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The Power of Video Resumes

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Faithful old thing though the paper resume is, there is so much more you can do with a video resume to wow your hiring manager. Style Resumes tells you how!

 

The what and the how

As is quite evident from the term, a video resume is basically a resume that uses video to inform a hiring manager about your skills, experience, expertise, education, achievements, and any other significant factors.

Even in an everyday sense, there are more people who prefer watching movies than those who like to read. Likewise, when it comes to resumes, a video resume is more likely to interest a hiring manager than a paper resume. Bear in mind that your recruiter probably already has a ton of paper resumes to go through; so you can set yourself apart by going the video route.

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Advantages of video resume

Besides being a refreshing change, video resumes also allow you to give the recruiter more details about yourself. Paper resumes are restricted by space in that you can have no more than two pages in your resume, or you risk losing the recruiter’s interest. With video resumes, too, you do have a restriction – time, in this case. However, just as we speak faster than we type and therefore can get more said over the phone than over a text message, likewise, video resumes allow you to say more about yourself than a paper resume can.

Additionally, video resumes are visual, so there is much more creativity involved. There is a lot one can do in terms of the visual effects used, the background music that is chosen and the way the text (if any) appears during the course of the video. Thus, overall, it makes for a much livelier resume.

With video resumes, one can also bring in things such as acting and role play. For instance, the first 20 seconds of a video resume can have you playing the role of a manager and enacting what you’d do in that position, if it were offered to you. Humans are visual beings, so your display of calm and control in that position will be remembered by a hiring manager much longer than the same thing being written on paper.

Not an easy task

Plenty though the advantages of a video resume are, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to create. Creating a good quality video resume — even if not a great one — requires a decent amount of skill. Furthermore, editing a video is painstaking, to put it mildly. Then adding the music in the background, embellishing with other visual effects, etc. all take time and effort. Thus, if you have made the decision to go the video resume route, let Style Resumes deliver the perfect product for you. Our creative, intelligent and interesting video resumes are sure to impress hiring managers. So get ready for the spotlight, and for the job!

Power up your resume

A resume is the starting point in one’s career. It is impossible to look for a job without a resume. Thus, it’s imperative that you ensure yours is as powerful as it can get to create a great impression on the recruiter.

Resume dos and don’ts

Dos & don'ts

Before you submit your resume to a potential employer, check to see if it meets the criteria for a good resume. As a standard, a resume shouldn’t be more than two pages long; the reason is that beyond that, it is difficult to sustain the attention of the person perusing it. Therefore, you must be selective about what you do or do not put in your resume.

Make sure the details that you include are relevant. If you are applying for the position of a copy editor, the recruiter isn’t interested in reading about your job as a bartender while you were at University. At the same time, however, do not discount odd jobs entirely; if you want that marketing manager position, the hiring manager would definitely be interested in hearing about the time you spent trying to sell ad-space in your college newspaper. The idea is to include relevant details, no matter how inconsequential they may seem to you.

Upping the ante

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Once you’ve ensure that your resume is perfect in terms of content, it is time to ‘optimize’ it. When a hiring manager sees the same old resume time and time again, with same old done and dusted words and phrases like ‘highly dedicated’ or ‘team player’, it fails to make a mark and your resume is likely to get lost in the crowd.

However, there are some words that can definitely make an impact. They will guarantee you get into the hiring manager’s good graces. So go ahead and make sure to include as many as you can to optimize your resume. A word of caution though — just because there are 100 words, doesn’t mean you have to use them all. Make sure you use what fits, and discard what doesn’t for your resume.

Exel

So go ahead and use these words to your advantage in your resume, and wow your employers! But if you’re having trouble doing so, worry not. Style Resumes can provide professional resumes that are not only thoroughly detailed, but which also grab attention by placing the right details, in the right place, in the right format. So get in touch with Style Resumes and bid adieu to all your resume writing woes.

Psychology Tricks to Ace the Interview

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Job interviews are stressful! Nothing more, like an interview, can put you on the spot. Nervousness throws you off guard, and makes you forget everything. Hence, you begin to fidget and sweat, which makes you seem less than confident. So, take some breaths, and put the following approach into practice. Your hiring chances certainly will increase.

Here are some psychology tricks to help you pass that interview.

Body language

In the first place, just don’t sit there – smile, nod, lift those eyebrows, and perhaps say a quiet ‘yes’, now and then. Your interviewer will know you’re in the game. Also, when explaining your points, use hand gestures. Open up your arms and hands; don’t keep them covered. Body language conveys much about you, and relates your interest in them, as well as in the job you want.

