Archive / March, 2014

How to Get the Hiring Manager to Like You

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If you impress a hiring manager, they can often help you to get a foot in the door at a company you’ve been dying to work for. Recruiters can be the bridge between you and a successful placement with a business, so it is vitally important than you know how to build, rather than burn, that bridge.

Check out the top three tips on how to deal with human resources staffs.

Understand their role as recruiter

Since hiring managers tend to be the gate keepers to getting a first interview, it’s important to understand their role in the whole recruitment process. HR managers generally come under two categories – either they’re part of, or the entire, human resources team of a company, or else they are external, third-party recruiters who are hired by businesses to find the right candidate for a role. Regardless of which category they fall under, their job is simply to provide companies with the best possible potential staff. If they recommend or hire someone who is not the right fit or doesn’t work out well, their reputation becomes tarnished. This is a key point.

Recruiters often find that job seekers incorrectly think that they’re there to serve the candidate, rather than the employer. So, when dealing with hiring managers remember that they are not at your beck and call, so don’t have unrealistic expectations about their commitment to helping you find a job. Instead, work to show them that you are the right person for the role and will help them to come out smelling of roses because you’d be so brilliant for the company! Don’t waste their time by applying for jobs that you’re clearly not qualified for. This will just annoy them and start the relationship off on the wrong foot.

Make their job as easy as possible

One of the best ways to get on the right side of a hiring manager is to make their life as easy as you can. Recruiters generally have to read dozens, or even hundreds, of resumes in a day, so help them out by only submitting a quality resume that quickly and easily demonstrates your suitability for the role you’re applying for. Keep your resume brief and make sure it’s easy to scan and read and is tailored to the role or the job types that you’re trying to land. Remove any information that is obviously not relevant to the job  you’re applying for and keep all of your most apt skills and experience in the highest parts of your resume – don’t make a recruiter have to search for them, because they generally won’t bother and will just move on to the next resume.

You can help make your suitability clear by including some of the keywords that describe the qualifications of the position, and back up your accomplishments with facts and figures wherever possible. Recruiters want to be able to sell you to their client or their manager, so if you make it easy for them to do this they’re more likely to sing your praises. Consider hiring a professional CV writer to help you develop the best possible resume. You should also follow any instructions that are in the job ad or that are conveyed to you by the recruiter over the phone or email.  For example, if a hiring manager asks for a document in a specific format or to include particular information with your application, then ensure you adhere to these guidelines.

Be respectful

You would think this is rather obvious, but unfortunately not every candidate is respectful of the time and opinions of a recruiter. As referenced above, remember that the HR person is trying to find the best candidate for a role and is not there to land you, specifically, a job. Always be mindful of a recruiter’s time and don’t expect them to be able to give you updates every day or to be at your beck and call. Be patient, be thankful and always be polite in all of your dealings with a recruiter and you’re much more likely to build a relationship that benefits you in the long run. If you’re not put forward for an interview then don’t react badly to the hiring manager. Instead, ask them for feedback on why they didn’t think you were suitable for the role and any tips they might have to help you improve your chances next time. Take advantage of their constructive criticism rather than taking offence, and you’re sure to find yourself in a new job much more quickly.

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Time for a Resume Makeover!

Getting a job isn’t the easiest thing in the world. However, having a badly written or ill-formatted resume won’t help your cause, either.

 

In the eyes of the beholder

It may seem shallow to imagine that our qualifications, work experience, etc. take a backseat over the ‘look’ of the resume, but it’s true. The first thing that a recruiter notices about our resume is how appealing it is in terms of display. Recruiters seldom have the time to go through all the details provided in the resume, so at the very beginning if they say bad formatting, text-heaviness and other such wearing issues, your resume will not get the attention it deserves.

 

Enter Style Resumes

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Thus, Style Resumes come to the rescue! Style Resumes creates graphic resumes are basically visually appealing, graphic-heavy resumes. They concentrate more on how the resume looks, rather than the wording of the content itself. This, of course, is not to say that the content isn’t important; it is! However, the way in which it is presented is also extremely important.

Graphic resume use diagrams to effectively show your achievements. Pie charts, graphs and line diagrams do in a jiffy what words would take much longer to convey. For a time-pressed hiring manager, this is ideal.

Likewise, infographics make dull, boring text stand out and make it look appealing. As mentioned before, text is extremely important to a resume. After all, it is the text from your resume itself that is converted into infographics for your graphic resume. Thus, do not make the mistake of taking the wording of your resume lightly!

 

Designs on you

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Such graphics and pictorial depictions go hand in hand with design. You could have some of the most interesting and innovative infographics, charts, etc., but if they are not designed well, all the effort will be lost; an badly designed style resume is of no use. Thus, besides thinking about creativity, aesthetic values must also be kept in mind while designing graphic resumes.

