This week our American friends celebrate Thanksgiving… a holiday that celebrates feeling grateful for the good in life and showing appreciation, despite circumstances and conditions that may otherwise make us feel quite negative. It’s a holiday I wish we celebrated in the UK – we appear to have taken on board the Black Friday shopping spree, but not the sentiment of the Thanksgiving holiday.
So, what does this have to do with careers?
During a frustrating and prolonged job search, it can be very difficult to maintain a positive attitude, so the gratitude mindset of Thanksgiving can be very useful. It’s important to remember how far you’ve come and the challenges you’ve worked through.
Gratitude is not just a catchphrase that new age gurus use to sell books. Studies have shown that feeling and expressing gratitude can help you be more successful in your job search and in your career.
Cultivating gratitude not only makes you a happier individual, but also makes you a more attractive person to work with. Employers want to hire positive people. They do not want to hire the next whinger to contribute to the water cooler moans and groans, so if you want to do one better than the competition, exhibit a positive mindset and how you enjoy life’s simple pleasures and appreciate what you have. People who are happy in life, and are proud of who they are, have a glow about them that attracts more positive energy to them.
Demonstrating resiliency is another way to set yourself apart from the competition. Companies want employees who can bounce back quickly from the adversity thrown at them. Be a forward-thinker rather than dwelling on the past – this is what companies need!
Expressing thanks can also differentiate you. Believe it or not, the simple act of saying “thank you” can make a big difference! Check out this infographic http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/thanksgiving-thank-yous/ for some dos and don’ts on saying thank you during your job search.
So, today think about what makes you great! List all of your strengths and competencies! Think about that job you really want and how you can sell your skills to get you that job! Use our downloadable tools to help you.
By Carol Vaughan (Information Services Co-ordinator, UWS Careers & Employability Service)
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