Resume Help

Written by Serena Berger
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Your resume and cover letter should reflect the real you. That means not only being honest about your accomplishments, education, and experience, but also accurately reflecting how you write and communicate. Most of the time, an employer can tell if you hired a professional to write your resume and cover letter, and it doesn't do you any favors.

There are a couple of noteworthy exceptions to this rule, however. Sometimes it's good to hire a consultant if you haven't updated or written a resume in a long time. If you've been with one company for 10 or 15 years and haven't had to think about a resume, you will benefit from having someone look yours over and making sure that it's up-to-date in terms of format and style.

Change Your Resume to Change Careers

A professional can also help you figure out how to talk about your experience if you want to change careers. Many of the same skills, techniques, or areas of education are applicable to multiple fields, but you need to know how to frame them to appeal to the employer you want, as opposed to the type of employer you have. Also important is figuring out how to deal with a period during which you didn't work or changed jobs a few too many times. Don't take the risk of having an employer draw a negative conclusion about you because of one of these pitfalls.

If you do seek professional resume help, you should still trust your instincts. If a suggestion makes sense to you and sounds good, then implement it. If it makes you uncomfortable or makes you feel as though the document in front of you is all of a sudden referring to a person who doesn't really exist or isn't right for the industry with which you are familiar, then don't let someone change your resume. Often, small changes are the best ones to make to a work in progress like your resume.

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