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Positive Attitude: Your Most Valuable Asset!

Having a positive attitude is always a choice

When the word attitude is mentioned, many different reactions, feelings, and thoughts may come to mind. This is because the word attitude may represent different things to different people. However, we can all agree that displaying a positive attitude is one of the soft skills that can either propel or stall your professional career.

According to author Charles R. Swindoll, attitude is chosen as he believes, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Attitude is the ticket to success!

ATTITUDE DEFINED

Simply put, your attitude is the position you hold or the behaviors that you express towards another person, group of people, a specific place, an object or a subject. Your attitude comes about as the result of the concept, belief or precept that you hold regarding a person, place or thing. The attitudes you take determine the experience and outcome of your relationships with others, a specific environment or place, a particular object or an area of study. Therefore, it is essential that you are aware of the attitudes you take, the position you hold and the concepts that you have.

THE 3 COMPONENTS OF AN ATTITUDE

The three main components of an attitude are:

  • What You THINK: Paying attention to what you think means practicing self-observation and listening to your inner voice.
  • What You DO: Attitude can determine your level of success as it heavily influences your actions.
  • What You FEEL: Your emotions can affect how you react which can either be positive or negative.
You pick the attitude you chose to display.

CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE SELF TALK ON ATTITUDE

According to wellness coach Elizabeth Scott, MS, Negative self-talk is any inner dialogue you have with yourself that may be limiting your ability to believe in yourself and your own abilities, and to reach your potential. It is any thought that diminishes your ability to make positive changes in your life or your confidence in yourself to do so.”

  • Giving in to negative self-talk can:
    • Limit your thinking
    • Make you seek perfectionism
    • Create feelings of depression
    • Cause relationship challenges

HOW TO DEVELOP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Having a positive attitude will undoubtedly create the best outcome professionally and personally. Nevertheless, it must be worked towards in order to achieve. There are various ways to help in developing a positive attitude including; listening to your internal dialogue and keeping it positive, learning to communicate better, getting back to the basics, helping someone other than yourself, and lastly by finding the humor in life including laughing at yourself. No matter which method works for you as an individual, you’re moving in the right direction just by acknowledging the great importance of having a positive attitude.

If you’re a student or alumni currently looking for an internship or employment opportunity, join SPC’s online platform Handshake, for direct career and internship opportunities.

Reference: Elizabeth Scott, M. (2020, February 25). How to Reduce Negative Self-Talk for a Better Life. Retrieved August 01, 2020, from https://www.verywellmind.com/negative-self-talk-and-how-it-affects-us-4161304

Work-Life Balance Is Achievable

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During the course of your lifetime, you will wear many hats. More often than not, success comes from learning to balance the wearing of these hats. Work-life balance is the concept of properly prioritizing between your profession or “work” (career and ambition) and your personal “life or lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). The communal goal of obtaining work-life balance lies in the achievable benefits of balance.

Benefits of Work-Life Balance
  • Increased productivity and improved relationships, on and off the job
  • Reduction of stress by feeling more rested and organized
  • Better physical and mental health
  • More leisure time for yourself or to spend with loved ones
  • Getting more accomplished, leading to career success
Work-Life Balance Is Personal
How Do You Balance It All?

Although a common goal, work-life balance typically means different things to different people. Everyone is responsible for creating their own sense of balance. Balance means you are feeling adequate and successful in both home and work environments. You should not feel overwhelmed, guilty or lacking in these areas. If this describes you, perhaps you have already achieved work-life balance. However, most of us have yet to achieve this level of satisfaction.

In order to prioritize and balance your life, you must first determine what is most important to your happiness. This will change as you age, switch careers, and acquire additional or different responsibilities.

Myths to Dispel

According to Jessica Gendron, President of The Center for Leadership Excellence, there are five work-life balance myths we need to dispel to achieve true work-life balance.

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  • Myth: Balance Equals Perfection
    • Reality: Perfection is not an attainable goal.
  • Myth: Balance Means Everything is Equal All the Time
    • Reality: As priorities shift, so will your focus which makes balance teeter back and forth.
  • Myth: Balance is Easy
    • Reality: We cannot have it all, therefore choices must be made, even if difficult.
  • Myth: You Can Do It On Your Own
    • Reality: Balance requires allies, advocates, supporters, and helpers.
  • Myth: Work-Life Balance is Completely Attainable
    • Reality: Balance is attainable in small portions and must be readjusted often.
Tips to Achieve Work-Life Balance
Set priorities and have a clear plan Stop procrastinating
Unplug when possible and say “No” Find a mentor and ask for support
Identify and remove obstaclesFocus on one thing at a time
Track your time/set boundaries Realize there will be overlap
Do one thing you love, everyday Evaluate balance regularly

For additional career-focused articles, please visit SPC’s Career & Internships blog often. If you would like a one-on-one career session, visit the Career Services webpage to reach a member of the Career Services team. And don’t forget to join Handshake, where you’ll find various employment and internship opportunities.

Reference: Jessica Gendron, “The Five Myths of Work-Life Balance.” The Center for Leadership Excellence, February 5, 2019, accessed April 20, 2020, https://cleindy.com/the-five-myths-of-work-life-balance/.

Career Fair Preparation

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How to make the most out of visiting a career fair

The Purpose of Career Fairs

While many people believe a Career Fair is simply an opportunity to submit your résumé to numerous employers in person, the main objective of visiting one is to obtain employment. Career Fairs are essentially one of the greatest opportunities to network with hiring employers. This includes the chance to speak with industry leaders about your field of choice. 

Career Fair Etiquette

Remember, the moment you walk into the Career Fair, you are being observed. Appear professionally dressed, confident, and prepared. Professional attire is required; however, choose comfortable and lightweight clothing to avoid overheating after long periods of walking and standing.

As you approach employers, be prepared to introduce yourself and, if asked, provide your 30-second commercial or elevator pitch. An elevator pitch answers the prompt, “Tell Me About Yourself.” You should have prepared a few sentences describing yourself, your work history, and your intentions regarding employment with their organization. Remember to share professional information only!

Career Fair Tips

  • Before the Career Fair
    • Prepare/bring plenty of your résumés
    • Research companies in attendance
    • Be prepared for an interview on the spot
    • Stay hydrated! Bring a small bottle of water
  • During the Career Fair
    • Remember, you only get one shot to make a great first impression
    • Look approachable, engaged, and do not forget to smile
    • Check your appearance prior to introducing yourself
    • Have a firm handshake and maintain eye contact
    • Speak clearly with a pleasant tone
    • Retrieve a business card from each employer
    • Do not monopolize a recruiter’s time
    • Always speak with the recruiter before taking any goodies from their table
  • After the Career Fair
    • Send out thank you cards immediately that contain some reminders of your conversation at the career fair
    • Review your LinkedIn profile for accuracy
    • Address any critiques you received in regards to your portfolio
    • If encouraged, reach out to recruiters you met using LinkedIn

Upcoming Career Fair at SPC

Get Hired! Job Fair. Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the St. Pete Gibbs Campus of St. Petersburg College in the SS building lobby.

The St. Petersburg College SP/Gibbs Campus is hosting a Career Fair on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. It will be in the SS building’s lobby. Employers attending include, R’Club Child Care, Inc., Chick-Fil-A, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, New Western Acquisitions, U.S. Border Patrol, Just Grillin’, and others.

To view a full list of employers, log into your Handshake account via MySPC.