What an “attitude of gratitude” has to do with career success …


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The calendar now says “November,” which for many people calls up the once-a-year focus on gratitude … at least until Thanksgiving, after which the quality seems to disappear for some as quickly as leftovers from the family feast.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Cultivating a practice of gratitude - that is, consciously and intentionally appreciating who and what you are, as well as what life has brought you - confers a host of health benefits, including reduced feelings of depression and anxiety; better sleep; improved overall cardiac health; and stronger memory power. It’s something that can be done year round, no matter where you live or how (or if) you celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional American style.
So what does all of this have to do with career success? Plenty. Researchers believe that one of the major reasons gratitude is conducive to good health is that expressing gratitude to others for their part in making our lives better strengthens our social connectedness. It also apparently sets the stage for a mindset that leads to good working relationships, no matter where one works.
According to Liz Taylor, a certified career coach writing on LinkedIn,
“Results from the Institute for Applied Positive Research that show 75 percent of job success can be predicted by a person’s work optimism, approach to stress, and level of support provided to others. … Since social connection is at the core of building a strong personal and professional network, then imagine what gratitude can do for career success.”
Taylor suggests a taking on a challenge posed by Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.” Achor recommends starting one’s workday by writing a positive email or text praising or thanking one person each day for 21 days. At the end of the challenge, it’s become a habit, and the gratitude benefits can continue indefinitely.
If you’re interested in taking on this “gratitude challenge,” and need a few more contacts to fill out your calendar, consider attending or participating in some of the events hosted by ASU Career Services in the next few weeks. Good luck!

Live events

Maroon & Gold Professionals Networking Mixer: 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Thirsty Lion, 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale.

Sharpen your networking skills in a room full of “warm contacts” - people with whom you share (at the very least) a connection to Arizona State University.

Hire Arizona Career Fair: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Duce, 525 S. Central Ave., Phoenix.  
Join this alumni-only exclusive event and ramp up your career prospects! Representatives from companies in the education, investment banking, marketing, technology, media, consulting, healthcare, sales, government and nonprofit sectors will be on hand to discuss job openings and career paths with their organizations.

Virtual Career Workshops

Ask the Career Coach Virtual Series: 4:30-6 p.m. Phoenix/Mountain Standard Time, Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Looking for some resume tips? Aren't sure how to prepare for your next interview? What about how to negotiate a pay package? Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with ASU Career Advisors!

What Does It Take to be an Entrepreneur?: noon-1:30 p.m. Phoenix/Mountain Standard Time, Thursday, Nov. 17.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs from your city and around the world! Join fellow participants to share your experiences, exchange tips, and build your professional network -- all online! You can also discover entrepreneurial resources offered by ASU that will help get you on your way.   


Weekly Webinar Series Topics
These webinars will help you get ready to show your best professional face to the world, interview well, and land your dream career!
This month’s topics include:
  • Nov. 9 - Career Change: Getting From Here To There
  • Nov. 16 - Becoming An Entrepreneur
  • Nov. 30 - Preparing For Career Fairs And Expos
  • Dec. 7 - Interviewing For Your Perfect Career

The weekly webinars will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Arizona time (Mountain Standard Time) and are FREE. To sign up, visit https://alumni.asu.edu/content/alumni-career-services-weekly-webinars.  


Career coaching for Sun Devil alumni - now available on demand!

ASU career advisors offer professional guidance in all aspects of career development including resume writing, interview preparation and job search strategies. To learn more about career advising, including how to make an appointment to meet with a career advisor at one of ASU’s four campuses or remotely, visit Sun Devil CareerLink at https://eoss.asu.edu/cs/sdcl.


Learn more about programs and offerings from ASU Alumni Career Services


~ Liz Massey, Managing Editor, ASU Alumni Association