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The Power of Video Resumes

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Faithful old thing though the paper resume is, there is so much more you can do with a video resume to wow your hiring manager. Style Resumes tells you how!

 

The what and the how

As is quite evident from the term, a video resume is basically a resume that uses video to inform a hiring manager about your skills, experience, expertise, education, achievements, and any other significant factors.

Even in an everyday sense, there are more people who prefer watching movies than those who like to read. Likewise, when it comes to resumes, a video resume is more likely to interest a hiring manager than a paper resume. Bear in mind that your recruiter probably already has a ton of paper resumes to go through; so you can set yourself apart by going the video route.

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Advantages of video resume

Besides being a refreshing change, video resumes also allow you to give the recruiter more details about yourself. Paper resumes are restricted by space in that you can have no more than two pages in your resume, or you risk losing the recruiter’s interest. With video resumes, too, you do have a restriction – time, in this case. However, just as we speak faster than we type and therefore can get more said over the phone than over a text message, likewise, video resumes allow you to say more about yourself than a paper resume can.

Additionally, video resumes are visual, so there is much more creativity involved. There is a lot one can do in terms of the visual effects used, the background music that is chosen and the way the text (if any) appears during the course of the video. Thus, overall, it makes for a much livelier resume.

With video resumes, one can also bring in things such as acting and role play. For instance, the first 20 seconds of a video resume can have you playing the role of a manager and enacting what you’d do in that position, if it were offered to you. Humans are visual beings, so your display of calm and control in that position will be remembered by a hiring manager much longer than the same thing being written on paper.

Not an easy task

Plenty though the advantages of a video resume are, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to create. Creating a good quality video resume — even if not a great one — requires a decent amount of skill. Furthermore, editing a video is painstaking, to put it mildly. Then adding the music in the background, embellishing with other visual effects, etc. all take time and effort. Thus, if you have made the decision to go the video resume route, let Style Resumes deliver the perfect product for you. Our creative, intelligent and interesting video resumes are sure to impress hiring managers. So get ready for the spotlight, and for the job!

How to Write the Perfect Cover Letter

“How do I go about writing a cover letter that employers will read? What do I include in it? How much do I write?”  These are some of the common questions that every applicant will ask during a cover letter writing process. However, being able to craft a cover letter is definitely not enough to land you an interview, since you will be competing with hundreds and thousands of other fresh graduates and job hungry professionals in the market.

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So here are some useful tips on how to distinguish yourself from the crowd of job hunters!

 Use an impactful opener

Good InroductionResearch shows that prospective employers only take about 15 seconds to read through cover letters before making their decisions. It is thus imperative to have a memorable opening paragraph to capture your hiring manager’s attention.

 

Many applicants tend to use a standard structure in writing their cover letters. For example,

“Dear Sir/Madam,I would like to express my interest in [POSITION] at [COMPANY]. Although I’ve explored many options in my job search, I’ve come to respect the quality and integrity of the work that you do….”

While this example, like most cover letters tends to be formulaic and acceptable, it is also generic and ineffective. It fails to explain why the applicant is interested in the company, and does not show how he or she is able to stand out from the crowd. Hiring managers tend to lose interest quickly after reading such cover letters because they will have to devote their time to reading other cover letters. As such, it is wise to tweak your building statement to a more customized opening line:

“With more than 10 years of profit driven project management expertise, I believe I can be an asset to your company as a manager….”

The above example shows that you are addressing the company’s need for a manager, having experience and thus hitting the job title in the spot.

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 Brief, direct and powerful

Cover letters are different from resumes because they are supposed to include short, brief and straight-to-the-point information. As such, it is crucial to limit the cover page to at most 3-5 paragraphs, not exceeding one page.

Most job applicants tend to make the mistake of using huge words in their cover letters to impress their hiring managers, but in truth, this is not useful. Hiring managers are not impressed with the use of superfluous words and flowery language.

Hiring managers mention that cover letters are the very first thing that they look at, so it is imperative that candidates that stand out usually use short, brief but powerful sentences detailing their past achievements, talents and contributions that they would like to bring to the company.

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Avoid careless mistakes

Careless mistakes are one of the most important factors that irritate hiring managers. They lose interest when they spot “typos and spelling mistakes”. It is important to vet your cover letter multiple times and enlist the help of your friends and family members to proofread your cover letter. While spell checkers can be useful, you should not be too reliant on that tool and ensure that you go the extra mile to re-read the cover letter again and again.

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Get the perfect cover letter!

Now that you have understood and learnt some of the important pointers in writing the perfect cover letter, ensure that it describes you and how you will be able to contribute to the company. Having some tips in writing a cover letter will definitely help you understand better what hiring managers want to see in one.

Nevertheless, it is not easy perfecting the cover letter just once or a few times. Even professionals and executives face problems in coming up with the ideal cover letter that aptly captures everything about them. At Style Resumes, we are equipped with years of knowledge and experience to help clients craft the ideal cover letter. Many clients who engage in our services have successfully secured jobs in a short period of time because of their impressive cover letters. So worry no more about the mistakes to avoid or how to impress the hiring managers, we will do all those for you!

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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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Can social media get you your dream job?

Social media isn’t just about posting status updates to Facebook and announcing which restaurant you ate at last night to Twitter. It can also be effectively used to get a job. It’s true!

