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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone - Why are job seekers are afraid to change?

By: Phil Rosenberg | Nov 9 2009 | 255 words | 1009 hits

Job seekers are notoriously afraid to embrace changeÃâ‚even though their entire goal is based on change (sure - sometimes the change is thrust upon us). Some candidates are afraid to approach new career paths, others afraid to change industry or function, almost all are afraid to change their approach.

I spoke to a candidate today, whose job search strategy was Ãâ‚Åthe same thing I did 7 years agoÃâ‚. When I asked why he felt what worked 7 years ago would work well today, he listed these reasons:

  • It's what has always worked for him
  • A CEO complimented him on his good resume
  • Of his friends, he was considered the expert in how to search for a job

This illustrates an interesting phenomenaÃâ‚while many job seekers realize the job market has dramatically 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 patentsÃâ‚in scientific knowledge, he was in the stratosphere. Yet, his resume was terrible (unclear goals, didn't differentiate, didn't give reason he should be hired, poorly structured, didn't demonstrate subject matter expertise, didn't demonstrate value he provided to past employersÃâ‚and I could keep going on).

So how can candidates break free from the vicious cycle of fear of change? Read the entire article at: http://recareered.blogspot.com/2009/11/step-out-of-your-comfort-zone.html


About author:
Phil Rosenberg is President of reCareered and runs Career Change Central, recently named one of Linkedin's top groups that job seekers must join. An active blogger about career transition, Phil's articles have been republished by Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, CIO, FastCompany and dozens of job/recruiting sites.
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