The Power of a Positive Attitude

Cornelius BookerWhen I was seeking employment it took me over a year to find the right job. My brother, on the other hand, found a job in less than a week after losing his job. In fact, he never had a problem finding employment quickly. One day I asked him how he keeps finding jobs so quickly. He told me that he simply has a positive attitude. I didn’t understand what that meant until I realized that whatever I was doing wasn’t working so I had to change something. My resume was effective enough to get me interviews; however, I wasn’t getting the job offers after the interview. I decided that maybe my attitude was the issue.

Believing that having a more positive attitude is the best route to take, I made a few easy adjustments. I applied for the same jobs and a few new ones. This time, when I followed up with the companies I spoke with a more positive attitude and showed gratitude to everyone I spoke with. I even smiled during the phone calls to project positivity. When I visited the Workforce Solutions offices and met with employment counselors I displayed a positive attitude and followed up on all the leads provided. During my interview, I was very kind to the receptionist, staff and management. After the interview, I sent follow up emails to everyone present during the interview and a thank you card to them as well. I did that for a full month and the results were tremendous. During that month of job search, I received multiple job offers and Workforce Solutions staff even referred me to positions that I hadn’t applied for. Maintaining a positive attitude has dramatically changed my life and career. My advice to someone seeking employment and feeling discouraged about the length of time you have been unemployed is that having a positive attitude during a hard time can certainly make a difference.

Quick Tips:

  1. Be Kind to everyone you meet during an interview. You may never know who the real decision-maker is.
  2. Send thank you cards or emails to people that took the time to interview you. A small thank you may go a long way, especially if the decision comes down to you and another candidate.
  3. Smile when following up with future employers. Believe it or not, people on the other end of the phone line can tell if you are smiling.
  4. Show gratitude to the Workforce Solutions staff that is assisting you. These are hardworking people too and know the difficulties of job searching…and they just want to help.
  5. To get more information for seminars offered at Workforce Solutions on interviewing and other topics, please visit our website.

And remember to stay positive!

Cornelius Booker is a senior member of the Regional Navigator team and a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he received his Bachelors in Marketing and later received his M.B.A with a focus on Business Marketing and Management. With his personal experience and passion for the disabled community, Cornelius’ insights are an invaluable asset to the Workforce Solutions organization.



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