If you could put your fnger on the one “thing” or obstacle that keeps people unemployed, I wonder what that one “thing be for you?”Â Frankly, I have no magic insight into what challenges most people.Â I’m not sure that anyone does, least of all the career guru’s out there, hawking their wares.Â
Full disclosure, I have been, and continue to recommend two software/templates on my website:Â OneClick Cover Letter Creator and the Guerilla Resume.Â If you’re interested, you can head over there and read my thoughts.Â But I got to thinking about this business because I saw a website where a writer is offering to write resumes, cover letters, etc. for packages that begin at $345 and goes up past $700.Â Boy that is pricey.Â Of course, if it works, then well, it was worth it.
How important is the resume, or anything else for that matter?Â Is anything worth spending $700 on?Â What if you’re an executive level person seeking a 6 figure job, would that be a reasonable investment?Â I don’t know.Â What do you think?
The alternative would be to buy a $20 book or head to the library and do it yourself.Â How effective would those be?Â
Personally, I can’t remember the last time I actually wrote a resume.Â Back 2002, or so, right before I left Korea to return to the US, I had an online company write my resume for me.Â It cost around a 100 bucks.Â It was a stunningly, good looking resume.Â I was very proud to show it around.Â Â The layout, the fonts, the design just looked so professional.Â Of the 2 jobs I have had since, the resume really played no part in my getting hired.
Right after we came back, we relocated to Hawaii.Â Following the advice of a mentor on my support team, I began mapping out all the companies that could, possibly, use me.Â Once I identified a few companies, I made some calls, sourced some information, and found out who the decision makers were.Â Make a long story short – found out their needs, started cold calls, and sold one of cold calls on the benefits of hiring me.Â Process took about 2 months.
Second time was after we had moved to Florida where I began doing some independant contractor work.Â When that did not work out, I went back to looking for a job.Â Again I began researching, reaching out to alumni and brainstorming with a couple of trusted friends.Â It all lead me to niche job fair in Austin, TX (I’m big into going where the research takes me).Â Before going, I prepared a dossier on all the companies I wanted to meet.Â I took a look at what challenges they faced (from the news) and prepared statements on how I could help them.Â Again, long story short – some interviews, couple of companies flew me out to their offices, and I took a position as a retail manager.Â Not at all what I looking to do, but I always go where the leads take me.Â I keep my mind open and always look at all the possibilities (with family of course).
I drove from Orlando, FL to Ausin, TX non stop (about 20 hours I think) to get to the niche job fair.Â Crazy at the time but well worth it in the end.
I guess it is aÂ long way of saying that resumes and mailings never really worked for me.Â All the jobs I have ever had, came from networking, contacts, or cold calls (after a lot of research).Â Â I never got a nibble worth anything from applying to a help wanted ad or one of huge job fairs at the convention center.
But what work’s for you?Â Share your thoughts.
Next,Â I think I’ll talk about why I think people quit looking.