You can write your own resume, your brother-in-law said so!

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You can write your own resume. Your brother-in-law said so. You don’t need a professional. You can do it yourself.

You can do lots of things yourself and so can I. But the questions are: “What will be the results?” and “How long will it take you to get results?”

I can change my own oil. I could crawl under the car, we even have one of those car dollies and the ramps. I might be able to figure it out and maybe I wouldn’t get coated with oil but an oil change costs about $20 to $30 dollars.

It is easier and better to use a professional who understands how to change the oil, has all the right tools, can do it correctly, and let me know if he sees anything else I should know about my car.

I’m not even going to address what you should know about job search and resumes, you can find that here.

Yes, a professional resume will cost more than $20 to $30 but your future job will also pay back much more in the long run.

I hire someone to change my oil…

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  1. Melissa Cooley on December 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Julie: Interesting analogy with the oil change. The scary thing about changing your own oil is that, if not done properly, you can inadvertently allow oil to slowly leak out. If you’re not aware that you have an oil leak and it all runs out, well, you ruin the motor. A pretty high price to pay if you want to save a few bucks as a DIYer.

    The cost of doing it wrong is also very applicable to resumes and the job search.

  2. Donna Svei aka AvidCareerist on December 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Scary but apt analogy Melissa!


    • Melissa Cooley on December 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks, Donna! When considering the cost of being unemployed, DIYers who write their own resumes are running a similar risk in terms of lost income due to a longer job search.

  3. Julie Walraven on December 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I wish I could “Like” your comments, Melissa and Donna… but I’ll just tell you I appreciate you both! Good points, Melissa!

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