Don’t let your environment stop you from getting your dream career.

November 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Many times when we’re looking for a new job, we’re doing so because we need a fresh start in our career.  Whether it’s a sudden change such as being laid off, or a gradual shift such as realizing you’ve been in an unchallenging or unfulfilling job for too long –  you’ve made the decision to make a career change and start fresh.

One of the key factors that will impact your career change will be your attitude. Yes, you’ll need the right kind of skills and experience, but also just as important will be your ability to remain positive and upbeat in the job interview, as well as throughout your entire job search.

I know that attitude was a key factor in my own personal four (4) successful career changes.   Specifically, it was a mix of resilience, confidence and passion.  I found that more doors opened for me, and I had more career choices and opportunities than ever before when I had the attitude that I’m excited about the skills and talents that I provide, and that I will be making significant contributions to the next organization where I’ll be working.

I know how hard it is right now to remain positive in your job search.  It would be super easy to let yourself get down and think that you can’t get a new job because it’s a tough economy, or that nobody is hiring during the Christmas season, or the notion that because you’ve had been laid off then you’re unemployable.

But the reality is that none of those are true roadblocks to transitioning into a new career.  Companies are hiring professionals and executives every day – so why shouldn’t one of those jobs go to YOU?!  Plus, many companies hire mid-level managers and professionals during 4th quarter so that they can hit the ground running in January.  Twice in my own career I was hired during the month of December.

Also, there’s no shame in having been laid off.  In fact, never having been laid off is now the exception (not the rule!) and there are many, many professionals who have been laid off and gone on to get hired and enjoy fabulous careers!

People, including those who could hire you or introduce you to others who could hire you, are naturally drawn to professionals who have confidence and a positive attitude.  I’m not saying that you need to be Little Miss Sunshine every second of the day.  Everyone gets frustrated in their job search (it’s like a crazy roller coaster ride!) and it’s okay to get cranky – but save Mr. Grumpypants for when you can lock yourself in a room by yourself at home.

Many of my clients get stressed out at some point during their job search (everyone does!), yet they’re able to get job offers because they have the confidence and optimism in knowing that something better is waiting for them ahead.  They know that they want more in their career and truly believe that a better job is out there that will allow them the ability to do more meaningful and purposeful work.

Having the right attitude includes having the confidence that you can do the job and be an asset to any organization.  Even if you’re reinventing yourself into a new job role or industry.  Once I was working for a high tech company and hiring for a communications position.  It came down to two extremely qualified job candidates.  Both had significant talent and the same type of great experience, so I made my decision based on their response to one question, “Can you do the job?”  The man shrugged and said, “Yeah, I think I can.”  The woman said, “Absolutely!”   (Guess which one I hired? J)

I’m not talking about arrogance, but instead a quite confidence down deep inside that you’re a valuable employee who can do the job, and that any organization would be lucky to have you (of course I never recommend actually saying this out loud J)  This kind of quiet confidence will help you remain positive and upbeat throughout your career change.

Your next career is out there waiting for you – you just need to go out there and get it! J

About Career Coach Sherri Thomas
Sherri Thomas is a leading career coach who helps professionals transform and thrive in their career. She is a leading career coach, Huffington Post writer, globe trotting keynote speaker, and the 2013 Best Career Book author of “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback.” As a sought after media source, she has been featured in top news outlets including NBC-TV Phoenix, the Wall St. Journal, TIME, New York Daily News, Monster.com and many others. She loves traveling around the world and learning about other cultures, thrives in nature, and will always encourage you to go on what she calls a life changing Kenyan safari because the 30-hour flight journey “isn’t that bad.”


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