Answering questions

Next, the tricky part is when the interviewer asks you an ‘open’ question. They are not only scanning you for a knowledgeable answer, but also for your temperament. Your words, tone, tempo, and body language affect the overall answer. So, keep eye contact when speaking, to create a bond of understanding. It’s important to realize that the interview tells as much about the future employee, as about the current interviewer. You will be able to read their reaction to your words, and adjust answers accordingly.

Remember, the interviewer has an ideal candidate picture in mind. In order to match this ideal, you must understand the ideas behind the spoken questions. Some questions you encounter are more important than others. What’s more important to this employer – working overtime, or knowing the answer to, “what is your idea of a good supervisor?” Likewise, the questions may be scripted (whether written or not). So, the interviewer may not care about some predetermined and mandatory questions. However, the interviewer may care very much about some important points that, in fact, do relate to the job you want.

Since this interview is a formality, and not the actual job duties, treat it as such. You are doing what it takes to get into the position. Put on a show. Your role is a confident, friendly, and smart individual. You are not an employee yet, but your influence is in your persuasion skill. It’s not so important that your answers aren’t perfect. If your experience isn’t up to par, they’ll let you know by not hiring. At the moment, stand confidently on what you have learned up to this point, and make a connection with the interviewer.

“Flatter” the interviewer

Additionally, your influence increases if you realize the interviewer is intelligent, and you treat them as such. Bring out the interviewer’s best, by letting them dominate the conversation. Ask them questions based on their interests. Possibly, you may find clues that reveal their job demands. Let the conversation remind you of past job experiences. These come in handy, if an interviewer should ask you for specific examples. Also, you can attempt to go back to a question, when you recall helpful information.

Word play

The last key point is to pay attention to the wording of the questions. The interviewer knows that you understand the question by your answer. Also, be verbose, without a one sentence or one word answer. You will indirectly insult the interviewer, since it appears you either have something to hide, or don’t care for the question. In the worst case, the interviewer may believe you don’t know the answer.

Get interview call from the right company 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. 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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How to ‘Hide’ Bad Grades from Your Prospective Employers

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So you have finally graduated and are ready to start your adult life. But now a new worry seeps in; you are concerned about your low GPAs due to the period when you had not taken your courses seriously. What if your resume is put in trash when the employer took a quick glance of your grades?

If that is your case, stop worrying now! Not doing well in school doesn’t mean you can’t land the job of your dreams. Read on, and we will tell you how you could ‘hide’ your poor grades in your resume.

Who said you must show it off?

Well, first of all, there’s no law that says you have to include your GPA on your resume or talk about it during interviews. It’s perfectly acceptable to simply state your school, the location of the school, your degree and year of graduation. The fact that you graduated is in itself a credential – regardless of how marginal your grades were.

In fact, employers are not seeking for someone who graduated with flying colors – they are looking for people who can perform the job well.

Play up your major GPA

Some elite employers have policies requiring a certain GPA (usually a 3.0 or higher), and there is generally no way around that rule. However, in some cases you can squeak through by demonstrating that you’ve achieved better grades in your particular major or in classes related to the job to which you’re applying. For this strategy, you can list your “major GPA” or “grades from relevant classes” on your resume, in a cover letter or verbally during a job interview.

Focus on your strength

Here’s the most important thing about GPA: it matters less and less as you advance in your career and have more experience under your belt. Applying the transitive property of career advice, this means that if you want your GPA to matter less, you need to make your experience matter more.

What if you’re a fresh grad with no professional working experience? Focus on 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.

Build professional network

In many countries, most people land their jobs due to the fact that they know someone in that company which gave reference for them. So, if you are friends with your future boss’ best friend, chances are your grades would not matter.

Join a professional organization in your field and start attending its meetings. Do some informational interviewing so you can meet people in your field, and they can get to know you as a real person, not just a GPA number. The more you can sell your whole self in person, the less impact a low GPA will have on your internship and job prospects.

Showcase your best traits with Style Resumes

If you are unconfident about your grades or the lack of experience, you can still have an impressive resume! Look for the help from professionals who are able to pinpoint your strengths instead of revealing your weaknesses.

At Style Resumes, we are a team of professional, experienced and knowledgeable resume writers that will craft the perfect resume for you. Worry no longer about being stuck in the job race. With Style Resumes, you will definitely stand out!

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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!