Pros and Cons of Using Career Advisors

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Many years ago, when I started earning some real money, I completed my IRS Tax return, and realized I owed an additional $1800.  It was a surprise.  I talked to a friend of mine who suggested that I let his tax CPA take a look at it.  After about an hour of discussion, she re-did the return, and I ended up getting a $1250 refund. I never did my own tax returns again.

When looking for a new career position or changing careers, basically the same situation exists.  Using a Career Marketing Advisor is certainly not for everyone.  One thing to consider: according to the last U.S. government numbers, the average person changes jobs 7.8 times in their lifetime.  A professional Career Marketing Advisor does that many every month that he/she works with clients.

Why Not Use an Advisor?

Let’s first take a look at the cons – why wouldn’t you use a Career Marketing Advisor?  A lot of people like to do things themselves, and get a certain degree of pleasure out of successfully completing a project on their own. Some people enjoy and are good at fixing their cars, they change the brake lining, replace key motor parts, and even overhaul their complete engine.  I’ve known people with legal problems who will go on line and do research, file their own lawsuits, and represent themselves in court. Of course in all most of these cases they save a considerable amount of money, although it may end up being very time consuming.  The same can be said of self-diagnosing medical problems, home repairs, and financial planning.  So, there’s a gain of satisfaction and reduction in initial cost – but in many cases a lot more personal work, and a result that’s not as good as a professional would achieve.

Why Use an Advisor?

In looking at the pros, the first pro is professional.  Professional Career Marketing Advisors have been completely trained in the field and spend 40-50 hours every week working in on job searches.   Are all Advisors excellent?  Like any profession, the individual experience and qualifications make a huge difference.   Just like you’d check out a lawyer or CPA, you need to learn about your Advisor.  Learn the person’s years of experience and training, their success record, and determine how well you’ll be able to work with them.  After all, who would hire an attorney that has only been successful in 10% of the cases they have handled? What will the Advisor do for you?  They will speed up your search by keeping you at the top of your game, and help you with resume development and networking to secure job interviews, preparing for interviews, quality follow-up, and salary negotiation.  So for most people, there’s a reduction in the time to find a job, and an improvement in the quality of the job and the salary compared to doing it alone.

Looking for a job is the hardest job you can find. In times like these, where the job market is very tight, one little mistake can make the difference between getting the job, salary and benefits you deserve – or not. Can you afford to take a chance?  So there’s also a reduction in risk.

If you are just looking for a job and not a career position, using an Advisor would probably be a waste of time and effort. If for one time in your life, you would really like to do a complete search, maybe end up with multiple offers, and feel at the end of the campaign that you have found the best possible job, one that matches your skills and gives you the challenge and future that you were looking for, then maybe you should consider using a skilled, experienced Career Marketing Advisor.