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Keep your resume out of the trash

Job applicants aren’t stupid.They know how to use clean layout and list their accomplishments to get noticed. However, many of you overlook the pitfalls that would cause your resumes to be tossed in the trash.

Hiring managers have dozens, even hundreds, of resumes to filter through everyday. In order to cut these to a reasonable amount, they simply toss those that don’t make the initial cut.

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Here are three pitfalls that are deal breakers for hiring managers:

1. You Don’t Meet the Basic Requirements

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Many job seekers heed the advice of darer counselors and advice websites telling them to apply for as many jobs as they can, even if they do not fit the requirements of the job. “Resumes just won’t be considered if the basic skills aren’t there,” says Thomas Lang, a Human Resource manager. This is the first knockout factor for many. Make sure that you look at the requirements before applying for a job and identify if your skills are a match.

A similar mistake: You have the basic requirements, but they’re obscured by extra or unnecessary information. “Lay it out simply for me—that means less investigation I’ll have to do,” says Lang. For example, if you’re applying for a position in marketing, but your experience is a combination of marketing and sales, tailor your resume to focus on your marketing experience and skills, and minimize—or even remove—the sales information.

2. You’re Not a Culture Fit

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When we refer to a cultural fit, we don’t mean how you’ll integrate into the company you’re applying too. That comes after you actually get hired. What we do mean is if you fit in the corporate culture of professionalism and meticulousness. Hiring managers expect to see the resume of an applicant who knows what the job requires and tailors his or her resume to the job. Summary statements that cover a wide range of skills and industries or cover letters that don’t mention the company by name won’t make it pass the first round.

To avoid the circular file, you’ll want to tweak your resume based on the position and company, making deliberate connections of how your experience, skills, and personality are a perfect fit for the job. Use industry terms, spell out accomplishments that you know will make an impact, and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Lang remembers an applicant who listed, “I’ll drink an iced Americano any time, day or night” under the interests section, which not only revealed the applicant’s “personality and sense of humor,” it was a great fit for Lang’s agency, a highly creative design firm with its own specialty coffee shop in the basement.

3. You Don’t Pay Attention to Detail

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When it comes to your resume, the devil is quite often in the details. Recruiters get annoyed by small things that you may not think of—like whether or not the text on your cover letter and resume is the same font and size (it should be), if your margins are off (makes it tricky for us to print), or to whom you’ve addressed the cover letter (it should be the recruiter’s name, not “sir,” “madam,” or “to whom it may concern”).

They’ll also take note if you don’t include everything the job posting asks you to send. A cover letter and resume? What about work or writing samples? Be sure to include everything that’s asked of you. Also, does the job posting refer to the position as Project Manager II? If so, state that in your cover letter, exactly—don’t write Proj. Mgr. or Project Manager. Companies put a lot of time into determining job titles, and when a recruiter is looking to fill both the Project Manager and the Project Manager II positions, any ambiguousness from you will make it harder for them.

Typos are at the top of the list when it comes to resume writing taboos. Don’t rely on spellcheck as it only highlights text that are not words, but not typos that spell other words. Get a part of fresh eyes (not your own) when vetting your resume, or engage a writing service that can also give your resume a pleasing layout as well.

Applying for a job can often feel like a huge challenge, and knowing that there are so many applicants out there can be daunting. But if you follow these simple rules, you’ll make sure your resume gets past the first hurdle: the trash can. Better yet, if you tailor your resume and make sure it’s a fit to the company and job, you’ll definitely increase your chances of getting to the top of the pile.

 

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Why pay more for a professional resume writer?

In today’s modern world, the underlying principle of life is simple. You get what you pay for.

You can write your resume yourself, or get it cheap. People do get good jobs with resumes that they have crafted on their own.

However, remember that these people are, more often than not, good writers, or simply have astounding accomplishments through the course of their careers that make them highly marketable.

The bottom-line is this: there’s no substitute for good help. And that costs some money.

Why pay more for a best-of-the-breed professional resume writing service? Because you want a best-of-the-breed job. Paying less entails getting less.

You’re likely to pay several hundred dollars (anywhere from $100 to $600 is the norm) for a best-of-breed professional resume and cover letter writer. However, that cost buys you time.

