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4 Poor Job Search Attitudes

By The NonProfit Times - September 11, 2013

There are a lot of factors that can affect your job search. Most job seekers tend to blame the lagging job market and the highly competitive environment it breeds. But did you know that your attitude can play a role in how successful your job hunt goes?

You have no control over the economy but you do have such power over your attitude. Having a bad attitude — such as believing you are never going to be hired — can hinder how hard you work every day. After all, why would you go the extra mile if you don’t believe your work is going to pay off anyway?

Below are four of the most common attitudes that can hurt your job search. Make sure that you do your best to avoid them so you can have a happy ending to your search:

  • I will never be hired: This attitude can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe with all of your heart that you will not get a job, chances are you won’t.
  • Poor, poor, pitiful me: It is easy to fall into a cycle of self-pity when you have been searching for work over a long period, but nobody is going to want to help you if you give off this kind of vibe. 
  • I’ll take anything: It’s never a good idea to act with desperation when searching for a job. This will likely land you at an organization that has a poor work environment, which will only make you more unhappy and will likely land you back in the job market before too long.
  • I’m not good enough: A lack of confidence is one of those things that a hiring manager will detect easily. Think about it this way: If you got selected for an interview, chances are the employer thinks you are good enough to at least be considered for the position.

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