 

Advantage – you

It is no secret that the job market these days is extremely tough. It is becoming increasingly difficult to secure jobs owing to the growing number of competitors. Moreover, most people applying for a particular job are equally qualified with near-similar amount of experience and expertise. In such situations, it is often a matter of luck whom the job ends up going to.

But you can make a difference. If you do not want to let your future lie in the hands of fate and want to take an active step towards securing a job, get yourself a style resume! A hiring manager who is having difficulty deciding whom to offer the job to, will be impressed by the effort and creativity you put into your graphic resume, and will be encouraged to give you the job!

Style Resumes are all about understanding the elements involved and being creative. However, if you feel that you’re better off doing your job rather than creating a style resume for yourself, worry not, because Style Resumes can do that for you! Leave your resume woes in our capable hands, and we’ll give you a product that no hiring manager is likely to be able to reject.

Get Hired: It’s All About the Follow-ups

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Tired of rejections after rejections? The job market is very tough these days, so you need special strategies to increase your chance of getting hired. But let us tell you the secret: when it comes to job application, it’s all about the follow-ups.

What should you follow up on, and how?

Follow-up your first resume/cover letter mailing with another resume/cover letter mailing.

Things can happen with the mail–it can become lost, stolen, or delivered to the wrong address. So if you don’t hear anything from the company you applied to, it wouldn’t hurt to send in another resume/cover letter package. Wait about 1 week after you mail the first resume/cover letter. So what if they’ve already received it? Then they’ll just get a second one, no harm done. What’s the benefit of this? If anything, it will get your name and information in front of your potential employer twice. And that’s another nice little technique that helps you to stand out.

Follow-up your interview with a thank-you letter.

Too many job seekers don’t realize how important this is. Do this: before you go to your interview, the night before, begin typing the letter in your computer, and save it. Then, as soon as you get home from the interview, the minute you hit the door, sit down and finish typing out your thank-you letter. Print it out and take it over to the post office. Not to the nearest corner mailbox, but to the post office. More than likely, it’ll get to your potential employer the next day. Again, this gets your name in front of your potential employer at least twice, which can help you to stand out from other applicants that have been interviewed. It also shows your professionalism and enthusiasm for the position.

Follow-up with a second thank-you letter if you get a rejection letter.

You’re probably thinking, why should I send a follow up letter to a rejection letter? Because you never know – you could have been the company’s very next choice. What if the person they hire works there for a while, and they decide to quit? Or what if the company feels the person they hired just isn’t all they thought they would be? Either way, this would place you back in their prospective eye. So write a polite letter, thanking them for taking the time to interview you, and that you hope they might keep you in mind for any future positions that may open up.

Steal their attention with an awesome resume and cover letter

Sending follow-ups is not the only way to stand out from other applicants. A creative resume will do the trick too! Nowadays, there are many types of resumes available such as graphic resumes, video resumes, mobile resumes, and web resumes.

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Ten tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile

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LinkedIn is a great tool to find jobs, stay updated with industry goings on, network with professionals from relevant areas and generally stay within the radar of potential employers.

However, crafting a LinkedIn profile that does all this is not an easy task. Here are 10 tips to help you get it right:

  • Include a profile picture – It may sound shallow, but having a profile picture is imperative. When a recruiter sees a blank space where the profile image should be, it evokes a sense of mistrust right from the get-go. Also, it is important to make sure that the picture is suitable for a professional website. It doesn’t have to be shot in a studio, but should make you look professional yet approachable — somebody a recruiter might want to hire. Also make sure it’s a good quality image, not pixelated, blurred or too dark/light.
  • Summary – Recruiters or employers can have as many as hundreds of resumes and LinkedIn profiles to run through to find a suitable candidate for the job. Thus, chances are, they won’t spend too much time reading your entire profile. You must make the self-sale in the summary section. Ensure that the summary is impactful and describes sufficiently, in the limited space, who you are and what you can offer.
  • Settings – Change your settings while updating your profile or making any job search-related posts; the last thing you need is your current employer getting wind of it. Likewise, when making a new profile, turn off the updates; otherwise, LinkedIn will blast feed every little change you save, every time, to all your contacts, and this can be very annoying.
  • Headings and sub-heads – It is important to break up the text into short, descriptive headings and then describe the details under appropriate sub-heads. Large chunks of text can be boring and the recruiter might lose interest. Precise headings allow the recruiter to know what you are going to be talking about next.
  • Formatted, uniform look – Use bullets and pointers instead of long paragraphs to make your point. This makes it less tedious for a time-pressed recruiter to go through your profile, winning you brownie points
  • Lying – Do not lie in your profile. Industry folk tend to know each other on LinkedIn. So the next time you go for an interview based on false claims, not only will the employer realize that you have fibbed on your profile, he could also spread the word around, ruining any other chances you might have of getting calls from other places.
  • Update your profile – Remember to update your profile from time to time. The last thing a recruiter wants is to call you as a potential candidate based on the details you have revealed on your profile, only to realize that it hasn’t been updated and you do not meet his requirements. If you were a job seeker three years ago, make sure you change that after you get a job, otherwise you will keep getting jobs suitable for freshers, without understanding why that is the case. Likewise, if you are looking for a job but your profile says you already have a job, it could mean you aren’t getting calls you otherwise might have received, so change that.
  • Endorsements – Make sure you put up skills which you truly have. Being endorsed for the wrong skill-sets for the right job will not win you any brownie points. It doesn’t matter if you have 50 endorsements for a skill-set if it isn’t relevant to you. Instead, take time to think about which are the skills you want to be known for and list only those.
  • Words not to use – While it is important to remember that you must use words that are likely to optimize your profile and put you at the top of search results, going for the overkill or using words that have been done to death is not effective, either. As of 2012, words like ‘creative, organizational, effective, motivated, extensive experience, track record, innovative and responsible are considered taboo for using on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Connections and groups – This may seem innocuous, but be mindful of the people and groups that you have listed on your profile. If a potential employer sees your connections and groups scattered across completely unrelated industries, it will fail to impress him, the idea being that you aren’t focused enough. So, make sure to avoid having unrelated people and groups.

