The Grateful Job Seeker

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The countless articles on the web offering tips on how to land a job may lead you to wonder why you are not getting to the final stages, or to the job offer you want. Most articles focus on tangible tactics and traits while ignoring candidate qualities equally critical to successful outcomes. Among such intangibles, the practice of GRATITUDE is a great place to start.

It is easy to become frustrated looking for a job but carrying your disappointments will be a barrier to landing your next role. Practicing gratitude means looking at each step in your search as a chance to make a new contact, build a relationship and practice your skills.

Developing an attitude that “…all things have contributed to your advancement…” – whether you are chosen for the next interview, or the company picks someone else – allows you to benefit from the process. Emerson’s “habit,” this intangible glow of gratitude, draws others in. And people like to hire people they like to be around.