Archive / May, 2013

Mobile Resume: Carry your qualifications with you

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Imagine this scenario: You’ve been desperately trying to find a job, and have tried every possible opening. Every position that seems even remotely relevant, you’ve applied to. Your resume is posted all over the Internet. You then decide to take a break from it all and attend a party that a friend has thrown. Of all the people in the world you could bump into at this party, you run into the human resources executive of the very company you’ve been dying to work with; but guess what… you don’t have your resume with you!

Sounds like fate dealt you a terrible blow? Well, take your destiny into your own hands… with your very own mobile resume!

Small wonders

Mobile resumes, as the name suggests, are mobile-friendly resumes. With a simple scan of a QR code, you can view anybody’s resume on your phone. If it’s well done, a mobile resume can display neatly and systematically a person’s skills, education, work experience and achievements — everything that one might find on a paper resume, but in a more convenient and compact manner.

How it works

As mentioned earlier, all one needs for a mobile resume is a specially designed QR code. Once your resume is created, all you need to do is create a QR code (there are plenty of free as well as paid services for QR code generation available online).

Once you have the QR code, you can store it on your phone. Then the only thing that remains to be done is for somebody to scan it from your phone, to theirs. Alternatively, you can even have the QR code printed on a business card, so that when you hand it over to someone, they automatically have your resume as well.

This way, even if you are not ready with your paper resume at hand and you chance upon an influential person, you can simply get him to scan the QR code and he will have your resume for reference.

The possibilities that this opens up are endless. Even in our daily lives, we tend to take the easy way out — rather than copying words from a printed book on to our laptop, we prefer to find the references online so that we may copy-paste and then rework the material according to our needs in order to have to type less. Likewise, you are much more likely to have your resume read if it’s available to a recruiter in a handy mobile resume format rather than a sheet of paper which he could misplace, lose altogether, or even worse, relegate to the pile of other paper resumes that he has already been handed by other potential job seekers.

Mobile resumes that impress

While creating a QR code online may be easy it’s not a stroll in the park to create a good, professional quality mobile resume. When you’ve taken the effort to ensure that your hiring manager (even a potential one) is impressed by presenting him with a mobile resume, why slack out from pulling out all the stops? Give them a mobile resume that will knock their socks off. At Style Resumes, we create mobile resumes that are visually appealing, professional and orderly at the same time. So get your personalized mobile resume now. And because we believe in thinking ahead all the time, if you get your business card designed from us, we will also put a QR code for your mobile resume on your card. Your contacts will have reason to be doubly impressed!

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Top 5 Hiring Managers’ Turn-offs

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Hiring managers receive hundreds, if not thousands, of job applications each day. They have extremely limited time, and it has always been said that the average employer spends only 10 seconds looking at a resume. Therefore, a resume which wastes their time with irrelevant information is such a turn-off for them.

Check out the top 5 things you should never put in your resume:

  1. Personal details. Hiring managers usually don’t care about your marital status, race, sexual orientation, religious and political affiliations and whether you have children, unless they are somehow pivotal to the job. Some of these things are controversial and/or irrelevant, while others may unwittingly influence the hiring manager and become the source of discrimination. You should also never put your social security number or other sensitive information as that could be stolen or used in identity theft.
  2. Photographs and physical characteristics. Do not include a photo of yourself and/or physical characteristics like height, weight, etc. on your resume. For one thing, a photo and such physical information takes up a ton of space you could be filling with your accomplishments. Further, how you look is irrelevant to the job, unless you are an actor or model. Some employers will even avoid resumes with photos on them because they are unprofessional and can lead to discrimination.
  3. Unrelated work experience. Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for relevance and stability, so you don’t need to list every job you have ever held on your resume. For example, a hiring manager in a top oil & gas company wouldn’t be interested in your babysitting experience when you were in high school. Leave out any positions that are unrelated to the job for which you are applying unless it will leave gaps on your resume. However, if you have limited job experience, you can include slightly unrelated positions as long as you demonstrate how they prepared you for a job in your new field.
  4. Low GPAs. If your GPA is lower than a 3.5, leave it off your resume. To tell you the truth, employers don’t really care about your grades anyway. They just want you to be able to do the job. It’s perfectly fine if you want to highlight your 4.0 GPA, but don’t feel obligated to include your GPA on your resume.
  5. Unrelated hobbies and ‘achievements’. Unless your hobby is directly relevant to the position, do not include it on your resume. Anything else takes up unnecessary space and employers don’t care. You should also leave out your ‘achievement’ in a hot dog eating contest. Stick to professional and community service awards only.

