The most important thing you’ll ever write - is all about you

One of the most daunting tasks in any job search is writing the perfect resume or CV.  How hard can that be? You lived the narrative, right?

It’s not just a matter of being a good writer - resumes and CVs have to be accurate, attractive and error-free. In the non-academic world, most consultants and job-search experts suggest limiting a resume to one or two pages. With a CV, that can be hard to adhere to, since a history of publishing, and a list of the relevant citations, is key.

For people who don’t like to write a resume or CV, modern commerce has a solution. There are many professional services that will undertake the task for you. Do your research and look for a clear pricing structure - a standard resume will cost quite a bit less than a CV, but CVs take more effort. Be sure to note how many edits you can make at no cost.  Some services will also write cover letters and social media profiles. Both of these are worth considering, depending on your field.

And, people matter.  Ask a trusted colleague who has experience hiring those specialized writers. Make certain that the firm has a history in writing CVs; even better would be one with experience in your discipline.

All in all, your CV will only be as good as what you put into it. While the service will take on a lot of the work, providing them with accurate and thorough information at the beginning will make the process go much more smoothly.

Kimberley Sirk is a North Carolina-based writer and editor with government, higher education and big-brand healthcare public relations and marketing experience.

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