Archive / October, 2015

How to Deal with a Bully Boss

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Almost everyone would complain about their boss, but all bosses are not created equal. Some bosses are worse than the others; some bosses are bullies who like to bring you down with offensive languages. If you have such boss, you might feel weakened and trapped in the situation, but there are actually some things you can do.

Push back, immediately

Like most abusive relationships, things get worse over time as the bully feels empowered that they can get away with this behavior.  The tricky part is HOW to push back.  One tactic that is pretty effective is to simply tell your boss, “Your tone is making me uncomfortable” or “can we please pick this up a little later when things are calmer.”  While a boss can get you to apologize for making a mistake, but they can’t have you apologize for feeling a certain way.  You can also say “Your point is well-taken, but I would appreciate it if you didn’t direct such negative language towards me.”

Point to past successes

If your boss is disappointed or angered over a recent “failure” and takes a combative tone – remind him/her of past successes. Sure, the corporate world is driven by a “what have you done for me lately” mentality, but reminding him about the past might remind him that he was the one who hired you in the first place.

Stay composed

Strong eye contact is a must. Your eyes darting away or looking sheepishly away is like blood to a shark – they’ll only bite faster and more furiously.  You don’t need to puff out your chest and stare down the enemy – but keep your posture firm and your eyes focused.

Write it down

If these instances of verbal abuse are happening regularly you should be jotting them down in a notepad. Take note of when, where, what was said and who else was in the room or within earshot.  Eventually, this information can be parlayed into an official memo to either your boss, your boss’s boss and/or HR.  They key is to make it factual and unemotional.  Never send it via e-mail.  Writing it down is also beneficial for you – you might look back at the words and realize things aren’t as bad as you originally thought, or maybe even worse.

Be accountable

If you get roped into something that was not your fault – you might want to consider taking a tiny slice of the blame.  Nothing irks a boss more than a lack of accountability.  A small concession can save you hours on lecturing meetings.

Get ready to get out of there

When dealing with such situations, you will need the confidence to battle back with courage. You can have that confidence by having your resume ready to fly. Hire a professional resume writer to write you a great resume to bring back your confidence. Then, make sure your resume is updated every few months so you can get out of there if necessary.

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Get the confidence to be one step closer to your dream job by checking out our products now!Med-Final

 

4 Professional Resume Writing Taboos

Many applicants often get so caught up in trying to impress employers on their resumes that they forget to look out for the pitfalls that they might fall into. Having the best qualifications or past work experiences can all be for naught if your resume gives hiring managers and bad impression of you. Here are 5 professional resume-writing taboos that you will want to look out for:

No typos or spelling mistakes.

Hiring managers strike out countless resumes with poor grammar and spelling. Typos are an indication of a lack of professionalism. Get you family or friends to proofread your resumes for you after you’ve checked it yourself. A fresh pair of eyes will more easily spot mistakes that you’ve missed as compared to your own desensitized eyes that have went over the same words repeatedly. Don’t count on spell check to do your checking. You might get caught in a situation where you’ve made a typo but it is not reflected because it spells another word. Go through your resume yourself.

No inconsistency.

Having different bullets in different places, inconsistent dashes in others, bold font in some headings and not others, and other forms of non-standardization can come across disorderly to the eye. Small details matter to hiring managers. You don’t want to come across as someone who is not organized and meticulous. Be sure to standardize your format, including your fonts and paragraphing. Even better, get the professionals to do an outstanding layout on your resume for maximum results.

No complete sentences.

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Do not use complete sentences except for the introductory/objective paragraph at the top of the first page. Use sentence fragments instead. Instead of “I was part of the online campaign as the marketing manager that drove sale up by 36%”, put “Marketing Manager of online campaign that increased sales by 36%”. This presents your resume in a clear and concise manner. Writing in prose form puts employers off as you resume begins to look like your life story. Don’t make your hiring managers read passages of lengthy prose, because they won’t.

Avoid vague language and extraneous information.

Office WomanDon’t talk about your time in the Boy Scouts or when you volunteered with the local shelter, unless you are applying for a position at the Scout Association or if you’re going for a social work position. Every word should sell you.

Also, many applicants make the mistake of using extraneous and flowery words to describe themselves and their achievements (e.g. exuberant, enthusiastic, passion for learning.) Cut these meaningless descriptors out of your resume ruthlessly. These bad descriptors give your employers the impression that you do not have enough credentials and are merely making your resume sound more important by throwing in flowery language.

 

Conclusion

Writing a professional resume can be challenging, and often leaves applicants scratching their heads over how to make an impact on their employers while not committing the “don’t”s of resume writing. Engage a professional resume writing service with the know-how to optimize your resume and pack a punch every time an employer picks up your resume.

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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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6 Ways to Prepare Yourself to the Next Great Job

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You might have been laid off recently, or you are on a career move. Do not fall into depression because of you sudden change of employment situation, and engage yourself in these six activities.

Volunteer

Those skills you kept thinking you might be able to learn on past jobs are out there waiting for you in the world of volunteering. One person volunteered to build a data base for a group and learned to use a tool that they couldn’t get training for on their jobs. That tool was the deal maker in their resume for a step up in their career. Another person volunteered as an actor in a community fundraiser. Where interviews had been disappointing and matched his fading level of energy before the fundraiser, interviews after were energetic. Shake yourself up a little.

Buy a new outfit for interviews

Maybe clothes don’t really make the man or woman but the impression you make can make a huge difference. During a previous downturn, a fellow in his fifties was getting the old “over-qualified” line in the interviews he could get. His wife said, over breakfast one morning, “We’re going out to buy you a new suit.” He protested about spending for any item that was not absolutely necessary. She stood her ground and said it was absolutely necessary. They picked out the most expensive suit he had ever owned the night before the interview that got him the best job he’d ever had. His attitude was different. Perk yourself up.

