ATTITUDE IN THE JOB SEARCH; HOW
IMPORTANT IS IT?
By Fernando Ratkoczy - Executive
Career Management Consultant
Having a bad attitude is one of the best
ways to make sure you donít get a job just as having a great attitude
is one of the best ways to get a job because managers like to hire
people with great attitudes toward the work that needs to be done.
Smart managers hire employees who have
an interest and positive attitude toward the job above all other
things, skill sets are important as well but skills can be taught
given the time.
Attitude and interest cannot be taught.
Have you ever heard of someone going to a class to learn how to have
a better attitude toward their job. Those classes donít exist. As a
Manager, I can tell you that I would rather develop the skill sets of
someone with a great attitude than have a technical expert with a bad
attitude. People simply donít want to be around someone who is
looking for sympathy or begging for a job. So, work hard to get
yourself in the right frame of mind before talking to those who can
help you in your search.
Make a decision about the attitude that
you are going to convey. If you have to, fake it till you make it.
Pretend that you have a great attitude about your job search and your
prospects and pretty soon you will start feeling that way.
Many years back when I was a young man
and was looking for one of my first opportunities. I got advise which
came with a double edge. Not that is was not good job search advice
but it was at least confusing to me at the time. An older retired
professional that I met at a fair in which he was volunteering said to
ďJust approach the companies with a big
smile, project the willingness to do anything to succeed, but most of
all keep smiling regardless of their response.Ē
I blindly followed his advise and
learned that it worked well, people always responded positively
towards my attitude but I also misunderstood the message my adopted
mentor had given me. I acted desperate and willing to do anything,
that part I have to say did not work as well. No one wants to hire
someone that does not care what they do and are just looking for a
paycheck and the moment they find something they actually like better
they may disappear in the horizon without leaving a trace.
I found a job and moved on without
thinking much about until I needed to find a position again. This time
experience in hiring my own allowed me to see things with a different
prospective. Attitude was most of it for me and after that skill, but
I wanted someone to fill a position that was happy, enthusiastic but
most of all someone with a high level of passion towards the
opportunity I was offering.
When I think back, I believe itís clear
to me that he meant exactly that; Have a great attitude and show that
you would love to performed and excel at the opportunity.
Ask yourself ďHow would I approach this
person, this company or this job if I had a great attitude about it?Ē
Then pretend/act as if you do have a great attitude.
Even if itís for the length of the
interview at this point; you need to display positive enthusiasm for
the job to those decision makers or they will no hire you even though
you may have a better skill set.You read correctly, you may be the
best qualified candidate and still wonít get the job.
I had a client (Frank) coming to me
because he could not get a promotion after several attempts. Those
attempts happen to be with individuals from the corporate office not
the satellite office my client worked. The interviewers did not know
him at work, just read his accomplishments on paper thus giving him
the opportunity to move upward in the company ladder. I remember
clearly that I proposed a practice interview. We set the parameters
and he came into my office and started taking, believe when I say that
it took me two minutes to ask; Who are you and what happen to my
charming client? His personality became rigid and unemotional, he came
across as a recital full of data (knowledge). That does not sale well.
After a few sessions he understood and was able to relax and allow
himself to come through and of course he succeeded in his next
Remember you are the best selling tool
you have, donít under estimate it.
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