Job Search Hope

Job Search Success Starts With a Great Resume and Job Search Hope

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 by in Interview

Job search success starts with a great resume (like the ones prepared by those on our list of Best Resume Writers 2015). Sure it does. But job search hope? Seriously? Am I really suggesting that hope is a critical element in your successful job search? You bet I am. Not the type of hope that you get by rubbing a magic lamp to get three wishes, but a positive attitude where you can truly see yourself with the new position to which you are applying. What I call Job Search Hope. This job search hope gives you motivation that will drive your job search success through your non-verbal communication and overall demeanor.

A great, tailored resume will get you the interview. However, beyond that, having job search hope will propel you through an energetic and focused interview process. If you don’t believe that non-verbal communication is just as important as the answers to interview questions, you are seriously fooling yourself. (Check this past post for other tips on How to Stop Sucking so Much at Job Interviews)

Non-Verbal Communication in Your Job Search

The Beatles said all you need is LOVE, but in your job search, what you really need most is HOPE — job search hope. Non-verbal communication is very difficult for many people to control so without hope, you appear less confident in yourself. Non-verbal communications is almost always a true reflection of your inner attitude or state of mind related to the situation. I am not saying that you can’t control your non-verbal communications, but that it is difficult to do, particularly in a stressful situation like a job interview. This is what I like to refer to as the seeing through the BS factor. That’s why I keep saying that hope is important, because your inner feelings will show through and you need to come across as confident.

Start with your resume and cover letter. Put your energy and job search hope into your cover letter. Let everything be driven by a positive attitude, whether you are currently happily employed, miserable in a job you hate, or recently or long-term unemployed. It does not matter. Having your attitude and mind in the right place makes all the difference and shines through all the words you place on paper or that you speak in an interview.

Getting in the Right Mindset for a Successful Job Search

Country music legend Willie Nelson once said that when you “replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” There are many other variations on this saying as well. But, hopefully, by now, it is clear that human resources and hiring managers pay attention to more than just the answers to interview questions or a well written resume.

So how do you get in the right mindset for a successful job search? Here are some quick things you can do to ramp up your job search hope.

  1. Identify your greatest strengths and positive traits related to the job. Much of this should already be in your resume, right? The resume is where you begin to tell your story in any successful job search. You have to carry that story consistently throughout the rest of the hiring process. Focus on your strengths that make you qualified and try to spin any weaknesses in a positive way or show steps that you are working to improve yourself. Stop criticizing yourself. Build yourself up.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others. Every applicant has strengths and weaknesses and a wide diversity of experience and talent. You should focus less on them and worry more about how to build yourself up. You need to exude enthusiasm and self-confidence throughout the job search, on phone interviews, personal interviews, email exchanges, and other discussions. If you don’t believe that you are the best or even a highly qualified candidate for a position, why would a human resources or hiring manager believe it? It is pretty remarkable how easily you can assess an individual’s confidence level in themselves for a job. It really shows through and weighs heavily on the decision of whether a candidate moves further along in the process or not.
  3. Put a positive spin on every situation, no matter how bad or unfortunate. You have to see everything through the proverbial rose-colored glass, allowing you to get beyond the negative and filter it out. What’s more, you need to be enthusiastic and energetic to help project that positive attitude. Why wouldn’t you be excited about a great new job, about leaving that position your trapped in or finally getting out of that unemployment rut you’ve been in? Be excited about the prospect. Picture yourself working in this job. It’s a mental training exercise that truly works.

So get your hope on and keep it on. You’ve got a lot to offer and you need to believe it if you want someone else to believe it. Chin up. Buckle up. Time to own your successful job search. Full speed ahead.

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