In the past two days, three job seekers have complained to me about their experience with resume writers:
“This resume doesn’t say anything about me.”
“They left out the most important part.”
“They just didn’t get me.”
The common thread? Each of these three people paid $150 or less for their resume. They went the inexpensive route, a seemingly smart maneuver when money’s tight. But now, they have a resume that isn’t serving their needs, and they’re out 150 bucks.
Anyone of sane mind wants to save money when they’re out of work or under the ominous shadow of looming unemployment. It’s hard to justify shelling out $1,000+ on a resume when there’s no revenue coming in. Ironically, it’s those who attempt to save money upfront who end up spending more in the long-run.
Allow me to explain:
- If you’re used to making $50,000/year and you’re out of work, you’re losing $1,000/week. The average job search takes 3-6 months which puts you $12,000 in the hole for starters. With an optimized resume written by an experienced professional, you’ll expedite your job search, lessening your time out of work and halting the negative cash flow.
- If you opt for a cheap resume writer at $150-$500, chances are you’ll get a cheap resume and wind up spending either more of your time rewriting it OR more of your money paying another professional to rewrite it for you. In the end, you spend more and waste more time–the two activities unemployed job seekers loathe most.
- When you do land a job, a professionally written resume will help you negotiate a higher salary, earning you thousands of more dollars in the long run — more than paying for your initial investment.
So take the wiser (and predictably less expensive) route: Opt for a seasoned, quality resume writer with the credentials, years’ experience, and personal touch to make you look good on paper. You’ll be glad you did