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Study: Optimism pays in job search

Looking for a job? You've got to be optimistic about getting it, or you won't have a chance. That's the thrust of a new study by researchers at Duke and Yale universities.

The research shows that people who have an optimistic outlook on life will have better career prospects than those with a pessimistic disposition. It also shows that optimists spend less time and effort searching for jobs and receive offers more quickly. They also are more likely to be promoted in the first two years on the job.

The study of 232 MBA students was conducted by Ron Kaniel and David T. Robinson of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, in collaboration with Cade Massey of the Yale School of Management.

The researchers said they were careful to factor in variables such as charisma.

About the author

Cade Massey

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management