The importance of the right job cannot be underestimated. Most people spend 8 to 10 hours a day at work. Co-workers become like family. In the best case scenarios your job is motivating and provides a sense of accomplishment. Development and growth opportunities are abundant. Salary is in line with work performed. You have a boss who not only respects you, but likes you.
HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE???
Unfortunately, many jobs don’t quite measure up and some jobs are real nightmares. So why are you willing to settle for less than you deserve? Why do you stay in jobs that make you unhappy? And, if you decide to make a move, why are you unwilling to invest the time, effort and money required to help you successfully reach your career destination? What makes you choose the easiest and cheapest methods to get you there instead of investing in yourselve? Maybe you don’t realize that there is NO EASY WAY to success.
I very often hear:
“I’m having a friend take a look at my resume for me.”
“I’ll just get my info off the internet.”
“I downloaded a resume and cover letter template and I can just fill them in.”
“My sister did a practice interview with me”.
REALLY? Are these “free” resources worthy of your job search?
Complex and unknown obstacles are faced by job seekers every day. Unless you’re a recruiter or experienced career consultant it would be nearly impossible to have a thorough understanding of how to successfully navigate the process. Can you really properly develop a compelling resume and cover letter that differentiates you from the rest of the applicants? Are you aware of how to get past the black hole of Application Tracking Software? Did you know that a complete LinkedIn profile is critical to job search success? Do you know that the interview is not about you?
So many obstacles to overcome yet job seekers look for free, cheap and convenient options. From my experience, in most cases, these options do not work well and they prolong the job search. By the time a job seeker comes to me for help, they are highly frustrated and have spent months of their time going nowhere. And they can’t figure out why.
“Do it yourself” might be faster and easier but is it really? Are “free” resources really free when it takes months or years to find another job? Cheap can always be found but you get what you pay for.
Friends and relatives might have good intentions and want to help but they don’t know any more than you do about how to land a great job. The close relationship prevents them from providing an unbiased opinion. Your mother, best friend, or co-worker will never tell you that your resume needs help and you should get it done by a professional. They won’t tell you that your interview skills need to be more polished and professional. Those things are just too hard to say to someone you love, like or work with. It’s a no-win situation for both of you.
You will get the highest and fastest return on investment by using a professional who will position you in the best light and set you up for success!
“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of those around you.” Robin S Sharma