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How Resume Writers & Career Coaches Can Thrive Despite Coronavirus

Strategies Resume Writers & Career Coaches Can Use to Thrive Despite Coronavirus COVID-19You’re a resume writer or career coach looking around at the dominoes falling around coronavirus COVID-19. The good news is that your professions have been tried and tested to survive (and even thrive) when the economy becomes depressed or a pandemic sweeps the planet. I know it seems different now, but there are steps you can take to ensure your business thrives.

I want you to embrace that your services can be coronavirus-proof as well!

But this is where many of our clients find themselves: Companies are closing their doors. When possible, staff are working remotely. Some employees find themselves temporarily at income loss. Many wonder if their employer can survive a potentially lengthy downtime. Some may even lose their businesses and inadvertently become job seekers.

You probably think these individuals won’t want to spend money and get help at this uncertain time.

The truth is, many don’t even know you are out there or that it’s critical that they get ready for whatever could happen RIGHT NOW.

You can help them to be ready to:

  • Relaunch as needed.
  • Reposition for greater satisfaction.
  • Resist taking harmful action.
  • Release anxiety and embrace strategies that get results.

So, don’t let thoughts of fear or scarcity dig their claws into you.

This lesson provides numerous strategies you can take over the days, weeks, and possibly months ahead to ensure you’re creating opportunities and positioning yourself for accessibility. When possible, I’ve shared in-depth resources on topics, many of which are free to anyone without registration. Those with an asterisk (*) are member’s only resources. Not a member? You can get access to the entire CDI library for only $97.

Contact Former Clients & Prospect Lists

Let your lists know that the best strategy is preparation. Tell them how you can help. Remind them that it couldn’t be more critical to be ready to launch with an updated resume and tool set, if the need arises. Now is the time! You are here to help — safely, remotely, expertly.

>> Never created a list? Use downtime to create a free offer on your site (which can also be shared in social media for more exposure). Get your teen or a stay at home parent to cut and paste client information from your records into a template email asking them to opt into your list. With no list, start now with social media followers and via your blog. >>

Resources: 

Does Your Website Have a Sexy IFO? (Core Lesson) >>*

Easily Get Your Passive Email List to Buy Resume Writing & Career Coaching Services (Video Tip) >>

Newsletters are Dead – Do This Instead to Fill Your Pipeline (Video Tip) >>

Showcase Your Virtual Service Model

If you work remotely, consider adding a visible PSA to your website letting prospects know. Many who have never worked with a career professional aren’t aware that this is the most common model.

Don’t stop at putting it on your website — it’s a great add-on for a prospect email, blog post, and social media.

>> If you don’t currently work remotely, now is the time to start! I transitioned in 2004 and never looked back. >>

Offer a Small Relief Discount for Impacted Populations

After 9/11 it was common to seeing resume writers and career coaches providing discounted (and even free) services. While 9/11 was felt around the world, it didn’t financially impact most of you, so the free outpouring was wonderful. But it isn’t practical here where your business could falter.

A discount would look like 5-10% and shouldn’t be across the board. Think of your ideal clients who may be impacted and make the offer there.

Again, this is something that is totally newsworthy!

>> Please don’t even consider this if your prices are too low and even a small discount would hurt you. I’ve always emphasized a la carte pricing should have retail markup to ensure passing on a discount doesn’t cause harm. >>

Resources: 

Packaging Sweet Spot for Resume Writers & Career Coaches (Video Tip) >>

It’s Process Not Price that Closes Career Service Sales (Video Tip) >>

What You Focus on IS What You Will Sell (Video Tip) >>

Stop Selling What Your Clients Ask For (Video Tip) >>

Be the Authoritative Light Shining Through Darkness

There’s a lot of fear, disillusionment, and panic out there right now. People need positive leadership and hope more than ever.

Step up as an authority with your positive messages that carry strategy and hope to expand your followers and galvanize them to reach out.

This is the perfect time to leverage social media, guest blogging, blogging, and article publishing to share more tips, provide encouragement, and be visible.

>> Try your hand at video tips since that’s the #1 way we like to consume data online today. >>

Cultivate Your Virtual Professional Network

Dig into LinkedIn, following up with those who viewed your profile (Premium account), connecting with former clients who you see found new employment, and joining prospect target groups to expand your visibility (members see your activity).

With the mobile app, you can easily do this anywhere and amidst any chaos that kids home from school may be causing.

Take Action On Your Profit Project

I hear repeatedly that there just isn’t time to create the product, course, book, or tool you’ve been planning to start forever.

