How can positive energy and a feeling of gratitude support a successful job search? We all know that cultivating gratitude in our daily lives can help us appreciate the efforts and feelings of those around us, and gratitude can shift our focus toward the details that give our lives value and meaning. But as it happens, actively nurturing this feeling and letting it show in our words and actions can bring huge benefits to our career growth and can shorten the path from one job to the next. Here’s how.

Gratitude shows before you say a single word.

When you appreciate and respect the things, people and systems all around you, you’re a happier person. And when you’re a happier person, your step is lighter, your back is straighter and the features of your face are elevated, welcoming and pleasant. When you walk into a room, your very appearance reassures and relaxes those around you. And chances are, the attention and respect that flows outward from you also flows back toward you, and you instinctively take better care of yourself. That shows too.

Gratitude shines a nicer light on your background.

When your interviewer asks for information about your past jobs and past experiences, your feelings about those events will come through in your tone and word choices, whether you want them to or not. A lingering sense of bitterness, self-righteousness or resentment will enter the room, even if you think you’re hiding it carefully. So instead of hiding such feelings, re-examine and reframe them. Do this on your own through a process of self-reflection long before the interview takes place. Were your relationships as adversarial as they seemed? Were the cards really stacked against you? Were you really overburdened and underappreciated? Or were those around you simply doing the best they had with the resources available? Sometimes what seems like an ideological conflict is just a personality mismatch. Life goes on.

Say the actual words.

Use phrases like “I’m really grateful I had that opportunity,” or “I really want to thank you/her/him/them for doing that” or “I wish I could explain how much I gained from that experience and how glad I am that it happened, even though it was painful at the time.” When you use the actual language of gratitude, you begin to see the world as a bigger place, and you take the focus away from yourself and your own issues and concerns. Practice doing this; then bring that practice to the interview and job search setting and see what happens.

For more on how to ace your interviews, contact the Milwaukee staffing professionals at Extension, Inc.


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