Step out of comfort zone in job search

DFN: I’ve been thinking awhile about doing a video resume; this article mentions an online service which does video resume. Have NOT yet checked this out.

Hired: Step out of comfort zone in job search
By MARVIN WALBERG, Scripps Howard News Service

A couple of weeks ago we talked about controlling what photos of you appear on Facebook, particularly if you are job searching and care about any "accidental" negative first impressions that might pop up on Facebook.

The face alerts face recognition service that we talked about can be found on, not facebook. Just log on to and you will be introduced to the service. Remember, prospective employers will check you out, so be cautious when posting for fun on social network sites. Have fun, communicate, but maintain your respectability.

Last week I mentioned Tom Dezell’s new book, "Networking for the Novice, Nervous, or Naive Job Seeker (Universe, Inc.)." I want to repeat something that Dezell says in his introduction.

"The statistics are encouraging — nearly 80 percent of job openings are never advertised and more than two thirds of candidates get a job through networking. The bottom line is discouraging — the majority of job seekers spend most of their job search time sitting at their computer navigating through various employment sites and responding to advertised openings. Why? Fear…fear of rejection, fear of the unknown, and fear of trying things out of their normal comfort zone."

My mantra through the years has been: Do what others fail to do.

You must step out of that comfort zone box and learn how to do what others fail to do. If you stay in your comfort box, you miss out on the majority of opportunities and purposely throw yourself into global competition.

Try Dezell’s book. It’s not a thick, hard-to-read tome. It’s easy to follow and gets you to the point quickly. Networking for the Novice, Nervous, or Naive Job Seeker, published by Universe, Inc.

Now, if you really want to try something new, something that others fail to do, something completely out of your comfort zone, take a look at a new free service to create a u-tube type of talking resume. It’s a tool that allows users to add their own voice to Power Point slides and other documents, including resumes. It’s very interesting and free. For more information, log onto

In the meantime, celebrate the holidays and use it for opportunities to network with everyone. If you’re looking for employment and not letting everyone know, you’re not networking.

(Marvin Walberg is a job search coach. Contact him at mwalberg(at),, or PO Box 43056, Birmingham, AL 35243.)



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