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The 5 P’s of Job Hunting – Part 3

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In the two previous blog posts, we have discussed four important steps in job hunting – plan, prepare, practice and perform. You might think that all is done after your interview, but there is one final step – post mortem. Check out the final step to seal your dream job.

Step 5: Post-Mortem

Once your interview is over, review it in your mind. Was there anything you should have said that you didn’t, or anything that you said that you shouldn’t have? Make a mental note, or write down how you felt about the interview. By reviewing your interview, you can prepare for the next one.

Once you get home, it’s time to prepare a thank you letter. In this letter you thank the interviewer(s) for their time and the opportunity to find out more about the company. Express appreciation for the way they handled the interview, the information provided, etc., as well as expressing your desire to work for the company. If there was anything you forgot to tell them about your skills during the interview, or any information you said you would provide them with, now is your opportunity to do so.

Don’t forget to follow up one to two weeks after your interview to indicate that you are still interested in being considered for the position and to check on whether or not a decision has been made. If they have hired, and you are not the successful candidate, ask permission to call back in case there are any other openings in the future and let them know that you would like to be considered.

Remember that you usually have to go through about 200 “no’s” before you get to a “yes”. Try to keep positive about your job search by sticking with a routine and talking with as many people as possible about looking for work. Let everyone know that you are currently unemployed and tell them the type of work you are looking for. Attend workshops on Job Search or consider joining a Job Finding Club for extra support during your job search.

Final note: Save your time, 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. This can save you months of frustration of having no interview calls.

Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!

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What to do 10 Minutes before and after the Interview

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When you are called for a job interview, you need to be aware that every step of the way counts for your success. You need to make a great first impression at the job interview by controlling your body language. Here are some tips to look for.

  1. Dress to kill! If you look good, you will feel good. Dressing up can increase your confidence, which has good impact to your interview as well.
  2. Stay calm. Nervousness can kill your interview, so keep calm and ace your interview!
  3. When arriving at the reception area, ask for your contact person be it the HR person or the manager who should be meeting you.
  4. Look busy if you are asked to wait. Play with your smart phone or tablet or read a newspaper. Good candidates are always busy; but maybe it’s not a good idea to let them caught you playing Candy Crush.
  5. When walking to meeting room, walk in a fair pace.
  6. When you speak, keep it short and brief. Remember the name of the person you are meeting and repeat it in the first few minutes of you meeting or interview.
  7. When you sit, make sure that you do not confront the person you are meeting or being interviewed by. Keep the angle of the seat to 45 degree.
  8. Stay calm, think before your talk. Pausing before replying to any question shows that you are thoughtful.
  9. Do not interrupt the person interviewing you. Let him/her complete the question before you answer.
  10. Believe in what you say.
  11. Live up to what you say. Stay honest.
  12. Your exit from the interview should keep the same pace you entered. Stay calm, shake hands if possible. Close the door if the person you are meeting is not escorting you to the door.

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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Why pay more for a professional resume writer?

In today’s modern world, the underlying principle of life is simple. You get what you pay for.

You can write your resume yourself, or get it cheap. People do get good jobs with resumes that they have crafted on their own.

However, remember that these people are, more often than not, good writers, or simply have astounding accomplishments through the course of their careers that make them highly marketable.

The bottom-line is this: there’s no substitute for good help. And that costs some money.

Why pay more for a best-of-the-breed professional resume writing service? Because you want a best-of-the-breed job. Paying less entails getting less.

You’re likely to pay several hundred dollars (anywhere from $100 to $600 is the norm) for a best-of-breed professional resume and cover letter writer. However, that cost buys you time.

Save yourself time and money

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A professional can shortcut your search time by days, weeks, or months. In some cases, you might receive job offers within hours of distributing your resume online. If you were told that you would begin to receive a great paycheck in a week, or even a month earlier than you would have without professional help, you’ll be more than happy to pay for the most expensive professional resume writer you can find. What if you were told that without the help of a resume writing service, you might not even get your dream job in the first place?

Let that sink in. Are you willing to waste time and money creating a mediocre resume that doesn’t bait your prospective employers? Resume writing professionals can move fast, without compromising quality. And so should you.

But isn’t the cost steep?

I’ve heard the protests about cost before. They boil down to these three:

1) I don’t have the money.

2) I don’t want to spend the money.

3) I don’t think it’s worth the money.

If you don’t have the money to spend, you don’t have a job that pays you well enough. Is waiting around going to get you a better one? Make the investment, have the guts to change something.

If you don’t want to spend the money, or you don’t think it’s worth the money, you’re missing the point. The superior job you can get when you use professional help will pay you back! And then some.

The money that you spend is but a small faction of the income you will be earning from a well-paying job that you land with a well-crafted resume.

If I were searching for a job right now, I’d buy the best professional job search help I could find. In a heartbeat. Not paying top dollar for the best help simply costs too much.

