Hiring a professional to assist you in your current job search is a wise investment of your time and money. Unfortunately, many people don’t see the benefit and insist on tackling the job hunt by themselves. One place they often start is with their profile on LinkedIn. They change their job title to read “Currently Seeking Employment” and their place of employment as “Currently Looking.” I cannot stress enough how…
this is not a wise move. Instead of just letting others know that you are currently on the job hunt, you have managed to announce to the world that you are desperately seeking employment. Instead, I recommend removing it and either leaving your last position, or, better yet, entering a hobby or freelance job you are making a few bucks at. It is completely acceptable to have your profile show your last date of employment as being three months ago or even longer. I understand that people are not comfortable displaying that information, but how can that be any worse than clearly broadcasting your frantic search for a job? Hiring a professional to assist you with your Resume and coach you on interviewing skills can expedite your job search, meaning you can stop worrying about what to put on your LinkedIn profile.
Why you should be hiring a professional!
If you are not getting any interviews or are only getting one measly interview a week from a company that really isn’t your “dream job,” it is time you consider hiring a professional to assist you with your Resume. There is no reason to say you can’t afford one. If you hired a professional Resume writer, you wouldn’t have to apply for 50 jobs a week and spend over 40 hours in front of your computer applying and checking your email only to receive an automatic rejection letter. Consider about all the time you are spending, and the amount of money you have missed out on. Hiring a professional Resume writer may cost you $100-$500, but think about the amount of money you are losing weekly by not hiring one. Let’s say you make $40,000 a year, and you have spent 3 months looking for a job. You have missed out on almost $10,000. Hiring a professional can cut your job search time down considerably, thus actually saving you money in the end and helping you achieve your goal of getting numerous interviews, which lead to job offers.
Still Not convinced?
As any professional will attest, you only have one chance, one shot to get noticed by a company’s decision maker and for him to accept or reject your Resume for an interview. Therefore, my suggestion is to limit the damage you are doing to your prospective job offers and stop applying for jobs until you have worked with a professional Resume writer who will create a Resume for you that will get noticed. Professionals are trained to understand the intricacies of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) that scan for keywords. These systems will reject Resumes that do not feature the key terms the company is looking for. It is the professional’s job to know those key terms and the best ways to incorporate them into your Resume. They can also explain when it is the best time to apply for jobs, how to get your Resume to the right people, and how to increase the interviews and diminish the wasted time looking.
Still not convinced? Consider again how much money you have already lost by being unemployed. Now consider the fact that many people gain an average of 15% to their base salary when they move positions. Makes the fee for a professional seem more palatable, doesn’t it?
- Cut your job search time down considerably
- Create a Resume for you that will get noticed
- Consider again how much money you have already lost
- Limit the damage