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Edition #3


Bradford County Action, Inc.


What can help you get a job?


OFFICE HOURS, January 7, 1999, Issue No. 393

            “The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm,” Thomas J. Watson, IBM founder once observed.  Don’t you feel great on days when you’re filled with enthusiasm and brimming with ideas?  Wouldn’t it be terrific if your could feel like that most of the time instead of occasionally?

            When you act with enthusiasm not only do you feel great, but the feeling rubs off on everyone around you.  So with that in mind, here are some ways to generate enthusiasm – both in yourself and in those around you:

¨       Think positive thoughts.  Think about the day you have in front of you as you’re getting dressed or commuting.  Imagining yourself being successful and doing agreeable things during the day will help put you in a good mood at the day’s start.

¨       Welcome challenges.  If you know that the day you have in front of you is going to be a trying one, build your confidence by replaying some of your successes.  How did you feel?  What did you do?  What did you say?  This mental preparation will help you stand up to the challenge and make it easier for you to be positive and enthusiastic.

¨       Make yourself lively and interesting.  Put excitement in your voice!  When you greet people, have a smile in your voice.  Stop, look the other person in the eye and say with a smile, “Hi! Nice to see you.  Great day, isn’t it?”  The person will probably smile and respond in kind – which brings us to the next point…

¨       Make people smile.  When you walk into someone’s workspace with a big smile on your face, the other person smiles back.  They can’t help it: A smile is contagious. 

¨       Look the part.  Put bounce in your step and a gleam in your eye.  Sit erect in your chair as you work.  When people are enthusiastic about something, they feel and look happy.  Let your enthusiasm show.

¨       Share your positive emotions.  When you feel good about something or someone, let it out.  Sharing positive sentiments makes two people happy: you and the person you share with.


     Take the first steps toward cultivating an enthusiastic attitude now. Act enthusiastic and soon you won’t have to act anymore.  You’ll become enthusiastic, and so will everyone you come in contact with.

Nothing great has ever been done without enthusiasm.

                                                                                                                     Ralph Waldo Emerson



     No matter how busy or stressed you are, always make time to thank the people who help you do your job better.  A quick “Thanks for your help” goes a long way in establishing comfortable and productive work relation- ships.  And people will be more inclined to offer assistance in the future if they know it’s appreciated.


          Check your appearance!  Employers are people, and they respond to a clean, neat-looking job seeker.  Wear appropriate clothing.  Don’t wear a T-shirt with words on it, or gaudy jewelry.  Avoid too much make-up and go light on the perfume or after-shave.  Don’t smoke or chew gum.  If you bring a cap, keep it in your pocket and not on your head.