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Leave it to the professional!

You surely don’t want to put your long years of education and experience in vain just because of an unprofessionally written resume which turns off your hiring managers! Invest in a professionally written resume, and that investment will surely pay off in no time.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the know-how to optimize your resume and pack a punch every time an employer picks up your resume. Give us a call and your tailor-made, professionally written resume will be ready to impress any hiring managers!

Why pay more for a professional resume writer?

In today’s modern world, the underlying principle of life is simple. You get what you pay for.

You can write your resume yourself, or get it cheap. People do get good jobs with resumes that they have crafted on their own.

However, remember that these people are, more often than not, good writers, or simply have astounding accomplishments through the course of their careers that make them highly marketable.

The bottom-line is this: there’s no substitute for good help. And that costs some money.

Why pay more for a best-of-the-breed professional resume writing service? Because you want a best-of-the-breed job. Paying less entails getting less.

You’re likely to pay several hundred dollars (anywhere from $100 to $600 is the norm) for a best-of-breed professional resume and cover letter writer. However, that cost buys you time.

Save yourself time and money

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A professional can shortcut your search time by days, weeks, or months. In some cases, you might receive job offers within hours of distributing your resume online. If you were told that you would begin to receive a great paycheck in a week, or even a month earlier than you would have without professional help, you’ll be more than happy to pay for the most expensive professional resume writer you can find. What if you were told that without the help of a resume writing service, you might not even get your dream job in the first place?

Let that sink in. Are you willing to waste time and money creating a mediocre resume that doesn’t bait your prospective employers? Resume writing professionals can move fast, without compromising quality. And so should you.

But isn’t the cost steep?

I’ve heard the protests about cost before. They boil down to these three:

1) I don’t have the money.

2) I don’t want to spend the money.

3) I don’t think it’s worth the money.

If you don’t have the money to spend, you don’t have a job that pays you well enough. Is waiting around going to get you a better one? Make the investment, have the guts to change something.

If you don’t want to spend the money, or you don’t think it’s worth the money, you’re missing the point. The superior job you can get when you use professional help will pay you back! And then some.

The money that you spend is but a small faction of the income you will be earning from a well-paying job that you land with a well-crafted resume.

If I were searching for a job right now, I’d buy the best professional job search help I could find. In a heartbeat. Not paying top dollar for the best help simply costs too much.

 

 

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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.

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!

Resume Writing Tips for Dummies (Which are Often Overlooked)

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If you are writing your first resume or improving your current one, you might find yourself struggling to condense your background skills and work history into a two-page Word document. What to include and what not to include? How to make it as effective as possible?

Although resume writing isn’t a black and white process and at times, there are a few commonalities all resumes should have. Check out some basic resume tips that even the so-called experience executive often overlook.

Put email address

Some people forget or purposely leave out their email address from their resume. What they failed to realize is that including your email address in your contact information is important. Many employers don’t have time to give you a ring and prefer jotting you a quick note via email, so make sure to make their job easier by providing email address that’s easy to spot.

If you do give out an email address, make sure it’s a professional one. Nothing kills your chances of receiving a potential callback more than your teenage email address like hotguy17@hotmail.com.

Keep it relevant

Even though you might have 10 pages of job experience, try only to include relevant employment skills. For instance, if you’re applying for a position in sales, it’s probably unnecessary to mention your summer camp counseling job you’ve held for the past three summers. If you want to include your irrelevant experience, try to pick out the relevant skills you acquired, such as tediousness or multitasking skills.

Keep it neat and easy to scan

When we read, we tend to skim, and so does your dream job’s HR recruiter. Long paragraphs hurt eyes and no HR recruiter would give your resume a second look amidst hundreds of job applications they receive. Thus, bullet important information and bold each resume header. Make it easy for them to glance over your important information. Also, keep it short. No HR recruiter has time to read a 1000 words essay.

Include a cover letter

Always include a cover letter with your resume. Even if your future employer doesn’t read it, it shows you made the extra effort.

Craft the perfect resume

Writing resume is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume!

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