Finding a job can certainly be time consuming and frustrating. This causes many job seekers to look for job search assistance which can be in the form of resume writing services, career coaching or other job search assistance services.
The big question is whether these services are really worth it. Hiring a career coach can be very expensive. The cost of hiring a career coach can range from $1000 – $2,500 at the low end.
Is it worth it?
It may be for more experienced executives and those that are making a career change but for the average job seeker – it’s just not worth it.
We wrote a good post on when you should consider hiring a career coach here.
So what should you do?
You should first begin by trying to determine what the issue is before seeking out job search assistance.
Are you not receiving responses or interview requests? – Then it’s likely that your resume and/or LinkedIn needs some improvement.
Not hearing back after interviews? – Then you may need to improve your interviewing skills.
Are you having difficulty finding positions you’re qualified for? – Then you may be searching in the wrong places.
Most job search experts agree that the most effective and inexpensive service job seekers should consider is a professional resume rewrite. Your resume is the most important document for your job search and ensuring it’s polished and optimized for modern resume scanners most companies use will likely land you more interviews.
Here are some sites and services that can help you find a job or improve your resume, LinkedIn and interviewing skills:
Top Job Search Assistance Services
#1 – ZipJob
Resume Writing Services
Zipjob is a resume writing service that uses professional writers and technology to ensure your resume gets noticed. Most companies use an ATS which automatically screens resumes to see if you’re a good fit for the position. Nearly 75% of resumes are automatically rejected by the software and many times the candidate is qualified but the resume isn’t optimized.
Zipjob provides a professional resume rewrite and uses the same ATS technology most employers use today to make sure your resume is being read correctly.
#2 – Indeed
Indeed is the world’s largest job search site and one every job seeker should be on. You should also create an account and upload your resume to have hiring managers and recruiters find you. Indeed is a job board aggregator so you can find many jobs that are listed on other job boards all through the Indeed platform. (Think of it like Google for job search)
#3 – BigInterview
Okay – this isn’t really job search assistance but it’s something many job seekers struggle with and it may be costing the job. Biginterview contains many guides to help you through any stage of the interview. They also have many sample interview questions and answers you can browse for free.
This is probably the most important career related site that every job seeker should be on. Make sure you’re on LinkedIn and your profile is polished. Ensure that you have a professional image, a good amount of connections and that your profile is keyword optimized so employers and recruiters can find you.
You can also try searching LinkedIn for recruiters and headhunters that specialize in your industry.
#5 The Muse
The Muse is a popular career and job search related website which also has a large platform of career coaches you can connect with. Remember that a career coach is expensive and should only be considered as a last resort or for high level executives or those making drastic career changes.
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Many would ask “can’t you just pay for someone to help you find a job?” – it just doesn’t work that way. You can, however, use services to help improve your resume, LinkedIn and interview skills. You should also be searching for jobs in the right places (LinkedIn and Indeed).
Good luck with your job search!