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Strategies for Executive Job Search

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Many executives are looking to transition their careers. However, sometimes people get so caught up in finding the perfect career match that they forget to look at the basics of their job search. Having a strategic plan and implementing it carefully will make a big difference in results achieved.

Here are 4 of the top job search strategies. If you are not already implementing these strategies, you should strongly consider including them in your program.

Start a hard target search

Do your research, find the companies and industries that will be the best fit for you and put the majority of your focus on those targets.

Master your “Elevator Speech”

You might think that executives would not have this problem, unlike fresh graduates. However, you might be surprised by the number of seasoned senior executives that don’t have this skill perfected. A great resume and impressive qualifications can get you in front of the people you need to meet… but if you choke during that first phone call, or interview, nothing else matters.

Stand out from the crowd

In order to stand out among a group of potential candidates, take the time to research the executive and company you are meeting with in advance. Go into your interview prepared – know what that person and company cares about, their current challenges and be prepared with solutions of your own. Very few people put that kind of time and effort in prior to a meeting. Be one of those people and it will pay off.

Solid follow-up is critical

Too many people abandon this strategy, and that’s why you need to be different. After you’ve met someone, when and how do you follow up? This of course depends on the type of meeting – a formal interview, or casual coffee.. but either way, make sure to thank the person for their time and remind them how you enjoyed the meeting. If you can include something here to make you stand out – link to a website you discussed, for example, even better. Every meeting is a chance to grow your network, so remember to nurture those relationships carefully.

Let the professionals do their job

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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Resume Writing Tips for Fresh Graduates

Fresh graduates often complain that they are trapped within a vicious circle. They cannot get a job without experience, but cannot develop that experience without a job. So, with zero or limited experience, what to put on your resume? How can you convince prospective employers that you’re worth it?

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Know where to go

Many fresh graduates don’t know where they stand and where to go after graduation. Don’t be clueless! Show the potential employers that you have a sense of direction of where you want to be. Write your objective! Indicate your field of interest and your target entry-level position title or responsibilities. However, be careful to make your objective clear, concise, and understandable. Illogical or vague statements will only turn off your prospective employers.

Elaborate on your education

When writing your education details, do not forget to mention (clearly) your University name, years at University, major and concentration (if applicable). Being a fresh graduate with limited experience, you also need to mention the relevant courses that match your objective along with a few key projects you might have done within your field of interest for some plus points.

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Any experience?

Maybe you’ve had internships or part-time jobs during your study, so you might put that in your resume as well. Such jobs indicate that you took initiative and weren’t afraid to tap into real-life work experience. They will also add your value as fresh grad because you must have developed some valuable soft skills like customer service, multitasking ability, and so on. So, don’t forget to jot down what you have learned from your experiences and what you’ve achieved.

Enriching activities

If you haven’t had any experience, any enriching activities you have done over the years might add values as well. Think about your contribution to your school or to the society; such as your co-curricular activities, your position in an organization, or the voluntary activities you have done. And then, elaborate on how those experiences have enriched yourself and what skills you have gained.

Additional information

Additionally, you can also add your language skills, IT skills, awards & honors, and hobbies & interests to give a sense of your character and personality. However, if you choose to mention your achievements, stick to professional and community service awards only. Leave out your ‘achievement’ in hot dog eating contest.

 

Leave it to the professional!

As a fresh graduate, you surely want to impress your hiring manager and be ahead in the job race. The least thing you want is looking like an amateur, so invest in a professionally written resume. Rest assured that investment will surely pay off in no time!

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the know-how to optimize your resume and pack a punch every time an employer picks up your resume. Your lack of experience as a fresh grad would not matter because we know how to showcase your skill sets, amazing personality, and other things that will earn you some brownie points.

Give us a call and your tailor-made, professionally written resume will be ready to impress any hiring managers!

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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How to Market Yourself to the Employers

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A job search is similar to a marketing campaign. You are the product you’re trying to sell, and you have to market it effectively so that employers would buy you. Here are some tips to market yourself.

Act, don’t react

When you respond to a job announcement in the local paper you are reacting. Even if you get the job the position may or may not fit your career or job objectives.

Conversely, if you have a firm grasp of what you want to do consistent with your strengths and skills and then approach employers who could best benefit from your skills and you go to them directly, wouldn’t you get more opportunities and better results? You bet you would.

Another benefit of applying this strategy, there will be less competition. A high percentage of jobs, some have estimated, are filled in this fashion.

So stop reacting so much to the job marketplace and begin being proactive. Look for opportunities that you want rather than job prospects others want for you. Take control of your job hunt and be proactive.

Know who to contact

Do you know how many job opportunities there are out there? Your job in marketing your skills is to identify all possible opportunities.

To do this you have to do some research and uncover the facts and the possible hidden job opportunities.

Lists of possible employers are everywhere. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Data bases on the internet-search for a particular industry or location.
  • Specific trade magazines and newsletters and their websites.
  • Trade associations-listing of events and officers.
  • Career associations-listing of events and officers.
  • Trade shows geared toward a particular industry.
  • Company web sites-names of managers and officials.
  • Local Business Journals-look at 12-18 months of back issues to uncover possible opportunities.
  • Linkedin.com for networking opportunities.
  • Local Chamber of Commerce-Meet and greet opportunities.

If you think it through, you can come up with additional sources of contacts.

Prepare your value offer

What is your value offer to the prospective employer? You need to write a powerful value offer, be able to get it out with conviction in 20 seconds or so.

In any successful marketing campaign to sell a product or concept you first need to get their attention, increase their interest, add to their desire and compel them to action.

Which of the following is a compelling value offer?

  • “I have 15 years of retail management experience, in all phases of retail management including inventory control, hiring and firing and sales.”
  • “I save people money so they can live better while running a growing retail store that surpassed our sales and profit plans for the past three years.”

All of your communications, verbal and written should follow this template.

Follow-up and ask for the order

Organize your job search to follow-up on everything you mail out. Being proactive you do not accept a rejection, try to find out why you were not successful, or at least ask for a referral to another possible employer.

To many times an applicant fails to ask for the job and it goes to someone else who expresses great interest in the position and “asks for the order.” Don’t be the applicant who neglects this important step.

Let professional “marketing company” do your campaign

When you are looking for job, your resume is your most powerful sales pitch 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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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!