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The Advantages of Having a Web Portfolio

The web portfolio, like many other online resumes, will take over the traditional paper resume one day.

The Internet today plays a very integral role in facilitating job searching processes for candidates and decision making processes for hiring managers. In a recent survey targeting resume writing experts, traditional paper resumes are considered outdated and its function may become obsolete one day.

Web portfolios are the perfect alternative of such boring, mundane paper resume in this technologically-driven economy, whereby companies today require necessary IT skills. Furthermore, there are many online resume distribution and writing services that make it very simple for candidates to own their very own web resumes.

With the advent of technology, job portals and networking sites have made job sourcing mush easier online instead of relying on newspapers or cold calling activities. Sites such as LinkedIn have become very famous for networking and job searching. Workopolis.com and Monster.ca allow candidates to submit their resumes online, and such processes are the reason why the paper resumes might be irrelevant in the near future.

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Display Your Abilities

Web portfolios are not only environmentally friendly, crafting them is not as time consuming and it allows you to take advantage of today’s technology. Hiring managers are able to view your web resume as an awesome web portfolio!

You will definitely be able to make a lasting first impression by showcasing your IT skills through a web portfolio. Such expertise and qualities cannot be effectively shown on the traditional paper resume. A web resume that is professional and beautifully designed is able set you apart from the rest of the job hungry candidates because you will be viewed as someone who is creative and unconventional, for all the right reasons!

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Convenience

The function of a web portfolio is similar to that of a traditional paper resume; they have to show relevant skills and explain what the candidate can do to contribute to the company.

Hiring managers take only 15 seconds to look thorough a paper resume before deciding whether it is in or out. This is the same for a web resume. As such, it is important to grab the reader’s attention.

When presenting a portfolio, it is extremely crucial to be efficient and straight-to-the-point. However, do take note that the hiring manager should be interested with your skills and qualities, not the overwhelmingly fanciful design and animation on your portfolio.

Web resumes are a hit with creative professionals because such resumes are convenient to create. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or waste money crafting a paper resume and having to print it over and over again to constantly perfect it. With a web resume, you can work on your resume from the comfort of your home and design something professional yet unique. In terms of updating your resume, all you have to do is to re-upload it after making changes. Which paper resume allows you to do this?

Create the Perfect Web Resume with Style Resumes

If you have never created a web portfolio before, worry no more. At Style Resumes, we will create your very own personal portfolio! Not only will it be able to direct your hiring managers to your professional web resume, they will definitely be impressed by your tech-saviness and seen as one who is willing to invest your time and energy to come up with an innovative resume!

So don’t hesitate; let Style Resumes help you get called up for that job interview that you have always wanted!

Fahariah Yeo
Style Resumes

The 5 P’s of Job Hunting – Part 1

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You might have heard the 4 P’s of marketing, the 5 P’s of job hunting is just as important. Plan, prepare, practice, perform, and post mortem – learn how you can apply the steps correctly in this series of blog posts.

Step 1: Plan

Most people spend more time planning a one to two week vacation than they do planning their lifetime career. When planning for a vacation, you look at where you want to go, what your reason is for wanting to go to that particular place, how long it will take to get there, whether or not you want to take any side trips, what type of budget you will need, and what type of clothes you will need to take. You may also speak with people who have been there to find out a little more about the destination and activities or do some research on the internet or at the library or a travel agency.

It is important to do the same type of planning for a career. You need to take a look at where you want to go and how you are going to get there. You will need to look at: whether or not you need post-secondary education or some type of training. How long will it take you to get the skills you need? What is the best way to get these skills? What kind of money do you require for the life style you want? Think about whether or not you know anyone who is currently working in this field or if you know anyone who knows anyone working in this field. Where else can you go to find out more information?

If you are still in school, speak to a guidance counsellor and ask for information. You can also do informational interviews with people working in the field you are interested in. Another option is speaking with a career counsellor or doing some career tests.

If you are out of school, contact an employment agency to speak with a counsellor or do some personal research at the library as well as networking and making good use of your contacts.

Step 2: Prepare

Preparing for your job search involves doing a thorough personal inventory to determine your transferable and adaptive skills. Learning more about your skills prepares you so that you will be able to tell an employer the skills you have that match the job that you would like to have. This takes time. It may involve completing a questionnaire or sitting and writing down all the things you have done over the years. This is not simply listing your job description, as most people do more than what is listed on the job description, it also involves activities that you do at home.

