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Five tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn is a professional networking site used by over 225 million members from across 200 countries and territories. Launched in 2003, the site has helped countless people find their dream job. LinkedIn is also a great way to stay updated with industry goings on, network with professionals from relevant areas and generally stay within the radar of potential employers.

However, creating a LinkedIn profile that does all this is not an easy task. Here are the top 5 tips to help you get it right:

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1.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. Make sure it’s a good quality image — not pixelated, blurred, or too dark/light.

2.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.

3.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.

4.Words not to use

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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.

5.Groups

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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.

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With these top 5 tips, you will have the perfect 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 hand over your details and an impressive LinkedIn profile will be yours!

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What You Should Avoid When Writing a Cover Letter

According to a Creighton University survey of 600 hiring managers and human resources personnel, more than 80% of employers feel that cover letters are very important. However, they will only have time to give these letters a 15-second glance. This means that you will have to make sure that your cover letter is worth reading and it has to capture the attention of your hiring managers, otherwise it will probably be thrown away.

Additionally, hiring managers are also easily put off by spelling errors, grammar mistakes and less than average content. This is definitely a challenge for you. But don’t worry; here are a few tips to take note of when drafting your next cover letter.

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Look Out for Spelling Mistakes!

Hiring managers always keep a sharp eye out for errors. Cover letters are a test for corporate communication, so they usually look out for basic mistakes like misspelled words or important punctuation marks. A cover letter is supposed to represent you, so making mistakes in your cover letter will give a negative impression of you and hiring managers will usually not give a second look at your cover letter.

Be sure to edit and proofread your cover letter before submitting it to the organization. Always read it multiple times and look out for tiny mistakes that you may have overlooked. Ask your friends and family members to help proofread your cover letter so they may be able to find errors that you may have missed.

Don’t Narrate

Prospective employers agree that cover letters should contain short and succinct sentences. Hiring managers have to look at hundreds and sometimes even thousands of cover letters. So, the general rule of thumb is to keep your cover letter short, brief and direct. Cover letters should not go beyond one page and the content should be limited to at most 3 to 5 paragraphs. Be straight to the point and explain you interest in the job position, relevant set of skills and show them why they should hire you.

A good trick to impress your hiring manager is to mention the works of the company so that you will be portrayed as someone who has done research and thus is passionate about the job position.

Do Not Brag

Many candidates make the mistake of using flowery language and superfluous words in the attempt to impress the hiring managers. This method will backfire because such candidates will be seen as arrogant and pompous, and hiring managers do not have time to entertain such people. Many job seekers like to write about how they are the ideal candidate for the job position. Although there may be some merits to these claims, most of the time it is very difficult to prove this is true.

Instead of just focusing about yourself, write about how your skills and experiences can help the company you are writing to. Hiring managers want people who can do their job well and contribute to the company. So you should show them that what you have learned and gained over the years will help to enrich the working experience of the company. After all, you do want them to have a positive impression of you!

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Perfect That Cover Letter with Style Resumes

Although you will probably be equipped with sufficient information in writing your cover letter, you might still be unsure of how to go about writing it. Cover letters should have short but succinct content and it should not go beyond one page. You have to do your best with just those 3 paragraphs and you might have problems crafting the perfect cover letter. But do not worry. At Style Resumes, we provide cover letter services to local and international clients who have problems writing the perfect one. Not only is it affordable, the cover letter will also be of great quality! Many of our satisfied clients who have benefited from our services have settled into their jobs. If they can do it, why can’t you?
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5 Fatal Mistakes in Your Job Search

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No matter how much time and energy you invest in job seeking, critical mistakes can derail your efforts. Consider the following job search scenario. Each of the mistakes described below can put your job search off track, but all are easy to avoid.

Starting with a Handicap

Your job search is underway. Time to get out your resume, dust it off, and add your most recent experience… Right?

Wrong. A strong job search starts with strategizing, and a strong resume should be the vehicle to put your strategy into action. It isn’t enough to dust off an old resume – you need a revised resume that is tailored to a specific position and a specific employer.

Ask yourself… What are the top needs and preferences of this employer? How can you address the employer’s needs with specific information about your experience, strengths, and accomplishments? And how can you structure your resume to convey this key information in a quick, 10-second scan?

To avoid this mistake, assume that your resume is much more than a personal history that simply needs a little updating. Start with a strategy, and rewrite your resume so that it speaks directly to the interests and concerns of the employer who will read it.

Tip: Invest in a high quality resume written by a professional resume writer.

Sending Less-Than-Your-Best

Your resume is done, and you’ve written a cover letter to accompany it. Now you’re ready to drop both in the mail in response to a job ad that especially interests you… Right?

Wrong. Have you first made very sure that you’re not sending out less than your best? Many job seekers fail to realize that both the resume and the cover letter are seen as examples of the quality of their work.

This means that all aspects of overall quality are important – including spelling, grammar, visual layout, organization, and clarity of writing. Errors will stand out like a flashing red light, and anything that makes the resume and cover letter difficult to follow may cause them to be tossed aside.

To avoid this mistake, follow this rule of thumb: Have at least two other people read both your resume and cover letter before you send them out. Tell them your job-search strategy so that they know what you want to communicate to the employer. Hiring a professional resume writer eliminates this mistake completely, as they are able to bring the best of you.

Cyber-Regrets

The employer has called for an interview! In addition, he’s asked that you e-mail a copy of your resume to another person in the company. That’s easy – a quick note with a Word attachment… Right?

Wrong. A casual approach to the computer world can lead to embarrassing mistakes. Regrettably, e-mails usually can’t be called back after clicking on the “send” button.

