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No matter where we are in our careers, we could all use a little help, whether it’s from a career counselor, headhunter, or even a good friend. However, when should you hire an expert instead of going it alone?

Over on Brazen Careerist, Sarah Boisvert tries to answer this question when it comes to hiring resume writers. In the article, she lists the pros and cons of working with resume writers, focusing on cost, quality, and other factors that job seekers should consider. Here are a few that stand out:

"Pro: Knowledgeable about hiring practices

If you’ve been out of the job market for a period of time, it’s hard to know what the current hiring practices are without a lot of time-consuming research.

Many resume writing services have been in business for years and track industry trends. Their writers are trained in how to respond to the demands of HR professionals and hiring managers. Insider knowledge is an intangible benefit worth the cost of using a service."

"Con: Resume mills

Professionally written resumes are now so popular there’s almost no advantage to using one. Spell and grammar checks in your word processing program can ensure a minimum level of quality, and that may be all you need.

Many resume writing services are so busy they now just churn out resumes, many of which read the same. A resume with style and personality may be refreshing to a human resources manager who’s used to reading carbon copy documents every day."

Read the rest of her advice on Brazen Careerist.

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