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Networking – the Key to Your Career Success

Employee referrals have been part of the hiring process for years. But according to the experts, employee recommendations have become the key that unlocks the door. For instance, employees at Ernst & Young have been responsible for 45 percent of non-entry-level placements in 2013, up from 28 percent in 2010. Clearly, in the job hunt, it is not about what you know, but who you know.

How to acquire this key? How to have tons of friends who are holding important positions at top companies? The answer is networking. Check out our top networking tips to guarantee a position at a top company.

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Attend networking events

How are you supposed to gain contacts if you are closeted at home? Prepare an awesome business card, suit up and rock the networking events! Go to any job fairs, career events, gatherings, anywhere you can meet industry professionals that might give you a job.

However, don’t be that annoying person that everyone avoids. Introduce yourself and engage them with dialog. Make it all about them, not about you. Then, master the art of the business card exchange. Don’t shove yours in their face, but ask permission to have their card.

Note that in such social events, top industry professionals would meet plenty of job-hungry individuals like you. They would receive uncountable business cards and at the end of the day, they wouldn’t care which card belongs to whom. So how to stand out in this situation? Get a cool, state-of-the-art business card design that will attract anyone’s attention. A cool business card can also serve as the basis of conversation, and trust us, your business card would be the only business card he keeps (and talk about!) at the end of the day.

Pro tip: consider getting yourself a mobile resume too, which is the coolest way to present your resume at networking events.

socialmediatreeLeverage social networks

These days, whether you’re working or looking for a job, you can’t afford not to use LinkedIn. It’s the single most important professional networking site on the Internet. Once you’ve created your LinkedIn profile to promote your “personal brand” and set up your network, use that network to find connections at your target employers. Then, email them to learn more about their companies and, when appropriate, ask for referrals.

You can also use LinkedIn to build goodwill, which could ultimately inspire your contacts to recommend you for openings where they work. Share articles, routinely participate in LinkedIn’s group discussions and send congratulatory notes to others in your network. This way, you’ll be on the radar of LinkedIn members whose firms are hiring.

Besides LinkedIn, you can also utilize other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Keep your profile current, use appropriate photos and participate in discussions. Note that networking is something you do all the time, not just when you need something, and part of building rapport with your network is to feed it with information. Share interesting articles to show your contacts that you are keeping up with the latest industry trends.

Cultivate the relationship

In effective networking, face-to-face interactions and social networks work hand in hand. After the networking event, follow up on social media either the same day or the next day when the event is still fresh in their minds. When appropriate, request a time to meet to learn more about them, their business, and how you can help one another. Connect them to someone that may be in need of their services. Subscribe to Google alerts or their newsletters and congratulate them on their successes, new ventures, or even their recent quote in the paper. And, if necessary, set your calendar up to remind you to contact your professional connections.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll stay at the top of minds of the industry professionals. Therefore, they will know who to contact when there is a new opening at their company!

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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Should You Give Valentine Chocolate to that Cutie at Work?

This Valentine, you might be thinking of giving chocolates or sending flowers to that cute coworker in your workplace. You’re not alone! According to many surveys, at least one in three people has ever been involved in inter-office romance at some point in their life. And, it turns out that office is the most popular place to meet spouses!

Although discouraged, office romance is sometimes unavoidable as we spend the majority of our time there. The logic is, why drag yourself out after office hours to meet other people, when you are in the office full of attractive people who share the same interests? Well, however enticing the idea might be, there are many things to consider and to pay attention to if you are involved, or planning to be involved in office romance. Check out some of them.

Excited and surprised businesswoman receiving red rosesLeave them if they’re married

Under any circumstance, you should never, ever date a married co-worker. Unless you want to be the source of the office gossip and create a scene if the husband/wife shows up at work to confront you. You will also win very little support for your relationship, and all the consequences are just not worth the initial excitement.

Avoid supervisor-supervisee relationship

There is much at stake when you’re involved in workplace romance, but the stakes are much higher if you date your subordinate or your boss. If you are the supervisor, false accusations of favoritism may arise, and you may be accused of sexual harassment after the breakup (or even after you make your move). An employee can make a claim that she wouldn’t have dated the boss if she hadn’t felt compelled. And if you are the supervisee or subordinate, besides getting false accusations of favoritism and the source of office gossip, you may get fired after the breakup.

Do your best to avoid supervisor-supervisee relationship; but if you really can’t resist each other, sign a contract to spell out in writing the fact that both are engaging in a consensual relationship in order to avoid future sexual harassment accusations.

