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Sometimes searching for a job or embarking on a career change can be scary and often discouraging. One of the most important things to remember is to keep a positive attitude about the process because believe it or not, it DOES make a difference.

"I send so many applications and I never get the job."

Focus on quality instead of quantity. Be sure to customize your resume and cover letter to each job that you apply for and clarify how you would use your skills and experiences to meet the needs of the organization.

"I'm too young/too old to get the job."

If the job you are interviewing for positions that require more experience or education than you have, focus on the experience and education that you DO have.

"My experience isn't specific enough for this position."

The longer you search for jobs, the more likely you will be to apply for positions that do not fit your specific experience. Don't worry. Going into an interview with the exact experience needed for the job is not common. Just make sure you highlight how your specific experiences make you a perfect fit for the job.

"My work record isn't great so nobody is going to hire me."

It isn't the fact that you were unemployed or let go at some point in your career. What's important is that you are able to accept responsibility, explain what happened, and share what you learned from the experience.

Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.

What we think, we become. - Margaret Thatcher

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