As before, avoid this mistake by treating any letter as both an opportunity to convey your qualifications and a sample of your writing. Avoid common e-mail shorthand and short, terse paragraphs – the former can come across as “unprofessional” and the latter as impersonal.

Finally, to be on the safe side, print out your e-mail and attachment to make sure that all looks well in hard copy. Then send the e-mail to at least one other person, and ask them to review both its content and appearance.

The Missed Opportunity

You’ve prepared for your interview and thought over all the answers you may have to supply. There’s not much more you can do… Right?

Wrong. Chances are that at some point in the interview the employer will turn the tables and say: “Do you have any questions?” If you respond by saying “no” or by turning to practical details (“What is your benefits package?”), this will be a missed opportunity.

To avoid this mistake, think of several questions beforehand – questions that speak directly to the responsibilities and challenges of the job itself. Employers want to know how you think and what you would be like to work with; your questions are an opportunity to show that you can take on the challenges of the job in a constructive way.

Letting the Ball Drop

You had a strong interview, and you’re waiting to hear whether you got the job. At least now you can take a breather while you wait… Right?

Wrong. Until you have a job offer, assume that it’s up to you to keep the ball in the air. First and foremost, send a thank-you letter to each person who interviewed you, making reference to one or more things that were discussed.

Second, follow up at regular Intervals to indicate your continued interest and keep your prospects alive. It’s tempting to hang back so that you “won’t be a bother” – but the job seeker who lets the ball drop may lose out to the one who is politely and persistently enthusiastic.

Avoid the Mistakes – 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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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.

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 Sure Hire Interview Tips

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The job interview is the highlight of the entire job search process. You invest so much time and energy into your resume so that it can get you to this point. This is your chance for a one-on-one discussion with the potential employer and tell them why they should hire you. You must be prepared for this discussion no matter how great your resume is.

Check out this 4 steps interview tips and snatch away that dream job of yours!

Step 1: Do Your Research

Congratulations! You have been invited to meet your potential employer. You should be excited because you made the cut! But now the hard work begins. You need to take time to learn about the company and the challenges it faces, as well as any recent news about them. In just an hour or two, you can research them on the Internet and take notes on the most important items you find. Do they relate to the position you are applying for at all?

Next, research a little further. You can use LinkedIn to find information about companies and the people who work for them. Often, you can find profiles on the people who might interview you. Read about what they have done at the company.

When you are done with your research, compare all of the information you have gathered against your background and experience. What comparisons can you make? Do you see a way that you can discuss your experience so it is directly relevant to their needs. Come up with several good related stories or examples can you tell them about in your interview. Companies are using behavioral interviewing techniques more and more, and want you to share lots of examples in answering their job interview questions. Don’t worry, if you are prepared, it will help your confidence in the actual interview.

Step 2: Know How to Answer Interview Questions

When people think of interviews, this is what they think about the most. Honestly, there is no way to know what interviewers will ask. You must prepare for the most common interview questions and have your answers ready. Behavioral interviewing is becoming more and more common, so make sure you have plenty of examples that you can talk about in the interview. You will want to share stories about handling specific types of situations or performing tasks relevant to the job you to which you are applying. Take time to learn how to answer the most common interview questions the right way. Yes, there is a right way. If you take the time to practice, you will come across as confident and clear in your answers.

Step 3: Convey Your Key Selling Points

You must go into each interview knowing what key points you want to leave your interviewers with after you leave. Identify what will set you apart from the other candidates they are interviewing. Remember this key point: the best qualified candidate is not always the one that is hired.

Make a list of the top three key selling points about yourself that will make you stand above the other candidates. Consider these to be your “win themes.” They are the message you want your interviewers to remember about you. Take any opportunity to work these “win themes” you’re your conversation and answers to interview questions. Much as a political candidate presents their “talking points,” you also need to make opportunities to present your case within your interview question answers. Consider your “win themes” carefully and know them well before you head to your interview.

Step 4: Practice, Practice, Practice

Athletes have coaches and trainers that work them hard. Without a personal interviewing coach or trainer to push you to prepare, you will have to discipline yourself to work hard. If you want to appear confident at your interview, you must invest time in preparation. Practice, practice, practice. And then, practice some more.

There are many different ways to practice, but you must do it. For example, you could sit in front of a mirror, practice with a friend or family member, or video record yourself. Only through actual interviewing practice can you become comfortable with your responses and identify any actions or habits that could seal your fate. Now is the time to learn what they are and deal with them. Some of the things you want to pay attention to as you practice include:

  • Not making good eye contact with the interviewer(s). Pretend there was a dot on everyone’s forehead and to look at that as you speak to them.
  • Nervous twitches or actions, such as shaking leg, tapping foot or pen/pencil, licking lips, scratching head, sighs or deep breaths, etc. If you have these, keep them under control and be aware of them.
  • Overuse of hand gestures or facial expressions. These are good tools to show energy and excitement, but do not overuse them to a point where they become a distraction.
  • Slouching or relaxing too much.
  • Not being able to quickly and confidently form a great response to a question. Look for long pauses before answering, saying “Um” or other delaying tactics. These are confidence killers. Create opportunities to work in your key selling points.
  • Speaking too softly or, more commonly, too quickly. Find a nice volume and pace to speak so you are clearly understood.
  • No enthusiasm or excitement. Avoid monotone speaking. You are talking about what you know best—you! Sell yourself to them and make them excited about what you have accomplished and what you can bring to their company. Tell interesting and exciting stories in response to their questions. Give lots of examples of similar things you have done to answer their questions.

Get that interview call with the help of Style Resumes

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. For fresh graduates, 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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