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45% of unemployed people believe they are not good negotiators, reveals totaljobs

It is widely known that unemployment has a negative impact on a person’s finances, health, and personal life. Results from a totaljobs survey have revealed that it could also have a negative impact on your self-confidence, potentially affecting your future career prospects.


After collecting data from 6,829 participants, totaljobs found that there was a difference in the self-esteem and confidence, of employed vs. unemployed men and women.

According to the survey findings, 45% of unemployed people believe they are not good negotiators. 39% said that working cautiously is not important and 18% said they are not good at taking the initiative. In addition, 34% said they cannot deal with office politics and 23% said it is not important who they work with.


In comparison, just 36% of employed people said they were not good negotiators. While 32% said that working autonomously is not important, just 9% said they are not good at taking the initiative. 26% said that they cannot deal with office politics but only 16% said it’s not important who they work with.


John Salt, group sales director at totaljobs, said, “Confident candidates are attractive to potential employers. Of course skills and experience are big factors for consideration, but employers like to hire people they relate to. So for candidates, having self-belief is key. Maintaining a positive attitude will not only make you feel good about yourself, but will be appealing to future employers and even increase your chances of getting hired."


Lindsay Richards, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford believes employment status is often overlooked as a factor influencing mental health. She commented, “We can forget that work is good for us. Work provides us with social interaction, with the opportunity to show our worth and use our skills, for feelings of personal control.” 


The full report of the survey, written by BBC journalist Katie Hope, can be found here: http://www.totaljobs.com/insidejob/company-size-survey-results/


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