career coaching

Takes More Than Positive Thinking


Stay Positive
In the world where we don't always get what we want it is sometimes very hard to stay excited in a career search, much less keep a positive face. We all hear, "Just stay positive", or " Keep a good attitude". But... for those who have been in a career transition for weeks, months or even years it becomes very difficult to stay in that positive mode and believe we will triumph in landing that next opportunity. This is the time when we must dig deep within ourselves to find the bedrock of who we are and determine the reasons why staying in the fight for this career path must continue.

Have Tenacity
It does not matter why you are in a career search, what matters is that you keep thinking in a positive manner as you go through the process. How does a person keep going when all they have gotten is rejection time and again you ask? My only word to share is "Tenacity". Positive thinking is more than just an attitude or a feeling. Remaining positive sometimes just requires grit to keep going and stay the course. When everything is going in the wrong direction this is the time to reaffirm your commitment and put that self belief to work even harder. Tenacity means we refuse to let the negative influence our thinking and actions daily. It means we refuse to let other's opinions or rejection dissuade us from our goal.

Wear Your Game Face
Tenacity also means that we put our warrior face on as we work to make our goals come true. As a friend once said to me, "No body wants to hire someone with little self esteem or who looks like they are begging for the job." When we have the onsite interview opportunity, the phone interview or even meet people in a social setting we have to be putting forth the image, the face, the attitude and demeanor saying we are positive in our self, our accomplishments and have faith that we will get the job of our choice. I know it is hard, been there, done that more than once! However, if we look determined and assured, then others will think of as such.

Be Strong, Assured and Determined
Staying positive with a tenacious attitude has always won over the negative view and opened doors that were impossible options. In addition to putting on the face, we also have to speak in a positive manner. Using such words as "Maybe" or "We'll see", are not the expressions of a positive person. We must speak with authority on our best known subject... Us. We must be outlandish in our claims to the point that others see us landing our dream job as inevitable. Here is another point, people want to help those who are strong, assured and determined. Think about this, how many times have you wanted to help someone who looks and talked like a powerhouse? Yes, positive thinking and actions draw strong people together.

Keep Moving Forward
So, if you are thinking negative thoughts or acting dejected, stop it now! Pay yourself forward and keep moving in a positive way with positive self image, positive speak and do so tenaciously.

Kathy Goodin-Mitchell, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Career Advisor & Founder, Career Leverage Advisors

Review and Plan Ahead for Best Results


Friday's are the day when business professionals wrap up the week and plan for the next. If you are in job search take today to do the same. Here are some examples of what busy job searchers do to keep their activity level high and focus on point:


  • What did I accomplish this week? 
  • How many contacts and introductions did I obtain?
  • How many informational interviews did I have?
  • How many jobs did I apply for or research?
  • Send Thank You notes if not already completed
  • Did my documents help me or hurt me in the search?
  • How many job interviews did I have?
  • Review how grateful I was over the week and how I showed that attitude to others.
  • How many others did I help over the week?

Plan Ahead:

  • Set appointments for next weeks informational interviews 
  • Research two new businesses I would like to work with or for
  • Set meeting times and goals with accountability groups and transition career groups
  • Set aside time to volunteer with non-profit or school
  • Send or give Thank You notes
  • Review resume and other documents for any changes or updates needed
  • Schedule training event, Coaching session or Educational course


Establishing a plan to keep focus on the tasks at hand will not only provide a true view of your accomplishments, but help you cope with the emotional roller coaster ride of your career transition!

Kathy Goodin-Mitchell, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Career Advisor & Founder, Career Leverage Advisors