Teena Rose, one of the careers industries leading professionals, released the third edition of her book, "Start Your Resume-Writing Business: The Ultimate Resource to Building a $100,000 Business" -- a niche book that is getting a surprising amount of attention. The mad rush to find even a mediocre job is being replaced by a thirst for finding viable, recession-proof businesses, making Mrs. Rose's new book release a timely one.
Facing unemployment, Dan Harper recently set his sights on resume writing as a business. A resident of Madison, Wisconsin, Dan was recently let go from Fiserv, after a second round of layoffs. "When I asked my son what I could do if I wasn't working in information technology, he said I should be a resume writer," said Dan. Resume writing, he admits, took a back seat while he continued searching for project management jobs. He only started to take the idea to fruition once he learned an estimated 1,300 to 1,500 people were also competing for the same project management jobs -- hence his business, The Uber Group, was born.
Dan isn't the only one shifting to resume writing as a career.
Recruiters whose industry has been bruised and battered are shifting job roles are incorporating job search and career services to avoid being a jobseeker themselves. Amy Castoro, a staffing and recruiting professional who has worked for major companies such as Walt Disney, Adecco and Right Management, started her company and began offering interview training, resume writing, and coaching as the recruitment industry declined. "The recruiting industry was hit hard by the balancing of the economy. My ability to translate my skill as a recruiter into my own business has been the sole reason I am generating income," says Amy.
Resume writing does take certain skill and therefore not everyone is cut out for it, advises Teena Rose who authored "Start Your Resume-Writing Business: The Ultimate Resource to Building a $100,000 Business." She offers three nuggets of advice to those weighing this type of business:
First, factor the salary differences between a job and a business. Unlike a job, a new business can start strong or start weak -- financial instability can be unacceptable for some.
Second, know your personal traits and what motivates you. Some people work better individually, while others need a team to stay motivated and on task. Make sure you're someone who can manage and steer a business simultaneously.
Third, be prepared for continuous personal and professional growth to remain profitable and competitive. Regardless of what the millions "so-called" online resume writers say, resume writing is more difficult and complex than it looks.