Job Seekers: Attitude Matters

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It’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the insulation of the internet allows us to be bitter, snarky, etc., with impunity. Perhaps in an anonymous environment like Slashdot that may be the case, but when all your interaction is tied to your very public identity, as on LinkedIn, guess what? It’s going to be looked at by potential employers.

And who wants to work with someone that is bitter, resentful, depressed, snarky, over-critical, arrogant, whatever?

I’m not saying you have to be all rosy and cheerful all the time, but just think carefully before you let those negative emotions out in public online, especially on a professional networking site like LinkedIn.

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9 Comments

  1. Agreed. While we are all paid to execute upon our goals a key aspect of our jobs include the way in which we interact with those around us. It may or may not be a documented part of your objectives, but it will always be measured by employees. My best advice is:

    – Stay positive. You don’t have to be annoyingly optimistic, just positive and with a can-do attitude.
    – Be knowledgeable of your craft.
    – Communicate clearly with your peers and those you come into contact with.

    For more specific ideas on what you should be doing if you’re out of work in the IT field read here:

    http://johnfmoore.wordpress.com/2009/03/22/things-you-should-be-doing-if-youve-lost-your-it-job/

    John
    http://johnfmoore.wordpress.com/

  2. Great reminder here that many seem to forget.

    I understanding their feeling, I’m in the same boat of being laid off/unemployed. There may be days that get to me but publicly stating your disheartened/negative attitude isn’t going to help your search and will certainly not help you mentally. You’ve got to stay positive through it all and be thankful, though unemployed, that you have the ability to search for jobs every day or use these technologies.

    Staying mentally focused and positive isn’t about putting a smile on your face but how your mindset is given the circumstances. How you react to rejection and how you persevere from it.

    Thanks for the post!

    Sonny

  3. Attitude directly affects your altitude – – when it comes success in the workplace. There are few snarky people who manage to be successful in spite of themselves, but for the vast majority – – you must play nice in the sandbox or you will be kicked out. Remember there is are several internet sandboxes as well – – and prospective employers do follow you to see what you are saying and to whom you are saying it – –

    As a career coach, I tell my clients to never write anything on the internet they would not want their grandmother to share at Sunday School. While I say it with a tongue-in-cheek smile, I also mean it.

    Never has it been more important to be sure that everything available to public scrutiny on the internet protrays you as a professional. The reward can be amazing – – and the risk is unbelievable when you forget.

  4. Sound advice and so obvious it makes you wonder about the short sightedness of people who post “bitter, snarky etc” comments. They get (or don’t get as is more likely the case in this instance) what they deserve.

  5. I totally agree. I tell all my co-workers the same thing. Whenever they post stuff on the web, they need to be careful and not just post anything. Almost all the time employers check the internet for any information that was not disclosed during the initial interview.

    Thanks for this post.

  6. With today’s technology it’s so easy to “put” yourself out there. I am shocked and amazed at the things people post 90% of the time. We live in a time where prudence should be exercised daily.

  7. I agree with almost everything that has been written. I always tell people: Your resume gets you the interview, but the interview gets you the job; therefore your attitude can make or break you. This is why it’s so important to have strong interpersonal skills and a can-do attitude when interviewing for a job.

  8. Here’s the basic rule I use when interviewing an applicant…
    I assume they are presenting themselves in the best possible light they know how to (this assumes they actually want the job, of course). In other words, if it were me, I would make sure everything was as perfect as I could make it – my appearance, my manners, my speech, everything. The reason I approach interviews this way is because I also assume once I hire a person, they have no need to be at their absolute best all the time. So if their “best” at interview time is in any way lacking, it’s only going to be downhill from there. Others may disagree, but this has worked for me for over 20 years.

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