Earn 10’s of Thousands MORE $DOLLARS!

A well crafted resume – one designed to rise to the top of the stack – may earn you TENS OF THOUSANDS OF $DOLLARS MORE than an average resume.

Here’s why.

The best positions at the best companies often attract hundreds of resumes. Of these, usually no more than 10% are granted an interview. If your resume does not stand out over more than 90% of competing resumes, you lose. You lose $Dollars in time and in salary.

You lose $Dollars in time…  The more resumes yours stands out over, the more interviews you will have, and the sooner you will receive a job offer. The difference could be a matter of months. If you are looking for a job in the $36,000-$48,000 pay range, a couple of months translates to a loss of $6,000-$8,000. 

You lose $Dollars in salary, too. The less attractive jobs, by definition, will attract fewer resumes. Only for these jobs does the average resume stand a chance at an interview. They’ll probably interview at least three candidates. If only ten resumes are submitted, your resume only has to be in the top 70%. If the position is even less attractive and only 5 resumes are submitted, your resume has only to be in the top 60% (the bottom 40%). Almost by definition, these less attractive positions are expected to pay lower salaries. A less attractive position in a field known to pay in the range of $36,000-$48,000 may pay closer to $36,000. The more attractive position may pay closer to $48,000 — translating to a $12,000 loss per year!

In just 14 months an average resume has cost up to $20,000! After 24 months, over $30,000!

Might it be worth just $100 to have a professional review and rewrite your resume?

Contact me via the form below if you are ready to save  TENS OF THOUSANDS OF $DOLLARS.

© 2013, Dr. Phil Bryant

  Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.



Filed under Management Musings, Uncategorized

4 responses to “Earn 10’s of Thousands MORE $DOLLARS!

  1. Robert Yeats

    Dr. Bryant,

    I was aware that having a good resume was vital to landing a premium job, but I had no idea the amount of money that one could possible lose just by not having a thorough one. Recently, at the College of Business we had a guess speaker that came and spoke to us about this exact issue. He stated that resumes were vital, but stated that they use computer software to filter through them. This seemed odd to me that someone could be excluded from a job just by not having a certain word or phrase in their resume. I understand it saves manpower hours, but the thought of it still is kind of frightening. What are your thoughts on the software being used now? Good or bad?

    When I finally graduate I will make definitely have my resume proofed by as many professionals as possible to ensure I make myself stand out from the competition. Be expecting a copy Dr. Bryant.

    • I’ve heard that companies are not using the electronic magic word filtering as much as they used to. But, I also know the technology to use it is vastly improved since we started using it in the ’90’s for IT professional recruiting.

      Its actually pretty useful for specific and technical positions that have no-brainer requirements such as CFP, CPA, Ph.D., MD, etc.

  2. Ricky Buchanan

    Dr. Bryant,

    I can see how a bad resume may cost thousands of dollars and how it is imperative that you must stand out from your peers when applying for a position. But, I have since learned that in my Writing in the Workplace class that it is not having a perfect resume that stands out, but a resume that the person pulling resumes and reviewing feels comfortable with your qualifications.
    For example, if you have all of the qualifications for the position and more, along have an outstanding resume, the person conducting the interview might feel threatened. By threatened they might feel as if you might have the ability to move up and take your job one day. So as much as I believe that it is imperative to have a very well put together resume, it can also hurt you and keep you from getting the job. I think it has just as much to do with who is reviewing your resume and pulling it, to how professional it looks. I know if I was hiring somebody in a position below me I would be looking out for my job security at all times. Not that I would make any unethical decisions, but people will always do whats best for them and not the company.

    • Thanks, Ricky, for the insight. I wonder, though, if that’s a shortsighted way of going about a job search.

      1) They say the best leaders are always developing their replacement. (So they can both move up)

      2) Would you want to work for a boss who hired you, at least partly because, he doesn’t think you could do his job?

      3) If you submit your strongest possible resume then a) you’ll be weeding out the bosses who don’t want to invest in your career development, and b) attracting the bosses who do.

      I’d love your feedback, or that of others, on these divergent trains of thought.

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