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How to Make Networking Bearable

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Do you know what is the most efficient method of job hunting? You may have guessed it right; it’s networking.

But what if you hate networking? Are you banished to the confines of job boards, hoping that you will somehow stand out amongst the millions of other job seekers?

If networking is not your favorite thing to do, but you know you need to do it for your career advancement, here are three tips to get you started.

Build your comfort level

Start with people who you know and feel very comfortable with. This might include family members, close friends, and colleagues that you have formed close relationships with. Tell these people what you need, whether it is a new job or a mentor, or career advice, and ask them to refer you to people in their networks who are in a position to help. By having people close to you break the ice for you with people that they know, you can network from a position of strength.

Network in a way that is comfortable for you

There are many books on networking that have been published, and many of the tips can be beneficial, but if you try to network in a way that does not fit who you are, you are likely to give up. So if going to networking meetings and engaging in chitchat while passing out the business cards does not suit your style, try a different approach. You may be the type of person who is better at showing what you can do than talking about it. If so, you might want to volunteer in the local chapter of your professional association and participate in committees or greet people at local events. By getting involved, you will of necessity get to know people. This can be an unconventional way of networking, but it can still get the job done if you are able to engage people in your job search after you have had a chance to demonstrate your work ethic.

Give before you get

Networking needs to be a two-way street in order for it to truly be networking, so brainstorm what you can contribute to people who are in a position to help you with your next career move. After identifying people who can help you with your career, brainstorm ideas of what you can give to such people that will be valuable to them. Perhaps you can send an article that talks about what is cutting edge in your field. If you know someone who would be a great fit for a position that is open (that is not something you would compete for), refer that person to a manager that you want to network with. This is a way of opening the door with the manager so that when it comes time to ask for something, you have already paved the way.

Get powerful tools

When you are looking for job, your resume and cover letter are your most powerful weapons to score that dream job of yours. When you are networking, an impressive business card is very important as well!

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, cover letter and business card design that made employers feel in love with them. Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!

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3 Systematic Steps to Find Jobs

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Due to rising competition these days, many people have no idea how to find a job they like. To make matters worse, many don’t plan properly before job hunting as they go around asking for jobs in a non-systematical manner. This of course, will often bring failure. How to find a job effectively? If you want to increase your chances of getting a job, the secret is to just follow three simple steps. The trick though, is to actually execute it. Here are the aforementioned steps to give some organization to your job hunting and hopefully teach you to approach the difficult in a more systematic way.

Step 1 – Look for ads in local newspapers

Clearly, the first step in getting a job is to search for it, and through as many channels as you can. If you are very resourceful and know how to get your way around job websites, HR companies and the likes, then great, do those! If you are not, then your best bet is to do it the old fashioned way of looking through local newspapers as they are often littered with ads for hiring. How are you ever going to find a job if you are too lazy to do the above? Once you find a job ad that catches your attention, review information on the company and their selection criteria, then move on to step 2.

Why do you need to look for jobs first? Because you need to tailor your resume and cover letter to suit the job!

Step 2 – Write a Professional Resume

You may know how to find a job, but there is something else you are going to need. Once you have chosen the job, you must put together a resume which can highlight your strengths such as qualifications, certifications and work experience. If you can afford to get it written from a professional writer, do it as he will be able to give you a nice and well-organized resume which can save you some hassle and save you time of getting a job.

Step 3 – Post resume on various classifieds

This is one of the most effective ways to get responses from companies, mainly because of the fact that these companies can access databases of candidates from these portals and select suitable ones for the job. It is suggested that you post on more than one classifieds website to increase exposure as doing so may bring up your chances of getting jobs that you like.

Invest in high quality resume

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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6 Ways to Prepare Yourself to the Next Great Job

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You might have been laid off recently, or you are on a career move. Do not fall into depression because of you sudden change of employment situation, and engage yourself in these six activities.

