The High Cost of Job Hunting – What It Means To You…

Finding the job you want may not be as simple a process as it once was. Social media, digital marketing techniques, mobile hiring apps, candidate-matching algorithms, Big Data talent analytics… the recruitment practices and language used by employers are evolving more rapidly than ever.

As a job hunter, when all you want is the next step on your career path, just the jargon can be daunting…

So, surely it’s good that there is so much online help available, in the form of ebooks, webinars, and endless individual services such as resume writing and career counselling; all stages of the job hunt process are covered. But is there such a thing as too much help?

Maybe… but there’s definitely such a thing as too much choice. And the unwritten law of any marketplace is that the more choice, the more overpriced ‘under-quality’ options there are available…

The current situation

Simon Ward, resourcing and recruitment consultant and founder of I Got Hired™ sees three major problems with what’s available for today’s job hunter.

The Good Stuff Is Too Expensive

First is the high cost of advice and guidance. As Simon says, “It’s an abused – and abusive – market. How can people justify charging what they do?”

Browse a few sites such as livecareer, jobhuntersbible, gorillamarketingFJH and careerconfidential, and you’ll find career coaches asking hundreds of dollars per hour, and pre-packaged generalized interview advice easily carrying a three-figure price tag, even a quick review of your resume can come at the same cost. If you consider just the basic fundamentals of any job search – resume, application, interview, negotiation – you could easily spend thousands on so-called expert advice and techniques.

What Is Out There Is Fragmented

One apparent benefit all this choice is that you can shop around, pick and choose… But there’s nothing more frustrating than paying for conflicting advice. Google the phrase “interview tips” watch as more 120,000,000 results pop up.

Even if you do find the best advisor for assessment centers there’s no guarantee that their input will agree with the webinar on resume-writing you bought last week.

As IGH’s Operations Director Chris Ponder, says, “People tend to lose sight of the fact that a job hunt is a single organic process.” Perspective is important.

Forget about trying to ‘find a job’ and focus on trying to ‘sell yourself’. When you think of you and your experience as product you’re pitching, it’s obvious that you need to run a consistent campaign and not change advisor at each stage.

Its Not Always Clear What You Get From Resume Writers

Finally, it’s not necessarily clear what you’re getting sometimes. For example, if you’re take the advert at face value and submit your resume for dissection, you might reasonably assume that a human being is poring over your documents and offering suggestions for improvement. However, some services actually do it all with software. (Top Tip: always apply the Turing Test to recruitment coaches!)

How to find the best online advice

If you want expert help that won’t trip you up somewhere down the line then you have to narrow down the endless search results by sharpening your criteria. You’re looking for:

A comprehensive package.

Relevant help for each stage of finding your dream job.

That is consistent in the advice it offers (making you look professional and together).

Openness about the person or team of people providing the advice.

A deal you don’t need to mortgage your firstborn to pay for.

It’s exactly these principles that inspired Simon to set up I Got Hired and offer the whole package to job hunters for a single, reasonable price. To give the final word to Chris Ponder, “Everyone’s job search is different and we aim to offer a toolkit that contains something for everyone.”