 

 

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What Your College Degree Tells about You

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Many people see a degree as a document that proves study in a certain area, with many more seeing it as nothing more than something that unlocks certain professions. What many people fail to take into account is the mindset of your future employer. Most people cannot see themselves in the terms of human resources. They cannot see themselves as assets that hold an investment value until they are on the other side of the fence. Here is a sneak peak at what your employer may think when you declare that you have a degree.

You have the academic skill to complete a degree

A degree does take a certain amount of academic skill, which means that you are highly likely to be suitable for other roles that require a certain amount of academic know how.

You know a lot about your chosen discipline

You have just had a few years learning about a certain subject. You may not have the industry experience that senior staff have, but you have just spend a solid few years learning the subject matter. You may even be able to offer education tips to people who are less qualified within the company.

You can put work before your social and personal life

Completing university does mean that you can work whilst putting your social and personal life to one side. The people who cannot are often the ones who quit college or fail their course.

You are able to see something through to the end

Staying the course throughout college does take a certain amount of tenacity. This may be a highly desirable skill to an employer who has had a high staff turnover rate lately. An employer may be looking for a better quality employee who will not run at the first sign of trouble.

You are able to work within a certain profession

Some jobs simply cannot be done if you do not have a degree. Sometimes a degree is simply a legal document that allows the employer to hire you.

You are easier to train

If you have just spent the last few years learning, then it is a safe bet that you will not be too difficult to train. It is unlikely that you have a problem with authority, or that you have a work-shy attitude. There is also a good chance that you may take your training and expand upon it in your own time.

Hiring you may help gain a competitive edge

Fresh talent is cheaper which means that if you are really good then the employer can gain an advantage in acquiring you early. Not only does the employer get to use you for a few years whilst you are at your cheapest, but the employer may also be lucky enough to retain you for years and years. This means that you may offer a further competitive edge over others who are paying more and financing retraining more.

Training you may be a wise investment

Training anybody takes a lot of time, which translates into money. A new employee is often not very productive for up to six months after employment. This means that an employer is investing money into an asset that is not yet giving a good return on investment. Not only do other staff have to be paid to cover the work that the new employee is not able to do yet, but another employee must lower his/her output in order to find time to train the new employee. The employer knows that this time and effort poses a risk if you turn out to be a poor employee. A person who has completed university is less likely to be a poor employee, and therefore may be a wise investment.

Put your college degree to a good use

Now that you know how important your degree is, let’s put it to a good use: put it the right way in your resume. Writing resume is a tricky job, especially for fresh grads with limited or no experience. You may 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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Speak the Language of the Employer in Your Resume

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We are sure you know what a resume includes. It’s only a list of employment dates, job position titles, along with your education details, skills, and so on, right? While that may be right to some extent, not all resumes are created equal. The best ones speak the language employers want to hear and deliver instant results.

So what is this language of the employer?

It’s all about the results

If you just list the job duties you performed and hope the prospective employer makes the leap that you are a good employee, you are probably going to be in for a big surprise. They do not have time to read your job responsibilities and then ponder how you managed to accomplish all that you did. Hiring managers simply do not have that kind of time. They are scanning for words that show results.

You have to show them that you are a cut above the rest of the crowd by providing concrete examples of your successes. Do the thinking for the employer and give them what they are looking for.

Give them what they’re looking for

So, what exactly are they looking for? They want to know if you are capable of contributing to the bottom line, if you can solve problems and achieve goals. So, here are some pointers to guide you in writing your resume:

  1. Use action-oriented keywords that reflect your ability to solve problems, take initiative, are performance-driven and goal-based. These words will grab the reader’s attention.
  2. Quantify your accomplishments with numbers that define your past successes. When writing a resume, give examples of how you saved the company money, streamlined processes, improved efficiencies and/or increased the company’s profitability. Numbers are concrete and have meaning. Employers love to read quantifiable statements (that are truthful) as it paints a picture which SHOWS what you accomplished rather than reading a bunch of words telling them what you did at your last job or two.

It will all be worth it

When you list the information employers want to see, then you will have a great deal of success. They want to be sure you will give your best to the job – and to the company. When you show the employer what you are capable of doing, you will stand out from the crowd. You will be first in line to get that coveted phone call for an interview…and that is the whole purpose of a resume.

If you don’t take the time to prepare your credentials in a way that grabs a hiring manager’s attention, you are wasting your time. Sending out anything that is less than outstanding just doesn’t work in today’s competitive marketplace. It will only add to your frustrations.

So, do not settle for less. Take the time to write an excellent resume, or get a professional to do it for you. A great resume is an investment for your future, so it is very important to have the best resume possible. If you write it yourself, it may take a little longer to think of the right words to use, and getting a professional to craft it for you requires some monetary sacrifice; but in the end, when you are enjoying the benefits of an excellent career, you will be SO GLAD you did.

Get a perfect resume that speaks employer’s language

As you have read in this article, 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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