Archive / July, 2015

The 5 P’s of Job Hunting – Part 3

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In the two previous blog posts, we have discussed four important steps in job hunting – plan, prepare, practice and perform. You might think that all is done after your interview, but there is one final step – post mortem. Check out the final step to seal your dream job.

Step 5: Post-Mortem

Once your interview is over, review it in your mind. Was there anything you should have said that you didn’t, or anything that you said that you shouldn’t have? Make a mental note, or write down how you felt about the interview. By reviewing your interview, you can prepare for the next one.

Once you get home, it’s time to prepare a thank you letter. In this letter you thank the interviewer(s) for their time and the opportunity to find out more about the company. Express appreciation for the way they handled the interview, the information provided, etc., as well as expressing your desire to work for the company. If there was anything you forgot to tell them about your skills during the interview, or any information you said you would provide them with, now is your opportunity to do so.

Don’t forget to follow up one to two weeks after your interview to indicate that you are still interested in being considered for the position and to check on whether or not a decision has been made. If they have hired, and you are not the successful candidate, ask permission to call back in case there are any other openings in the future and let them know that you would like to be considered.

Remember that you usually have to go through about 200 “no’s” before you get to a “yes”. Try to keep positive about your job search by sticking with a routine and talking with as many people as possible about looking for work. Let everyone know that you are currently unemployed and tell them the type of work you are looking for. Attend workshops on Job Search or consider joining a Job Finding Club for extra support during your job search.

Final note: Save your time, work with the professionals

When you are looking for job, your resume is your most powerful weapon to score that dream job of yours. 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.

Don’t let your resume 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. This can save you months of frustration of having no interview calls.

Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!

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College Grads’ Tips for Securing Dream Jobs

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What used to be an assurance for employment is no longer the case in today’s competitive job market. A college degree is still extremely important in securing a great job. However, due to the downturn in the economy and intense competition for jobs, recent college graduates have to learn how to effectively promote themselves.

Check out these 7 tips to increase your chance of getting hired.

1. Utilize the school’s resources.

Most schools have resources (career center) for students and alumni to assist in your search efforts. You will have access to resume writing services and job boards to submit your resumes.

2. Develop a top notch resume.

Your resume is the single most important resource in your job search efforts. When you develop your resume, be sure you include keywords that will allow your resume to be picked up by employer scanning software.

3. Strategic search.

It is extremely important that you research the job(s) you are applying for. This will allow you to target your resume to this job and assure the prospective employer that you are the ideal candidate. If your resume is not geared towards the job opening it is very unlikely to be reviewed.

4. Attending job fairs and networking events.

Networking will be the key to identifying top jobs and learning where opportunities are. Attend Networking Events for companies and Industries (Engineers, Sales, and IT etc).

5. Utilize social media.

Recruiters and HR Professionals are routinely utilizing social media to identify top talent. Be sure you have a presence in this medium to create visibility for your qualifications. If you have a social media account from college, be sure to review the content for appropriateness in the event a recruiter or company looks at it. LinkedIn is a great resource for job seekers.

6. Make use of career coaches or consultants.

College grads are learning what some professionals already know and that is career consultants and companies can also assist in your job search efforts. These consultants can often help you jump start your search efforts and can potentially shorten the time you are looking for a job.

7. Polish your interview skills.

You will need to refine your interview skills and learn how to effectively prepare for the phone interview and face to face interview. There are skills you can utilize that will certainly make a difference in how you perform during these sessions. Poor interview skills can sabotage a great resume so be sure you are prepared to be your very best.

Let professionals do the job

When you are unemployed, your resume is your most powerful weapon to get back on your feet. 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.

Don’t let your resume 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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4 Red Flags to Spot during Job Interview

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There are plenty of things to consider when deciding whether to accept a job offer – title, salary and benefits, to name a few. All of these are important factors, but don’t overlook culture.

Employees at companies with positive cultures are typically happier with their jobs, more engaged and more successful. Working at a company with a negative culture, however, can lead to unhappiness and disengagement and send your career into a rut.

Don’t wait until your first day on the job to discover that you have signed on with a company that has a bad culture. Your job interview is a chance to evaluate the culture of a prospective employer.

If you spot the following during an interview, think twice about signing on:

The Interviewer is a Jerk

The pressure to convince a prospective employer that you’re the person for the job can be nerve-wracking. That said, a job interview shouldn’t be a negative experience (unless you haven’t prepared!). If the interviewer is rude, dismissive or critical, you’re getting an inside look at how people treat each other. And if the mistreatment starts during the interview, chances are it’s going to get worse once you start the job.

The Interviewer is Secretive

Good relationships, in life and in work, are based on mutual trust. Building that trust begins during the job interview. You’re expected to be candid and truthful. You should be able to expect the same from an interviewer. If the interviewer refuses to answer questions – especially about employee turnover – withholds information without a good explanation or gives guarded responses, it’s logical to assume he’s hiding something. And that something is probably a bad culture.

