Job Seeker or Job Finder

How many times do you remember hearing your parents/teachers/coaches say “it’s all about your attitude?” If you’re like me, so many that I eventually just rolled my eyes and tuned out. And while I’ll admit that, I must also concede that truer words have never been spoken.

Attitude ties to just about everything we do in this life, including looking for a job. And maintaining a positive one in terms of job search can be THE most challenging aspect of looking for a job, as few other undertakings can force you to question even your own personal worth.

My first job as part of the public workforce system was teaching job search classes for food stamp and welfare recipients. It was hard but rewarding work where I spent literally half my time talking about self-worth, dealing with rejection, and overall positive attitude, because that’s what they really needed (but, imagine my horror at realizing I had become one of those “son, it’s all about your attitude” people).

But attitude IS the key, so in a meeting last week with @WFSDallas when someone said “you should be a job finder, not a job seeker,” the click was immediate. Attitude goes many ways; how you perceive others; how they perceive you; how you perceive yourself. Let’s reset all those expectations: You are not looking for a job, you’re finding a job.

And don’t let the process get you down. I used to tell my classes that, generally speaking, when an employer posts a job, they already have in their mind a vision of who/what they want. And if they don’t hire you, it’s not because they don’t want you or you don’t have value, it’s because you didn’t fit the mental picture they envisioned long before you ever applied. So, chin up. You want a job? Get out there and be a job finder!

2 thoughts on “Job Seeker or Job Finder

  1. Gerry Fluharty August 27, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Nice post Scott. Like you I also did a stint in leading job search classes. The amount of negative influence some of the individuals had just boggled my mind. One really stood out. Their neighbors and friends ( usually in the same financial/socio circumstances ) didn’t want them to succeed. If the person actually found a position, that would make the friends & relatives in many cases actually jealous and therefore not supportive. There are just too many negative influences out there that are out of our (workforce development ) control. So we also have to be aware that we cannot (even if we desperately want to ) be the magic “potion”. We have to be aware of our limitations and just give the best service we possibly can.


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