Volunteer

Those skills you kept thinking you might be able to learn on past jobs are out there waiting for you in the world of volunteering. One person volunteered to build a data base for a group and learned to use a tool that they couldn’t get training for on their jobs. That tool was the deal maker in their resume for a step up in their career. Another person volunteered as an actor in a community fundraiser. Where interviews had been disappointing and matched his fading level of energy before the fundraiser, interviews after were energetic. Shake yourself up a little.

Buy a new outfit for interviews

Maybe clothes don’t really make the man or woman but the impression you make can make a huge difference. During a previous downturn, a fellow in his fifties was getting the old “over-qualified” line in the interviews he could get. His wife said, over breakfast one morning, “We’re going out to buy you a new suit.” He protested about spending for any item that was not absolutely necessary. She stood her ground and said it was absolutely necessary. They picked out the most expensive suit he had ever owned the night before the interview that got him the best job he’d ever had. His attitude was different. Perk yourself up.

Get in touch with your network

If you made the dreadful mistake of getting so busy that you’ve lost touch with old friends and coworkers, get busy rebuilding those bridges. Don’t feel self-conscious about getting back in touch when you need them. Don’t ask for a job. Let them know what you’re doing and find out what they’re doing. The young person you mentored on a job a while back could be the VP of Engineering for a software developer now. A network is a two way street. You could be the one your contacts need the next time around. Keep it healthy and energetic. Don’t put it on a back burner again.

Get up to speed on social networking

Communities like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and others offer an assortment of opportunities for getting involved and meeting new people. While you’re getting up to speed on them, don’t shoot yourself in the foot by contributing anything you would not want n employer to see. HR departments include social networks in their research. That wet t-shirt contest might not fit the preferences of a conservative employer with just the job you’ve always wanted. Do check out discussion groups in your field. Don’t connect with people who have brown paper bags for heads or weird bios. Make your connections with people in your field who can carry on a lively conversation about your area of expertise. Let people know you’re looking in your status blurbs.

Get that certification you haven’t had time to get

How many times have you wished that you had time to go for certification in your specialty? Professional associations and colleges have an assortment of certifications to offer. When his last assignment for the Navy was a base closure, a Naval Officer received the equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for an extremely successful base closure using the techniques he learned in APICS certification classes that he took the time to take. That training and the award led directly to his first civilian job after retirement. Get ready to take a step forward in your career while you do have the time.

Get professional resume help

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! A good resume is an investment for your bright future. 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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Avoid These 10 Interview Mistakes if You Want to Get Hired

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If you have been to lots of interviews yet have not heard the word “you’re hired!”, you might have done one of the most common interview mistakes. What are those mistakes and how can you prevent making them in your next interview?

Here are 10 interview mistakes that may have prevented you from getting the job, and how not to repeat the mistakes.

1. Not Knowing the Job

Usually one of the first questions you’ll be asked is “What do you know about the company?” or “Why do you want this job?”

Show them that you’ve done your homework, and you know what you’re trying to get. Research the company, what they do, how they do it differently from others – what makes them different. Be sure to show your interviewers that you know this, and you’ve done your homework. Most of this information can be found on the company website. If not, call the company and set up an informational interview before you apply.

2. Not Being Enthusiastic

You have to show your interviewers that you want the job, without coming across as desperate (or crazy!). Remain positive, and upbeat. Express that you’re thankful for the interviewers taking the time to interview you, and don’t forget to thank them again at the end of the interview.

3. Not Being Professional

While you should be enthusiastic and show personality, be sure to remain professional at all times. Avoid too much personal information or questions. Remember that an interview is a formal hiring process. There are motions that everyone has to go through, and staying professional is part of the game.

Staying professional also helps you stay on track with the interview, and avoids getting distracted. The employer wants to learn specific information in a limited amount of time. Help them do this.

4. Being Negative About Former Employers

Never, never, never badmouth a former boss. Even if they were an idiot, a moron and completely deserve it.

You don’t want your interviewer to think that you might do the same about them. It’s a small world – there’s a chance your interviewer could know (or worse – be friends with) your former boss.