Save yourself time and money

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A professional can shortcut your search time by days, weeks, or months. In some cases, you might receive job offers within hours of distributing your resume online. If you were told that you would begin to receive a great paycheck in a week, or even a month earlier than you would have without professional help, you’ll be more than happy to pay for the most expensive professional resume writer you can find. What if you were told that without the help of a resume writing service, you might not even get your dream job in the first place?

Let that sink in. Are you willing to waste time and money creating a mediocre resume that doesn’t bait your prospective employers? Resume writing professionals can move fast, without compromising quality. And so should you.

But isn’t the cost steep?

I’ve heard the protests about cost before. They boil down to these three:

1) I don’t have the money.

2) I don’t want to spend the money.

3) I don’t think it’s worth the money.

If you don’t have the money to spend, you don’t have a job that pays you well enough. Is waiting around going to get you a better one? Make the investment, have the guts to change something.

If you don’t want to spend the money, or you don’t think it’s worth the money, you’re missing the point. The superior job you can get when you use professional help will pay you back! And then some.

The money that you spend is but a small faction of the income you will be earning from a well-paying job that you land with a well-crafted resume.

If I were searching for a job right now, I’d buy the best professional job search help I could find. In a heartbeat. Not paying top dollar for the best help simply costs too much.

 

 

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Eye Contact – the Key to Winning the Interview

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Unless you live in parts of the world where eye contact is considered offensive, maintaining good eye contact is crucial in impressing your interviewer. People who avoid looking at an interviewer could be seen as shiftless, untrustworthy or lacking in confidence. Or you could be seen as aloof or snobby. Any of these can be an opportunity killer.

So, here are five simple steps to handling eye contact in an interview.

Observe

Before the interview, make an observation about eye contact. Take note of how other people handle eye contact. Start with people that you admire and who appear confident and sincere. Try to mirror their behavior.

Start with your mouth and your eyes

Smile and practice smiling with your eyes. Smiling is universal. Sincere smiles start with your eyes and work their way to your mouth. Sincere smiles appear relaxed–but also relax the smiler. When you walk into the interviewer’s office find something to comment on about the space. For example, “What a wonderful view you have.” or “I like this desk.”

A smile will not only make the interviewer see you more positively, but will also cause you to relax. This single tool is the most powerful of all.

Listen attentively

The more completely that you listen the easier it is to create more natural connection. Listen to the interviewer and try to determine their problem, and start to solve their problem. As you focus on how you can be the solution that they are looking for, you will relax.

Converse instead of passively answering questions

Interviews are stressful, but conversations are easy. You will be less stressed in an interview if you ask questions. Have a few questions prepared. For example, ask the interviewer what he/she like best about working at this company.

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If you still struggle try to look at one eye. Some people who are uncomfortable with eye contact don’t at first know where to look. They shift between looking at the left and the right eyes and switch back quickly. This behavior causes the interviewer to react uncomfortably. If you choose an eye, focus on just that one throughout the conversation its easier.

All of these techniques take practice. The easiest partner to practice on is a pet. (Don’t expect the pet to be good at this!) Next, progress to a child. Once you have mastered your techniques then practice on cashiers at store checkouts. Make sure you make a connection and it becomes natural.

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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Using the Right Words on Your Resume

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With thousands of resumes crossing recruiters’ desks, how do you ensure that yours is the resume that stands out from the crowd? The secret is – it’s all about choosing the right words. Here’s a guide to getting your resume right.

Research and Tailor

Before you can select the right language for your resume, research the job you are going for. While it’s good to have a general resume you can send out in an emergency, it’s even better to tailor your resume to the specific job you are looking for. The language of the job ad is a great guide to the language you should use in your resume – and in your cover letter. If the job ad asks for someone who is an expert in creating databases, use language that shows your strengths in this area. If the job ad is looking for people with leadership qualities, show how you have taken the lead in a variety of situations.

Give Specific Examples

Avoid generalizing about your skills. Anyone can claim to be a problem solver, team player or great leader. The question recruiters will ask is: what have you done that shows those qualities. When you list your achievements, say what the problem was, how you solved it and how much money you saved (or earned for) the company. Highlight an example of leading a team to achieve success or of playing a key part as a team member to deliver success for your team or organization.

