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10 Proofreading Tips for an Error-Free Resume

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Your resume must be free of any typos, grammar errors and misspellings. Even a winning resume is in danger of being put in the reject pile if hasn’t been proofread. Certainly a resume with errors makes the job candidate look less qualified and it gives an unfavorable first impression of the person.

The best way to guard against these kinds of errors on your resume is to proofread it carefully. Here is a list of proofreading tips to help assure an error free resume:

  1. Read the copy out loud. (Quick Tip: Shut the door. You don’t want people to begin to wonder!)
  2. Read the copy backwards to focus on the spelling of words. Covering the words above and below your line helps you to keep your eye just on the line you are proofreading. You don’t have the context and meaning to let you know if your eye skips a line.
  3. Use spell check and grammar check as a first screening but don’t rely on them. There are too many possibilities for error with spell check. (Examples: there and their, to and two, our and hour etc words that are correctly spelled but may not be the form you wanted.)
  4. Have someone else read it. Ask a friend, a relative or your coach to review it for you.
  5. Print it out and read it even if you have proof read it on your computer. Something can look entirely different on paper. It is easy to miss something on your computer. Some people suggest that one should never proofread on your computer.
  6. Proof the body and the headlines separately. It is easy to miss something in a headline. We seem to concentrate more on the body.
  7. Use a ruler to check the copy line by line. Keeping your eye on one line at a time is important.
  8. Have a dictionary close by and a thesaurus too. When in doubt, look it up if you can. However, it is always hard to find a misspelled word in the dictionary.
  9. Don’t proof for every type of mistake at once. Do one proof for spelling, another for missing/additional spaces, consistency of word usage, font size etc.
  10. Take a break and come back to it fresh. Even when you have proofread the document several times, sometimes you will still find typos and all. The wrong spelling looks right until you leave it and come back to it when you are fresh.

Craft the error-free resume

Writing resume is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. With our trained eye, your resume will be error free. Let’s craft that perfect resume!

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3 Hobbies that Will Get You Hired

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There are a few standard principles that all employers demand from a new employee, like a positive attitude and a healthy work ethic, but how do you share your values with employers before landing an interview? By adding a single positive hobby to your resume, employers will glean that you are a well-balanced individual who is dedicated to self-growth.

Traditionally, hobbies are omitted from the resume; and for good reason. Employers can get bogged down in too many irrelevant details. Instead of listing your hobbies and interests on your resume, dedicate a single sentence to your hobby within your cover letter.

Research the values and community service projects of the company for which you are applying. Consider which of your hobbies will make you seem like a natural fit for the company. Making a direct connection between your personal interests and the goals of the company is a subtle way to promote yourself and to let employers know that you’ve done your research.

Blogging

Because a blog is essentially a mini-publication, it is a great platform for writers, graphic designers, photographers and marketers. For those whose talents are directly related to publishing or art, the blog serves as a living portfolio. If you are writing your cover letter in e-mail format (instead of an attachment) you can include a link to your blog as an example of your work.

A blog works just as well for professionals who are interested in becoming authorities in their fields. Members of academia, business and technology fields commonly blog on their niches. For these bloggers, the goal is to establish a reliable source of information that attracts a following and guides people’s decisions and thoughts.

Blogging is a way to show employers that you don’t go brain dead as soon as you clock out. You are a creative and passionate individual who enjoys promoting a dialogue and sharing information concerning topics in your field. Just remember to keep your content clean. You don’t want your blog to backfire on you by offending a potential employer.  If you are  a freelance blogger, be sure to be prepared to explain to a potential employer how you balance your time.

Learning

Today’s job market is becoming increasingly competitive and is asking more from its applicants in terms of education and experience. At some point, you may have even considered returning to college to take some courses or to earn a second degree.

Before you sign up for a college course, cruise the Web for free courses. There are hundreds of free courses offered by some of the top universities in the United States that cover a variety of topics. Although you won’t get credit for taking the course, you can include applicable skills on your resume. Website building and other computer science knowledge are great assets right now and are applicable in almost any field.

