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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.

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!

Top 5 Interview Blunders

After getting your resume polished, now it’s time to hone your interview skills in order to snatch away that dream job of yours. Check out the top 5 interview mistakes and how to avoid it for your interview success!

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Dressing inappropriately

You might have an idea to wear something sensational to make yourself memorable to the interviewer. While this seems like a good idea, you might end up dressing inappropriately and shame yourself. Your interviewer might remember you negatively and may not think you’re professional enough for the job. In addition, not dressing well may seem like you don’t care about the organization or the job – certainly not the impression you want to convey.

Remember, it’s better to overdress than under dress. Suits, ties and collared shirts are all great options. If you think that’s boring, put some personality into your outfit, like a shirt with a pop of color under your blazer or a piece of statement jewelry.

Running late

Arriving late for an appointment not only suggests poor time management skills, but shows a lack of respect for the company, the position and even your interviewer. If you arrive late on your interview, the interviewer might assume that you will arrive late to work every day, messing up your chance of being accepted. Running late might also increase your nervousness and make you forget everything you have prepared the night before.

Go the extra length to make sure that you aren’t late, and arrive on time, or even early. If you hate showing up too early, you can always wait at a coffee shop across the street and start walking to the office 15-20 minutes before the appointed time.

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Checking your phone during the interview

Answering a call, texting, or even just checking your phone briefly during your interview is not only rude and disruptive, but it’s a pretty clear message to your potential employer that getting the job is not your top priority.

Before the interview, make sure you put your phone in silent mode. To resist the temptation to check your phone and to avoid having the vibration disturb your concentration, it’s best to keep your phone in your bag before the interview. Or, just turn it off! Turning off your phone for a while will not kill you.

Talking too much

There is nothing much worse than interviewing someone who goes on and on and on… The interviewer really doesn’t need to know your whole life story. Don’t be sidetracked and start talking about your personal life – your spouse, your home life or your children are not topics you should delve into. No matter how warm, welcoming or genial your interviewer may be, an interview is a professional situation – not a personal one.

Keep your answers succinct, to-the-point and focused and don’t ramble – simply answer the question.

Knowing nothing about the company

Don’t let your potential employer stump you with the question, “What do you know about this company?” It’s one of the easiest questions to ace, if only you do some research before your interview.

Before the interview, research like crazy. Find out what’s new with the company, the interviewer and your industry. In addition, tailor your answers to your findings. For instance, if the company is sponsoring a program to support animal rights, you might mention that it is the reason why you want to work for the company since you also hold that belief. It will earn you some brownie points.

 

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, 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!

Ten tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile

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LinkedIn is a great tool to find jobs, stay updated with industry goings on, network with professionals from relevant areas and generally stay within the radar of potential employers.

However, crafting a LinkedIn profile that does all this is not an easy task. Here are 10 tips to help you get it right:

