Archive / August, 2013

Keep your resume out of the trash

Job applicants aren’t stupid.They know how to use clean layout and list their accomplishments to get noticed. However, many of you overlook the pitfalls that would cause your resumes to be tossed in the trash.

Hiring managers have dozens, even hundreds, of resumes to filter through everyday. In order to cut these to a reasonable amount, they simply toss those that don’t make the initial cut.

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Here are three pitfalls that are deal breakers for hiring managers:

1. You Don’t Meet the Basic Requirements

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Many job seekers heed the advice of darer counselors and advice websites telling them to apply for as many jobs as they can, even if they do not fit the requirements of the job. “Resumes just won’t be considered if the basic skills aren’t there,” says Thomas Lang, a Human Resource manager. This is the first knockout factor for many. Make sure that you look at the requirements before applying for a job and identify if your skills are a match.

A similar mistake: You have the basic requirements, but they’re obscured by extra or unnecessary information. “Lay it out simply for me—that means less investigation I’ll have to do,” says Lang. For example, if you’re applying for a position in marketing, but your experience is a combination of marketing and sales, tailor your resume to focus on your marketing experience and skills, and minimize—or even remove—the sales information.

2. You’re Not a Culture Fit

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When we refer to a cultural fit, we don’t mean how you’ll integrate into the company you’re applying too. That comes after you actually get hired. What we do mean is if you fit in the corporate culture of professionalism and meticulousness. Hiring managers expect to see the resume of an applicant who knows what the job requires and tailors his or her resume to the job. Summary statements that cover a wide range of skills and industries or cover letters that don’t mention the company by name won’t make it pass the first round.

To avoid the circular file, you’ll want to tweak your resume based on the position and company, making deliberate connections of how your experience, skills, and personality are a perfect fit for the job. Use industry terms, spell out accomplishments that you know will make an impact, and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Lang remembers an applicant who listed, “I’ll drink an iced Americano any time, day or night” under the interests section, which not only revealed the applicant’s “personality and sense of humor,” it was a great fit for Lang’s agency, a highly creative design firm with its own specialty coffee shop in the basement.

3. You Don’t Pay Attention to Detail

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When it comes to your resume, the devil is quite often in the details. Recruiters get annoyed by small things that you may not think of—like whether or not the text on your cover letter and resume is the same font and size (it should be), if your margins are off (makes it tricky for us to print), or to whom you’ve addressed the cover letter (it should be the recruiter’s name, not “sir,” “madam,” or “to whom it may concern”).

They’ll also take note if you don’t include everything the job posting asks you to send. A cover letter and resume? What about work or writing samples? Be sure to include everything that’s asked of you. Also, does the job posting refer to the position as Project Manager II? If so, state that in your cover letter, exactly—don’t write Proj. Mgr. or Project Manager. Companies put a lot of time into determining job titles, and when a recruiter is looking to fill both the Project Manager and the Project Manager II positions, any ambiguousness from you will make it harder for them.

Typos are at the top of the list when it comes to resume writing taboos. Don’t rely on spellcheck as it only highlights text that are not words, but not typos that spell other words. Get a part of fresh eyes (not your own) when vetting your resume, or engage a writing service that can also give your resume a pleasing layout as well.

Applying for a job can often feel like a huge challenge, and knowing that there are so many applicants out there can be daunting. But if you follow these simple rules, you’ll make sure your resume gets past the first hurdle: the trash can. Better yet, if you tailor your resume and make sure it’s a fit to the company and job, you’ll definitely increase your chances of getting to the top of the pile.

 

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Colors to Wear to Win the Job Interview

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When you finally receive that long-awaited interview call, you definitely need to prepare what to say. Additionally, you need to plan well what to wear as well!

Certain colors can affect impressions and feelings greatly, in a very subtle way. Thus, if you want to appear as the best candidate, here are some colors to wear and colors to avoid.

