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Is the Business Card Dead?

There is no denying that technology has taken over so many aspects of our lives today. Finding a job using technology is undoubtedly one of them. With the increasing use of electronic and online resumes as well as social networking sites for job sourcing, has the function of a business card gone obsolete?

Not necessarily, according to various research results. Business card printing industries are still going strong amidst the influence of technology and increasing use of online presence for networking. 27,397,260 business cards are produced daily and 13 million set of cards are printed for each professional industry. So no, business cards are not dead. In fact, they are very much alive and kicking.

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Here are the reasons why.

Business Cards Promote You and Your Company’s Services

Marketing is important. Having a business card will thus help showcase you as a person as well as your brand or services. It is also a useful way to promote your company, especially for growing businesses and start up companies. This will undoubtedly get your expertise noticed. It will present a good image and impression of the company by highlighting certain quality services that you would like to promote. This will enhance your personal image of a businessman working in a particular company.

Especially for fresh graduates, having a business card is very useful. A nicely designed business card displays your personality and enables you to have an edge over other competitors as well as make up for the lack of career experience. You will be remembered precisely because the design of your business card will attract the attention of potential hiring managers and they will see you as one who has capabilities.

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The Old Fashioned Way is Always the Best

Contacts today still demand and expect business cards. They have been around since the 15th century, so this practice won’t be diminishing anytime soon.

Today’s professionals are overwhelmed with emails, online requests and electronic resumes. So stand out from the mass of technology obsessed people by owning a uniquely designed business card. It not only shows your creativity, but also that you are a risk taker and unafraid to do things differently from the others. Additionally, networking using business cards is relatively easy and an affordable approach because you can just whip out that awesome card at any meeting or social function.

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Now that you are aware of the importance of business cards, it’s time to start owning one! Here are some tips to make your business card stand out!

Personal Particulars are a Must!

Always include your name, contact information, position, company’s logo as well as your photo. These are the basic elements to your business card. However, you can definitely get creative with them! Instead of just stating them in the card, use colors, graphics and images to make your card visually appealing. After all, it’s all about branding and marketing. The more creative you get, the more impressive you will be in the eyes of the potential hiring managers, investors or whoever that you intend to associate yourself with.

Reach Out To a Wider Audience with Business Cards

If you are smart enough, you will know that business cards are the perfect item to reach out to your hiring managers or potential partners and affiliates both online and offline.

Make use of technology with the help of the business card! Showcase your versatility by including your QR code to your mobile resume on your business card, or a link to your web resume! Your hiring managers will definitely be impressed because they will see you as someone who is innovative and opportunistic, and for all the right reasons!

It’s like having the best of both worlds!

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Be Visual!

Make use of images, graphics that can grab the attention of hiring managers or whoever that has your card in his/her hand! You can easily find pictures online that are relevant to your expertise or your position in your company. You can even inspire curiosity by providing short and sweet sentences, such as:

“Connect with me via (email address) if you want to talk about the company or recommendation for a great restaurant next time you are in France.”

This will definitely catch the attention of your hiring manager!

Creative Call to Action!

Business cards are a marketing tool. So make use of one to market your products or services. Use humor, witty language, or whatever that will appeal to your target audience! For example:

•    If you see a pink balloon,i will give you a 10% discount.
•    Get a free pink balloon from (company website) with this coupon code: [pinkballoon]
•    Spot a pink balloon in (      ) and let us know at (contact number) to get a free (   )!

Try to make it relevant but at the same time attention grabbing if you don’t want your business card to end up in the trashcan.

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Let Style Resumes Design the Perfect Business Card for You!

Now that you know the benefits of owning a business card, why wait? It’s time to start having one if you want to stand out from the rest of the job hungry competitors!

At Style Resumes, we will design the perfect business card that will scream you and display your personality through creative but professional designs! We will also add your very own QR code to the card so that you will have your very own mobile resume as well, and at attractive prices! Or of you prefer an online portfolio, we will simply include a url link on your business card that will direct your hiring manager to your web resume!

Make a lasting impression with Style Resumes!

