Attitude Defines Job Search

How Your Attitude Defines Your Job Search


Zig Ziglar once said, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” He couldn’t be more right.

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I remember when I lived next to an exceptionally grouchy old neighbor. No matter what, I always said “hello” when I spotted him outside sitting on his porch.

“How are you doing?,” I would venture.

His response?


It never varied. Day after day, the same reply.

And he sat alone on that porch, day after day.

I never did see him smile or look happy.

And that kept me and other neighbors away. We tried reaching out, but his attitude was so awful that everyone finally gave up.

Now, imagine that in a job search.

Yes, looking for a job, especially when you aren’t working, really sucks.

But so does a bad attitude. Do you really think that people want to be around someone who is grouchy and negative all the time?

I didn’t think so.

Keeping an upbeat attitude (despite the occasional pity party) is critical to your success. Positive attracts positive. Negative simply repels everything it comes into contact.

Your attitude soaks into everything you do – how you talk, how you walk, how you look someone in the eye, how you respond, how you engage.

Your attitude, truly, is everything. It defines you and your job search.

So, pick up the pieces, and keep going, and don’t become that grouchy old neighbor who ended up being all alone.

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Dawn Rasmussen

Dawn Rasmussen is president of Portland, Oregon-based Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, which provides resume, cover letter, and job searching assistance.


  1. I was never aware that they were able to gather my grumpy attitude from six seconds of look to a resume. They must be absolute magicians, and incredible sp00ks – they should be working for the CIA / NSA / FBI as profilers rather than HR gear cogs.
    PS – I will be monetizing that grumpy mood – despite what is said – people love a good train wreck.

  2. This article is spot on. I’ve met several high-grade unemployed professionals who seem to carry big chips on their shoulders, especially at networking events, of all places. It’s really odd; they’re bright, accomplished people, but they have permitted the weight of unemployment (I know this all too well as I’m approaching my one year anniversary of being jobless) to affect their attitudes. Some seem quite embittered.

  3. if you’re on the dole, you’re bad. If you’re looking for work, you’re even worse. While people are suffering through this job search that is often a trudge through a swamp. It’s a swamp with bog-beasts who think something is wrong with your past if you’re looking for work. What would help is that if instead of trying to change the attitude of job seekers, you wrote articles trying to change the attitudes of hiring managers regarding these people.

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