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We do this on social media all the time anyway. Now, do it with a difference. Network strategically, getting in touch with people who you know can, in some way or the other, help you in your career. If there is someone who you aren’t in touch with but who you know could be advantageous for you to be in contact with, don’t hesitate to get someone to introduce you to them, or approach them yourself, even; remember, there are few boundaries in the online space.

Demonstrate your knowledge

You must’ve spent enough time letting your friends know what you think about an issue by commenting on somebody’s status. Now do the same thing, but for a more gainful reason. Create a free blog, make it look good, and create relevant, intelligent posts on it. The next step, of course, would be to popularize it on other social media. By talking intelligently, people will know that you are the go-to person, thereby bringing you in the public eye.

Cleanup act

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Nothing ever gets forgotten in today’s day and age. The Internet has ensured that everything remains in the online space almost forever, once it’s out there. So if there is anything on any of your social media profiles that could mar your chances of getting that job, make sure to take it down or hide it. Also, lock your privacy settings as added insurance. Always remember that the safest way to ensure that content stays private is to keep it that way.

Create a personal

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Now that you’ve taken care of the social media settings, it’s time to paint an intelligent online picture of yourself. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is professional and polished; ensure you have endorsements and recommendations from people you know and trust. Finally, create a new, more professional Facebook and Twitter account for yourself, one which can give future employers ‘Googling’ you something positive and substantial to gauge you by.

While all social media can be garnered to get you a job, LinkedIn is unarguably the most effective of the lot. This is because professionals from all industries are already present here, and it is a site meant to be primarily for job hunting. Thus, ensure that your LinkedIn profile stands out the most if you find yourself having trouble doing it, Style Resumes can help. At Style Resumes, you will get the perfect LinkedIn profile, written in a way so as to impress potential recruiters to land you your dream job!

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–    Rashida S. Arsiwala
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Ten tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile

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LinkedIn is a great tool to find jobs, stay updated with industry goings on, network with professionals from relevant areas and generally stay within the radar of potential employers.

However, crafting a LinkedIn profile that does all this is not an easy task. Here are 10 tips to help you get it right:

  • Include a profile picture – It may sound shallow, but having a profile picture is imperative. When a recruiter sees a blank space where the profile image should be, it evokes a sense of mistrust right from the get-go. Also, it is important to make sure that the picture is suitable for a professional website. It doesn’t have to be shot in a studio, but should make you look professional yet approachable — somebody a recruiter might want to hire. Also make sure it’s a good quality image, not pixelated, blurred or too dark/light.
  • Summary – Recruiters or employers can have as many as hundreds of resumes and LinkedIn profiles to run through to find a suitable candidate for the job. Thus, chances are, they won’t spend too much time reading your entire profile. You must make the self-sale in the summary section. Ensure that the summary is impactful and describes sufficiently, in the limited space, who you are and what you can offer.
  • Settings – Change your settings while updating your profile or making any job search-related posts; the last thing you need is your current employer getting wind of it. Likewise, when making a new profile, turn off the updates; otherwise, LinkedIn will blast feed every little change you save, every time, to all your contacts, and this can be very annoying.
  • Headings and sub-heads – It is important to break up the text into short, descriptive headings and then describe the details under appropriate sub-heads. Large chunks of text can be boring and the recruiter might lose interest. Precise headings allow the recruiter to know what you are going to be talking about next.
  • Formatted, uniform look – Use bullets and pointers instead of long paragraphs to make your point. This makes it less tedious for a time-pressed recruiter to go through your profile, winning you brownie points
  • Lying – Do not lie in your profile. Industry folk tend to know each other on LinkedIn. So the next time you go for an interview based on false claims, not only will the employer realize that you have fibbed on your profile, he could also spread the word around, ruining any other chances you might have of getting calls from other places.
  • Update your profile – Remember to update your profile from time to time. The last thing a recruiter wants is to call you as a potential candidate based on the details you have revealed on your profile, only to realize that it hasn’t been updated and you do not meet his requirements. If you were a job seeker three years ago, make sure you change that after you get a job, otherwise you will keep getting jobs suitable for freshers, without understanding why that is the case. Likewise, if you are looking for a job but your profile says you already have a job, it could mean you aren’t getting calls you otherwise might have received, so change that.
  • Endorsements – Make sure you put up skills which you truly have. Being endorsed for the wrong skill-sets for the right job will not win you any brownie points. It doesn’t matter if you have 50 endorsements for a skill-set if it isn’t relevant to you. Instead, take time to think about which are the skills you want to be known for and list only those.
  • Words not to use – While it is important to remember that you must use words that are likely to optimize your profile and put you at the top of search results, going for the overkill or using words that have been done to death is not effective, either. As of 2012, words like ‘creative, organizational, effective, motivated, extensive experience, track record, innovative and responsible are considered taboo for using on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Connections and groups – This may seem innocuous, but be mindful of the people and groups that you have listed on your profile. If a potential employer sees your connections and groups scattered across completely unrelated industries, it will fail to impress him, the idea being that you aren’t focused enough. So, make sure to avoid having unrelated people and groups.

 

Let us help you

With these 10 tips, you can’t go wrong with your LinkedIn profile. But if you still think you can’t manage on your own worry not. Style Resumes will be happy to help you on your path to success. Simply contact Style Resumes and a useful, impressive LinkedIn profile can be yours.

 

 

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