Avoid the Pout Pack

Consider these positivity strategies as you look for employment or manage your existing career.

by Caroline Dowd-Higgins • More.com Member { View Profile }
Caroline Dowd-Higgins authored the book "This Is Not the Career I Ordered" and maintains the career reinvention blog of the same name (www.carolinedowdhiggins.com)

Say Thank You. Chances are you have rallied a team to help you achieve your career goals. If you haven’t, it’s time to assemble your personal Board of Directors since nobody should do this alone. Be sure to thank your professional posse so they know how much you value their guidance and support. Mentors and sponsors also need to know how much you appreciate them so don’t be shy about picking up the phone to say thank you!

Positivity in Employable. I work with clients and students regularly who are visibly emotional about the current state of the job market. We all know how difficult it is, but it’s time to distinguish yourself from the pouting pack and embrace a solution provider mindset. Employers are looking for great people, and you need to show them your genuine enthusiasm because positivity is employable. People hire for fit and train for skill but emotional intelligence always rules.

Steve Jobs talked about putting something back into the flow of history by helping your community and other people. Put your career pebble into the flow since each baby step will make an incremental and impactful change in our national workforce. There is enough negative talk about the job market. The time for positivity is here.  We can collectively change the opportunities and I believe it all starts with a positive attitude.

Consider how you can help someone in your community. Throw the ladder down to help someone else get on solid ground. It’s the right thing to do, and it will help us put the spotlight on what is working. Accentuate the positive – it will make your career journey a lot more palatable.

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