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Make sure you’re the only one

With any office romance, you’ve got all your eggs in one basket – you’re very vulnerable. Yes, by doing so, you’re going to risk your career, friends and livelihood so you’d better make sure the person is worth it. Get to know more about this person before you put your plan into action. Find information from trusted colleagues. If you find out you’re not the first office conquest – steer clear. Sometimes it’s harder to find a job these days than a decent date, so be wise.

Win their heart with an awesome resume

Well, before planning how to win someone’s heart at work to be your life partner, try winning the hiring manager’s heart first to hire you so you can work for the company! It’s sometimes harder to find a job than a date, so put your best foot forward. Attract them with a sexy graphic resume or showcase your professionalism with professional resume. Or, you might want to show your tech-savviness by showing them your video resume and mobile resume. Whichever way you want to use, Style Resumes is ready to help you! Get engaged in our resume services now.

Interview Hacks to Snatch Away the Job

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So, you just landed an interview at the job of your dreams?

Here are some 5 interview hacks to get the interview going in your direction front the moment you walk into the office.

Say nice things to the front desk administrative assistant – As soon as you walk in the office, the interview has started, even if you are in the waiting room. Make small chat with the front desk administrative assistant. Talk about the weather and compliment them on the office, their outfit, etc. Be genuine. Remember, everyone talks to everyone in the office. If the office admin doesn’t like you, chances are no one else will.

Get the interviewer immediately talking about something else than the interview – This works when you are walking with the interviewer to the interview office or as you walk into the interview room. This helps you establish rapport with the interviewer as soon as possible. People want to work with fun and interesting people. Your goal for the interview is to have a nice friendly conversation with them. Generally speaking, the more informal the interview is, the better it is for you. An easy way to do this is to talk about the weather, the office or even the sports game last night.

Repeat the interviewer’s name when talking with them  – It not only helps you remember their name, but it also makes them feel special. It’s a tactic many people use to keep someone else’s attention.

Take lead when discussing resume history – Make sure that you lead them over your résumé history, and not them lead it. If you are guiding the interviewer through your résumé, it’s best if you lead it because you know which areas are your strongest. If they lead it, they could easily start poking holes in your history and asking you tough questions you aren’t ready to answer

Ask for feedback / clarification at the end of the interviewer – When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, a great question to ask is for direct feedback and see if they need any clarification on work history, or your answers in general. This gives you one last chance to make sure that there wasn’t any miscommunication going on.

Get interviewed for your dream job

These 5 interview hacks aren’t going to guarantee you the job, but they will help with your interview skills.

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. 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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Characteristics of a Perfect Resume

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You may have read dozens of article on resume writing tips from different sources, and some of them may be contradicting. So, which one to follow? Here, we have compiled the top things to include and not to include if you don’t want your resume to be thrown into the trash bin.

URL to your professional online profiles

If you don’t include URLs to your professional online profiles, hiring managers will look you up regardless. 86% of recruiters admit to reviewing candidates’ online profiles, so make their job easier by including your URL along with your contact information. This will prevent recruiters from having to guess or mistaking you for someone else.

Executive summary

Instead of including a generic objective statement which no one cares about, provide an executive summary at the top of your resume, which should be like a “30-second elevator pitch” where you explain who you are and what you’re looking for. In approximately three to five sentences, explain what you’re great at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer.

Reverse chronological order

When elaborating your professional experience, use reverse chronological order. This is the most helpful for recruiters because they’re able to see what you’ve been doing in recent years immediately. Also, remember to only include relevant experience which is related to the job you’re applying for.

Keywords

Many companies use some kind of screening process to identify the right candidates. You should include the keywords mentioned in the job posting throughout your resume. Identify the common keywords, terminology, and key phrases that routinely pop up in the job descriptions of your target role and incorporate them into your resume (assuming you have those skills). This will help you make it past the initial screenings and on to the recruiter or hiring manager.

Achievements in bullet points

Recruiters receive so many resumes to scan through at a time, so make it as easy as possible for them to understand why you’re perfect for the job. Avoid dense blocks of text and create short bulleted points instead. Under each job or experience you’ve had, explain how you contributed to or supported your team’s projects and initiatives. Quantify your major accomplishments and contributions for each role. This can include the money you saved or brought in for your employer, deals closed, and projects delivered on time or under budget. Do not use any more than three to five bullet points.

Put education at the bottom

Unless you’re a recent graduate, you should highlight your work experience and move your education information to the bottom of your resume. Never include anything about your high-school years.

Craft a perfect resume with Style Resumes

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!

 

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