Because Labor Day weekend is upon us, I am passing along to you some insights I have picked up over many years while working to help resolve employment disputes. I hope that they can help you or people close to you in applying for, keeping and being successful in a job.
The first insight came from a manager of a large company who said that workers are hired for ability and fired for attitude. Like anyone else, employers are attracted to people who have an optimistic and "can do" spirit, and who appear happy to be on the team. And not only does optimism provide a better work environment, it also attracts and retains customers.
Another important thing for workers (and businesses) to keep in mind is that if you give value to your employer (and customers) you will always be in demand. In other words, if you bring more benefit to companies than it costs them, or you charge less for your work or products than they are worth, you will always have work if you want it.