Be positive, get help, get a job!

Hello Everyone.

In these tough economic times, it is extremely difficult to get work.

Thinking negatively is no good to anyone and quite frankly won’t get you anywhere fast.

Although it is a harsh thing to say and I am sorry if I have offended anyone, but no one wants to employ someone who looks and sounds depressed.  If that’s the state you are in right now, your interviewer will be thinking, what would you be like with the pressures of the job and how will customers or clients relate to you.  You can and must ensure you get help.  You have choices, you can:

  • Talk things over with family and friends.
  • Get help immediately, the sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to get back into work.  Talk to your doctor about referring you to a counsellor and stress how your life is being affected.
  • If you can afford to pay for private counselling, then do it.  Some small local organisations require just a small donation of what you can afford, so research on the internet or ask your doctor.
  • If you are desperate, you are not alone, looking after yourself should always be your number one priority, phone the samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (UK).  Or visit their website  –  do not wait, if your need is immediate, take immediate action.

How you come across in an interview will determine if you stand a chance of getting that job, in preference to other people.

If your depression is controllable and you have managed to work in the past, then you may be able to act like you are a positive person in the interview and by acting like it, you will be teaching yourself how to become it.

How to be positive:

  1. Smiling, says you are approachable and friendly.
  2. Talk about your strengths in terms of what you can do to increase company profits, increase productivity and increase efficiency.  (A company is only interested in what you can do for it.)
  3. Prepare your weaknesses in advance and have a positive slant prepared for each one.  Test these out on your family and friends.
  4. Highlight your skills and experience in specific relation to that particular job.  Employers only want to know about skills which will benefit them and their company.
  5. Believe you can do the job and don’t forget to tell them so.  This was a mistake made by a lot of my interviewees, they did not say, I am confident I have the skills you require, (backed up with examples.)  I can do this job.
  6. Have an answer prepared for why you want the job, based on research about that particular company.  Highlight what the benefits would be for you, if you were to work for them.  In other words, tell them what you think is good about their company.
  7. When talking, use a positive tone of voice, a slightly high tone is better than a dull tone.
  8. Use positive language and positive comments.  Such as, you have a beautiful range of products.  I understand your company is performing fantastically.  I would love to work for you.
  9. If they ask where you see yourself in the future, ensure you answer it as though you will be with their company for years.  For example, in a few years time I would like to be a supervisor for you or a top sales person.
  10. End the interview, with, I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your time.  I believe it would be a wonderful opportunity to work for you and your company.
Did you find this post helpful?
I would love to hear your views on this post.  Let me know what you think and I will reply to each comment personally.
Stay positive.
Sandra Bellamy
You may want to check out why smiling is good for you;-

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Published Author of BREAK THROUGH THE BARRIERS OF REDUNDANCY TO GET BACK INTO WORK - AN A-Z 'HOW TO' GUIDE and How To Get Started With Twitter For Absolute Beginners, A Step-By-Step Guide and Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories: Love, Life and Sex, ACElebration of Asexual Diversity. In a nutshell, my Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book is a complete A-Z system for getting back into work, and a comprehensive guide about how you can recover from the devastating effects of redundancy to live the life of your dreams. Although this book is predominantly aimed at redundant workers, the content will prove equally useful to jobseekers or anyone looking to change careers for whatever reason. This book provides eighty benefits and covers twenty-six aspects of redundancy. It’s a system because each of the chapters is broken down into ‘5 components of redundancy’. You need to master all components in order to give you the best chance of success at getting back into work. Because this book takes a holistic view of redundancy, one of the key elements to master first of all is wellbeing skills, before progressing through exploring what options are available to you and later, learning the practical job skills. This book is different because it does not just focus on one element of redundancy, but on the many barriers you need to conquer if you are to successfully get back into work, I show you how to deal with the inner trauma and turmoil of being made redundant (health and wellbeing skills), before focusing on the practical elements such as job skills, and deciding on your future path. I have worked in management roles for seven years. Part of my management duties entailed interviewing, recruiting, training and coaching staff and I took part in every aspect of the recruitment process from placing the advert to completing staff inductions and training. I have also experienced the other side of the recruitment process, when I was applying for work and being interviewed for jobs whilst redundant. I have been made redundant twice and each time managed to successfully work my way back up the career ladder. It is from experience that I have gained insight into both points of view and I am able to help others. This book is the first Quirky Book that I published and it's under my own imprint of Quirky Books. It's unique and groundbreaking because it combines two genres, an A-Z Guide with a How To book. Each of its A-Z chapters is about an element of redundancy, and within each chapter it explains how to do things related to that element to break though your barriers of redundancy and beat your redundancy blues. That’s what makes it a quirky book. Buy it from Amazon UK: Buy it from Amazon USA: Like on Facebook You can view my quirkybooks writing blog at

Posted on July 14, 2011, in employment, interviews, job search, Redundancy, unemployment and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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