Dear Career Confidence Coach,
My hours at work have been reduced from a 50 hour work week to 15 hours a week. I can’t support myself on 15 hours a week so I must find another job right away.
I haven’t written a résumé in years and haven’t a clue where to even start. I can’t afford to have someone do it for me. Any suggestions on where to begin? I have been struggling trying to put my experience down on paper. I know a great résumé is a must so any advice or direction you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Desperately Seeking a New Job
Dear Desperately Seeking,
My best advice for you is to hire someone who knows what they are doing to get you in route to a new opportunity sooner rather than later. I understand that you believe that you “can’t afford to have someone do it for you.” But really, can you afford NOT to hire someone?
Right now, there is an 8 to 1 ratio of applicants to jobs posted all across the country. On average, job seekers spend between 18-25 months looking for new work and there’s the emotional and psychological toll that the job search process takes on an individual’s motivation and professionalism during the process.
If you think you can’t support yourself now on 15 hours a week, try supporting yourself for 2 years working 15 hours a week. Many of your real job prospects will come from an effective job search strategy to include a 70/30 split with 70% networking and 30% job advertisement responses. However, once you begin networking activities, you will need a polished, targeted resume to show value on paper to seal the deal. This is why a well-written résumé is so important.
If you know “a great résumé is a must”, then my BEST and most promising suggestion for you would be to hire a professional instead of trying to go at this alone. You will save time, money, and frustration in the long run and generate job leads, interviews and ultimately, job offers a lot quicker.
I hope this helps!
Claiming nothing but success in all of your career endeavors,
~The Career Confidence Coach
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