Post Date: September 22nd, 2017

What is a career worth?

Can you afford to? Can you afford not to?

When it comes to something as important as your career is there value in hiring a certified career professional? Yes.

Let’s look at it simply from a numbers perspective:

Say a person is making $100,000 annually and suddenly loses their job. That’s a fair salary, so we’ll assume they were in a senior position. Senior positions take longer to fill than junior positions, so let’s say it takes 12 months to secure a new job.

That’s $100,000 in lost revenue.

Even six months of not working – and I won’t even go into detail about how a job loss can derail a person’s sense of value or self-confidence – would result in a loss of $50,000 in revenue. So the question quickly becomes “What would a job seeker be willing to invest to help themselves shorten their time on the market and get a good job?”

Preventive maintenance

If you wait until the oil pan in your car is empty your engine will seize. That’s not the time to take your car to your local oil change company. Instead of a $100 oil change, you are looking at rebuilding an engine.

Your career is the engine of your life. That may be overstating it, but stay with me. Your career facilitates the quality of your life. Good job = good life. Great job = great life. Your career supports you and your family. Still not convinced? What would your life look like if the career you currently hold (and all its perks) suddenly disappeared?

Career professionals can add tremendous value to any professional, not just a job seeker.

We shorten job search times for clients, and we do so much more than write resumes (which we do incredibly well because we understand what employers want). We offer customized support in any number of the following ways

  • building confidence and resiliency
  • stabilizing career foundations and trajectory
  • helping manage expectations
  • debunking myths and educating individuals about evolving job search processes
  • advocating for fair compensation
  • diagnosing current and recurring issues then redirecting towards goal
  • uncovering underlying beliefs
  • pinpointing ineffective strategies
  • clarifying targets for precise focus
  • supporting individuals and referring them to outside resources when appropriate

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Most people come to me in search of a resume but find so much more. We are a helping profession that is not well understood by the general public.

Last month I worked with a senior human resources leader. After working together I asked:

Question: The price tag for your project was more than a thousand dollars. Was it worth the money?

Answer: “Absolutely. These are tools that will be used ongoing for the remainder of my career. The coaching, discussions and questions provided an invaluable thought and action process.”

Question: What were the main benefits?

Answer: “The deliverables (resume, etc.), tools (action planner, values exercise, etc.), thought provoking questions and discussions.”

A few years prior I worked with a budding entrepreneur. Today she called to refer a client my way. Unprompted she said:

“Maureen, I gush about you. No really!…[before we started working together]…I was in a deep hole and you pulled me out. I continue to be confident in myself.” – President, Marketing Company

According to the Canadian Education and Research Institute of Counselling (CERIC)

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“Research shows career development is associated with many educational, societal and financial benefits.

* Individuals realize greater well-being and satisfaction in life.

* Schools lift student success and graduation rates.

* Organizations fill skills gaps and improve employee engagements and productivity.

* Governments reduce unemployment boost social mobility and strengthen economic growth

… against the backdrop of an increasingly freelance economy and the rapidly shifting nature of work

….career development matters more than ever.”

Why hire a career professional?

Your career is the culmination of years of schooling; studying, learning and working hard to earn the position you have achieved.

Insure your efforts by devising a comprehensive strategy that incorporates your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Warren Buffet, self-made billionaire worth an estimated $76.4 Billion USD said

“The best investment you can make is in yourself – to develop your own abilities. That will do far more for you than any single stock or other such investment.”

Invest in career development. Career Development Matters.


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