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Career Change: You Can Do It!

Quitting your job and changing career may seem like a daunting task, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. You are unhappy in your job and you want a change, but where do you start? Here are a few ideas to help you make the change:

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Don’t Settle

The first rule is to not settle for your current career if you do not enjoy it or if it is not what you want to do with your life anymore. No job is perfect all the time, but if you find yourself dreaming about a new job regularly, it could be time for a career change.

Getting out of your comfort zone is a very hard and brave decision to make, but it will be worth it. Remind yourself regularly that it is possible. Reading articles about people who have changed careers or done something similar can be good inspirational fuel to remind you of where you want to go next.

Identify Areas of Interest

Start noticing what you are interested in and naturally drawn to. Don’t worry initially about whether or not you could turn this interest into a job. It is too easy to write off ideas because you can’t imagine how you would get paid for doing it; people get paid for doing all sorts of things including tasting chocolate and traveling the world! Let your imagination go wild and notice the things you enjoy doing to start with. You can get more practical later!

Know What You Truly Want

Be honest with yourself about what you are looking for. Although you will want to identify areas that you might want to work in, it is also important to think about what type of work you want to do on a day to day basis and how that will look in reality. For example, working in fashion business seems fun and has always been your dream, but you might not be comfortable with the politics and tense atmosphere in the long term. Therefore, be specific about what was not working and where I wanted to go.

Share Your Vision

Sharing your ideas with trusted friends and colleagues can be helpful and they may be able to suggest avenues you have not thought of yourself. However, choose who you share your plans with wisely. Your vision for making a change may be unsettling to some people in your life so make sure you share with people that you know will be supportive and encouraging. It might also be worth hiring a coach to help you with this process.

Do Your Research

Libraries are a great place to start your research about changing careers. You can borrow books about changing careers and read up on topics you are interested in. Searching online is also a great way to get clearer about possible avenues and there are forums and chatrooms that coulld provide a place to get support and advice on your journey. 

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Get Hired: It’s All About the Follow-ups

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Tired of rejections after rejections? The job market is very tough these days, so you need special strategies to increase your chance of getting hired. But let us tell you the secret: when it comes to job application, it’s all about the follow-ups.

What should you follow up on, and how?

Follow-up your first resume/cover letter mailing with another resume/cover letter mailing.

Things can happen with the mail–it can become lost, stolen, or delivered to the wrong address. So if you don’t hear anything from the company you applied to, it wouldn’t hurt to send in another resume/cover letter package. Wait about 1 week after you mail the first resume/cover letter. So what if they’ve already received it? Then they’ll just get a second one, no harm done. What’s the benefit of this? If anything, it will get your name and information in front of your potential employer twice. And that’s another nice little technique that helps you to stand out.

Follow-up your interview with a thank-you letter.

Too many job seekers don’t realize how important this is. Do this: before you go to your interview, the night before, begin typing the letter in your computer, and save it. Then, as soon as you get home from the interview, the minute you hit the door, sit down and finish typing out your thank-you letter. Print it out and take it over to the post office. Not to the nearest corner mailbox, but to the post office. More than likely, it’ll get to your potential employer the next day. Again, this gets your name in front of your potential employer at least twice, which can help you to stand out from other applicants that have been interviewed. It also shows your professionalism and enthusiasm for the position.

Follow-up with a second thank-you letter if you get a rejection letter.

You’re probably thinking, why should I send a follow up letter to a rejection letter? Because you never know – you could have been the company’s very next choice. What if the person they hire works there for a while, and they decide to quit? Or what if the company feels the person they hired just isn’t all they thought they would be? Either way, this would place you back in their prospective eye. So write a polite letter, thanking them for taking the time to interview you, and that you hope they might keep you in mind for any future positions that may open up.

Steal their attention with an awesome resume and cover letter

Sending follow-ups is not the only way to stand out from other applicants. A creative resume will do the trick too! Nowadays, there are many types of resumes available such as graphic resumes, video resumes, mobile resumes, and web resumes.

At Style Resumes, we specialize in creating creative resumes that will help our clients secure their dream job. From the eye-catching graphic resume, the cool video resume, the impressive web resume, to the technologically advanced mobile resume, we got it covered. Order your creative resume now!

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Learning from Bad Interviews

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We’ve all had that awful job interview which we don’t even want to remember because we feel too ashamed of ourselves. However, forgetting them will not do you any good. It’s good to do an autopsy to discover what you need to know and / or work on to improve your skills in these situations.

Here are some tips on becoming more comfortable and at ease:

1) Interview often. Practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the more it’s like staying on your bike. And if you do happen to fall, it’ll be a lot easier to get back on again.

2) Dig into the interview and autopsy it. What did you do well? What did you do wrong? What did you expect? What happened that was unexpected? Did you feel prepared or totally unready?

3) Write down all the questions you can remember AFTER the interview. By keeping a running list of real interview questions you’ve encountered, you can gain skill in knowing what might be coming your way the next time you meet an employer.

4) Do your research. Did the employer field a question to you that had something to do with the company? If you had done your research, confidence comes with knowledge and even buy you some time. Sometimes, even deflecting those questions with similar but different detailed information can help you wiggle out of tight spots.

