Job seekers often hear how important a positive attitude is for a successful job search. However, they often don’t grasp how their attitude is perceived by employers.
Simply acting "cheerful" is not enough. There are several subtle, and not so subtle, ways that employers get a sense of whether you have a positive attitude or not.
Certainly there are some obvious indicators of a poor disposition…
However, people often make more subtle comments that can indicate an attitude problem as well…
Any of those comments may reflect the reality of your previous situation. However, typically when an employer hears comments like those, they are perceived as "red flags" about your attitude.
A positive attitude is reflected in discussion that shows you are a team player, respectful of those in authority over you, professional in your interactions with others, optimistic about your responsibilities, willing to learn, and humble.
As you prepare for networking conversations and interviews, certainly be conscious about the obvious attitude indicators. However, also be careful about other comments you make that may cause them to question your temperament as well.
Harry Urschel has over 25 years experience as an independent recruiter in Minnesota. He currently operates as e-Executives, writes a blog for Job Seekers called The Wise Job Search, and can be found on Twitter as @eExecutives. He can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org