Archive / April, 2013

Revamp Your Resume: Identify Your Skills First!

In order to win the battle, you need to get familiar with your skills first and use the right weapon that is most appropriate with your skills. In job hunt, your resume is your weapon; but you need to identify your skills first so you can use this weapon successfully.

Identifying your skills makes job hunting much easier and more effective: you’re aware of what you qualify for, what makes you a unique applicant and what you can tangibly offer to potential employers. Thankfully, a few thoughtful minutes of reflecting upon your experiences – past positions and present pastimes – can open up a multitude of professional possibilities for your future.

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Types of job skills

Generally, there are three types of job skills:

  1. Professional Skills – these are skills specific to certain positions, ones picked up only through experience and education. Special certifications, proficiencies in computer software and techniques learned while “on the job” fall into this category.
  2. Personal Skills – these are qualities of your personality that make you an attractive applicant. If you’re punctual, self-motivated, articulate or a fast learner, list it here.
  3. Transferable Skills – these are skills that transfer across the job posting board, ones you use when dealing with information, words or other people. For example, leadership, management experience, strong public speaking abilities or data organizational skills are exercised in many industries and transfer from one job position to another.

 

How to identify your skills

To identify your skills, start by analyzing each of your past job positions, internships, hobbies and life experiences, and look at your lengthy list of qualifications. Then, pick up the most relevant ones to put in your resume and use the right words.

Other tips when identifying your skills:

  • Use active verbs whenever possible. The time when you “had the opportunity to lead coworkers in a new project” could be translated into managing groups, delegating responsibility, initiating new ideas and promoting change.
  • Read job postings to see examples of how skills are professional articulated. Without exaggerating, rephrase your experiences into these three types of skills. Your experience as a cashier earned you skills in customer service, cash handling and meeting sales goals; your time putting together a successful benefit exercised skills in event planning and project management. The more job postings you click through, the easier it will be identify your skills within your experiences.

Get advices from the professionals

Identifying your own skills can be a very difficult task. After all, it is much easier to judge other people than judging oneself, isn’t it? That’s why it can be very beneficial for your professional career to hire a professional resume writer to help you revamp your resume.

At Style Resumes, our team comprises of the best, certified resume writers who will be more than happy to have in-depth discussions to identify your skills and strengths, so that you can present the best of yourself in your newly revamped resume. We will also use the right keywords that will quickly get the attention from any hiring managers or screening softwares.

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Presenting Consistent Self Image as Job Seeker

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There’s an old adage in communication: “Tell the audience what you’re going to tell them, then tell them, and then tell them what you told them.” In other words, preview, present, and review. The objective of this communication strategy is to make sure your message gets across. While saying something five times may seem redundant to you, you can be sure that it will stick in the mind of your listener.

The Preview: Your Resume

During your job search, your resume serves as the preview of who you are as an employee and what you have to offer a company. Your resume should include a summary of your accomplishments and a branding statement that sets you apart. Regardless of the specific focus of your resume, you want to be sure that you’re presenting the same image at other times during your job search as well.

The Presentation: Your Interview

An effective resume induces an employer to call you in for an interview. It can be helpful to review the resume you submitted to an employer prior to your face-to-face meeting or phone call with them. This way, the information you’ve already presented will be fresh in your mind. You can use the information summarized on your resume to relate to specific qualifications for the job and to discuss your previous accomplishments in more detail. However, you don’t want to just repeat the existing summary on your resume-the employer is interviewing you because he wants to know more.

The Review: Your Thank You Note

After meeting with or talking by telephone to an employer, a professional thank you note can serve to remind the employer of why you’re a particularly outstanding candidate. You want to use language consistent with that of your resume and the accomplishments you discussed during your interview. You may choose to actually include your branding statement at the top of the letter, or you can incorporate the language from the statement throughout the body of the note. Usually, the interviewer will have spoken with multiple other candidates by the time he receives your thank you letter, so the letter serves to remind him of your resume and interview conversation.

