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Get Rid of Negative Thoughts

Get Rid of Negative Thoughts

Dona DeZube/ Monster Career Advice


You’ve been unemployed for six months. Your spouse recently passed away. You think you’re too old, fat or stupid to find a job. Keep thinking that way, and you’ll prove yourself right. Negative thinking and speaking can derail your job search. Most employers want to hire happy people — not people who are down on themselves and the world.

Picture two job applicants. Each walks into an office for an interview and is greeted by a receptionist who says, “Good morning.” The first says, “I thought I’d never find this place. It’s raining so hard that I got drenched just walking from the car to here.” The second says, “Those directions you gave me were great. It sure is raining, but we really need it, don’t we?” Which of the two do you want to hire?

It’s All in How You View the World

Maybe you wouldn’t complain about directions or the rain, but the way you view yourself can influence your job search. “You can perceive anything in a lot of ways,” says Elaine Varelas, managing partner at Keystone Partners, a Boston career management firm. If you’re an older worker, you can see yourself as experienced — or just old.

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