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4 Unconventional ways to get your dream job

You see a job posting, do research on the company and decide to apply. You fill out the run-of-the-mill application process and attach your resume.

Then you wait.

Maybe you resume didn’t get a second look. Maybe your resume was better-than-average, but simply got overlooked due to the hundreds of other resumes that the hiring manager had to go through. It’s never pleasant thinking about all the what-ifs after your resume is out of your hands, and the anxiety is only compounded when you applying to a dream job. What can you do to stand out from the crowd?

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That is a solution, albeit one that takes extra hard work and a dose of creativity. Here are 4 unconventional way of landing the interview that you want.

1. Go beyond the White Paper

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Professionals in the creative industry shouldn’t be confined to a black and white resume. Your resume should be treated as part of your portfolio – something that showcases your skills and creativity. In fact, many marketing and communications professionals create ad campaigns with taglines on how their skills match the open position.

This approach obviously isn’t the right fit for every company or position, but creating a graphic resume can be a great way to make your resume stand out—literally—from the sea of others out there.

2. Create a Tailored Proposal

create proposalYour resume shows the value that you’ve brought to other companies—but what employers really want to know is the value you’ll bring to their company. So try answering that question upfront. Create a presentation that’s all about their specific needs and your ideas to solve them.

A candidate applying for a high-level marketing position reportedly managed to land an interview by sending in three campaign ideas, complete with ad mock-ups, target segments, and a financial forecast. The company was impressed with his research, attention to detail, and willingness to start solving problems, so much so that they promptly gave him the job!

These types of tailored presentations aren’t just for creative fields, either. If you’re applying for a sales job, send the company a new sales pitch with a forecast for the ROI. If you’re in accounting or operations, take a look at the company’s financials (if they’re publicly held) or the financials of a competitor, and build out a plan to help them reduce their overhead costs or improve their leverage. Wherever your expertise lies, impress them with a specific idea that you could bring to their organization.

3. Put Yourself on Camera

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There’s only so much an employer can learn about you on paper, so another strategy to consider is to showcase your abilities with a website or a video. If you do not have the skill to create a video resume, or simply a video that gives employers a visual representation of you, you can engage a service to do this for you. Using a different medium like video lets you show off many sides of you and your talents, and also helps potential employers see how your personality will be a great fit for their organization.

 

4. Create Your Own Campaign

Finally, some candidates take creativity to a whole new level, submitting their job applications or “resumes” in a completely nontraditional format. One marketing candidate decided to hire a boss, and launched a website with her requirements for a position, organization, and manager. Conventional? No, but her efforts resulted in 26 “applications,” 10 interviews, and a dream job offer.

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In all these techniques, the key to success is going for quality over quantity. You just can’t create 20 awesome, highly tailored personal videos. So target a few select jobs you think would be a perfect fit, and focus your efforts there. By going above and beyond in that handful of job applications you really care about, you’ll be swarmed with call-ups in no time.

 

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Body Language during Interview

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If you aren’t a little nervous on entering a job interview then it might be worth questioning how much you really want it. Nerves show that the opportunity means a lot to you and that you want to get it right, something many employers will be fully aware of (however much they let you squirm). But it’s still important to make sure these nerves don’t conceal the true passion you have for the job – or worse, distract from it.

During interviews, it’s not only your mouth that does the talking; your body language will speak volumes before you’ve even had the chance to sit down. So, whilst you’re focusing hard on how your words are being perceived, be careful what else is being communicated.

Smile

No matter what the job, however worried you are or how formally they choose to approach you, everybody wants an employee-friendly environment to work in. You’re pleased to be here remember? All that time memorising the company history, wording and rewording cover letters and trawling blindly through repetitive job sites… make sure they know that. At the very least you want to avoid having to go through this trauma all over again. Whether it’s your dream job or a small step in the right direction, a smile will immediately break the tension and stimulate friendlier relations. Avoiding eye contact will also imply you have something to hide or aren’t great with people. Keep it friendly, conversational, but not constant – just because you’re feeling a little intimidated doesn’t mean you want to return the favour.

Confident handshake

A firm hand clasp with direct eye contact and a smile is traditional procedure and has been scientifically proven to communicate everything from strength of mind, level of intellect to how open you are to new experiences. You might not be able to control the sweaty palms (although it’s worth giving them a quick wipe before you go in), but a floppy wrist says more dead fish than professional business mind. At the same time it’s not an arm wrestle. You don’t need to crush their fingers to get the message across: aggressive, intimidating and forceful, as opposed to ambitious, strong-minded and purposeful? You do the maths…

Good posture

So you’ve got the formalities out of the way, now it’s time to settle into the hot seat. It doesn’t take a genius to know that slouching back isn’t going to give a great impression. This will bring you across as either over-confident and arrogant, immature with an attitude problem or simply that you don’t care about the job. Understandably interview behaviours can be a bit alien to many, but at the other end of the scale, sitting uncomfortably with a poker straight back can be equally as damaging.  This might imply you aren’t comfortable around new people, that you might buckle under pressure and in general makes the whole situation more awkward. What happens if you’re asked to sit with clients in a similar scenario? Sitting comfortably but attentive will release both tension and a more professional vibe.

Be aware of the nervous fidgets

Many people have nervous fidgets that they don’t even realise. If you haven’t already worked out what these are then keep potential pen clicks out of reach, tapping fingers and toes in check and take a sip of water to calm shaking hands. If an employer picks up on a habit and finds it more distracting than what you’re saying then it could be hugely detrimental to your progress. For this reason, asking for feedback after any rejection is hugely important as it will not only allow you address a particular approach you might be taking, but will equally build up your confidence for the next one. You might obliviously conclude that you lost out on merit, when actually they just couldn’t stand you twiddling your hair and fiddling with your bag buckle for twenty minutes.