Your online presence

One final consideration is whether any information you have online, such as a LinkedIn profile, is consistent with the information presented throughout your job search. An employer may look you up online during the “preview” stage, before he ever meets you, or he might look you up in the “review” stage when he’s trying to decide between several candidates. Since you don’t have control over this part of your job search, it’s important that your message be consistent throughout all the phases of finding your new job.

Get Professional Help

When you are looking for job, your resume and cover letter are your most powerful weapons to score that dream job of yours. Most people think that writing resume and cover letter is an easy job. However, more often than not, they are wrong. They end up submitting a messy and unimpressive resume which is quickly thrown into the trash bin.

Don’t let your resume and cover letter get treated like that! At Style Resumes, we know what we’re doing. We’ve helped thousands of job seekers get their dream job by giving them an impressive resume and cover letter that made employers feel in love with them. Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!

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The Power of Video Resumes

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Faithful old thing though the paper resume is, there is so much more you can do with a video resume to wow your hiring manager. Style Resumes tells you how!

 

The what and the how

As is quite evident from the term, a video resume is basically a resume that uses video to inform a hiring manager about your skills, experience, expertise, education, achievements, and any other significant factors.

Even in an everyday sense, there are more people who prefer watching movies than those who like to read. Likewise, when it comes to resumes, a video resume is more likely to interest a hiring manager than a paper resume. Bear in mind that your recruiter probably already has a ton of paper resumes to go through; so you can set yourself apart by going the video route.

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Advantages of video resume

Besides being a refreshing change, video resumes also allow you to give the recruiter more details about yourself. Paper resumes are restricted by space in that you can have no more than two pages in your resume, or you risk losing the recruiter’s interest. With video resumes, too, you do have a restriction – time, in this case. However, just as we speak faster than we type and therefore can get more said over the phone than over a text message, likewise, video resumes allow you to say more about yourself than a paper resume can.

Additionally, video resumes are visual, so there is much more creativity involved. There is a lot one can do in terms of the visual effects used, the background music that is chosen and the way the text (if any) appears during the course of the video. Thus, overall, it makes for a much livelier resume.

With video resumes, one can also bring in things such as acting and role play. For instance, the first 20 seconds of a video resume can have you playing the role of a manager and enacting what you’d do in that position, if it were offered to you. Humans are visual beings, so your display of calm and control in that position will be remembered by a hiring manager much longer than the same thing being written on paper.

Not an easy task

Plenty though the advantages of a video resume are, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to create. Creating a good quality video resume — even if not a great one — requires a decent amount of skill. Furthermore, editing a video is painstaking, to put it mildly. Then adding the music in the background, embellishing with other visual effects, etc. all take time and effort. Thus, if you have made the decision to go the video resume route, let Style Resumes deliver the perfect product for you. Our creative, intelligent and interesting video resumes are sure to impress hiring managers. So get ready for the spotlight, and for the job!

Dress for Success – Impress Your Interviewer

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The email arrives to tell you that your resume has made the grade – you’ve got an interview for your dream job. What’s your next thought? In more than 50% of cases it’s going to be “What do I wear?”

The majority of us think about how we’ll present ourselves long before we worry about how to get to the interview or what we’ll say when we get there! There’s a job and money at stake, not to mention a rung on your career ladder to secure. But there are a fail-safe ways to impress a future employer when it comes to clothes, and they don’t have anything to do with expensive outfits and accessories.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to be flipping burgers or presenting keynote addresses, the interviewer will employ someone who looks like they take the job seriously. It will take him just 15 seconds to assess whether he thinks you’re serious – starting with your appearance. So follow these top five tips and you’ll have a head start against the opposition!

Look Like You Mean Business

If you’re looking to sell boards in a surf shack, a T-shirt and jeans are perfect as long as they’re clean. But if you’re going anywhere near an office and desk it needs to be a suit for men and tailoring for women.

The interviewer will spend his time (hopefully) looking at your head and shoulders so if it’s a choice between a better quality jacket or bottoms, always focus on getting the top right. For men, a sober tie is usually called for and for women, a neckline that isn’t in the least bit distracting should be your aim – you want to be employed for the right reasons, after all.

