You have a big interview this morning but nothing seems to be going right. You spill coffee on your freshly ironed shirt. After changing, you hurry to your car, only to find a dead battery. You ask a neighbor for a ride, and arrive late for the interview. You tell yourself, “Ah, what’s the use, I won’t get this job anyway”. You enter the interview, carrying the morning’s events and your defeated attitude along for all to see. Hmm…wonder why you didn’t get that job….

A positive attitude can be the deciding factor when an employer is considering several applicants who are fully qualified for the job.


Every morning before you begin your job search, look in the mirror and say out loud, “Yes! I can do this job. I am qualified and competent. I have great skills and a great attitude. Any employer would be fortunate to have me as an employee!” Some may feel more comfortable giving themselves this pep talk in the privacy of their car. Wherever it happens, it is an important step in your job search efforts.

Not everyone can rely on friends or family to boost their self-esteem. Be prepared to take responsibility for your own attitude by reminding yourself that you are a talented, intelligent person. Before you know it, you‘ll see a change in yourself and employers will sense your confidence as well. Of course, be aware not to appear arrogant or conceited. Just project that you know you’re capable and are secure in your abilities.

Often times an employer will hire someone with less experience if they portray confidence. Be proud of what you have to offer. After all, if you don’t think you can do it, why should the employer put their faith in you? Employers want to know that you can handle problems with grace and confidence on the job.

Experience has shown that you won’t be selected for every job you apply for. Don’t let those disappointments keep you from making a good impression at the next interview. Tell yourself there is a better job coming your way. Studies have shown that it often takes several months to land a job. That timeline can be shortened by a first class resume, brushing up on your interviewing skills, and showing a positive, can-do attitude. Working hard and smiling in the face of adversity is what marks a true winner.