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Definition: Your mindset is your attitude; it shapes how you understand and respond to situations. While it is important to have the necessary skill sets for a job, more and more employers are focusing on hiring employees with a specific mindset. For example, many employers look for candidates who are determined, dependable, innovative, and collaborative.

Job listings often include a description of their ideal mindset (i.e. we are looking for applicants who can successfully collaborate with others).

In your resume and cover letter, include information on your mindset as it relates to the job description. For example, if a job listing wants a collaborative employee, provide examples of group projects you have completed, or mention your interest in collaboration in your resume objective.

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