Don’t Be So Negative…It Could be a GOOD Thing.

25Oct11

Positive Job SearchThink about your current or most recent job. What did you hate most?

  • You didn’t make enough money.
  • You didn’t gain the experience you hoped for.
  • You did too many different things and didn’t focus on one.
  • Your hours were too long.

To a potential employer those are all GOOD THINGS!

You didn’t make enough money. You are more likely to be hired than others with the same level of experience making more money. Your skills are the reason you will be hired, not your salary. If you come “cheap” you are a bargain! There is nothing wrong with a good deal! Just make sure you live up to it!

You didn’t gain the experience you hoped for. Your new employer can train you to be their perfect employee instead of having to undo what you already learned elsewhere. There are certain positions that rehire on-the-job training and you are perfect for those.

You did too many different things and didn’t focus on one. You are a renaissance person! You can tell them what you are best at, what you enjoyed most, and where you can improve. All great things to know when you are in an interview. Someone who has been trusted to do many things is often a quick learner, efficient, and is often a “people person.” You should use concrete examples on your resume, not the empty filler language.

Your hours were too long.  You are dedicated. While you may not want to work long hours again, you put in your time, learned a lot and can now use what you learned during all those hours to help your future employer.

Don’t be negative, use your past experience to your advantage.

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