Groom!

Women should have a run through with their hair and make-up and men should always arrive shaved unless their facial hair is clearly a style look rather than a novelty (a pink beard may look great at a festival but the joke will wear thin for most employers).

‘Classy’ is almost always the ideal word for an interviewer to describe you after the event so take a leaf out of Vogue magazine rather than the National Enquirer and stick to simple, elegant looks.

Don’t Forget the Coat

When you arrive at your interview you need to look polished from the outside in. There’s no point wearing a fabulous new suit if you bury it under a mud-stained cagoule. Your new boss may want you to represent the company outside the building so keep the outer layer slick too.

Always do a Dry Run

Try on the complete outfit including shoes, bag or briefcase several days before the interview. Don’t leave out the grooming – this is your chance to try out your make-up of a new hair look with lots of time to spare in case the whole thing bombs.

Polish your shoes and get them re-heeled if necessary. Treat your clothes to a lint roller and brush to get them into peak condition.

Then take a long hard look in the mirror. Would you employ the person looking back at you? If the answer is ‘yes’, move on to the final step.

Get a Second Opinion

Once you’re feeling confident about the way you look, present yourself to a friend or trustworthy other for a second opinion. And don’t forget to ask them to check your rear! Whoever interviews you will have a good look at that bit of you as you leave the interview room.

Get That Interview Call First!

Before worrying what to wear on the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!

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Building a Professional Online Presence

In the era when people go to online search engine to look for all sorts of information, it is not unusual for potential employers to research their job candidates online.

Now, how would your potential employers feel if they found tons of drunken pictures and offensive rants on social media when researching online about you? Even though you try to convince them that you are able to keep business and personal life separated, unprofessional online presence can prevent you to get your dream job.

So, here are some tips to build a professional online presence to smooth your way in snatching away that dream job.

 downloadGoogle yourself

Most people have tried googling their name at some point in their life, but have you done it lately? What did you find? Check not only the first page, but all the way to the next pages. Also, check regularly ever few months or so. When googling, position yourself as a hiring manager and note the findings that are inappropriate. Next, edit or remove the items/pages that show yourself in a negative way. For example, delete the post when you were swearing at your ex and remove photo tags of your “crazy night out” with your buddies.

Manage a Twitter account

Twitter can be a powerful tool to create a professional presence online, but it can also damage a reputation if used carelessly. So, rather than tweeting where you got your last cup of coffee or ranting about random issues or celebrities, use it to share articles you like about your field or industry. Discuss related business trends and retweet other related news or pieces of information that add value for your career.

Optimize your LinkedIn profile

One of the most likely search results for anyone is their LinkedIn profile as it often comes up on the first page. In addition, many recruiters and employers often use LinkedIn to help them decide which people to shortlist for an interview. Therefore, creating a complete and compelling LinkedIn profile is one of the best ways to create a positive impression for an employer.

Start a blog

Creating a blog relevant to your field can be a very effective way to build a professional presence online. Writing about topics relevant to your career shows that you care about your field and can communicate effectively. Once you start your blog, post regularly and consistently, because an abandoned blog may show that you are undetermined and unreliable.

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Create a Web portfolio

If you are a freelance writer, photographer, or designer, having a web portfolio to showcase your work is a must. In addition, having an impressive web portfolio or web resume is also advantageous for non-freelance workers! If you have a web portfolio, your prospective employers will be directed to it instead of some partying photos of you by merely Googling your name. It makes a positive impression and will definitely give you an edge over the others as you will be seen as one who is willing to invest your time and energy well to come up with a very innovative resume.

Build a professional online presence with Style Resumes

Having understood the importance of building a professional online presence, you want to get started but do not have enough time to build all the online profiles and uncertain of how to craft powerful ones. Worry not, because we at Style Resumes can create a LinkedIn profile that reflects the best that you have to offer. We would also be more than happy to craft an impressive web portfolio for you.

Let us help you build a powerful professional online presence and wait for those interview messages and calls!