The danger of not having a professionally written CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile

Applying for jobs is highly competitive and with the ability to be able to apply for jobs online, your chance of being overlooked is very high. With so many CVs received every day by recruiters and hiring managers, they literally don’t have enough time to read them all properly.

To make their job easier, the majority skim your CV and use ATS (Applicant Tracking System) software that scans CVs for pre-programmed keywords. If your CV is not highly skim-able and is not keyword optimised, then your CV will disappear into a black hole with thousands of other CVs, never to be read. This also applies to your LinkedIn profile. If it isn’t keyword optimised, your profile won’t turn up in recruiters’ searches.

The struggles of writing your own CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile

You’re looking for a new role, and you have heard and read much conflicting advice on how to succeed in getting jobs. You also have no idea what you did in previous roles that could be considered worthwhile achievements. Perhaps you hate writing, grammar and spelling or you aren’t even a native English speaker. You may have no idea of what is now considered inappropriate or out-of-date content to include in your CV.

You may have had bad results with job interviews in the past or even just thinking about job interviews terrifies you. After all, they are the most important part of the job-seeking process.

You can feel confused, anxious and stressed by attempting this arduous process by yourself. It can seem overwhelming, especially when there is so much riding on it.

What my CV Writing Package clients say:

What you get with Career Coach Max’s CV writing package:

  • You get that most important 1.5-hour to 2-hour face-to-face meeting or phone conference (your choice) during the process. If we need more than one of these to complete the job, that’s fine. I don’t charge more for a second meeting or conference call.

  • You get a report more than 30 pages long with your professional communicative and behavioural strengths to keep. This report is invaluable for helping me write your CV in YOUR voice and to be able to accurately and objectively show your communicative and behavioural strengths in your CV and LinkedIn profile. It is also an excellent resource to help you prepare for job interviews.
  • You get a personalised and premium service where you get to talk to me throughout the entire process. Low budget CV services will have you filling in dozens of pages of forms with little to no contact with the CV writer.
  • You get a CV written targeting the industry and kind of roles you want.
  • You get a CV that is keyword optimised so that it can get through ATS (applicant tracking system) software. This is vital these days as more and more companies and recruitment agencies use this software to cope with the huge amount of CVs they receive daily.
  • You get 6 months of updates to your CV.

  • You get a cover letter that is targeted to a specific role you want to apply for and then taught how to write your own powerful cover letters for other roles.
  • You get a LinkedIn profile that is keyword optimised. You also get a guide showing you how to maximise your LinkedIn profile’s potential.

What my CV writing package clients say:

Stop wasting your money and act now!

Let’s say that you are currently earning $60,000 (NZD) per year. That is $5000 (NZD) per month you are receiving. If your goal is to be earning $80,000 (NZD), which is $6667 (NZD) per month, that means that for every month you don’t earn your target salary, you’re costing yourself $1667 (NZD) per month!

Or perhaps you have an IT degree but you’re stuck in a cafe or restaurant serving tables, or in a supermarket stacking shelves or delivering pizza. Your newly acquired knowledge and skills are going to waste, and you are completely unfulfilled. You know you are capable of more but feel you are letting yourself down.

Several years ago, my client, Hazel, was in an accounting role in an unhappy work environment. It consisted of long hours and a salary she wasn’t satisfied with. She wanted more in her career and salary, so she came to Career Coach Max to use our CV writing and job interview services. Since then she has gone on to four more roles in that time, allowing her to more than double her salary, gain New Zealand permanent residency and buy a house. She is now in a role that values her and makes her feel content and is provided with continuous career development and progression.

Let me prove to you that purchasing my CV writing package is an investment and NOT a cost.

Your CV opens up more opportunities into higher-paying roles than any other document. You need to think of your CV as a self-marketing document that can help you potentially earn hundreds of thousands of extra dollars over your career.

Looking at the table below, you’ll be able to do the maths to see what delaying in investing in a professionally written CV can cost you.

Even if your job search is only shortened by a few days, you’ve already got your money back. I’m confident that my CV writing services cut your job search time by much more than just a few days; it can even save you weeks or months of wasted time and lost earnings in some cases.

Annual Salary $ (NZD) Monthly Salary $ (NZD) Daily Salary $ (NZD)
Based on a 5-day work week
Shortening Your Job Search by the Following Number of Days to Get Your Investment Back with a $550 (NZD) CV package* Shortening Your Job Search by the Following Number of Days to Get Your Investment Back with a $700 (NZD) CV package*
50,000 4,167 200 2.8 3.5
70,000 5,833 280 2 2.5
90,000 7,500 360 1.5 1.9
110,000 9,167 440 1.3 1.6
130,000 10,833 520 1 1.3
150,000 12,500 600 0.9 1.2
200,000 16,667 800 0.7 0.9

*Example A
Let’s say that you’re currently not working and are looking for a role providing a $50,000 (NZD) salary and you pay $750 (NZD) for a CV package. Even if I only help you shorten the time it takes for you to find a $50,000 (NZD) role by 4 days, then you have already got your money back.

If my services help you shorten your job search by one month, then you have actually made a return on your investment of $3417.00 (NZD).

If your job search time is shortened by three months, then your return on investment is now $11,751.00 (NZD).

*Example B
If you are looking for an $80,000 (NZD) role, and with my CV package, you shorten your job search time by only two and a half days, then you have already got your money back.

If your job search time is only shortened by one month, you have made a return on your investment of $5917.00 (NZD). If your job search time is shortened by three months, then your return on investment is now $19,251.00 (NZD).

NOTE: There is no fixed price for CV packages. Each package and price is personalised depending on the number of years of work experience, the number of roles you’ve had, the industry you’re in and the amount of work that needs to be done.

Beware of the sneaky tricks and shortcuts my competitors use to keep their CV prices down.

  • They often outsource the writing of your CV and cover letters to other people, often not certified or qualified to write professional CVs and cover letters.

  • They get you to do all the hard work by having you fill in pages of questionnaires – lots and lots and lots of pages – sometimes up to 30 pages! They then choose a small percentage of that content to use in your CV. It’s a waste of your time.

  • Once you’ve agreed to purchase their service, you normally don’t get to speak with or meet with them again. How well can they really get to know you if they aren’t willing to meet you during the CV writing process?

I refuse to use the above tricks and shortcuts.

Your CV will be written by me, a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Certified Professional Career Coach who is a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARWCC) and Career Directors International (CDI).

You will get to meet with me face-to-face if you’re in Auckland or on the phone or on Skype during the process. This meeting is very important and is what makes a huge difference from just filling in questionnaires. Nothing gets left out when you meet with me and everything I ask is to make things as complete and clear as possible in your CV.

The process for a CV writing package

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What my CV writing package clients say:

Ready for your new and powerful CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile?

It’s time to make the right decision for your career today.