Stuck in a Comfort Zone


You’re in a Job Hunt, you may find yourself stuck in a comfort zone.  You know, the place where you dare not tread too far out from.

What Does Your Job Hunt Comfort Zone Look Like?

  • You sit in front a computer screen 7-8 hours a day pursuing job boards like, Monster, Career Builder,  and Careerlink.
  • You may be getting inbox emails from Indeed, Zip Recruiter, The Get Out of Your Comfort ZoneLadders or even LinkedIn.
  • Maybe out of desperation, or simply to try something different you went out to Craig’s List or looked at the Sunday paper. You apply  online for job after job after job using online applications.

The Comfort Zone is not to engage with people, tell them what you are looking for. Doing the scary thing of walking into a place of business and  asking for someone in HR to talk with regarding how you can help them succeed.

Maybe it is going to a networking event where you might have to ask someone to help you in your job search…“Do you know anyone that is looking for a ‘difference maker’ that will help boost their bottom line?” (NOTICE: I did NOT say you should go up to someone and ask them if they have a job.)

The Comfort Zone is not doing the hard things in a job search that will yield better results that applying online. If you only use Applying Online as your single job hunt tactic, you will only extend your period of being unemployed.

Applying Online has a 5% success rate

Applying online only has a 5% success rate, yet it is a valid job hunt tactic.  Just don’t spend too much time on it. You are fighting a computer, There is something called the Application Tracking System, which is a computer program designed to screen you out and not in. If you do not have enough of the right keywords in what you submit, your application will never been seen by anyone.

Should your application actually get kicked out for someone to see, they will give it 10 seconds of review before deciding if it is to go onto the hiring manager.  This is what HR people have told us.  AN EXCEPTION Now if you are going after a government job, then the only way to get in for an interview IS to apply online, but you have to fill in every open field on the application.

What we like to point out is, “Yes, use the job boards to find open positions.” Then do your homework find find a way to networking into the hiring manger, bypassing HR.  That takes networking.  If you cannot network into the company, then go ahead and fill out the online application.  it is about numbers and just maybe God has that position in mind for you and He will open the doors.

What Your Network Looks Like

Your network can be summed up in one acronym. FRAN.

F.R.A.N.

  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Associates
  • Neighbors

You network with these people in the real and virtual world. You need to get out of the house and interface with people ask them if they know anyone inside XYZ company you heard there was a position you are interested in.  Virtual Network using LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+. LinkedIn is the Professional Social Networking Tool you need to be using.

Networking will also help you discover the un-advertised jobs in the “Hidden Job Market/” Did you know that 80% of all jobs are never advertised?  The only way to find out about them it through networking.

So it is time for you to get up out of that comfort zone chair and get out and network.


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.