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So you’ve hit a bit of a rut in your job search. You’ve sent out dozens of cover letters and resumes, filled out the applications, and yet you haven’t landed anything yet. That stiff upper lip has begun to tremble … so how do you manage to keep up your spirits?

Change your attitude with one word.

When you think of your career aspirations, how do you phrase them? Most of us, when asked, answer something like this:

“I want to get a steady job.”

“I want to move ahead in my field.”

“I want to be successful.”

Now, use that last sentence and change one word: “I expect to be successful.” By replacing “want” with “expect”, you’re changing your attitude from a desire to an inevitability – something you hope for versus something you’re certain of. In doing this, you’re taking away the doubt that you might not achieve success. Steven R. Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, wrote, “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” Do this for yourself within your job search.

An expectation of success changes your outlook.

You’ll gain clarity on what you want out of your career and be able to more clearly relate that to those around you. Your resume can change from a list of duties in your past work experiences to one that focuses on your top qualifications based on what you’ve done and the value that you will clearly bring to the position in terms of a company’s needs. Your expectation of success will come across in an interview as confidence because you know you have the background and self-assurance needed to do well. You’ll spot opportunities that others may miss that will get you closer to success, and “failures” can become learning experiences.

This sort of mindset takes focus and determination – like anything, you need to practice. View your next set of applications as your first “session” and see how much better you do as you expect success. For help with your positive transition, visit PrideStaff.

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