Get Rid of the Fluff

You should also be specific in talking about your key skills. Just how much experience is “extensive” anyway? Instead of this overused fluff word, say how many years’ experience you have of doing the job. It will mean much more to the recruiter. “Proven track record” is another phrase that has to go – focus on specifics and it’s much more likely that your resume will make it out of the slush pile.

Get Active

Rather than claim to be ‘dynamic’ and ‘energetic’ show your dynamism and energy with your choice of resume words. Strong, active verbs say a lot about you. Instead of saying that you “took responsibility” for something, say that you “did” it, and back it up with examples of how you did it. That will say a lot more about the type of person that you are.

Use Keywords

You know that bullet pointed summary that many resumes have? You need one of those. Those bullet points are keywords and when recruiters search the resumes on file for the keywords they want, guess whose keyword relevant resume will pop up? Yours, if you get it right. Look at the job ad again and pick out the key words and phrases, then find a way to incorporate these into your resume. You’ll soon be well on the way to a fabulous new job!

Get Professional Help

Writing a resume is very tricky, that’s why it can be very beneficial for your professional career to hire a professional resume writer to help you revamp your resume.

At Style Resumes, our team comprises of the best, certified resume writers who will be more than happy to have in-depth discussions to identify your skills and strengths, so that you can present the best of yourself in your newly revamped resume. We will also use the right keywords that will quickly get the attention from any hiring managers or screening softwares.

Get your professionally written resume now!

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How to Cope with Job Rejection

Be it a rejection from a girl you’ve had big crush for since high school or a rejection from a company you’ve wanted to work for since freshman year, there’s one thing for sure: rejection sucks. It can crush your spirits and make you afraid to try again.

However, be assured that with every success comes a rejection and rejection is a part of your learning process. To help you deal with it, here are a few ways to deal with rejection:

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Don’t take it personally

Don’t use the job interview as a measure of your professional worth. The decision to not hire you was based on the company’s specific criteria and needs which may or may not have anything to do with how you showed up at the interview. That you weren’t the perfect match doesn’t mean that you’re not an outstanding professional with excellent attributes and talents.

 

 

Vent to people who can understand

Some people feel better after venting their frustration to people whom they trust, especially those who have dealt with similar situation before. Such people might be able to provide some insights or a different way of looking at the situation and left you feeling refreshed. However, be careful who you open up to. Venting to the wrong people can add the frustration even more.

Take time to reflect on yourself

Before moving forward, take time to understand the situation and how you could increase your chance next time. Ask yourself questions so you learn from the experience. What would you have done differently? What did you learn from the interviewing process? How would you have handled yourself differently? By asking questions, we focus on learning and growth and consequently move forward.

Use your emotion as power

There is nothing better than using your hurt feelings to power through a new opportunity. Keep in mind that when one door closes another door opens. Staying depressed and not doing anything about it won’t help you get anywhere near that open door. Don’t let the rejection crush you; let it fuel you to find better opportunities!

Focus on your strengths

When faced with a job rejection, it’s easy to blame yourself and focus on your imperfections. However, try to focus on what you’re really good at, and what you’re passionate about. Nobody is perfect, so don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect.

Stretch Yourself

Go to the gym or do some exercise and stretch beyond what you think your limits are. Find a place in your life that you can “go to the edge” and be extreme. Don’t take life so seriously. Do an activity you’ve never done before and you’ll rejuvenate yourself. This is where inspiration emerges from ­ the creative places we go to when we get outside of ourselves and outside of our ruts.

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Get a resume makeover

When you are ready to strike back, revamp your resume to increase your chance of getting call-ups, which in turn will increase your chance of getting hired. Too many rejections often makes you feel distressed and unworthy, so there’s no better way to revive the good spirit than by having a brand-new resume which accentuates your strengths and unique capabilities.

If you don’t know where to start, have a professional do it for you. At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the know-how to optimize your resume and pack a punch every time an employer picks up your resume. You will soon forget the depression associated with rejections because you’ll be overwhelmed by interview calls!

Give us a call and your tailor-made, professionally written resume will be ready to impress any hiring managers!