Get in touch with your network

If you made the dreadful mistake of getting so busy that you’ve lost touch with old friends and coworkers, get busy rebuilding those bridges. Don’t feel self-conscious about getting back in touch when you need them. Don’t ask for a job. Let them know what you’re doing and find out what they’re doing. The young person you mentored on a job a while back could be the VP of Engineering for a software developer now. A network is a two way street. You could be the one your contacts need the next time around. Keep it healthy and energetic. Don’t put it on a back burner again.

Get up to speed on social networking

Communities like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and others offer an assortment of opportunities for getting involved and meeting new people. While you’re getting up to speed on them, don’t shoot yourself in the foot by contributing anything you would not want n employer to see. HR departments include social networks in their research. That wet t-shirt contest might not fit the preferences of a conservative employer with just the job you’ve always wanted. Do check out discussion groups in your field. Don’t connect with people who have brown paper bags for heads or weird bios. Make your connections with people in your field who can carry on a lively conversation about your area of expertise. Let people know you’re looking in your status blurbs.

Get that certification you haven’t had time to get

How many times have you wished that you had time to go for certification in your specialty? Professional associations and colleges have an assortment of certifications to offer. When his last assignment for the Navy was a base closure, a Naval Officer received the equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for an extremely successful base closure using the techniques he learned in APICS certification classes that he took the time to take. That training and the award led directly to his first civilian job after retirement. Get ready to take a step forward in your career while you do have the time.

Get professional resume help

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! A good resume is an investment for your bright future. 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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Is the Business Card Dead?

There is no denying that technology has taken over so many aspects of our lives today. Finding a job using technology is undoubtedly one of them. With the increasing use of electronic and online resumes as well as social networking sites for job sourcing, has the function of a business card gone obsolete?

Not necessarily, according to various research results. Business card printing industries are still going strong amidst the influence of technology and increasing use of online presence for networking. 27,397,260 business cards are produced daily and 13 million set of cards are printed for each professional industry. So no, business cards are not dead. In fact, they are very much alive and kicking.

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Here are the reasons why.

Business Cards Promote You and Your Company’s Services

Marketing is important. Having a business card will thus help showcase you as a person as well as your brand or services. It is also a useful way to promote your company, especially for growing businesses and start up companies. This will undoubtedly get your expertise noticed. It will present a good image and impression of the company by highlighting certain quality services that you would like to promote. This will enhance your personal image of a businessman working in a particular company.

Especially for fresh graduates, having a business card is very useful. A nicely designed business card displays your personality and enables you to have an edge over other competitors as well as make up for the lack of career experience. You will be remembered precisely because the design of your business card will attract the attention of potential hiring managers and they will see you as one who has capabilities.

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The Old Fashioned Way is Always the Best

Contacts today still demand and expect business cards. They have been around since the 15th century, so this practice won’t be diminishing anytime soon.

Today’s professionals are overwhelmed with emails, online requests and electronic resumes. So stand out from the mass of technology obsessed people by owning a uniquely designed business card. It not only shows your creativity, but also that you are a risk taker and unafraid to do things differently from the others. Additionally, networking using business cards is relatively easy and an affordable approach because you can just whip out that awesome card at any meeting or social function.

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Now that you are aware of the importance of business cards, it’s time to start owning one! Here are some tips to make your business card stand out!

Personal Particulars are a Must!

Always include your name, contact information, position, company’s logo as well as your photo. These are the basic elements to your business card. However, you can definitely get creative with them! Instead of just stating them in the card, use colors, graphics and images to make your card visually appealing. After all, it’s all about branding and marketing. The more creative you get, the more impressive you will be in the eyes of the potential hiring managers, investors or whoever that you intend to associate yourself with.

Reach Out To a Wider Audience with Business Cards

If you are smart enough, you will know that business cards are the perfect item to reach out to your hiring managers or potential partners and affiliates both online and offline.

Make use of technology with the help of the business card! Showcase your versatility by including your QR code to your mobile resume on your business card, or a link to your web resume! Your hiring managers will definitely be impressed because they will see you as someone who is innovative and opportunistic, and for all the right reasons!

It’s like having the best of both worlds!

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Be Visual!

Make use of images, graphics that can grab the attention of hiring managers or whoever that has your card in his/her hand! You can easily find pictures online that are relevant to your expertise or your position in your company. You can even inspire curiosity by providing short and sweet sentences, such as:

“Connect with me via (email address) if you want to talk about the company or recommendation for a great restaurant next time you are in France.”

This will definitely catch the attention of your hiring manager!

Creative Call to Action!

Business cards are a marketing tool. So make use of one to market your products or services. Use humor, witty language, or whatever that will appeal to your target audience! For example:

•    If you see a pink balloon,i will give you a 10% discount.
•    Get a free pink balloon from (company website) with this coupon code: [pinkballoon]
•    Spot a pink balloon in (      ) and let us know at (contact number) to get a free (   )!

Try to make it relevant but at the same time attention grabbing if you don’t want your business card to end up in the trashcan.

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Let Style Resumes Design the Perfect Business Card for You!

Now that you know the benefits of owning a business card, why wait? It’s time to start having one if you want to stand out from the rest of the job hungry competitors!

At Style Resumes, we will design the perfect business card that will scream you and display your personality through creative but professional designs! We will also add your very own QR code to the card so that you will have your very own mobile resume as well, and at attractive prices! Or of you prefer an online portfolio, we will simply include a url link on your business card that will direct your hiring manager to your web resume!

Make a lasting impression with Style Resumes!

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