 

Colors to wear:

Navy

The color navy carries authority without being overbearing. Shades of blue, in general, suggest all of the boy scout attributes: brave, reverent, trustworthy, loyal, etc. Stick with dark to medium blues for interview purposes.

Gray

The color gray makes you appear balanced, and unbiased. It’s a respectable, neutral, calm color. Wear it if you need to project a very conservative image with your most flattering shade of white. However it is the least memorable color, so, if you want to make a stronger impression, add a blouse or tie in your best shade of red, teal, or purple.

Green

Dark tones of neutralized green, like forest or hunter, give a stable impression. It says “I’m grounded in my area of expertise.” Dark greens are linked with trustworthiness similarly to blue.

Purple

The color purple is a great alternative to navy or gray in business situations where you need to project confidence and individuality. Stick to neutralized medium to dark purples. They’re professional and appropriate. However, avoid purple if you need to fit in rather than stand out.

Burgundy

The color burgundy helps a younger woman look more mature and competent. If you’re new to an industry, it can say “I’m refined and experienced in my field.” It is also a recommended tie color for a man. A woman could wear it in a suit.

 

Colors not to wear:

Red

Red gives the impression you’re not a team player. You seem to be only concerned about yourself, and you want to be noticed! Not the best message to be sending a prospective employer.

Brown

Brown, especially light to medium brown, can make you disappear into the woodwork. It won’t cause you to attract attention. It can seem safe and boring and a bit stodgy. One caveat though-if it’s a particularly rich shade of black-brown that matches your hair exactly, the effect can be terrific.

Yellow

The color yellow is cheerful and optimistic, but it can also make you appear flighty, whimsical, so people won’t take you seriously. You’ll seem somewhat impulsive and possibly a poor risk.

Orange

Orange is a declassifier. That means you’ll appear less than classy. Orange is not good for any business situation as it’s the least professional seeming color. It can look cheap no matter how expensive the garment.

Black and White

Black and white are often suggested as appropriate interview colors, but the high contrast is extremely authoritarian, and you may seem to be challenging the authority of the interviewer. This may be a questionable choice even in a conservative arena.

Pink

Pink is passive. Good for gaining sympathy and soft hearted responses, but don’t count on it to send the message that you’re a competent professional.

 

Get interviewed for your dream job

Before worrying about 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 and negotiations, 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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How to Survive a Job Loss

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Anyone can get the axe at any time. It happens to good people and bad ones…hard workers as well as slackers. You may think you are too good to be fired, but bear in mind that it can happen to anyone, anytime. Here are 13 steps to prepare yourself so you can survive the sudden job loss.

  1. Keep in mind that in the current environment the idea of womb to tomb job security is as dead as a hammer. Be loyal to your present employer, but never develop a romance with the organization. Know that the relationship can end at any time. There is enough suffering in store for anyone over the loss of a job without adding the pains of an unrequited love. Look out for yourself first.
  2. Be alert and well informed at all times about the outlook for your employer and your job. If you know things are going down the drain, begin a below-the-radar search for other opportunities. If the axe falls, you’ll have a head start on finding another job.
  3. Stay prepared financially. Always try to have enough cash in reserve to cover at least three months living expenses.
  4. Keep your skills up to date with the needs of the job market. Capitalize on opportunities for additional training. Read the literature of your field.
  5. Maintain an up-to-date record of your accomplishments so you can produce a resume as soon as possible.
  6. Nurture contacts with people in your line of work and with those likely to employ your type of qualifications. Be visible through outside activities and positive publicity.
  7. Help others who lose their jobs. Also, be of assistance to those who are looking to recruit employees. They may help you some day.
  8. Understand your emotions. Psychologists say getting fired is very much like dealing with the death of a loved one. The first reaction is denial, or wishful thinking. There’s been a mistake. This can’t be true. Then the shock sets in, followed by anger, depression, frustration and fear. Worst of all is the loss of self-esteem.
  9. If you get fired, allow some time for grieving; but not too much. Don’t just sit there feeling sorry for yourself. It’s natural to be angry with your employer, but don’t let your feelings show. You still need him. Negotiate the best possible severance package possible for continuing pay and benefits, particularly insurance coverage. Don’t forget good references, too.
  10. Start immediately to launch your search for another, better job. Use this time to reassess the goals you have set for the rest of your life. Define the job that will enable you to achieve these objectives.
  11. Prepare a plan to market yourself. Let it be known you are available; “advertise” what you have to offer. Involve your network of friends and family in the job search.
  12. Be patient. Recognize it will take time to find another acceptable position.
  13. Don’t panic. If you possibly can afford to wait, don’t jump on the first opportunity that comes down the pike, unless, of course, it really matches up with your objectives.

