Why You CAN Afford to Hire a Pro Resume Writer
Is cost holding you back from hiring an expert to craft your career info into a magnificent resume and LinkedIn profile? Prepare to think differently about investing in yourself.
We all know the saying, “you get what you pay for,” so I’m going to present this to you a few different ways.
First, as a financially conservative (often downright frugal) gal myself, I understand the value of a buck, but the one thing I NEVER go cheap on is footwear. I’ve found that the quality gap between a cheap shoe and a more costly, well-made, well-designed shoe is miles wide. Even if a cheap shoe looks great at first, it typically doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny and all too quickly becomes a shabby shoe that ends up spending most of its time hidden in the back of my closet before making its way into the trash.
I find the total opposite to be true when I spend more than I’d like on a high-quality shoe backed by a brand I trust. Nothing makes me smile brighter than being complimented in line at the coffee shop for my pricey, quality shoes, which people can’t help but notice.
When I spend good money, I find that my shoes go the distance, and no matter how much I hesitated or cringed at paying what I did up front, I never regretted it, as I was rocking’ my kicks years later. In fact, I often end up writing rave reviews (yes, I’m one of those people who actually does that), and my satisfaction turns into brand loyalty that’s reinforced with each additional purchase.
Do you see where I’m going with this? Just as with shoes, you get what you pay for when you invest in a career pro to write your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Here’s another perspective. Take a moment to think about how much money you’ve shelled out on your education and/or certifications. Not cheap, right?
So, with that figure in mind, don’t you think the written words you’re counting on to launch or take your career to the next level are worth a little bit of an investment?
Now, as a pro resume writer, I try to quantify and include numbers whenever I can, to make the case for my clients’ value, so I’ll do a little of that here.
If you work full time, then you spend 2,080 hours a year (and likely more) on the job. Think about that. More than 2K hours each year, and if you don’t love it, don’t feel appreciated, or don’t get paid what you’re worth, that time can feel like torture. And, if you’re dragging your career baggage home with you, it’s infecting far more than just those 2K+ hours.
To add to that, many pros spend more time and money planning and indulging in their vacations – stints lasting anywhere from a long weekend to a couple of weeks (about 64 to 224 awake hours) – than they do planning and investing in their 2K-plus-hour-a-year careers.
If you’re unemployed, this investment makes even more sense. How so? Well, if you look at it from a 40-hour work week standpoint, and your desired salary is:
- $60K a year, then unemployment costs you $1,154 a week
- $90K a year, then unemployment costs you $1,731 a week
- $120K a year, then unemployment costs you $2,307 a week
Even if you make closer to $30K a year, being without a paycheck costs you $577 per week. With the average job search lasting 40 weeks (or 1 month of job search for every $10K you expect to earn), don’t you think it’s worth it to get back to work even 1 to 2 weeks sooner?
I love my job, so the 2K+ hours a year I dedicate to perfecting and advancing my craft and expertise is just part of What You Stand to Gain by Hiring a Career Pro.
Do your homework. Find the right writer or coach for YOU, because when you do, chances are you’ll be thrilled to have made an investment in career fulfillment.
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20 January 2015