Think Positive: When not If You Get a Job

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“Whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right.”  Henry Ford said these words many, many years ago.  But they still ring true.  Job searchers need to take this to heart.  Thinking positive is a powerful way to get a job.

What?  Yes, thinking positive will get you a job.  It has to do with the Law of Attraction.  Simply stated the Law states that you attract what you think.  In other words, if you think you can you will, and if you don’t think you can, you won’t.

Why does it apply to the job search?  Think about finding two job openings.  One isn’t your dream job. It’s just a job, but not the one you honestly want.  The location isn’t where you want to work.  The money isn’t that great, or the work isn’t exactly what you do.  But you decide to apply for it because it’s available.  The other is undoubtedly what you want, the location is right down the street from your home, the money is out of this world, and the work is the most fascinating work on the planet.  So how do you craft your resumes for these positions?  My guess is the job you’re not that crazy about you throw something together that seems good enough.  The other position—the one you want—you spend hours working and reworking your resume.  You ask several people to proof read it.


When you send off these resumes you hope and pray the first company doesn’t call you. But you’re doing all you can to get the second.  You are hoping and praying, crossing your fingers and everything you do to attract luck.  So which one do you think you will hear from?  Correct the one you want.  The resume you sent the first company wasn’t your best effort and didn’t impress the reader.  The resume you sent to the second company was meticulous and well written.  It showed your best self and impressed the reader.


Here are some things you can do to attract the job you want.


  • Think positively.  Deep down positively not just on the surface.  You can’t just say you are thinking positively.
  • Believe in you.  Don’t let others bring you down.  You have the power.
  • Align what you think and what you do to what you want.  It won’t work if your actions and thoughts are contradictory to the goal.  If you don’t think you will get it, you won’t do what it takes to get it.
  • Know you are going to get a job. Talk about when you get a job rather than if you get a job.
  • Write down what your ideal job is. Concentrate on it.
  • Imagine doing that job.  Use guided imagery to assist in this step.
  • Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged.  If you do, look for all the positive things in your life, and focus on them.

As with all things, practice makes perfect.  If you aren’t used to thinking this way, it will take some getting used to but continue working on it.  Success will be yours when you do.


“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” – Earl Nightingale


Arleen Bradley is a certified career coach and certified job loss recovery coach.  She assists clients in moving beyond job loss grief in order to land dream jobs.  To learn more about the Job Loss Recovery Program and how you can benefit from it, log on to

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8 Comments to "Think Positive: When not If You Get a Job"

  1. Brian's Gravatar Brian
    January 9, 2013 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    Quite true Arleen! Writing down your goals (including a realistic date of when you plan on starting your first day at your new job) and positive thinking are encouraging tools to the job seeker. Hope you are doing well!

  2. January 8, 2013 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

    My business mentor has explained some of these strategies a number of times in connection with expanding your business. This is the first time I have seen this strategy used and applied to the topic of job search. Very interesting read and very true

  3. JL's Gravatar JL
    January 8, 2013 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Interesting thoughts, Thanks for sharing them! I can use them in a future job search.

  4. Sandi's Gravatar Sandi
    January 8, 2013 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    You are so right. Languaging is so important! “Know you’re going to find a job.” I also love that quote by Nightingale. Inspirational post!

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