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Pros and Cons of 7 Job Search Tools
By: Tom Kellum
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If you've ever been in the market for a new job (and who hasn't), you've likely encountered some or all of these options. They all have their pros and cons.
 

Resume writers:
 

          Pros - Can craft a document that clearly lays out your qualifications.

          Cons - Hard to justify paying for something that you can do yourself.  

 

Recruiters:

 

          Pros - If they contact you about a job opening at one of their clients, it means that they think their client might want to see your resume.

           Cons - They do not want to hear from active job hunters.  Their expertise is in convincing passive job hunters to consider jumping ship.  Very little, if any, expertise in how to conduct an effective job search.   

 

Career Counselors:
 

            Pros - Can administer tests that might help you gain insight into how best to leverage your interests and career goals.

            Cons - Fees might be high in comparison to any perceived benefits gained.

 

Executive Coaches:
 

             Pros - Can help you become more motivated, focused,  and better able to cope with challenges in your business life.

             Cons - Fees tend to be stiff for their services.

 

Career Marketing Firms:
 

             Pros - Have technology to blast your resume to a large number of companies.

             Cons - Expensive.  Rarely results in generating interviews with hiring authorities for suitable positions.

 

Networking Groups:
 

             Pros - Meetings may provide opportunities to make new friends, learn of suitable job openings, have competitors read and give feedback on your resume, get tips on interviewing and other aspects of job hunting, and leaders that own contract employment firms may offer temp work to some members.

 

              Cons - Job search advice is based on antiquated reliance on resumes. Members often conflate “finding” a job with “getting” a job.

 

Job Hunter’s Consultant:
 

              Pros - Expertise in how to get interviews with hiring authorities and job offers with maximum compensation packages.  

              Cons - Fee-only clients.


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About the Author
Tom Kellum is a job hunting consultant, helping people's dreams come true since 1987. He specializes in providing a personal job-landing service based on proven marketing strategies and methods. For more information, email him at careerkeysman@gmail.com.
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