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Step Out of Your Job Search Comfort Zone

Step Out of Your Job Search Comfort Zone

Phil Rosenberg | President, ReCareered

Job seekers are notoriously afraid to embrace change even though their entire goal is based on change (though sometimes the change is thrust upon us).

Some candidates are afraid to approach new career paths, others are afraid to change industry or function, and almost all are afraid to change their approach.

I spoke to a candidate today, whose job search strategy was “the same thing I did seven years ago.” When I asked him why he felt what worked seven years ago would still work today, he listed the following reasons:

1. It’s what has always worked for him
2. A CEO complimented him on his resume
3. Of his friends, he was considered the expert in how to search for a job

This illustrates an interesting phenomena. While many job seekers realize the job market has drastically changed, most still won’t change their strategies. This unfortunate fellow fought change, tooth and nail, even after discussing how much the job market has changed and how much more competitive it is, especially in his field, pharmaceuticals.

A rational person would react to a changed environment with changed strategies and tactics to match the new market realities. This individual was well-educated, intelligent, and had a couple dozen patents — in scientific knowledge, he was in the stratosphere.

Yet, his resume was terrible (unclear goals, didn’t differentiate, didn’t give reasons why he should be hired, poorly structured, didn’t demonstrate subject matter expertise, didn’t demonstrate value he provided to past employers, and I could keep going on).

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