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'Put on a Happy Face'

Q. I'm new at job hunting. I worked at the same job 20 years, and now that the company's closed I've had to hit the streets. I'm discouraged but am trying to put on a pleasant face. Do you think I should keep pretending to be upbeat when I feel rotten? That's REALLY hard.

Ans. Difficult or not,  "Put on a happy face."  Very few applicants are actually feeling happy when they walk in for an interview these days, but no one wants to spend time with a grump. Some recent studies show that while success in the first interview usually depends upon showing your qualifications and experience-showing a positive attitude in later interviews will help you get a job offer in the next meetings.


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