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Making Good Impression on Business Lunches

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Have you just scored a job and started the real life? Congratulations! One of your activities might be going to business lunches. Knowing what to do when meeting a prospective client for lunch, or going to lunch with the boss or colleague can be confusing at times. Here is a quick list of items to remember:

  1. Be in the present moment with whoever you are with. Limit glancing around the room. It’s a sign that you are looking for something better. There is nothing worse than having a conversation with someone who is half there.
  2. Be on time. This sounds so commonsensical. The percentage of people being late is over 65 percent. Don’t push your time to the last minute before leaving the office so you will be late. Take some reading or work with you, arrive early, sit in the lobby, and work. Or give yourself some space to think over how you want to approach the time together. You introduction, tone, style, or even plan a quick get away if the union isn’t working. The memory implant of your lateness will always override any request for forgiveness.
  3. Turn off your cell phone before entering the restaurant. No one around you wants to hear your conversation. Even if you let it ring, pick it up and then take it outside. Did you leave your lunch companion alone? This is just plain rude. If you do this, the person you are meeting might not want to get in contact with you or your company ever again.
  4. If you are woman and this is business, it’s appropriate now to stand up and shake the hand of a male. This overrides the old rule of staying seated. If the meeting is for your spouse’s business and you are coming along because other spouses are coming, then you stay seated as your spouse stands up. This rules applies for either gender.
  5. Offer your hand and give a firm handshake. Sometimes, people who don’t like to shake hands will not meet yours. Don’t think anything of it if they don’t, this is just their preference. And particularly don’t say something cute or funny.
  6. Think of an opening statement to make as you are shaking hands. This is part of your first impression, so make it good. Always use the guest’s first name either at the beginning or at the end of the statement. For example, “Thank you for taking the time to get together today, Catherine.” When needing to complete a group of introductions, highest rank rules over gender.
  7. Small talk is important–don’t leave it out. The length of time for small talk depends on many factors. If you are in the presence of famous or very rich people and not in a social setting, then the small talk, if any, is going to be quick and short. It could be as short as one or two sentences. People who know how much their time is worth, or who are doing you a favor by being there, also fall into this category.
  8. Aha, who picks up the tab? If you did the inviting, you are responsible for the check. No matter how more well-off they are. If a joint meeting, ask at the beginning or when scheduling the lunch on check splitting. Waiting until the check arrives to state the check splitting is a sign of professional weakness. If you are meeting with someone who is giving you valuable advice, you must pick up the tab. A personal handwritten follow-up note is also appropriate. If they have saved or helped you make more money, send them a gift or gift certificate. If you don’t you will never get any more of their time again.
  9. Where does the napkin go? Immediately after sitting, place the napkin in your lap. If you notice the napkin is in the goblet, this is usually a signal from the restaurant that the server will place the napkin into your lap. If you excuse yourself during the meal, place the napkin on the left hand side of your plate or on the chair. This signals the server that you aren’t done. When done, place napkin on the right of the plate and your fork and knife horizontally across the plate to signal the server.
  10. What to eat and use first? Learn some basic table manner. Which glass or which fork can be confusing. Bread and salad plates always to the left, drinking glasses to the right. Utensils start from the outside in and the dessert fork is by the dessert plate. Lay your fork and knife across your plate to signal the server you’re finished.

 

Good luck for your first job

Now that you know how to handle business lunches, how to get a job that you will enjoy doing? The key is in your resume. A good resume will bring you to places you never expected before. So start revamping your resume!

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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How to Get a Job Smartly

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Finding a new job these days can be rough! Of course, if you’ve been scouring the want ads, classifieds and online job boards for a while, you know how rough it is. Good jobs are at a premium these days and there is some stiff competition for just about every position available. To get one of the available jobs these days, you need the right information and tips to point you in the right direction. There are jobs to be had, you just need to refine your approach and get the help you need.

Use Your Time Wisely

If you’re out of work, it can be a very depressing and frustrating experience. Going out and looking for employment just makes things more complicated. If you want to get a new job, though, you’ve got to get yourself moving and make good use of the time that you do have available. Take time, every day, to look at the classified ads, check online and make calls. It may seem like it’s all too much, but you’ve got to treat your quest to get a new job like it is your job. Many people make half-hearted attempts for a few minutes every day and then give in to feelings of hopelessness and frustration. You’re better than that, so make your job hunting activities the top priority for now.

Do Some Networking

When you’re trying to get a new job, it’s the best time to reach out to your network of family, friends and former co-workers. Staying plugged in with people can be a great way to find out about new employment opportunities. You should also make an attempt to be sociable and even strike up conversations with people that you don’t know, when the opportunity arises. A pleasant conversation about the weather, with a stranger, could turn into a discovery about a job opening you never knew about.

Get Some Help

When you’re trying to get a new job, things can be overwhelming. If you can, reach out to professional job counselors or firms to get some help with finding that new job. There are people who are in the business of helping others find their dream jobs. Make sure that you only work with reputable job finding professionals for the help you need to find a new job. Put all of these pieces together and you’ll be on the fast track to get a new job that’s just right for you.

Get 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! 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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How to Make Great First Impression

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When you are job searching, you want to be prepared from all angles. Once you apply for a job, the microscope zooms in and you must be prepared to be examined. Putting your best foot forward when you are being so closely inspected involves more than presenting an error-free resume and wearing a nice smile. Here are the three pieces that fit together to shape how employers see you. Are you lacking in any of these areas?

