In our line of work, underemployed and unemployed friends and relatives seek out our advice. Usually a resume rewrite, LinkedIn account, and updated resume on a job board will get them further in a hour than 6 months of blindly applying for jobs. For my two nephews, this helped them land in 3 weeks in a down market. "Uncle Bert, people were calling me the next day." Way to go Patrick and Aaron!
I have a friend who wanted to transition to an HR employee relations role. I looked at his resume and gave him a dose of tough love. "Brent, I would fire the guy who brought me your resume because you have NO transferable skills." He understood, we reworked his online profile, and in two weeks leveraged his old agency experience to land a corporate recruiting gig. His foot is in the door, and I'm now teaching him how to speak with and schmooze corporate HR people to get some cross functional HR experience. Way to go Brent!
Now there is my underemployed childhood friend. I refreshed (by refreshed, I mean spent 3 hours trying to fix the mess he created) his resume and he still used his old one because it was "better." I showed him how LinkedIn works, but he still has no account. I asked him to repost his resume, but the last time I checked the job boards, it was 10 months old. (Deleted Friend Name) get with the program!
I'm done (Deleted Friend Name). How do you deal with this situation?