So Why Are You Still Here?


That was a question our Career Counselor would ask when he would come to present once or twice a year. His point was “Why after 6 months are you still coming to the weekly meetings at the OCN? Why haven’t you found a job?”

He usually found out that people would be using the same tactics looking for work for the last six months. There are 12 Job Hunt Tactics that Dick Bolles promotes in his book “What Color is Your Parachute?” If one is not working, drop it and start using another.

You need to get out of your comfort zone

Too many job seekers sit in front of their computer and fill out online application after online application.  Yes, this is a tactic in your job hunt, BUT it does not have a high success rate. Getting out of your comfort zone is required.  You will need to get out and network; talk to people face-to-face. You need to sell yourself as the solution to an employer’s problem.

“Yikes, I am not a sales person” you say

Sure some people are more comfortable than others in selling, but now you are the product or service, the solution a company needs to solve its problem.  You will need to convince a hiring manager that you will be able to take his or her pain away so they can sleep at night.

“Everyone is a natural-born salesperson” which is something I often repeat at the meetings. “You just forgot how!”  What happened when you were born?  You cried.  You got fed…first sale!  When you were a child you often cried, or pouted or crafted ways to get something you wanted.  Now not all parents gave you everything as that would not be learning a good behavior for life, but as time went on when you stopped trying to “sell” your ideas and to conform to society.  Now I am not saying your parents are at fault. Just that you stopped working at selling and dropped into a comfort zone.

God has that job for you, you just need to keep looking

In sales, every “no” you get closer to the “YES.” Same thing in your job hunt. You may get a lot of “no’s” before the YES. Networking will yield a greater return in finding the hidden jobs; those are the jobs that are never advertised.

Keep looking, find an accountability partner to keep you focused and pick you up when you are down.  It’s natural to feel rejected when you get that “no.” Just realize there is a YES out there.


About OCN

Jeff Quandt is an Inbound and Digital Marketing Strategist and owns On-Q Marketing LLC. He helps the members of the OCN through understanding their personal brand, how they have to market themselves as the solution to a hiring manager’s problem, and offers a personal LinkedIn Counseling session for any member of the group.
Jeff is a corporate refuge that has been laid off several times, so he is very familiar with the job hunt process, the ups and downs, and the success at the end of the tunnel. Keeping a positive attitude with the end goal in mind is crucial to a job seekers success.
Today as a business owner, he is constantly looking for work, he knows the process well and it makes no difference if you work for someone else or yourself, you need to be the solution to someone’s problem to get paid.