Typically my articles focus on resumes, cover letters, and all things related so I might be stretching a bit this time to tie it in but something happened this week that I feel is worth sharing. First, I have to give you a bit of back story.
I had a former client call me a few days ago; super nice guy who just wanted to pay it forward by purchasing a professionally written resume for an out of work acquaintance. He was truly looking to do something nice for someone else with no expectations attached.
I made contact with the person he purchased the resume for and setup a time to conduct a phone interview. In between scheduling the phone interview and the agreed upon time my area was hit with the first snow storm of the season causing us to lose power for two days. I contacted the client requesting that we reschedule due to the power outage. They agreed and I thought all was well. Boy, was I wrong.
Apparently this person spoke with the gentleman who had so graciously gifted the individual with a new resume and went off on how you can’t trust anyone anymore, nobody does what they say they are going to do, they were sick of people lying, and on and on. Next they started questioning the motives this person had for purchasing this resume for them; what did he want, nobody does anything without expecting something in return, and so forth.
Well, this gentleman was completely taken aback by the turn his good deed had taken and was so put off by the behavior of this person that he called me, filled me in on what had happened, and then requested I cease working with this individual and wondered if he could be refunded his money.
Well, this whole situation got me thinking about how much your attitude plays a role in your job search. This person’s attitude not only resulted in them losing out on a new resume, but also tarnished a professional relationship and ruined any networking connections that may have come along with it. This may very well be the more valuable of the losses. After working with this gentleman I know that he wouldn’t hesitate to make a professional recommendation, initiate an introduction, or pass along information on an open position.
This all leads me to the actual point of my article which is the old saying – your attitude determines your altitude. You cannot underestimate the role your attitude plays in your job search. On paper you might appear to be the ideal candidate, but a top notch resume can’t compensate for a bad attitude.
Negativity can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more negativity you put out there the more you will perceive negativity around you. A bad attitude in an interview will more than likely not result in a job offer which will then increase your frustration and lead to increased negativity. Even though you may be feeling frustration in your job search or anger at being let go from your last position you need to keep those feelings in check. Go ahead and complain to a friend but keep those thoughts to yourself in an interview. Badmouthing your former boss or portraying yourself as the victim will not impress a hiring manager.
Keep in mind that the connection you make with someone today could lead to a new job tomorrow; you never know where your next job lead will come from. Burning professional bridges is never a good idea. Fortunately, this incident has not tarnished this gentleman’s desire to help others when he can and I’m sure it’s this attitude that helped him land a new job in only three weeks.
by Megan Koehler