5. Being Too Late or Too Early

Arrive on time for the interview, with between 5 and 10 minutes to spare. Showing up late is rude, and will keep the interviewers waiting. It shows that you are unreliable, and will negatively affect your chances of getting hired. Being too early isn’t much better either. It may show that you are desperate, or have way too much time on your hands.

So, leave your house early, and if you arrive too early you could always have a cup of coffee at a café nearby before heading to the office 15 or 10 minutes before the appointed time.

6. Not Being Nice to Everyone

Be nice to everyone at the company – from the doorman to the receptionist to the boss. From the moment you walk through the door, you are being evaluated. The interviewer may even ask the receptionist or doorman for their opinion of you after you leave.

7. Dressing Inappropriately

Make sure that your style of dress matches the job you’re interviewing for. If it’s a professional job, or one in the corporate world, be sure to wear a suit. If it’s for a summer job, or a much more casual job, be sure to wear something less formal, but still neat.

If in doubt, visit the company/employer and take a look at what the other employees are wearing. Dress a little more formal than this.

8. Talking Too Much or Not Enough

An interview should be a conversation, not just you talking the entire time. Be sure to listen well, allow the interviewer to finish, and answer the questions completely and concisely. More than a few minutes on one question and the interviewer may start to get bored or annoyed.

9. Not Asking Question

Interviewers usually leave time at the end of the interview for you to ask questions. Have a few question for them, even if there’s nothing you really want to know. It shows that you are interested and actually care about the job. Not having questions can indicate disinterest, and definitely won’t help your chances.

Avoid overly personal questions, or jobs about salary or wages or amount of holidays. These are things that will be discussed after you receive an offer.

10. Not Following Up

Follow up an interview with a thank you note (either a letter or preferably, an email). Reiterate your interest in the position and working for the company.

Keep it simple and short – don’t talk about how you think the interview went. This will leave a good impression with the employer, and may just be enough to sway a decision in your favor.

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. 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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Keys to Ace Online Interview

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Modern times have modernized the way organizations used to conduct interviews, taking a leap from telephone or face-to-face interviews to video interviews. While a very few number of people could have been familiar with this technology back a decade or so, the technology is becoming the first choice of every company nowadays. Why? The many advantageous features of the online interviewing software are letting it go a level up every time.

It’s easy to understand the software and use it after getting well-versed with various techniques to make the most of it. Learn it for once and for all and save on your time as well as money, both of which are super necessary in this age of hastiness and dearness. Screening potential candidates has become easier and faster for employers, whereas this new technology allowing for digital interviews has eliminated the need of interviewees to travel far by spending time and money.

However, it does not allow the complete interview process through it. Video interviewing is currently being considered only for an initial round of interview. But, this first round makes the rest of the process easier for both interviewers and the aspiring candidates. The interview is just akin to a walk-in interview, where conversations slither back and forth between the two concerned parties.

But hey, it takes some of your best efforts to crack the interview online. It’s just akin to facing a camera while you are being shot. Better, be prepared well in advance!

The Posture

The first and the foremost thing you need is to work on your body posture. This applies when you go to any interview. Sit straight, feel a bit relaxed, make eye contact, give a smile, and you are all set. While sitting in an extremely casual manner would leave a bad impression on the interviewer and reduce your chances of being selected, smiling along with a proper posture will play a major role in conveying your confidence and friendliness.

Silence Speaks

By silence, it does not mean your silence, which will, without a doubt, silently ruin your interview. Rather, this is the silence of your surroundings, which you need to maintain during and in fact, exactly before the interview starts. You have to be professional. Just like in face-to-face interview, just do not let your phone ring; put it on vibrate mode instead. Better is if you sit alone in the room and pause every other task for the time being. On the same note, having piles of dirty laundry and messy and dirty room as your background might leave bad impression too.

Camera and Action!

Before anything, remember to check your camera as well as the microphone, both of which should be working to let you have a candid conversation with the employers. Later, it is imperative for you to look straight into the camera while having a word with the interviewer. Don’t do it like there’s a camera in front; rather look at the camera as if the person himself is sitting in front of you. This would reflect on your confidence and morale.

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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