Let's face it, the professional job search is a heck of lot longer, more tedious, and more frustrating than any of us can bear.
Between ducking out for lunch-time interviews and cranking through networking calls, your job search is hectic enough to get you frazzled, hassled, and more than just a bit "down in the dumps."
Banging out another four phone calls after an exhausting day in the office -- while it could be just the jackpot you've been waiting for -- is still awfully tough to get excited about.
And the negative thoughts or bad mood that a rough day can generate have a way of creeping into your voice. You might not even realize it, but you may come across sounding tired or crabby or exhausted, and that undercuts the whole purpose of making the calls to begin with.
So here's my bit of job hunting success advice to make your calls sound great:
Buy a mirror.
Now, I know that sounds like a small thing, and probably a funny thing, but a mirror can help wipe away the negative feelings you might unconsciously be transmitting over the airwaves.
Buy a mirror, and keep it by the phone. Just before you make your networking and interviewing calls, take a good long look in the mirror.
And what do we do when we look in the mirror?
So before your calls, take a minute to have a nice, big, warm, fun smile with yourself.
Think of summer days, or your first kiss, or the birth of your first child, and enjoy watching how big and wide a smile you have.
And the amazing thing, which scientific research has actually backed up, is that our facial expressions can really change our emotions.
So you'll find that even after a bad news day, grinning a grin -- a big old grin -- for 5 minutes can actually make you feel better. I've tried it myself over the years, and it's really true.
Those positive feelings help your spirits, help you sound great on the phone, and help you get your next job that much quicker.
So that's my simple advice for this week, folks: mirror = smile = good attitude = positive impression. I hope you find it as useful as I have!
Marc Cenedella is the Chairman of TheLadders, the premier mobile and online job-matching service for career-driven professionals, which has transformed the way job candidates and employers connect online. Follow Marc on Twitter at @Cenedella.