Are you on the hunt for the perfect position? The job search can be frustrating, but stay optimistic and focused. Be selective when looking for work, and prepare thoughtfully when you finally get an interview opportunity. When you’re taking the next step in your career, try embracing the words of successful leaders to prompt an impressive interview performance. These wise words should bolster courage and innovation:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

Show that you think about the big picture. Hiring managers are looking for ambitious workers that can avoid petty office drama. Employees that are unfocused and easily distracted hurt company morale as well as the bottom line. If you can prove you understand the company’s mission and trajectory, you’ll be an appealing candidate. Synthesizing lots of information and critically thinking about overall goals shows you’ve got serious leadership potential.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” —Steve Jobs

When you’re looking for a job that fits your skills, contemplate what you expect your position to be as you apply. Do you enjoy learning from others, or are you ready to take your abilities to the next level and step into a leadership role? As Jobs indicates, innovation is key. Reflect on past experiences: have demonstrated ways to improve workflow or improve customer satisfaction? Do you spend time wondering how to increase efficiency? Find the next step in your career that supports that objective.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” —Maya Angelou

Be sure when you accept a position that you’re confident it will satisfy you. Ending your job search only to settle into an unsatisfying job can take a toll on you. When browsing positions, read the descriptions carefully to pick up on what your colleagues may be like and what the company culture may be like. If you’re being tapped for a promotion to a new position, don’t be afraid to ask questions to get a good sense of what will be expected. You want to have a realistic picture of what your workday will look like, and if you’ll be happy with the choice you make.

“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” —Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Power through the tough situations with confidence. Determination is everything when it comes to accomplishing projects and exceeding expectations. Aiming for a job above your current status? Show your focus and diligence by entering an interview with confidence and know how to impress a hiring manager. Highlight your past experience and show them you’ll stop at nothing to succeed in a new position.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ” —Les Brown

While it may be easy to seek out a comfortable position, isn’t it essential to live our best life possible? Don’t be afraid to apply for your dream job, even if it seems out of reach. If you’re worried about succeeding in a new industry, take steps to bolster your abilities. Expand your skill set by taking a class or talking to professionals in the field. Everyone was a beginner once, so don’t be intimidated! Create your own opportunities, don’t wait for the next time around.

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