THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH, SO BUCK UP


 

 

THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH, SO BUCK UP
Over the past few years, I have had many people ask me whether I give discounts to people to compose resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles for them. Almost in the same breath they ask whether I could give them some samples of my work.

Presumably they want to see why my resumes work so well so they can copy it and try to capitalize on a little free success.

Until today, I have been ignoring these requests. Today, however, I sent my first email out to respond to these requests. I wrote:

Dear Potential Client:

I’m sorry that you had to wait so long, but your questions kind of caught me off guard.

Regarding discounts:

As a resume writer, I operate a business out of my basement. The idea is to make a little extra money to help pay off the mortgage – or at least pay off a bit of the last electric bill. Given that, there would need to be some sort of advantage to me to offer a discount.

Discounts are generally given to enhance a company’s business. If you wanted a discount, you would need to tell me why you would want a discount, and tell me what a discount would do for me. For example, do you represent a graduating class of 2014 of students who wish to enter the labour market and a resume would give me a marketing advantage?

Frankly, if you read my ad and compared my fees with others doing the same thing, and considered my experience (25 years in the employment field working with people with significant barriers to employment), you would soon figure out that I am the most cost effective of the bunch. Mine are 1/3 of the going rate at $80 for a resume and $20 for a cover letter. For that price, you have a chance of landing an interview.

The next steps to employment are up to you.

Samples?

Resumes are very personal, and I would be willing to bet that one of my clients would recognize the work I did for them if I started handing it out as a sample. There is a chance that their new boss might see it and recognize it as very similar to their new hire – only the names were changed to protect the innocent. It could be embarrassing to my client. Actually, it would be a breach of confidentiality.

Suppose that client was you, and you were the new hire having just landed the job. Another candidate drops a resume off and your boss reads it and recognised that he has read this before. Bosses don’t get to be bosses by looking pretty when they see two identical resumes – especially if the new candidate can out-compete you in the skills department.

If you lost your job because someone got a sample and of a resume that you paid for, you would be calling me every name in the book.

I can tell you what to expect on my resumes
• Contact information that is centred so the boss’ thumb doesn’t obscure your name.
• A lack of graphics that get in the way of global scans and do a great job of hiding those all-important key words that employers want to see.
• No objective: Objectives tell the boss what you want, and he or she doesn’t care. They want to what you can do for them.
• Three things that you’ve done before that tell the boss what you can do. There are three because people think in terms of threes.
• A 39 – 50 word profile that tells “…a little bit about yourself.” Actually it’s more than that. We discuss your thoughts on team work and leadership – qualities that the boss may be interested in in the future.
• A laundry list of key strengths that you offer.
• An employment history that uses verbs written in the gerund tense to show that hou can still do those action verbs.
• Education and how it relates to the work you’ve done.
• A lecture from yours truly on the proper care and feeding of your references.
• A cover letter that has the guts to ask for an interview

As far as I can see, that’s a pretty good deal for a hundred bucks.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.

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2 Responses to “THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH, SO BUCK UP”

  1. energywriter Says:

    Well done, Mike. Keep up the good work.

    I once had someone ask me to help draft a resume. After digging for information for an hour I told the person I couldn’t do the job. The person was offended, but I couldn’t keep typing in, “I don’t know” and “I just do my job.”

    Were resumes new in our generation? I remember my dad would just go to a job site, ask to see the supervisor, answer his questions and was hired. The only rule he gave me was, “Go to the interview dressed to start work immediately.”

  2. energywriter Says:

    Finally got here. Good job, Mike. Left a comment. sd

    From: SpinDoctorResumes Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 12:46 AM To: energywriter@cox.net Subject: [New post] THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH, SO BUCK UP

    mikebroderick posted: ” THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH, SO BUCK UP Over the past few years, I have had many people ask me whether I give discounts to people to compose resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles for them. Almost in the same breath they ask whether I” Respond to this post by replying above this line

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    THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH, SO BUCK UP by mikebroderick

    THERE’S NO FREE LUNCH, SO BUCK UP Over the past few years, I have had many people ask me whether I give discounts to people to compose resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles for them. Almost in the same breath they ask whether I could give them some samples of my work.

    Presumably they want to see why my resumes work so well so they can copy it and try to capitalize on a little free success.

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