If you’ve got a little time now, get going on it so that your launch is in sight. It won’t make you money while you work on it, but it will recharge your batteries and provide you with a way to make money while you sleep once it’s done.

Resources: 

Easy Steps to Finding Time to Meet Your Big Goals (Video Tip) >>

Thriving in Tough Times: 5 Unexpected Keys to Success (Audio) >>*

Master Resources to Plan, Work & Make “It” Happen >>*

Follow Up With Prospects

When I had my private practice my husband used to say I could, “Make it rain”.

I’ve never been a salesy person but in any brief valleys in my business, I knew what to do, and you can do it too.

It can be as simple as picking up the phone and following up with any prospect from the past six months who had to think about it:

“Hi Joe, this is Sarah from A Competitive Edge Career Service. We had a consult a few months ago and I just wanted to check in, see if you had landed your next position, or might still be in need of help. I’m here if you need me.”

If they haven’t had traction yet or retained another service, at this point they frequently realize it’s not DIY and will be eager to start.

>> This doesn’t yield the high results I had if you don’t have a solid edu-fearacating and show-and-tell process in place for your consultation. If prospects still saw it as a DIY you were charging too much for when they didn’t buy then, it will be the same thing now. >>

Resources:

Part One, The Script: 3-Step Process to a 97% Close Rate and a 6-Figure Income (Core Lesson) >>*

Part Two, Phone-Based Conversion: Closing Prospects Over the Phone for Resume Services (Core Lesson) >>*

Size Matters in Resume & Career Service Sales Consultations | Easy Process to Close More (Core Lesson) >>

How to Share Quotes that Close Resume Writing & Coaching Sales (Video Tip) >>

Use Show & Tell to Up Close Rates on Resume & Career Service Sales (Video Tip) >>

Easily Get Testimonials That Close Sales on Your Website (Video Tip) >>

What to Do When Your Prospect Needs to Think About It (Video Tip) >>

Get Virtual Visibility With Webinars

Whether you host it live, recording it and make it evergreen (perpetually available without your continued presentation), or pitch organizations on hosting your webinar, this can be a great way to get visible and grow your business.

You can offer support tips, success strategies, motivation and encouragement for weathering the current storm, or your favorite program.

Be sure to promote and share it everywhere!

>> Please make sure you don’t give away the store in your preso. Please make an offer at the end. >>

Resources: 

Model for Converting Your Presentation Attendees into Excited Prospects (Core Lesson) >>*

One Easy Way to Dramatically Improve Cold Conversions When Prospects Call (Video Tip) >>

Kickstart Slumping Marketing Activities

When you are busy it is so easy to let all that marketing slip through the cracks!

Get brainstorming and plan out your editorial calendar for the next six months to a year. Get back to active blogging. Start sharing expertise on LinkedIn again. Leap into video blogging.

Resources: 

34.5 Low-Cost & Free Ways to Jump Start Your Marketing (Core Lesson) >>*

Be a CDI Blogger – Now Open Recruitment >>*

Promote Your Book to Job Seekers (via CDI) >>*

Grow Your Business by Optimizing Your CDI Profile >>*

52 Strategies for 52 Weeks of Career Business Bliss >>*

Increase Your Business with Professional Referrals (Tip Sheet) >>*

Growing Your Business Through Client Referrals (Tip Sheet) >>*

Attracting New Clients with Free Promotional Webinars and Teleclasses (Best Practice Tip) >>*

Secrets to Winning TORI Resume Awards (Audio) >>*

How to Leverage Update Your Resume Month (Core Lesson) >>*

Organize Your Blog So You’ll Never Miss a Posting Opportunity Again (Best Practice Tips) + Editorial Calendar Template >>*

Bolster Your Expertise

You’ve likely invested in courses and certifications that you may now have more resources to complete. It won’t immediately bring in business but it will further your authority (and give you more to post about) once attained.

Been thinking about starting a certification or course, or getting coaching yourself? Here is the launch page for CDI’s resume writing, career coaching, and business programs.

Take on the TORIs

Finally make time for the Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) resume writing awards. They will be open in just a few days.

Winners and nominees consider them the #1 best and most cost-effective way to dramatically grow your business. Both tell us it has doubled or tripled their business, allowed them to increase their rates and reduce their marketing, and work only with their ideal clients.

Since the top reason for not entering is lack of time, this is your chance to make them a priority, especially since they don’t close for 2020 until July.

A TORI pays off for years to come.

