In a previous blog post, we discussed qualities that could give you an edge over other candidates in the employment marketplace. One of those qualities was a proactive attitude and frame of mind.
In this blog post, we’re going to expound upon the necessity of having the proper attitude, whether it’s with your current employer or with a potential new employer. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you’re actively looking for a job or not: your attitude matters a lot.
A person’s attitude has a big impact on them, both personally and professionally. In the professional realm, their attitude can impact the quality of their work, how they brand themselves to their colleagues and co-workers, and how they feel about themselves.
So the key is to build the right attitude, and below are five steps for building the right professional attitude for your career:
#1—Compile a list of your skills and abilities.
Confidence is a big part of having the right attitude. One way to gain confidence is to review your talents, your skills and abilities that make you a commodity. Not only will you gain more confidence, but you will also build your self-esteem.
#2—Compile a list of your accomplishments and achievements.
This step also helps you to build self-esteem and gain confidence. That’s because you’re drawing a line between your skills and abilities and how you’ve applied those skills and abilities to this point in your career.
These first two steps are critical because they involve building yourself up. As anybody who’s been in the workforce for a while can tell you, there are plenty of forces that try to tear you down from time to time.
#3—Accept criticism gracefully.
The employment workplace is not all unicorns and rainbows. There will be adversity. There will be people telling you that you’re doing things wrong. Even in those instances where those people are correct, this can be difficult to deal with.
The key is to try to view all criticism as constructive. In other words, strive to learn something from it in every instance.
#4—Stay calm in the face of pressure and adversity.
In addition to criticism, there will also be pressure and adversity. In fact, you might encounter all three at the same time.
One of the best indicators of success is how well a person handles adversity. If they panic and act impulsively, then they’re only creating more problems for themselves. Instead, remain calm and consider all of your options.
#5—Set realistic goals and create a plan to achieve them.
Ideally, by this point you’ve built up your self-esteem and confidence and positioned yourself to handle criticism, stress, and adversity. Now you can “sink your teeth” into your career!
And once again, keep in mind this could mean doing so with your current employer or it could mean embarking upon a job search for a position with a potential new employer. Either way, you now have the right attitude to help ensure success.