Recently, my wife and I were being helped at our local wireless store when approximately six to eight customers entered the store within five minutes of each other. You could see the look of disgust on some customer’s faces as they knew they were going to have quite a wait in order to be helped as there were only two sales associates working. Two customers removed their names from the waiting list and left. After we left the wireless store, we decided to go through a fast-food restaurant drive-thru and grab a bite to eat before heading home. When we arrived at the restaurant, there were close to ten cars in line. After weighing our options, we decided to skip the wait and head home. In both situations, local businesses lost clients, and more importantly revenue, because of the inability to service customers in a timely fashion. Nowhere in the company “Profit and Loss” statement does it account for lost business. Sure the money isn’t in the bank, but nowhere under “Expenses” does it provide a number for lost opportunity.
How much could you possibly earn if you had the right résumé? Gone are the days where employers went only on referrals or only had you fill out a job application. You have one chance to set yourself apart from the other hundreds or even thousands of applicants vying for your desired position, and that chance is your résumé. You can’t explain the reasons in person for your career change, or why you stayed home with your kids, or why you only stayed at a job for a year – or countless other things that come up in the course of life – you have to rely on a résumé to tell your story accurately, positively, and in a way that makes an impression. What if that impression is conveying the wrong message? What happens if your résumé isn’t generating calls from potential employers? How much is your résumé costing you in lost opportunity?
As of May 2021, The average job search lasts 19.3 weeks!! If you are seeking a salary of $70,000, the cost of you NOT working is $1346.15 per week or almost $26,000!! If hiring a résumé writer helps get you back to work even one week sooner, you have made a positive return on your investment. Check out our Return On Investment calculator to see how much your résumé is costing you in potential lost income.
Why risk losing nearly $26,000 when you can solve this issue by hiring a professional résumé writer? A certified résumé writer can insert carefully crafted, accurate key phrases on your résumé, that describe duties you have done and achievements you have made – without overstating things. If you fall among the average American job seeker, the time from sending out résumés, to interview scheduling, to second interviews, to offer letter, to start date takes months.
You wouldn’t make an investment of $26,000 knowing that the money was never coming back, but without a top-notch résumé that generates interviews and job offers, it equates to potentially the same thing. Creating a compelling, accurate résumé that truly speaks to the audience is the way to land interviews. From there, it only gets easier. The more interviews you have, the better chance you have of receiving a job offer. Once you are in front of the hiring manager, you can create rapport, connect in-person, and explain any potential concerns that might come up in your work history. Getting the initial interview is the hardest part. How much time and lost income have you spent in your job search?