5) What was your gut instinct about the interview? Trusting your intuition is important… if you are feeling not-so-great about an interview and your performance in there, there might have been something perhaps non-verbal that the interviewers were exuding that put you off. If you aren’t walking out pumped up and energized, is this really the right opportunity for you?

If you don’t take the time to truly examine how you performed in an interview, and don’t dissect the pieces that you did well versus the ones you had an epic fail on, you won’t learn about yourself nor will you learn what you can do better for next time. In your lifetime, you’ll have a lot more interviews than job offers, so mastering the knowledge of your strengths and weak points is incredibly important to your career… otherwise, what you don’t know will hurt you.

Get interviewed for your dream job

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. Sometimes, crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview and negotiations, 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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Interview Secret: Flatter Your Interviewer

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Most people think that when it comes to interviews, it’s all about themselves! They believe that they are doing all the talking and answering all the questions so why wouldn’t the interview be about themselves? Well, let them believe so while you get the job because you know the secret: the key to winning the interview is by flattering the interviewer, because at the end of the day, people will hire people that they like and trust.

Here are some tricks to do just that.

Be a Solution to Their Problem

Here is the whole point to interviewing: the interviewer has a problem and they want to see if you can be a solution to that problem. With that being said, you are probably going in to interviews thinking, “I’m going to show them that I am the best solution around!” Unfortunately, while that is right first step in thinking, you will fail in every step after that. The problem you will face is that you do not know their exact problem. You have an idea based off of the job description, but that’s it. The secret is to ask. Instead of waiting until the end of the interview to ask a question, ask in the beginning. Ask the interviewer, “What specific problems are you facing today in your job and/or department?” When you ask a question like this, you are hearing directly from the source about what their problems are. Now, you can gear your answers specifically towards what their problems are and sound like an all-star.

Change the Way You Ask Your Questions

Many job seekers are asking questions such as, “What is the culture like?” and “What are three traits that you are looking for in the successful person?” A lot of coaches would argue those are great questions to ask and that you should ask them in every interview. However, to some degree, they are wrong. Remember, the key to interviewing is to flatter the interviewer. We can ask the same questions, but twist them a bit to learn the same thing while flattering the interviewing. For example, “What are a few things that you enjoy about the culture here at _____?” and “What are three traits that got you promoted here at _____?”

Now, lets think about those new questions. Not only are you still gaining the same exact answer from the previous questions mentioned, but you are also flattering the interviewer. You are giving them the opportunity to talk about themselves and you are asking them their own opinion. This is an easy distinguishing factor for you against the other candidates.

“Stalk” Your Interviewer

This one can be a bit more difficult, but not impossible. Do your research and find commonalities between you and the interviewer. Sometimes you may not find commonalities until you are in the actual interview which will take a bit of off-the-cuff improvisation. However, with some basic Google searching and LinkedIn reviewing, you can find plenty of information to relate too. This goes back to my first point that people hire people that they like and trust. This is an easy way to build a basic rapport with the interviewer. Again, the point is the flatter the interviewer and talk about things they want to talk about.

Get That Interview Call First!

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. 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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Tailor Your Resume for the Job Position

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Your resume is the weapon to get the job of your dreams. With so many professionals applying for the same job position, how do you distinguish yourself from the others?

A very good idea will be to target every job application with a tailor-made resume. Be sure to cover the most important job skills, qualifications, and experience in your CV that is related to the job you apply for. Use the same skills, experience, and qualifications description as in the job ad, and ensure that your previous experience is clearly and relevant to the job application.

You can have a “basic resume”, and then you should just adapt that material to the wishes to you dream job. Here is how you can tweak the parts on your resume to tailor to a specific job position.

Professional Summary

The professional summary is the part where you describe your overall motivation. Here you should describe that the current job would fit into your career choice. This is should show the employer that this job is the next step on your career ladder.

Skills

Skills are mostly seen as keywords in a job ad; they are essential criteria that you have to possess to fill this position. You might not possess them all, but you must include all the required skills as much as possible. Highlight the skills where your expertise really supersedes the demands highlighted and mention the rest.

Work Experience

Your former work experience needs particular care and you should try to reuse some of the skills or goals explained in the job ad. Explain you experience very concise and clear, write the roles and tasks you had. Be sure to use the same wordings as in the requirements for this job.

Use several examples, and where it is possible show how your skills where developed and refined through your previous work experience. Make it extremely clear that you have gained extra expertise through your previous experience.

Achieved goals

Goals that you have achieved on top of your work experience for each job description are extremely positive, it shows that you aim for the goals the employer puts up and that you are dedicated to the relevant tasks. Try to use examples that are related to the new job application if possible.

Educations / Qualifications

A lot of job ads describe a certain set of required qualifications. You should try to provide qualifications that meet these requirements. Sometimes you have similar qualifications, try to convince them that they are good enough. Either do it by email beforehand so that you are sure that your qualifications are good enough. This also gives you the opportunity to have a talk with the employer before you send your resume.

Leave it to the professional

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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