Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More Analysis of the Resume Writing Industry


I thought I'd share some further data about how I think commercial list compilers are under-reporting the actual number of resume writers out there.

Another commercial list I found identified 809 resume writing firms. Take a look at the numbers reported from your state and see how that compares to your experience:

AK = 1
AL = 8
AK = 5
AZ = 20
CA = 75
CO = 14
CT = 19
DE = 3
FL = 50
GA = 18
IA = 10
ID = 2
IL = 43
IN = 12
KS = 9
KY = 9
LA = 6
MA = 25
MD = 26
ME = 5
MI = 19
MN = 25
MO = 24
MS = 6
MT = 2
NC = 25
ND = 1
NE  = 4
NH = 6
NJ = 32
NM = 1
NV = 4
NY = 62
OH = 39
OK = 5
OR = 8
PA = 48
RI = 4
SC = 6
SD = 1
TN = 12
TX = 52
UT = 2
VA = 27
UT = 1
WA = 15
WI = 14
WV = 2
WY = 2

In my case, I live in Nebraska. Although I wasn't able to see WHICH four firms were listed, I was able to analyze them by city/county, and none of them were listed for Omaha, which is the largest city in the state.

Just looking in one of my local phone books (Dex Yellow Pages), I identified five firms (in addition to my own). One of these is a recruiting firm with a resume writer on staff; the others are sole proprietorships. Interestingly, one of my oldest firms in the city isn't currently listed, so that's at least one more writer that isn't being counted.

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