Archive / August, 2015

Web resume – Going online

In this age where everything is online, web resumes are just one more addition to the list of things that have gotten relegated to the WWW.

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For the world to see.

Think back to the days when people used to keep personal diaries, where they would jot down their thoughts, feelings, hopes and aspirations. Very soon, the personal diary ceased to be personal and went online, in the form of blogs. Of course, there are still some things, even today, that people do not like to share with the world and would like to keep personal, so personal journals aren’t entirely extinct, but are nearly so.

Likewise for resumes. The difference is that, as far as one’s resume going online is concerned, the benefits are manifold over the paper resume.

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Visibility

For starters, web resumes, by virtue of being online, are likely to turn up in search results. Whenever somebody runs a search with your name, your web resume will be among the list of results that turn up. Additionally, if you optimize your web resume with the relevant terms for your field of work, whenever somebody runs a search with those terms, your resume will be among the results once again. Thus, you increase your chances of being identified as a potential candidate for a job position. This is one-up over the traditional job sites, wherein your resume turns up only when a recruiter looks at that particular site. With web resumes, you open up a whole world of opportunities.

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As is a well known fact, the ideal length for a paper resume is two pages. Therefore, more often than not, one ends up trying to squish in as much information in the limited amount of space, and eliminating much more. However, with a web resume, that is not a concern. True, the issue that you could lose your hiring manager’s interest still remains, but with a web resume, you can create different section, post images and PDF files of your work, upload pieces of music that you’ve created, and much, much more. This way, you won’t even lose the hiring manager’s interest.

Thus, with so many advantages, it would be silly to not make the most of this amazing tool. However, if your resume doesn’t impress the hiring manager, then the benefits of having it at your disposal will be lost. This is where Style Resumes steps in. Among the various products that we offer (style resumes, professional resumes, video resumes, setting up of LinkedIn profiles, designing business cards, writing cover letters, and more), we also create web resumes for our clients. So if you’re looking for a job, waste no time; simply get a web resume designed by our team of professionals and sit back and watch as the job offers being to stream in!

How to Make Networking Bearable

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Do you know what is the most efficient method of job hunting? You may have guessed it right; it’s networking.

But what if you hate networking? Are you banished to the confines of job boards, hoping that you will somehow stand out amongst the millions of other job seekers?

If networking is not your favorite thing to do, but you know you need to do it for your career advancement, here are three tips to get you started.

Build your comfort level

Start with people who you know and feel very comfortable with. This might include family members, close friends, and colleagues that you have formed close relationships with. Tell these people what you need, whether it is a new job or a mentor, or career advice, and ask them to refer you to people in their networks who are in a position to help. By having people close to you break the ice for you with people that they know, you can network from a position of strength.

Network in a way that is comfortable for you

There are many books on networking that have been published, and many of the tips can be beneficial, but if you try to network in a way that does not fit who you are, you are likely to give up. So if going to networking meetings and engaging in chitchat while passing out the business cards does not suit your style, try a different approach. You may be the type of person who is better at showing what you can do than talking about it. If so, you might want to volunteer in the local chapter of your professional association and participate in committees or greet people at local events. By getting involved, you will of necessity get to know people. This can be an unconventional way of networking, but it can still get the job done if you are able to engage people in your job search after you have had a chance to demonstrate your work ethic.

Give before you get

Networking needs to be a two-way street in order for it to truly be networking, so brainstorm what you can contribute to people who are in a position to help you with your next career move. After identifying people who can help you with your career, brainstorm ideas of what you can give to such people that will be valuable to them. Perhaps you can send an article that talks about what is cutting edge in your field. If you know someone who would be a great fit for a position that is open (that is not something you would compete for), refer that person to a manager that you want to network with. This is a way of opening the door with the manager so that when it comes time to ask for something, you have already paved the way.

Get powerful tools

When you are looking for job, your resume and cover letter are your most powerful weapons to score that dream job of yours. When you are networking, an impressive business card is very important as well!

