Positivity: not a stand-alone ingredient but the salt which changes everything.
No doubt, Job searching requires some thoughtful tactics and know-how such as a clear market positioning, art in the way to make your CV expresses who you are in a meaningful way for your audience, a strong and thoughtful application strategy and some presentation and convincing skills for the interviews.
However, attitude and mind-set play a major role in reaching the objective.
Positivity is not a stand-alone ingredient to success but the salt which changes everything.
Being positive in regard to reaching the objective, does not mean neglecting to learn from failures nor to implement corrective actions. No, positivity is the little plus that allows you to listen to the positive little voice in you that says:” it does not matter, you know you can do it, keep on.”
When something is not in your sphere of influence and induces a perception of failure, it opens up a choice: You can feel miserable and victim of the events, you can choose to disengage and minimise the pain, or you can also connect back to your positive feeling and look for the hidden present in the situation. This choice is not always easy, there are other storming elements interfering and exercising counter pressure against positivity.
4 tips to nurture your positivity
Positivity is a fragile balance that is unique to each individual, is highly dependent on our personality and cultural and social inheritage but there are ways to nurture positivity: here are 4 tips to boost your positive mind set:
1- Recognise and capture what is your inner state of positivity. How do you feel when you are positive? Serene, joyful, peaceful, confident, strong? Where is the feeling mainly located in your body? Your chest, your heart, your head, your stomach? Does it have a temperature, a colour? Something else?
2- Identify your personal needs and feed them. The fullest you will be of what is important to you, the more stable you will be to nurture your positive inner state.
Do you need calm, nature immersion, social contacts, a good book, activity, some empathy? Something else? Go for it.
3- Cultivate your self-esteem. Treat yourself with equal benevolence as you would offer to someone dear to your heart.
4- Find your cheerleaders. Identify who, in your surroundings, has the ability to cheer you up and to switch your inner state back to positivity. It can be a friend, a spouse, a parent, a coach, a mentor, etc. And keep away from people and networks who bring you down.
Practice positivity, observe what changes in your internal dialogue and in your behaviour, take time to note down all the effects that you notice around you and build your own empowerment cycle.
In your recipe to a successful job search, you will have secured a major ingredient and can now move to the following riddle:
If positivity is to the job search what salt is to the recipe, what would yeast be to your job search?
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
Sandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.