Can Money Buy You Love?
I was recently posed this question, which brought to mind all sorts of obvious connotations, which I’ll try to avoid in my response. I pondered the ethical and potentially sordid implications of such a question for a nanosecond and then I got a grip of my rambling thought processes.
Now, I could be wrong, and perhaps the questioner was simply asking if they should enlist the services of an escort agency, however as this question had been posted in a forum for CV Writing, I will assume that the subtext of this question is more closely related to questioning whether investing money in your job search, will enhance your attractiveness to prospective employers. Happily, it’s in the area of careers and job hunting that I feel more qualified to provide advice, rather than the more tricky territory of the birds and the bees.
Writing a resume can be crudely described as “selling yourself on paper”. This is a skill which may come easier to some more than others. However, all is not lost to those who don’t even know where to start. Before you get your wallet out, I suggest you make use of the vast amount of quality free information related to writing a CV or resume readily available on the internet. A quick google around, and before you can say Yahoo! or perhaps more recently Google Chrome, you will find loads of free articles offering sound advice from professionals who know what they are talking about when it comes to showing your best side on paper. At this point I am tempted to make a shameless plug of my own blog where you can find ample free CV advice to get you started, but I’ll make you wait a bit longer for this little nugget.
Which takes me nicely to time, and time is money so they say. So I advise serious job seekers to invest as much time and effort into getting a new job as they would into actually working. So if you’re serious it’s got to be a 9 to 5 job, or if you’re already working, you’ll have to take this second job in the evenings, or at the weekends to achieve your goal, and start by writing a winning CV. I’ll allow you the odd duvet day, or perhaps a post lunch nap, but you get my drift, generally the amount of effort put into your job search will correlate to the success of your search. And just like being at work, just turning up is not good enough, you’ve got to be proactive.
For those of you who are lacking the motivation or confidence to make a start, I’m sure there are many excellent careers coaches and resume / CV writers out there who for a fee will do a good job in promoting you. However, I’m an advocate of DIY, or at least looking in your tool box and giving it a try yourself as a first stage attack. So log on, Link In and look around for the abundant free advice that’s out there for the taking.
Finally, and here comes the shameless plug to my blog, which has been written just for you, as a free resource to help you in your job search, and where if you take the time to have a good poke around you’ll find plenty of articles to stimulate your resume writing senses, along with 4 short videos in which I talk you through writing a winning CV. And all free of charge!
Take heed, keep your cash in your pocket or spend it on roses, and feel the prospective employer love!