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How to Get Past the 10 Seconds Resume Scan

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You might have heard that hiring managers only spend less than 10 seconds to scan a resume and decide whether it is a yes or no. So, how do you get your resume to get past the quick resume scan? Check out these strategies.

Professional Formatting

When you’re reviewing 100 resumes a day, the ones that really stick out are the ones in which you can tell the person invested time into creating. The professional and executive resume formats that were well-organized, easy to read, and perfectly laid out really made reviewing the resume easier-and definitely caught my attention. When you’re comparing a professionally organized and strategically laid out resume to a messy, unprofessional, and disorganized one, the choice of which one to invest time into reading becomes a no-brainer. After all, why waste time searching through a document trying to find the info you need when someone else has clearly laid it out for you?

Easy-to-find requirements

A recruiter’s pet peeve is seeing people shot a resume that said absolutely nothing about the requirements that s/he had spent so much time writing to include in the job ad. Normally, you will see required qualifications and preferred qualifications. At the very least, to even be considered, the person had to possess the required qualifications. If you want your resume to catch recruiter’s attention, you should make it easy for them to see that you do indeed meet the requirements – either by listing them in the top or calling attention to them in a bold, underlined, or italicized font and placed throughout their resume. If you want to secure that interview, call attention to the fact that you also meet their preferred qualifications. Meeting the required and preferred qualifications – and calling attention to this fact in your resume – makes you a perfect candidate for the job.

Compelling, easy-to-read content

Long paragraphs on resumes serve one purpose… and that’s to lose the hiring manager’s attention. The truth is, hiring managers do not have time to wade through enormous amount of text density to find the information they need; so don’t waste your time for writing long paragraphs. Keep it concise, cut out the mundane, and highlight your accomplishments. Don’t go super crazy with the bold, underline, or italics, but use them when it fits, and use them to call attention to the most important information.

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Just to review-here’s how to make it past the initial 5-second scan:

  1. Professional, polished, and well-organized format
  2. Make it easy for the hiring manager to find exactly what he or she needs – and to find it quickly.
  3. Keep the content concise, and highlight the critical information the hiring manager needs in order to make the decision to call for the interview.

Other strategies come into play when creating a compelling resume that will secure interviews, so if you’re not sure your resume has the right stuff – and if you haven’t heard of personal branding or incorporated it into your resume – it may be time to call a professional resume writer and get a resume checkup. If it means the difference between 3 interviews next week or 3 more months of job searching, you may want to consider speaking with a professional.

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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Should You Hire a Professional Resume Writer?

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Your cover letter and resume is your poster child and the first impression on prospective employers. Starting from the cover letter, you need to convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the open position and that you are really motivated to do exactly this job. You are not the only person sending application documents, most likely there are many resumes from your competitors the organization or company is going to receive. If you don’t write a cover letter and resume that stands out of the crowd, your chances of being invited for a job interview are remote.

To make it clear: the purpose of your cover letter and resume is to get an interview call and not a job. So, consider your cover letter as a type of sales letter for your resume that needs to be clear and precise. It needs to highlight the most important points of your career and life, capable of attract the attention of the potential employer motivating him to give you a call and invite you for an interview.

Writing a resume that really stands out of the crowd is not an easy task, even with the great number of sample resumes available in the Internet. Just search for “resume samples” or “resume templates” in Google or Yahoo and you’ll get tons of pages offering free resume and also cover letter samples. But using these templates, you might also have experienced that there is very little or no positive response and that nobody invited you for a personal chat or interview. But what went wrong? Didn’t you really know how to put together all the information that in a way you need to show in order to prove that you’re the right person for the job? Or didn’t you know exactly what do add to the resume and what to leave?

If you find yourself struggling to create a really powerful resume, you may want to take into consideration looking for outside help. This can be the help of a friend of family member experienced in resume writing or it can be in the form of a professional resume writing service.

What are the Benefits of a Professional Resume Writer? 

The major benefit of a professional resume writer is the experience they have. For an experienced resume writer it will be easy to crystallize your strengths and to piece together your career achievements. An important plus in using an external resume writer is also the fact of having an independent and unbiased view of your person and also that this person is going to write a resume with the eyes of a hiring manager. In contrast, while writing the resume by yourself sometimes it’s hard to know what you should focus on your career achievements because you’re too involved in it.

Professional Resume writer may discover details in your career description you never recognized, details that really can give your document the required edge against your competitors. In general, you’ll get an advantage in hiring a professional resume writer, as you will receive a document with a real professional touch, optimized to get you the job interview. Based on the received professional resume, it will be much easier to adapt it to actual job openings. You should never make the mistake sending your resume without tuning the description of your professional skills and experience to the specific job description.

What should I consider when using a Professional Resume Writer? 

When looking for a professional resume and/or cover letter writing service you should take care that their service has a success guarantee. Many of these service providers provide a money back guarantee if their resume didn’t get any positive results within a definite time. A good professional resume writer should have a success quote of above 90%, which means that less than 10% of their clients are claiming their money back.

As a conclusion, in general it is beneficial to get started using a professional career service. Even though these services have a quite considerable cost, this investment pays back very soon when you get your new job within a few weeks instead of a few months time. If you continue using this service for all job applications or if you adapt the resume and cover letter to each job application by yourself, depends on your personal budget and the time you are ready to invest.

