“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.” Apple Confidential: The Real Story of Apple Computer
So said Steve Jobs. Cost-cutting has its place but whether that's the route you take, when unemployed for example, should be assessed judiciously. Let me explain.
If you're used to buying a daily latte, you could stop that with no ill effect until you are once again earning a salary.
If you're used to buying your next mystery novel, romance, (insert genre of choice here), you can switch it up in favour of library reads.
But is it wise to choose to not spend money on career services? I suggest that no. Again, let me explain.
A professional can pull together self-marketing documents that really sell you; a trained professional knows what current standards are; a skilled resume writer can capture you on paper with such authenticity that you will marvel in delight!; and a talented strategist can innovate resume structure and layout so that your resume stands out.
Furthermore, working with an expert builds your confidence, and trains you in how to self-market or sell your skills, experience and education in an interview. Now here comes the clincher: working with a professional can cut the typical job search in half!
Coffee is an expense; a resume is an investment. How much are you losing in salary by choosing to not hire a professional?