Positive Thinking, Persistence Pay Off In Job Search.
“It’s very, very tough,” said study co-author Ruth Kanfer, a professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “It’s not like learning a skill, where maintaining a positive attitude can be easier as you see improvement with your effort. You submit resumes, but get almost no feedback on how you’re doing or what you could do to improve your chances of finding a job.”
Not surprisingly, those with a positive, go-getter outlook did better than those who were more fearful and anxious. But personality traits were secondary to self-management in terms of success. From week to week, those who did the most to develop routines, seek support and keep self-defeating thoughts in check were those who put in the most hours on their search.
The findings are published in the April issue of the Academy of Management Journal.
The study took place between January and July 2008. During that time, 128 of the 177 people (72 percent) found new jobs.
In early 2008, the U.S. unemployment rate ranged from 4.9 percent to 5.6 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In March 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.2 percent. Read the full article by Lisa Esposito for msnhealth.com.