  • Include a profile picture – It may sound shallow, but having a profile picture is imperative. When a recruiter sees a blank space where the profile image should be, it evokes a sense of mistrust right from the get-go. Also, it is important to make sure that the picture is suitable for a professional website. It doesn’t have to be shot in a studio, but should make you look professional yet approachable — somebody a recruiter might want to hire. Also make sure it’s a good quality image, not pixelated, blurred or too dark/light.
  • Summary – Recruiters or employers can have as many as hundreds of resumes and LinkedIn profiles to run through to find a suitable candidate for the job. Thus, chances are, they won’t spend too much time reading your entire profile. You must make the self-sale in the summary section. Ensure that the summary is impactful and describes sufficiently, in the limited space, who you are and what you can offer.
  • Settings – Change your settings while updating your profile or making any job search-related posts; the last thing you need is your current employer getting wind of it. Likewise, when making a new profile, turn off the updates; otherwise, LinkedIn will blast feed every little change you save, every time, to all your contacts, and this can be very annoying.
  • Headings and sub-heads – It is important to break up the text into short, descriptive headings and then describe the details under appropriate sub-heads. Large chunks of text can be boring and the recruiter might lose interest. Precise headings allow the recruiter to know what you are going to be talking about next.
  • Formatted, uniform look – Use bullets and pointers instead of long paragraphs to make your point. This makes it less tedious for a time-pressed recruiter to go through your profile, winning you brownie points
  • Lying – Do not lie in your profile. Industry folk tend to know each other on LinkedIn. So the next time you go for an interview based on false claims, not only will the employer realize that you have fibbed on your profile, he could also spread the word around, ruining any other chances you might have of getting calls from other places.
  • Update your profile – Remember to update your profile from time to time. The last thing a recruiter wants is to call you as a potential candidate based on the details you have revealed on your profile, only to realize that it hasn’t been updated and you do not meet his requirements. If you were a job seeker three years ago, make sure you change that after you get a job, otherwise you will keep getting jobs suitable for freshers, without understanding why that is the case. Likewise, if you are looking for a job but your profile says you already have a job, it could mean you aren’t getting calls you otherwise might have received, so change that.
  • Endorsements – Make sure you put up skills which you truly have. Being endorsed for the wrong skill-sets for the right job will not win you any brownie points. It doesn’t matter if you have 50 endorsements for a skill-set if it isn’t relevant to you. Instead, take time to think about which are the skills you want to be known for and list only those.
  • Words not to use – While it is important to remember that you must use words that are likely to optimize your profile and put you at the top of search results, going for the overkill or using words that have been done to death is not effective, either. As of 2012, words like ‘creative, organizational, effective, motivated, extensive experience, track record, innovative and responsible are considered taboo for using on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Connections and groups – This may seem innocuous, but be mindful of the people and groups that you have listed on your profile. If a potential employer sees your connections and groups scattered across completely unrelated industries, it will fail to impress him, the idea being that you aren’t focused enough. So, make sure to avoid having unrelated people and groups.

 

Let us help you

With these 10 tips, you can’t go wrong with your LinkedIn profile. But if you still think you can’t manage on your own worry not. Style Resumes will be happy to help you on your path to success. Simply contact Style Resumes and a useful, impressive LinkedIn profile can be yours.

 

 

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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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What Not to Do during Interview

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In a good interview, there are a lot of reasons you get the job because of what you said and did. You can also get the job because of what you do not say and do! Follow these tips for a successful interview and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes that have hindered so many for a chance to earn a livelihood.

Don’t ask about time off and salary up front

Wait to find out about salary when they bring it up and wait to hear about perks once they present the compensation package to you. Asking about medical benefits is acceptable, though.

Don’t ask about what the company does

You should’ve researched that info so don’t waste their time (and yours)! Do a thorough research about the company, its current state and the industry. Who knows the interviewer might test each candidate to see who is the most passionate about the job.

Don’t get too casual

It is good to have an interview in relaxed atmosphere, but remember that it is still a formal business setting and avoid being too casual or personal with the interviewer. Casual only gets you to a place where you lose focus on what you’re doing there in the first place. Unfortunately, that’s when things may come out of your mouth that shouldn’t.

Don’t bash your previous or current employer

It can show that you aren’t very loyal and that you don’t respect those that aren’t on your current radar screen. Hiring managers don’t want you to do that to them in case you leave and they certainly don’t want anyone who uses and abuses to get ahead. Just because you aren’t happy with your previous employer does not mean you have the right to express your true feelings about it to a stranger. After all, this is a small world. Your interviewer might be friends with your boss or ex boss.

Don’t dress too casually

Always dress one level up! Just because you might be a tradesman and your job dictates you wear jeans and a shirt to work, does not mean you should be wearing that to your interview. Wear one outfit above the job you are interviewing for. So in this case, the tradesman would wear a collared shirt and slacks. A salesperson would wear a suit and tie.

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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