1) In case you are unaware, there are currently 60 million unemployed people in the USA and another 60 million that are only able to work part-time, seeking to advance in their careers or trying to make a career change. This means there is more competition than ever before (60M + 60M = 120M a historical high).
2) Next, there is a cost benefit analysis of whether to delegate the job to an expert or not. In the current economy, if you do it yourself you will certainly save about $300-$400 instantly. However, as weeks turn into months and months slip into years of unemployment or limited earnings part-time the financial loss of an average salary of $4,000 per month times an average job search of 12 months equals a true cost of $48,000 in lost wages. What if expert assistance from a veteran Certified Professional Resume Writer cut that loss by 67% or at least 50%? Essentially, it is right back to Ben Franklin’s advice, “A penny saved is a penny earned” with a modest adjustment for annual inflation, you could save $24,000 to $36,000 even if you only have only average earnings.
3) If you have done well, your resume will be compared side by side with the top 5% of resumes that made the cut to be reviewed and interviewed by a human. Most of those are professionally written. Wouldn’t you get more interviews if you were at least be on equal footing?
4) Most people cannot brag about themselves effectively, let alone market and sell their skills, talents and abilities in a way that will actually motivate hiring managers. Professional writers are adept at doing this without showing arrogance or exaggeration.
5) The average American’s writing, editing and proofreading grade level is too low only because college education is so expensive here. Thus, great writers will have a serious advantage over you.
6) Many mistakes are hard to catch, even with spell checking from Microsoft® Word. Commonly confused words like homonyms (to, two, too or their and there) are very hard to catch. Then there are errors in logic, general grammar errors and typos that form another word unintentionally.
7) Another person’s opinion and interview questions will often reveal plenty of new, relevant information that you did not think to include on your resume. This in itself may cinch your hire.
8) The average American business professional or Fortune 500 executive still does not understand that one of the primary missions of your résumé should be to build their value. Why miss your chance to cash in and earn a significant raise?
9) If your resume and cover letter deserves to be in the top 5% of resumes an employer collects for a job posting, odds are you will earn plenty of interviews. More importantly, you will likely have multiple offers to choose from and thus position yourself for a better compensation and benefits package. Is a $100,000 compensation package with top-tier benefits better than a $75,000 annual salary?
10) After you hire a Certified Professional Resume Writer, you will be keenly aware of your worth in the market place; thus, you will not be accepting low-ball salary offers from third-tier employers. Confidence is essential in your salary negotiation process as employers have a strategic edge right now due to the overabundance of well-qualified candidates.
11) Most people completely miss out on the many critical points of résumé strategy: Targeting, specific performance metrics, making claims supported by evidence, focusing on results rather than responsibilities, stating a specific goal, strategy for career changes or industry changes, compatibility, file size restrictions, editing for brevity and relevancy, prioritizing, applicant tracking system strategy, convincing writing, accomplishments, style, proper formatting, tuning into what the employers want and keyword strategy.
12) You cannot circumvent the laws of supply and demand because they are omnipotent. Thus, many job hunters with merely average resumes and cover letters are forced to settle for an employer that requires them to relocate (very expensive) or settle for third-tier employers. Odds are there is undiscovered opportunity where you are now or you should be earning a salary that better reflects your current market value.
The truth is, your destiny awaits you. It really is no big deal to conform to what exactly employers want to see in your resume or cover letters. Regardless of which path you choose make sure your career documents are excellent because they are still the foundation of your job hunt.