Get your dream job with the help from Style Resumes

When you are looking for job, your resume and cover letter are your most powerful weapons to score that dream job of yours. Most people think that writing resume and cover letter 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 and cover letter 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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Secret Job Hunting Tips

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If you have been in the job hunt for quite some time, you might be wondering “where have all jobs gone?”. It seems like no one is hiring in this tough economy; and even if they hire, they don’t want to hire you. No matter how hard the situation is, never lose hope! Here we will share secrets to where to find “hidden” employment opportunities.

It is no longer a secret that networking is crucial for finding the job, but you might have a much wider network of professionals than you know. Here are some contacts you can use to getting employment in the “untapped” or “hidden” job market.

  1. Companies you have interviewed with in the past. If you were close to getting a job there, go back and see if they have any current openings. They would be glad to re-consider you.
  2. Previous managers and co-workers. They already know your worth, making easier to recommend you to others. If you are still employed, make sure they are individuals who honor that confidentiality.
  3. Members of organizations you were active in: fraternities, sororities, professional business associations, charity groups, fundraisers, athletic clubs, etc. In addition, contact their local sponsors. Find the employers, which in turn lead you to the jobs.
  4. Recruiters focused on your industry. Give them candidate referrals and they will help you in your job search. The nature of their work makes them an invaluable source of information and contacts.
  5. Business organizations in your field. Join them and more importantly, stay involved. Join committees, become a committee leader or get on the Board of Directors. You meet relevant people while creating a brand for yourself showing your commitment to your industry.
  6. Non-profit organizations, especially if you are in the private sector. They value talent from any industry to help with management, marketing, sales and consulting. Target organizations which support your passion or cause.
  7. Government sector: the Peace Corps, the FBI, the security division or local government. They pay great benefits and pensions. Their pay scale and number of jobs has increased from the stimulus package. There will be sufficient jobs available until the economy gets stronger.
  8. Your own advisory board of mentors. Connect with a few individuals within your industry with whom you respect and can contact to guide you through your career.
  9. Companies that accept volunteers. They will appreciate your help. Act as you would if you were being interviewed; they are considering you as a future employee.
  10. International companies opening locations in your area. Building their staff with local talent saves them money (no relocation expenses). Applying directly with them also saves them recruiting costs. They also benefit from employees who know about the area and its market.

 

Increase your chance with the right resume

Besides making use of your contacts, you also need to power up your resume. Writing resume is a tricky job. You think you are well-versed in crafting the perfect resume, but more often than not, you are not. So, it is always better to leave it to professional resume writers who know exactly what they’re doing. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to write you various types of resume and cover letter. Let’s craft that perfect resume and snatch away that dream job of yours!

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Dress for Success – Impress Your Interviewer

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The email arrives to tell you that your resume has made the grade – you’ve got an interview for your dream job. What’s your next thought? In more than 50% of cases it’s going to be “What do I wear?”

The majority of us think about how we’ll present ourselves long before we worry about how to get to the interview or what we’ll say when we get there! There’s a job and money at stake, not to mention a rung on your career ladder to secure. But there are a fail-safe ways to impress a future employer when it comes to clothes, and they don’t have anything to do with expensive outfits and accessories.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to be flipping burgers or presenting keynote addresses, the interviewer will employ someone who looks like they take the job seriously. It will take him just 15 seconds to assess whether he thinks you’re serious – starting with your appearance. So follow these top five tips and you’ll have a head start against the opposition!

Look Like You Mean Business

If you’re looking to sell boards in a surf shack, a T-shirt and jeans are perfect as long as they’re clean. But if you’re going anywhere near an office and desk it needs to be a suit for men and tailoring for women.

The interviewer will spend his time (hopefully) looking at your head and shoulders so if it’s a choice between a better quality jacket or bottoms, always focus on getting the top right. For men, a sober tie is usually called for and for women, a neckline that isn’t in the least bit distracting should be your aim – you want to be employed for the right reasons, after all.

Groom!

Women should have a run through with their hair and make-up and men should always arrive shaved unless their facial hair is clearly a style look rather than a novelty (a pink beard may look great at a festival but the joke will wear thin for most employers).

‘Classy’ is almost always the ideal word for an interviewer to describe you after the event so take a leaf out of Vogue magazine rather than the National Enquirer and stick to simple, elegant looks.

Don’t Forget the Coat

When you arrive at your interview you need to look polished from the outside in. There’s no point wearing a fabulous new suit if you bury it under a mud-stained cagoule. Your new boss may want you to represent the company outside the building so keep the outer layer slick too.

Always do a Dry Run

Try on the complete outfit including shoes, bag or briefcase several days before the interview. Don’t leave out the grooming – this is your chance to try out your make-up of a new hair look with lots of time to spare in case the whole thing bombs.

Polish your shoes and get them re-heeled if necessary. Treat your clothes to a lint roller and brush to get them into peak condition.

Then take a long hard look in the mirror. Would you employ the person looking back at you? If the answer is ‘yes’, move on to the final step.

Get a Second Opinion

Once you’re feeling confident about the way you look, present yourself to a friend or trustworthy other for a second opinion. And don’t forget to ask them to check your rear! Whoever interviews you will have a good look at that bit of you as you leave the interview room.

Get That Interview Call First!

Before worrying what to wear on 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!

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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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