As job seekers, it’s easy to believe that the process of looking for work is a cut-and-dried experience. You look for a job, type up your resume and cover letter, score an interview, and win the job. It’s easy, right? Well, not quite.
Actually, a lot of time and effort go into the job-seeking process—and how you feel about that process is not exempt from affecting the outcome. Believe it or not, your attitude about the job search could have an adverse effect on how you write your resume. And, of course, if your resume isn’t good, you most likely will not get the job. So how can you keep a good attitude about the job search?
Avoid Negative Thinking
While creating a resume may seem like a process that isolates itself from your feelings, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if you’re feeling “blah” about the job search, you’re likely to write a “blah” resume.
On the other hand, if you feel passionate about the job you’re applying for, you’re more likely to think “what can I write to make this company believe I really want this job?” and you naturally begin brainstorming ideas to help deliver your message.
Try your best to adopt a good attitude about your prospects for employment—and watch your resume blossom.
Feel Proud of Your Skills
Another attitude adjustment that could help your resume is feeling proud of your skills. If you really take a look at the skills you bring to the table and accomplishments you’d like to share, it can feel pretty exciting to think that an employer will look at your resume and say, “This is who we’ve been looking for!”
So how can you connect your skills and accomplishments to the job you’re applying for? Comb through the company’s job posting to see what the employer is looking for in a candidate, then proudly piece together your professional history in a way that shows you have the talent needed to surpass its goals.
Envision a Successful Career
It’s also a great idea to develop a positive attitude that reaches beyond the job you’re applying for and encompasses your entire career. It’s good to think about how the role you want could provide opportunities for you to grow as a person and help you to develop into an expert in your field. Although this information doesn’t need to be incorporated into your resume, it can work wonders in helping you to envision how you can make improvements to both the company and your career.
The words you write on your resume are a direct reflection of the way you feel about your prospects as a candidate for any position you apply for. If you don’t believe you’ll get the job, it will show. So find ways to feel good as you connect to each job you want. This can help you to write a convincing resume that scores you an interview.
It’s important to remember to brand your resume before applying to each new position for more information on branding check out my recent article 5 Key Areas to Target When Branding Your Resume. You can also get additional job search and career related advice by checking out our blog or following us on Twitter @GreatResume.
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About the author
Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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