Learning a foreign language can also give you a competitive edge. If you are interested in learning a foreign language, some online communities can help you learn for free.

Taking an independent approach to education will show employers that you are a self-motivated learner who is committed to personal growth. You are a disciplined student who knows how to juggle work, life and education to stand at the forefront of trends in your field. Like blogging, independent study requires focus and self-discipline outside of work.

Volunteering

By donating your time and energy to strengthen your community or to help those in need, you will show employers that you have a positive sense of community involvement. One of the most important aspects of a successful business is a healthy working dynamic between its employees.

Volunteering shows that you are capable of working with others for a common goal, and it also speaks volumes about your personal energy and ability to balance work and life. Also, volunteering benefits you by expanding your personal network.

You are a passionate individual who approaches team goals with energy and resolve. You know the importance of being a member of a team, but you also have the creative problem-solving skills and social finesse of a leader.

Make your resume stands out

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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The 5 P’s of Job Hunting – Part 2

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In the previous blog post, we have discussed two initial steps in job hunting – plan and prepare. In this post, check out the next two steps: practice and perform.

Step 3: Practice

You might have heard that “practice makes perfect”, and this is a very important step in job hunting. An athlete would practice a lot for an important competition. Likewise, you have to practice your interview techniques a lot in order to beat the job competition.

Practicing can take place with a friend, family member or a counsellor. There are many books available that provide sample questions and sample answers. Feedback on your interview skills may involve peers, general comments, and/or videotape. Here are some sample questions for you to use:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What do you look for in a job?
  • How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution?
  • Why are you looking for a new career?
  • How would your boss describe you?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • What were the five most significant accomplishments in your last position?
  • What are your strong points?
  • What are your weak points?

A videotape is an excellent way for you to see yourself as an employer would see you. You can dress as you would for an interview and have someone you know act as the interviewer. You will then be able to notice how you handle yourself, how you sit, and how you respond to questions. For instance, did you give enough information or too much information. You can also note if you have any habits you are unaware of. This will help you become comfortable in presenting your skills to an employer.

Step 4: Perform

Think of your interview as a performance. You must prepare for it (research the employer, practice interview questions), dress appropriately (dress for the job you are applying for), and have the proper equipment (copy of resume, references, portfolio, and pen) to show that you are ready to do the job.

The first two to three minutes of your interview are the most important. An employer usually makes a decision based on your appearance and your opening presentation. It is important that you make the most of these precious minutes.

A smile is a big part of your wardrobe. If smiling doesn’t come naturally to you, practice in front of a mirror until it feels comfortable. Ensure that your body language doesn’t send the wrong message. Don’t cross your arms across your chest, or keep checking the clock. Check your appearance, both standing and seated, in a mirror. It is important to try to relax, but do not slouch in your chair. Don’t chew gum during your interview, and if you are a smoker, try to have your last cigarette at least 10 minutes before your interview and freshen your breath with a breath mint.

Another important point is to never say anything negative about your previous employer. It may make the employer wonder what you would say about them, and you never know who is related to whom.

Make sure that you have some questions to ask the employer. Not “how much money will I make and how long do I get for vacation?”, but questions that show you have researched the employer and have some knowledge of their company. Make a list of potential questions to ask. If the interviewer has been very thorough and you can’t think of any questions, at least find out when they will be making a decision and ask if it is OK to follow up.

Here are some sample questions you can ask.

  • Why is this position open?
  • What are some of the more difficult problems one would have to face in this position?
  • What significant changes do you forsee in the near future?
  • What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
  • What are some of the long-term objectives you would like to see completed?
  • How is one evaluated in this position?
  • What accounts for success within the company?

If you think you can sit back and relax after your “performance”, you are wrong. There is still one final step which is as important as the previous steps. Wait for our next blog post for the final step!

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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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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