Most of us take our skills for granted. We are so used to doing certain tasks that we do not recognize that not everyone can do what we are doing. We also do not always recognize the skills we are using in our daily activities – problem solving, decision making, driving, fixing appliances, preparing food, personal counseling. People may express amazement or be impressed by something that we take for granted. Listen to what they are saying. This is a strong skill for you and may be developed into a career goal.

Once you have reviewed your skills, you can work on developing a 30-second summary of these skills, also known as an “elevator speech”, which can be used during a telephone contact, in your cover letter, in an interview, or when talking to friends about your job search.

Preparing also means doing research on companies you might like to work for. This research may be done at the library, through personal contact, informational interviews, reading newspaper articles, or an informal visit or tour.

The development of a targeted resume is another crucial step. A targeted resume is one which highlights specific skills to demonstrate your suitability to an employer. It provides details of your work experiences which match the skills they might require. A cover letter should also be prepared for a targeted employer.

Another part of preparation is reviewing potential interview questions and determining the type of information you want to provide or you may be expected to provide to an employer. Following this, you need to practice speaking about yourself in order to be comfortable in presenting yourself to an employer.

People often think about getting a resume prepared, and maybe a cover letter in response to a job ad, but then they forget about preparing for the interview. Although a good resume and cover letter can get you in the door, the interview is what gets you the job.

Once you finish planning and preparing, you are ready for the next steps. Wait for the next blog posts!

Do Employers Want Video Resumes?

Technology has infiltrated into every nook and corner of our lives. It is perpetually developing and we are becoming increasingly dependent on the internet and anything that runs on technology.

Fortunately, the employment industry is pretty much reliant on technology too. It has steadily kept up with technological advances, especially in the business of networking and connection.

In the past, hiring processes can take months before a candidate is able to secure a job. This is due to the submission of resumes by mail. The emails and Internet took over shortly after, but these still lacked visuals. Today, video resumes are the answer to these problems.

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So do employers want video resumes? Yes, and these are the reasons why.

A Video Resume Has Everything a Paper Resume Doesn’t

Hiring managers want to see abilities, skills and personality in one resume. They have so many others to look at, so don’t tire them out. A video resume enables the employer to evaluate and access all other elements at one go. This saves time and creates an impression almost immediately.

Hiring managers today look beyond just the fantastic academic records; they also want see expertise and talents that are beneficial for the company. For the job candidates, creating a video resume is effortless, convenient (can work from home) or even on the go (via the mobile phone).

Most importantly, a video resume allows you to sell yourself to your hiring manager by showcasing your abilities!

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Better Communication

For those that intend to work in a reputable company or applying for a good job position, it is crucial to develop a good working relationship with your hiring manager, as he could be your colleague one day.

A video resume allows you to develop a close interaction with your hiring manager. You will be able to effectively market yourself and your capabilities! Interacting with your hiring manager through a streaming video resume is not only a good way to make an impression, it also appeals to the hiring managers, because it is such a refreshing change from the mundane, plain paper resume.

Get Called Up For That Interview with Your Own Video Resume

Now that you know what employers really want to see in a job candidate, this is your chance to create your own video resume! Not only does it capture your personality, it also displays your IT skills!

At Style Resumes, we provide affordable video resume services that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on your hiring manager! Your video resume will help you land that job which you greatly deserve!

Make an impression with Style Resumes!

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Fahariah Yeo
Style Resumes

Networking Tips for Introverts

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We all know the awesome power of networking in sourcing and finding jobs. It’s the gateway to the hidden job market and gives you the opportunity to possibly design your dream career. However, what if you are an introvert who feels uncomfortable networking? Or even worse, you’re terrified about the prospect of involving people you do not know in your job hunt.

Here are five ideas that should stop you from holding back and assist you in using networking as an important tool in your job hunting toolbox:

Admit your networking fears

Accept your fears for what they are. It’s not because you’re a bad person or some horrible thing will happen to you if you reach out to strangers. Tell yourself that it’s normal to fear something just as another emotion may feel great. Don’t judge yourself or pretend that the fear doesn’t exist. Just as you don’t give yourself a hard time for feeling great why beat yourself up for having fears over this activity?

Discover what is causing your networking problem

Ask yourself what specifically is causing the problem? Drill down to break your concerns down into small bit sized pieces.

If for example, you have a problem introducing yourself develop a role-playing model and practice doing it right until it’s no longer a problem. Do this with each piece of the problem until you reach an acceptable level of comfort. With experience, your networking will become easier.

