Why Happier Job Seekers are Successful Job Seekers

When you are looking for a new job, there are a lot of things you can’t control, such as the mood of your interviewer or the number of applicants. However, you do have a lot of control over how you feel and your attitude can make a big difference in a job search.

Being happy in your interactions with a potential employer will put you ahead of other applicants who don’t seem as upbeat. Happiness is also contagious. You can make a great impression on a hiring manager by addressing things that cause them to feel stress. Lastly, when you are happy, talking about your strengths comes across naturally. You can also address your weaker points in a more confident way.

On the other hand, being negative or unhappy can seriously hurt your chances of getting a job. Most hiring managers are looking at the potential cultural impacts of each candidate and a bad attitude could make them think you will be a drag on the culture they are trying to foster. If you’re currently on a job search and looking to boost your mood, consider the following tips.

Be social

It’s common knowledge that you should concentrate on building a strong professional network to have an effective job search. However, it’s also important to be social and make friends.

Make time for socialization a couple times each week to do something you enjoy, like going to the movies or watching a ball game. Worrying too much about your job search only increases your stress levels and prevents you from taking pleasure in other facets of your life.

Help others

When you help others – either informally or through volunteer work – because it fills you with a greater sense of purpose. Not only is helping others fulfilling, it can also remind you of how fortunate you are.

If you are going to volunteer, try to dedicate your time to cause that aligns with your talents or passions. Also, keep in mind that volunteer work is also an opportunity to expand your professional network.

Pursue your passions

We often find ourselves so busy with life, we forget to enjoy it. Be sure to spend time on activities you really enjoy. You never know when these skills will be important in your job search or career, helping you stand out from the competition.

At LTI, we help job seekers stay upbeat as they look to take the next step on their career path. Please contact us today to find out how we can support your current job search.