>> Shed any excuse about not having the skills. Several 2019 TORI winners cite CDI’s resume video tutorials from former TORI winners as the key to their wins. Your clients WILL need these skills as we move more and more into consuming visuals. It’s not just for networking resumes anymore — check out our tutorial on making graphic resumes ATS-friendly. >>

Resources: 

Step-by-Step Graphic Logos for TORI-Winning Resumes (Video Master Class) >>

Story-Based Value Propositions in Resume Writing, LinkedInProfiles, and Peripheral Documents (Video Master Class) >>*

Executive Career Portfolio Resumes (Video Master Class)>>*

Resume Formatting Magic Tricks & Charts in MS Word (Video Master Class) >>*

Elevate Your Resume Formatting from Blah to Brilliant (Video Master Class) >>*

Mind Control via Emotional Resonance in Resume Writing (Video Master Class) >>*

Visual Branding for Resume Writing in MS Word (Video Master Class) >>*

Resume Writing Intake Process (Video Master Class) >>*

Headlines & Branding Statements in Resumes (Video Master Class) >>*

Story Telling & Branding in Resume Writing (Video Master Class) >>*

Secrets to Writing New Graduate Resumes (Video Lesson) >>

Check for Branding Congruence

Our messages, ideal clients, and passions can evolve and shift over time. It’s not uncommon to become a career professional with copy sending mixed messages just like the shoemaker with holes in his/her shoes.

If you want to attract and convert, your messages need to be congruent and magnetic for your ideal clients.

Spend some time looking at your website, your social media headers, your tagline, your copies, and even the languaging you use. Make sure it’s up-to-date and in line with your brand and ideal client today.

>> I know it can be scary to think about spending money right now, but make sure your website is modern. I frequently encounter the disconnect of professionals seeking to close 3- to 5-figure sales with executives, but they have a very dated website. At least strategize, begin writing new copy, and line up a plan to make the investment. >>

Resources: 

Easy Steps to More Clients, Website Fixes, Better Resumes >>*

Your Career Business Website: Getting Started (Best Practice Tip) >>*

Does Your Website Have a Sexy IFO? (Core Lesson) >>*

Top 10 Ways to Market Your Website >>*

Making Money with Your Website: Affiliates (Audio) >>*

8 Ways to Put Your Website on Auto Pilot >>*

SEO for WordPress Power Bloggers (Audio) >>*

CDI for-fee programs: 

Your Career Website Roadmap: Boost Your Profits & Performance >>

Focus a Gratitude Lens

When everything seems to be going wrong, the media is spewing fear, the stock market is plummeting, and panic is rising, it’s critical to nurture your inner peace.

The single best way to do this is to focus on doing gratitude work.

It will likely start VERY small if you aren’t accustomed to counting your blessings. Spend a few minutes each morning or evening talk to texting them into your iPhone note file, journaling, using an app, internalizing in the shower, sharing with a spouse of friend, or even posting one thing to Facebook. Find just one thing to be grateful for today and think briefly about how that makes you feel.

Gratitude expands.

If you practice gratitude that one thing will grow to dozens of things, and you’ll see yourself appreciating all the good despite all the bad that is constantly pushed at you.

This is a muscle you need to succeed!

Resources: 

Your Brain is Blocking You from Joy – How to Hit Big Goals (Video Tip) >>

10 Steps to a Competitive Edge in Your Life (1 of 10) >>*

Take Care of the Amazing You

I have always loved the quote, “You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first”. – author unknown

I know many a career professional who loves helping others so much that they burn themselves out or miss out on the wonderful world happening around them.

If that’s you, this can be the perfect excuse to spend a little downtime relaxing and rejuvenating from the safety of your home.

When you carve out time for yourself, you will emerge revitalized.

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I hope this has given you plenty of ideas on how to stay positive and thrive despite coronavirus COVID-19. You CAN emerge not only surviving but thriving.

What Other Tips Can You Add?

I’d love to read your additional tips, strategies, and ideas. Please share them in the comments.

2 thoughts on “How Resume Writers & Career Coaches Can Thrive Despite Coronavirus”

  1. Here are a few ideas about handling the Coronavirus:

    – We need to reinforce a positive outlook with our clients and prospects. If some individuals are a bit hesitant about their job search, developing a resume or making a career change, we need to make sure they know opportunities can and do arise out of seemingly bleak situations, and that’s no reason not to move ahead with optimism. We’ve weathered recessions, 911 and other downturns.

    – For us as career practitioners, we need to stay active in our businesses and marketing efforts. This maybe a great time to uncover new opportunity pipelines we’ve never previously considered!

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