Attitude is one attribute a job hunter has complete control over. What you do, how you do it, what you say, how you say it – all these things reflect your attitude. In Kathy Marcus’s Day 3 message, she shares some specific examples of what to and not to do in your job hunting process.

Day 3 – Attitude Counts!

Kathy MarcusIt’s a challenge to be positive when you’re in transition but it’s necessary when meeting with connections or potential hiring managers. People gravitate toward those who are forward thinking, energetic and have a plan. You can’t be one of those people if you’re dwelling on the past all day every day.

Attitude Do’s and Don’ts

(The entire list are things I’ve done or witnessed others doing during my job search activities.)

Do respect the job loss grieving process and make certain you’re far enough along in it to be an active job seeker. You’ve got one shot at making great first impressions and a positive attitude is key!

Do sit up tall in your chair during a network group meeting or workshop. No stooped shoulders allowed! You’re there to be seen, not to hide. And when you introduce yourself or give your elevator speech, put some energy in your voice and watch the heads turn your way!

Do smile when speaking on the phone. It’s an old telemarketer trick and it works! You will sound more animated and interesting to the person on the other end, whether it be a hiring manager, recruiter or connection!

Do show enthusiasm for the position during an interview. Remember, you’re excited because you know you’re the best fit for the position. Your enthusiasm will convey confidence but not cockiness.

Don’t be a naysayer during job search workshops or classes. Challenging the instructor is disruptive to the rest of the class (and possible connections). Ask clarifying or probing questions but keep it constructive.

Don’t use a networking event to complain about your former employer and their bad personnel decisions. It’s not the right time and place and certainly not the right audience. We all want empathy and understanding but a better use of networking time is to ask questions and share information, not complain about the past.

Don’t dwell on events and decisions beyond your control. Think about what we are. We’re job seekers. That means we’re moving and looking forward not bogged down in the past. This is also true for interviews that don’t go your way or potential connections who don’t want to meet. Focus on what you could have differently or what you can improve on for the next time and move on.

Job transition can be scary and frustrating. It can also be a turning point in our careers and a transformative time in our lives. How we choose to view it can make all the difference in how fast we land!