© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Amazing Resume Creator"
When you ask for resume help be careful that the person you are asking is qualified to give you the help you need. The wrong advice can really hurt your job search. There are resume-writing services you can use, free resume templates, online resume builders and all sorts of services both free and expensive that will take the task of writing a resume off the job seeker's shoulders, for a price. For some of these services, that price is purely financial. For others, the price is less obvious.
The kind of resume help that lets job seekers off the hook often costs those job seekers the kind of career sharpening and focus that will allow them to not only write the resume that gets the job, but to interview better for that job and actually get it we they are called in. That's because writing a strong resume, even with good resume help, requires that the job seeker do some reading, thinking, and clarification about their industry, career, field and even selves that yields enormous career dividends later. If someone just gets someone else to do all this work for them, then they miss out on all that education, no matter how well their resume might turn out.
Legitimate Resume Help For Your Job Hunt
This doesn't mean that everyone who goes on the job search should go it alone. There are some legitimate areas where some expert advice can come in very handy. Format for one thing. There are two main forms of resume formatting, which either emphasize job experience or skills, and it's often helpful to get consulting about which kind of format is better for your personal situation. In a similar manner, expert advice on the matter of how to present the candidates' qualifications and experience on the page can make a huge difference in how well the finished resume turns out. At a more advanced level, there is a very specific strategy to what kind of information a candidate should include. Each piece of the resume must work with every other piece to convince the reader that the candidate is the best choice to come in and start solving the immediate ad long-term business problems that the target company faces.
Clearly, if the candidate has never done this before, they can use some resume help learning about the process of determining how to perform this feat. Like anything else, experience provides insights, and an expert resume writing can offer the job seeker some time-tested techniques, as well as the psychological basis for them. The difference between legitimate, helpful resume help and the kind of help which actually harms the job seeker in the long term is easy to determine. The job seeker should ask themselves how much they have learned as a result of this help. If the help has taught the job search something about resumes or themselves, great. If they walk away with a fresh resume but no new knowledge the help was a failure.
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