Prepare the best weapon with the help from Style Resumes

Now you know that your resume very important to prepare yourself for the worst situation. So, invest in a high quality one, written by a professional resume writer – that will flatter your experiences and skills in a way nobody else can. When it comes to resumes, Style Resumes is the expert. You can choose to invest in a conventional professional resume, the eye catching graphic resume, the attractive video resume, or other types of resume.

During networking, make sure you have a unique business card design that will make everyone remember you and talk about you. Having a mobile resume will also make you the belle of the ball.

Get ready for better opportunities now!

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Professional Resume Writer and Professionalism

There is a fine line between a professional writer and an amateur one. Professional writing is a very tedious task for those who do not have a heart for it. But for those who takes writing seriously and enjoys it at the same time knows that combining facts with emotions makes a distinct writing especially with resumes. A professional Resume writer knows that informing the hiring managers about the credentials and strengths of the applicant and persuading them to hire the applicant at the same time is the very essence of their job. A professional writer has the skill to pique the interest of the reader and is able to effectively convey the message through his writing. But then again writing a dark journal and composing a resume are two different things. There are specifics that writers should be careful about when it comes to resumes. Convincing employers to hire you with a sloppy resume is far fetched, so be sure to acquire the service of a professional writer who knows how to do the job properly. An eye for small but important details will separate a professional writer from an unprofessional one. Here are some pointers that a writer should be keen about.

Wrong spelling and grammar. Typographical errors can easily make a writer look unprofessional and can make a resume seem incompetent. Meaning taking your time on checking and proof reading your resume may do you a big favor especially when you missed a misspelled word the first time you read it and just noticed it seconds before you hit send. Wrong grammars are also a total turn off when somebody else reads your resume. Because hiring managers may think that if you cannot get your spelling and grammar right how much more on your job?

Using too much jargon. You may assume that high faluting words will impress your future boss, but here’s the thing if the person cannot understand what is written on your resume he may disregard you right at that moment while reading your resume. Using appropriate terms for the specific description is fine. Language is used to effectively communicate not to alienate others with words that are not normally used in a daily conversations.

Using proper font size and punctuations. A resume writer or any writer should know how to use proper punctuations when necessary. Use period, commas, semi-colon,quotation marks, brackets and many others accordingly in order to make the content organized and comprehensive. Failure to do so may lead to misinterpreted resume, unimpressed hiring managers and being rejected.

Be mindful of keywords. Every job has their respective job descriptions and if the writer utilized those keywords to your advantage that highlights your strengths into your resume your chances of being hired will be higher than just using unnecessary descriptive words that does not emphasize any of your credentials and abilities.

Writing is supposed to be a great tool to convey information or messages through particular audiences, getting the message across the person reading it is far more important than stringing multiple words in order to fill the blanks that probably appears like you are a human answering machine with default answer to every question. Having a thousand words in resume does not ensure you that job, if your resume looks like a mess and is hard to read it may even cost you that job. A professional resume writer know all of this by heart and will make sure that through his work you are certain to be called in for that interview that you have been waiting for.

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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