 

Let us help you

With these 10 tips, you can’t go wrong with your LinkedIn profile. But if you still think you can’t manage on your own worry not. Style Resumes will be happy to help you on your path to success. Simply contact Style Resumes and a useful, impressive LinkedIn profile can be yours.

 

 

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Making Good Impression on Business Lunches

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Have you just scored a job and started the real life? Congratulations! One of your activities might be going to business lunches. Knowing what to do when meeting a prospective client for lunch, or going to lunch with the boss or colleague can be confusing at times. Here is a quick list of items to remember:

  1. Be in the present moment with whoever you are with. Limit glancing around the room. It’s a sign that you are looking for something better. There is nothing worse than having a conversation with someone who is half there.
  2. Be on time. This sounds so commonsensical. The percentage of people being late is over 65 percent. Don’t push your time to the last minute before leaving the office so you will be late. Take some reading or work with you, arrive early, sit in the lobby, and work. Or give yourself some space to think over how you want to approach the time together. You introduction, tone, style, or even plan a quick get away if the union isn’t working. The memory implant of your lateness will always override any request for forgiveness.
  3. Turn off your cell phone before entering the restaurant. No one around you wants to hear your conversation. Even if you let it ring, pick it up and then take it outside. Did you leave your lunch companion alone? This is just plain rude. If you do this, the person you are meeting might not want to get in contact with you or your company ever again.
  4. If you are woman and this is business, it’s appropriate now to stand up and shake the hand of a male. This overrides the old rule of staying seated. If the meeting is for your spouse’s business and you are coming along because other spouses are coming, then you stay seated as your spouse stands up. This rules applies for either gender.
  5. Offer your hand and give a firm handshake. Sometimes, people who don’t like to shake hands will not meet yours. Don’t think anything of it if they don’t, this is just their preference. And particularly don’t say something cute or funny.
  6. Think of an opening statement to make as you are shaking hands. This is part of your first impression, so make it good. Always use the guest’s first name either at the beginning or at the end of the statement. For example, “Thank you for taking the time to get together today, Catherine.” When needing to complete a group of introductions, highest rank rules over gender.
  7. Small talk is important–don’t leave it out. The length of time for small talk depends on many factors. If you are in the presence of famous or very rich people and not in a social setting, then the small talk, if any, is going to be quick and short. It could be as short as one or two sentences. People who know how much their time is worth, or who are doing you a favor by being there, also fall into this category.
  8. Aha, who picks up the tab? If you did the inviting, you are responsible for the check. No matter how more well-off they are. If a joint meeting, ask at the beginning or when scheduling the lunch on check splitting. Waiting until the check arrives to state the check splitting is a sign of professional weakness. If you are meeting with someone who is giving you valuable advice, you must pick up the tab. A personal handwritten follow-up note is also appropriate. If they have saved or helped you make more money, send them a gift or gift certificate. If you don’t you will never get any more of their time again.
  9. Where does the napkin go? Immediately after sitting, place the napkin in your lap. If you notice the napkin is in the goblet, this is usually a signal from the restaurant that the server will place the napkin into your lap. If you excuse yourself during the meal, place the napkin on the left hand side of your plate or on the chair. This signals the server that you aren’t done. When done, place napkin on the right of the plate and your fork and knife horizontally across the plate to signal the server.
  10. What to eat and use first? Learn some basic table manner. Which glass or which fork can be confusing. Bread and salad plates always to the left, drinking glasses to the right. Utensils start from the outside in and the dessert fork is by the dessert plate. Lay your fork and knife across your plate to signal the server you’re finished.

 

Good luck for your first job

Now that you know how to handle business lunches, how to get a job that you will enjoy doing? The key is in your resume. A good resume will bring you to places you never expected before. So start revamping your resume!

Most people think that writing resume 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.

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