Looking for a job requires a positive attitude. A positive attitude leads to positive planning.
A positive attitude means:
- Determining the kind of work you want and are qualified to do before you start.
- Planning your job search systematically.
- Collecting and collating all the information about yourself and ensuring that it is seen by prospective employers.
- Spending as many hours each day searching for work as you expect to spend working for your employer.
- Being prepared, if necessary, to change your lifestyle in searching for a job.
The following examples illustrate the ways in which job seekers have demonstrated a positive attitude to employers at interview – Good personal presentation, appropriately dressed and well-prepared for interview.
- Brought along the job application, a list of referees, questions to ask and examples of significant projects completed.
- Knowledge of the organisation.
- Had researched the company well and knew about the services offered and major policies.
- Interest in the industry
- Knew about the current state of the industry and was able to explain why he or she was interested in working in it.
- Career direction.
- Understood the company’s needs and structure and was able to satisfactorily project himself or herself into the organisation.