The Office is Sad

Take a look around the office. Are people interacting? Are they collaborating? Do they seem to enjoy being there, doing what they’re doing? Or, do employees appear to be cubicle bound, quietly going through the motions until quitting time comes and they are granted a brief reprieve from their waking work nightmare? If current employees don’t seem to enjoy working there, chances are you won’t either.

The Company has a Bad Reputation

During your pre-interview prep, research what customers, clients and employees have to say about the company. If customers aren’t treated well, employees are probably treated worse. Also, check out company reviews to see what employees have to say.

Polish Your Resume to Get More Options

The job market is very tough and most people would be happy just by getting an interview call, even if it’s from a bad company. However, don’t settle for less! Snatching a job in a company that has a bad culture will only make you more frustrated and unhappy than before.

So what should you do to get the right job at the right company? The answer is to polish your resume, so you will get more interview calls, thus more options to choose from.

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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Interview Hacks to Snatch Away the Job

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So, you just landed an interview at the job of your dreams?

Here are some 5 interview hacks to get the interview going in your direction front the moment you walk into the office.

Say nice things to the front desk administrative assistant – As soon as you walk in the office, the interview has started, even if you are in the waiting room. Make small chat with the front desk administrative assistant. Talk about the weather and compliment them on the office, their outfit, etc. Be genuine. Remember, everyone talks to everyone in the office. If the office admin doesn’t like you, chances are no one else will.

Get the interviewer immediately talking about something else than the interview – This works when you are walking with the interviewer to the interview office or as you walk into the interview room. This helps you establish rapport with the interviewer as soon as possible. People want to work with fun and interesting people. Your goal for the interview is to have a nice friendly conversation with them. Generally speaking, the more informal the interview is, the better it is for you. An easy way to do this is to talk about the weather, the office or even the sports game last night.

Repeat the interviewer’s name when talking with them  – It not only helps you remember their name, but it also makes them feel special. It’s a tactic many people use to keep someone else’s attention.

Take lead when discussing resume history – Make sure that you lead them over your résumé history, and not them lead it. If you are guiding the interviewer through your résumé, it’s best if you lead it because you know which areas are your strongest. If they lead it, they could easily start poking holes in your history and asking you tough questions you aren’t ready to answer

Ask for feedback / clarification at the end of the interviewer – When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, a great question to ask is for direct feedback and see if they need any clarification on work history, or your answers in general. This gives you one last chance to make sure that there wasn’t any miscommunication going on.

Get interviewed for your dream job

These 5 interview hacks aren’t going to guarantee you the job, but they will help with your interview skills.

Before worrying about 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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5 Things to Do to Get Hired Fast

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If you are reading this, you probably are wondering why it is so hard to get a job. You are probably so used to hearing employers tell you “Well thanks, we will call you” and then not calling, that it is frustrating and exhausting. In addition to that, many people around you are probably saying “There are no jobs” or “No one is hiring.” Don’t believe that, it is highly likely that those people are doing It wrong. Continue reading, and you will find out job hunting techniques that will guarantee you a job before you know it.

Search for Jobs that Hire Frequently

No matter how bad the economy is, there are certain career fields that always need new people. Security is one of those fields. Many many times, no experience is necessary to become a security officer. In that case, the only requirements are that you are 18 years of age, and you have a valid security license (some security companies will assist with obtaining your license). Online job boards is one of the best ways to find these jobs. Also try the yellow pages under Security Guard & Patrol Services. Go down the list, call each one, and ask if they have any security positions available. By this time you are guaranteed to have an invite to submit an application.

Know the Right Times to Take Action

Don’t waste your time going into the place where you want to work after 12:00 in the afternoon looking for a job. That’s what everyone else does and that’s why many people struggle to get jobs. Monday through Wednesday from 8am – 9:30am are the best times to walk in to a place of business and inquire about the job, or to follow up on an application. It is much more likely that the person who has the power to hire you will be there.

Follow Up

This is another reason many people struggle to get employed. They submit an application, and then proceed to just sit around waiting for a call that never comes. Sometimes employers forget to call, or they hire someone else because they called first. Always call or walk into the place of business after you submit your application, and ask to follow up on it (even if the end of the application tells you that you will be contacted if you qualify for the position). Make sure while doing this, you remember rule number 2: Know the right times to take action. Always keep in mind however that this does not work every single time. Some employers may tell you to wait for a call, others may schedule you for an orientation right then and there. You will never know unless you follow up.

Always Dress Up

One way to stand out from everyone who is too lazy to dress up, is to dress up. A suit and tie will more than likely make employers feel like you deserve the job over someone who is wearing casual clothes. Even if you are just walking in to submit an application, wear your suit and tie. You never know who will be watching, and many times you can get surprised by the hiring manager asking you when you can start.

Revamp Your Resume

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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