Recognizing you have a problem is the first step in resolving it. I bet you are thinking, gosh, not me, I don’t have any problems. Well, think again. This week I shared numerous posts on attitude and how it impacts your career, job search and landing a job. If this wasn’t such an issue, why would all these people write about it?
The longer you have been out of work, the more difficult it is to stay positive. I know, I’ve seen it too many times. You may not think this post is for you (and maybe it isn’t), but I am sure you know people who would benefit from reading it so feel free to pass it along!
Is Your Interaction Style Messing with Your Career? by CAREEREALISM
Here is just a small sampling of the post…click over and read it in its entirety for the rest of the post.
Here are 10 signs your Interaction Style is messing with your career:
- You feel like nobody is paying attention to your requests at work.
- Colleagues have informal meetings without you and then tell you the results and how they directly impact your job.
- Your boss dismisses EVERY idea you present to her.
- Co-workers always agree with you when you voice your concerns, but then you hear they said something entirely different to your boss.
- You have no close friends at the office.
Are You Likeable (Because No One Wants to Hire Mr. Crabbypants) from JobJenny
JobJenny is a recruiter and provides job search and resume writing help. She plays on both sides of the hiring process. Her post describes a real-life interaction with a company she was recruiting for. Click through to see what happened.
I had an interesting recruiting client call the other day. It went something like this:
Me: Hey, I have a great person in mind for your XYZ position!
My favorite client on the planet: Really, cool. Who is it?
Me: It’s Christopher Conway. You know him?
My favorite client on the planet: …
Avoid Negative Thoughts When Job Hunting by Emily Bennington from On Careers
Emily writes about an exchange she had with a job hunting friend. The friend has had interviews but no job offers over the last several months. Emily goes on to list 3 ways to improve your outlook during the job hunt.
When I asked what she’s thinking as she heads into a typical interview, her response was very telling. With a shrug, she said, “I’m thinking I probably won’t hear back this time either.”
That’s the spirit! (Not.)
Career Success and Being Nice by Bud Bilanich
Are you Interpersonally Competent? Bud describes what this means in this post! He rounds it off with 3 suggestions on how to develop it. Here is his first:
The career success coach point here is simple common sense. Build your career success by becoming interpersonally competent. Understand yourself. Think about what makes you tick. When you are working with someone else, think about what makes him or her tick. If he or she is different from you, decide what you need to do to be better able to communicate with him or her.
Getting a Good Reference Regardless of the Circumstance from Resume555
We’ve all had an experience we would rather not list on a job application, however, that isn’t generally the best course of action. This post helps you think about how to get references from that “less than great” job you would rather not talk about!
The key nugget of advice to remember about seeking an employment reference from a bad job or bad boss is to be creative. Think outside of the box in searching for people who know your job and can speak for your skills.
Stop Trashing Your Reputation [Rant] by Tim’s Strategy
I love the way Tim tells stories! This tells a tale of how flyers left in his door make him angry and about how you inadvertently trash your reputation each time you blindly submit for a job.
And my first reaction was “Really? Thanks (various advertisers) for dumping your business in my lap.” Now I have to bend over, pick it up, grumble and throw it away. Don’t ask me about what I find (apparently) super-glued below my windshield wipers each weekend.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.