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, cover letter and business card design 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 Four B’s in Career Move

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So you’ve decided it’s time to make a career move. Maybe you just got laid off. Or management is driving you crazy. Maybe you need to make more money. Or you’re anxious to advance yourself. Whatever your reasons, it’s critically important that you go into the job marketplace with your eyes wide open. If you haven’t been there recently, things have changed–a lot!

For example, the expectations of employers are different from what they were just a few years ago. Formerly, it was enough to have a good resume with a strong employment track record of accomplishments. You could tell an employer what you used to do and hope that he/she would make the connection and see you as a valuable addition to the organization.

Those days are gone forever!

Today, you have to be able to demonstrate that you understand the goals of the organization and show exactly where you would fit in and how you can make a contribution to bottom line.

So, before you head into that marketplace you have to understand and practice these four B’s.

Be Committed

Be committed to your career. Make it a part of your life. Accept responsibility for what goes right as well as what goes wrong.

Be Professional

Be professional in how you treat people, in how you sell yourself, the way you negotiate a deal, even how you dress and speak.

Be Assertive

Go into the job marketplace assertively, not aggressively. That means respecting other people’s right to expect quality. And to refuse you if they choose. Most importantly, it means you expend every effort to command their attention so that you can help them make a decision in your favor.

Be Persistent

Don’t even bother with the first three B’s if you’re not going to follow through and follow up. If you are going to wait for someone else to make decisions for you, or if you’re going to sit around and wait for the phone to ring, do yourself a favor and bow out gracefully while you’re still ahead. You’re not going to make it in today’s demanding job marketplace.

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

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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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Fresh Graduates Resume Mistakes

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With today’s tight job market and positions for college graduates the lowest in 20 years, differentiating you from others applying for the same position will be critical. Writing an exceptional resume will differentiate you from others. Your resume is the greatest major asset in your career management inventory and job search. Its job is to provide the evidence that you are a candidate that should be seen. However, many fresh graduates are making mistakes when writing their resumes. Don’t be one of them! Check out these common resume mistakes and make sure your resume don’t have one.

Not having any “real work” experience

Summers in the sun may have been nice, but employers want to see what you can do in a work environment. Whether an internship or volunteer experience, it helps employers see your ability to function in the professional world. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of being creative in your descriptions. For example, your waitressing experience may have given you many transferable skills that a marketing firm would find favorable, such as exceptional customer service and people management skills, multitasking skills, and so on. So, include those words on your resume.

Listing a phone number you rarely answer

If you are never home, don’t give a home phone number. Rarely will employers or recruiters leave a message, unless your name is on the message tape. If you are a cell phone addict, use only that number and remember to answer it professionally. And speaking of the message, record one that includes your name and “please leave a message.” The old “Hey man you know what to do after the beep” isn’t appropriate now.

Not having a professional email address

It might have been fun to have the email address of hotguy_17@hotmail.com in your younger years, but now it is time to find an email address that is more business appropriate. The best email address is to use your own name in some format of first name or initial and last name.

Not including school internships

Long-term academic projects can be valuable experiences to include on your resume. For example, doing a month long research project during your schools “I-Term”. Assisting a professor with data analysis for his research project or being part of your university’s yearly fund raising endeavors are significant events to include on your resume.

Using fancy fonts and formatting

Unless you are submitting an excellently-designed creative infographic resume, your standard Word resume should be easy to read and follow for anyone. Script or fancy fonts don’t give a professional look. Too much formatting (italics, bold, caps, mixing fonts) will only distract (not add) to the ability to easily read your resume. Pick a universal font like Times New Roman, Times, or Palatino.

Not filling the entire page

Resumes should fill an entire page. A half-page resume doesn’t say much about you. Start planning your work experience early in college so you have something to write about. If your work experience is lean, make your margins bigger and font a little larger, but never larger than 12 point.

Leave it to the professional

Now that you know what kind of mistakes you are making and how your resume is the most powerful tool you have, invest in a high quality resume that will open doors for you! 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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