Get interviewed for your dream job

Before worrying about how to behave 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 and negotiations, 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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The Complete Steps of Job Search Preparation

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When you search for jobs it is necessary to know what you want to do for a career. If you are fresh out of college or just burnt out of the job that you are currently in, you may want to think this through. Do you want to stay in the field that you are currently in, just in a different area, or do you want something totally different?

For example, if you are an accountant and you have just had enough of seeing the same thing day in and day out but you still love numbers, what about forensic accounting. With this career you would be able to stay in the accounting field, but you would be hunting down people who are misusing funds.

Do I Want to Move?

With change comes the potential for big change. Do you want to continue working in the city that you currently do, or would you rather commute? Would the salary be better in a neighboring town? And if you are ready for an even larger change, you may even consider moving to another state. At this juncture you will need to decide where you would like to continue your job search.

What Kind of Company Would You Like to Work For?

When you prepare for your job search you will want to decide which type of company you want to work with. Do you prefer small companies, medium size companies or large companies? This will also play a large part in determining which type of company you will look for when you are sending your resumes out.

Get the Paperwork All Ready!

The most important part of preparing for your job search is writing your resume, cover letter, and references. There are articles that can help you with handling this job, or you can hire a professional resume writer to ensure an exceptional resume quality. You want to make sure to have a basic resume that you can have on hand to change as needed when the time comes for certain job opportunities. Remember, all jobs are different and so should each resume. Match resumes to the job!

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Make sure to practice your interview. Even though it is nearly impossible to determine every question that your interviewer will ask, you can still practice proper body language and the answers to the most common interview questions. You can ask yourself the questions or have a friend or family member sit with you and prepare. This will help build your self-confidence and enable you to make every interview the best interview you have.

Work with the Professionals

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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Questions to Ask before Hiring a Resume Writer

Hiring a resume writer is a great idea to increase your chance of getting hired. But not all resume writers are created equal. How do you distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly?

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WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS?

Understanding how the resume writer works will increase the odds that you will be satisfied with the final product. Find out about our process at Style Resumes here.

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

Some resume writers might display one price and then look to charge another. So, it’s always a good idea to clarify everything up front. Find out when you pay, how you pay and how much you pay. Be sure to ask if there are any extra fees, such as requesting the final product in a specific format, edits, etc. At Style Resumes, our prices are all fixed and have included three revisions and endless consultations.

ARE YOU THE ACTUAL WRITER?

It sounds simple, but in several cases, the person at the resume writing company with whom you speak with, is NOT the person actually doing the work. It is recommended to speak directly with the person who will be performing the service you are paying for, especially when it is as personal as your resume. When you purchase our service at Style Resumes, you will be matched with a resume writer who is most suitable for you and you are welcome to have as many consultations with him/her as you want.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND MY INDUSTRY?

Many of the resume writers specialize in specific fields. That’s not to say a good writer couldn’t do a nice job on your resume regardless of industry. But if you’re coming from a niche part of the business world, you want to make sure the writer has a solid understanding of what you do. You can’t expect them to know the ins and outs the way you do, but they should convince you that they have a basic comprehension of the industry and target. At Style Resumes, we are a team of solid professional resume writers who are experienced in various industries. So, when you engage in our service, you will definitely be matched to a resume writer who truly understands your industry.

ARE YOU CERTIFIED?

Even though credentials might not be the utmost importance, it’s something highly touted by many writers. Style Resumes writers are accredited by the most prestigious governing bodies, so you really do not need to worry.

So, with those questions in mind, what are you waiting for? Engage in our various resume writing services now!

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Tips for Your First Interview

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Are you looking for your first job? You might be worried about a lot of things, including how to handle your first interview. So now what do you do? You’re probably a little scared and that’s okay. It shows you’re taking the interview seriously. After all, you’re one step closer to getting your first job and on the road to increased independence. Isn’t that what it’s all about? So nail the interview! Here are a few tips to help:

  • Don’t be late! Whatever you do, DO NOT be late. Being late or running in at the last moment gives the impression that you’re not serious about getting the job.
  • Show up at least 15 minutes ahead of time and wait patiently. DO NOT look annoyed if your interviewer is running behind. You’re probably not the only one being brought in for an interview. Remember it’s not personal.
  • Dress appropriately. A ripped and dirty T-shirt or a mini-skirt that barely covers the assets is not acceptable. Use common sense. When it comes to interview, it’s better to be overdressed (in suits and tie) than underdressed.
  • Do not smoke before the interview or while you are waiting. The smell will linger on your breath and clothes. A definite turn-off, especially if your interviewer is a non-smoker. Don’t take a chance.
  • Do not chew gum during the interview.
  • Try to look your interviewer in the eye when she’s talking or when you’re replying to questions. If you’re shy or nervous, this is sometimes difficult. Try anyway. It makes a really good impression.
  • Always be polite and never swear. Being a smart aleck in an interview is never funny.
  • Be honest. Give honest answers to the questions. Nobody likes a liar and nobody is going to hire someone they feel is being untruthful.
  • If you have a question about the job or you’re not sure exactly what the job involves, ask.
  • When the interview is over, thank the interviewer for her time. Remember she didn’t have to give you the interview. Thank her accordingly.

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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