On paper (your cover letter and resume)

The first impression almost any employer will have of you is in your cover letter and resume. Most employers read cover letters, which are intended to set the tone for your resume and let the reader know why you are interested in the position. Resist the urge to make your cover letter boring (i.e. “I’m applying for the manager position. I am organized and task-oriented…”). You want to grab the reader’s attention so use exciting, illustrative language.

Your resume should be the perfect balance of concise and descriptive. It should give them enough results-focused information to make them interested in learning more about you. Both your resume and cover letter should be personalized to each job to which you are applying. Hiring managers can tell if you are blindly sending these documents out to any old job posting you come across.

Online (your cyber reputation)

There is a good chance you will be looked up online (or “Googled”) within the process of your job search. Recruiters, hiring managers, potential bosses and supervisors – they all want to check you out. What is it they will find? A good place to start is by Googling yourself. Cleaning up any unsavory information you find on your personal blog or website would be a good idea. Also be sure to update your social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace). Drunken party pics and lewd language – everyone can see this stuff! Most importantly, establish a solid professional networking identity through LinkedIn. This is now the “go-to” networking resource for professionals. If Facebook is your Saturday night, LinkedIn is your Monday morning. As such, it should be taken more seriously.

Not only should each of these online portals be free of any questionable information about you, they should also reflect your dedication to your career. For example, don’t just create a LinkedIn profile and leave it sparse; that communicates that you don’t have follow-through. Develop it into your online repertoire and make connections! There is online help to get starting, or you can use a professional resume writing service that offers LinkedIn profile development services.

In person (your professional image and attitude)

Once you get past the resume screening and put through the online “wringer”, you must pass the live test: the interview. This is where it is essential that your professional image and attitude are sharp and professional. What are your appearance and attitude currently communicating? Do you show up to interviews in wrinkled khakis or a too-tight miniskirt? Are you conveying arrogance or passiveness? These are all problems that can equate to saying, “I’m not right for this company or this position.”

You want to use your attire and demeanor to communicate what you really want to say: “I am a perfect fit for this company and position, and you should hire me right away!!” Send the right message by dressing appropriately and cleanly. Your attitude should mirror your appearance: confident, personable, and above all, professional. There are also many resources online for helping you to maximize your image and attitude to present the best “you.”

While most people just focus on their resume or interview etiquette, it is important that all angles are covered to ensure you present yourself in the most optimal light possible. By fitting these three pieces together you help eliminate any holes that might hurt your chances of getting your foot in the door.

Let professionals do the job

When you are job hunting, your resume is your most powerful weapon to get back on your feet. 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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What Makes Style Resumes the BEST Resume Company?

What Makes Style Resumes the BEST Resume Company?

Are you unsatisfied with your current resume or your cover letter? Do you feel that something is still missing but can’t figure out what it is? Are you worried that your resume and cover letter can’t push you ahead in the job race? And when you decide to look for good resume writing services online, you get even more confused from the never ending availability of services that you simply can’t decide on the perfect one?

Worry no longer. Style Resumes has proven to be one of the most competitive resume companies in the international market with attractive, up-to-date and affordable products and services that specially cater to all types of clients, from fresh graduates to professionals and executives. We have specialized in the resume writing industry for the past 16 years and have matched about 98% of our clients to their desired jobs.

Unlike most resume companies, we introduce new and unconventional forms of resume products which are a hit with clients of all ages, apart from the traditional professional resume writing services. Quality infographic resumes (Style Resumes), mobile resumes, web resumes and video resumes are such products that are available at affordable prices and showcase tech-savvy skills of clients that many companies look for today.

Prioritizing customer satisfaction, we ensure that our writers provide free rewrites and edits for clients and operate strictly on a full refund policy which not many top companies practise. And that is what makes Style Resumes so attractive!

And if you are not impressed yet (which we seriously doubt), we also believe in taking advantage of the latest trends of today. Yes that’s right! We utilize all social media platforms and regularly update and provide new information on our products and services, so users are able to communicate and keep in touch with us via social media platforms! Which other companies actually do that?

And speaking of updates, we know that products and services have to be fresh and attractive for clients, so non-resume services are available as well! We provide a free E-Book on everything you, the client, need to know about interviews and the importance of first impression as well as presentation. And if that is not enough, to strengthen your presence in the job market, we offer LinkedIn services and business card design services for clients like you so that you will constantly be connected with people of different industries.

Impressed yet? You should, because Style Resumes is indeed the perfect resume company for you!

Just so you know that we are not lying, here is a table comparing top resume companies.

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Unbelievable, isn’t it? Style Resumes seems almost too good to be true, but it is indeed true! Don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will help you perfect your resume and cover letter, as well as nail that interview to secure your dream job!