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How Much Time Would You Spend?


367822192_9d3b135289_m1Interesting experience this week with a client who signed up for a new resume. We’ll call him Eric.

Eric is a high-level financial services executive who’s currently employed, but looking to make a move. A week after receiving our proprietary questionnaire, Eric called to say he didn’t have the time to complete it and would have to cancel the contract and request a refund.

Now I’m a big advocate of our questionnaire – I think that a successful job search requires some real self-knowledge and that you can only get that by spending some time reflecting on where you’ve been and where you want to go. I don’t believe that a new resume should be the product of a quick phone call with all the work done by someone else. But that said, I can understand that sometimes life circumstances simply get in the way and that you just can’t get up an hour or two early, or give up those weekend plans.

So I offered to skip the worksheets and have one of my writers conduct a phone interview instead. I said we would need about an hour initially and then maybe some follow-ups. Eric thought about it and then said no. He really didn’t know when he could find an hour to talk to someone. Couldn’t I just use his old resume?

Now bear in mind that I would never do this anyway. You don’t pay hundreds of dollars to a service like ours just to have us regurgitate what was on your old resume. But even if I wanted to do it, I couldn’t have. His old resume contained almost no information! Although he runs a major business division within a premier financial institution, his resume looks like it was written by a junior trader.

So I’ve refunded Eric’s money and right now he’s looking for a resume writer who can literally do all the work for him. (If you’re a clairvoyant resume writer who wants to do this, let me know).

Bt seriously folks – how much time have you spent on writing your resume?

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Louise Fletcher

Louise co-founded Blue Sky in 2002 after a career as an HR executive. Her industry experience includes music, video games, fashion and advertising. She lived and worked in the US for many years, but moved back to her native UK in 2012, where she now lives in the Yorkshire countryside. In addition to her full-time role with Blue Sky, she's a professional artist, so you can imagine why she couldn't answer the 'what do you do with your free time' question! Contact Louise by email.

4 comments on “How Much Time Would You Spend?”

  1. Hmm, interesting, he sounds like a customer you need to ‘fire’. But to your point, if he won’t put in the work, then he will not likely succeed and your reputation will not improve.

    Unfortunately, I think he will be able to find any number of “good resume writers” who will take his existing resume, talk to him for 15 minutes and then re-write it (and charge a hefty fee).

  2. Whitney says:

    Nothing worth having comes easily. If you really want it, you’ll work for it. If you don’t want to work for it, you don’t really want it.

    I’ll admit the worksheet is a daunting task, on initial review. I may even hold the record for longest turnaround time on completing the worksheet. But it was worth every second I spent on it. I came to see jobs, and the accomplishments therein, through much clearer, much less judgmental eyes…eliminating self-doubt and ultimately recognizing that, under the given circumstances, things could not have turned out differently even with 20/20 hindsight.

    The worksheet gets you to re-evaluate your values, boundaries, must-haves, won’t-dos, and so much more. You wind up assessing the values of the organizations you worked for.

    The worksheet will inevitably make clear to you if you want to stay in the same field, or if it’s time for a career change. If you’ve fallen out of love with your field, the worksheet will make you feel like you’re swimming upstream. If you’re still in love with your field, or have made a career change decision that resonates with you, the worksheet becomes a more fluid, more effortless process.

    At least it was for me…

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