Lose your fears

You now have a choice to make. Either the fears control you or you banish them so they no longer have control over you. If necessary get help, get the problem out into the open. What is the worst thing that can happen? The light of day will go a long way in making the networking fears a distant memory.

Build your networking career plan

Develop a networking plan to assist you in your job hunting. Take it one small step at a time. Need help in telephone inquiries? Practice until it becomes more natural.

Reluctant to meet new people? Work up to it slowly and practice how you will be learning something new from each contact. Doing an informational interview? Write out possible questions and again practice your approach. Your networking career change plan will have two main components: (1) Each skill or exercise, and (2) How often-daily, weekly you will engage in each networking activity. Keep good records of your progress.

Celebrate each step in your networking career plan

As you build your network of others helping you in your career change celebrate each step in your plan. If you plan on having lunch twice a week building up relationships with your network and you accomplish that planned task-do something special on Saturday. If you plan on finding 12 people working in you planned career and asking for a 10-15 minute informational interview, when completed; celebrate.

When you find five former classmates and co-workers and ask for their help; celebrate. If you go to a networking event and your plan is to find five people with similar interests and you call each of them; celebrate. If your plan is to work on a committee associated with your planned career and you make it happen; celebrate. The secret is to build on each success. Contact those you know and work outward. Whenever possible help others and always ask for referrals.

Prepare a powerful resume and business card

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 “rejected” tray. When it comes to networking, a unique business card is also important. Standard, boring business card will only end up in the trash bin.

Don’t let your resume and business card 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. We are also well-versed in creating business cards that stand out. Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!

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Choosing between Two Equally Attractive Job Offers

If you have an awesome resume paired with great interview skills, chances are many reputable companies are now fighting to get you work for them. So what should you do when you have two (or even more!) equally attractive job offers and both are demanding quick decisions from you?

You might be well aware that each job has its own pros and cons and you might have sought advice from other people who gives different opinions about which job to take. Yet, you still find yourself at a crossroad. What to do now?

First of all, be grateful for this “problem” that you have. Considering the current economy, most job seekers would love to take a problem like that off your hands! But nonetheless, it is a problem, and you still need to solve it soon. So, here are some approaches that can hopefully make your decision a little bit easier:

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Trust your instincts

Most of the time, your gut feeling won’t lie to you. If you have an unexplainable positive or negative feeling about one job or the other, don’t ignore it. It’s easy to rationalize yourself into taking a job you don’t want but are supposed to like, but after a few weeks at the new position you’re likely to find out your original instincts were correct.

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Get more information

Sometimes it can be hard to trust your intuition because your gut keeps changing. When such thing happens, it helps to come up with some questions that address your confusion, and then ask some of them in a second interview. Getting another opportunity to talk with your potential manager can help clarify how you really feel about a job. Or, you might want to seek opinions from people who have worked there to get to know what you’ll be dealing with if you choose one job over another.

 

Rationalize your choice

The most important thing you can do is to find a way to break your internal debate. So if you’re still finding it hard to make a solid decision, try to rationalize your decision by making a comparison table following this method:

  1. Prepare a piece of paper with Job A’s name on top and make two columns.
  2. On the first column, list Job A’s five most positive aspects and rate the importance of each positive aspect on a scale of 1-10. Then, total all your ratings to get an overall “positives” score.
  3. On the second column, list Job A’s five most negative aspects, rate the importance and total your ratings to get an overall “negatives” score.
  4. Subtract the “negatives” score from the “positive” score and you’ll find your net score for the job.
  5. Perform the same thing for Job B.
  6. Compare the scores of both Job A and Job B, you may want to choose the job which has bigger score (more positive scores than negative).

What if there’s no a clear winner? Just keep going. Add more positive and negative aspects until one job outshine the other.

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So you’ve done everything we suggested yet you still can’t make up your mind. In that case, grab the nearest two-sided coin and flip it. Either heads or tails should work out just fine. 😉

 

Polish your resume to get “problems” like this

After reading this article, you might feel jealous because you’ve never encountered a “problem” like this. Or, you might have multiple job offers but none of them are good enough. If that is the case, get a resume makeover to increase your professional self worth!

Research shows that hiring managers only spend less than 10 seconds looking at a resume to determine whether it’s a yes or no. Therefore, it is no wonder that a creative resume catches the most attention and generate more calls, or more job offers!

At Style Resumes, we are well-equipped with the skills to craft a perfect resume that will get you the right job. Be ready to get this “problem” of choosing between multiple good job offers by checking out our products now!