose to take a calculated risk in your job search, if the potential reward justifies it. On the other hand, make that decision only after careful review of the situation. (That’s what a calculated risk requires, by definition.)
Above all, remember that success is up to YOU. So keep in mind that optimistic job searching is do-able if you approach it correctly—with the right attitude and preparation. Furthermore, it represents a much better approach than letting yourself get bogged down in pessimism about your prospects!
By the way, if you need help using optimistic job searching, give me a call (508-263-9454) or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’d love to see what we can do together!
P.S. If you’d like to read something that demonstrates optimism in tough situations, check out a biography of Helen Keller , who once said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.”