5 Reasons to Seek Resume Advice from a Professional

At first glance, a resume seems like a pretty simple and straightforward document. It grabs the details and hits a few of the high points regarding your background and aptitude as an employee. It is fairly concise, usually a page or so in length. So, all things considered, it should take only about 20-30 minutes to knock one out and get it circulating, right? Wrong. Way wrong.

 

There is a finesse to the art of resume writing that takes time and precision, and your stellar job offers will likely be more plentiful if the writer has some experience in the field. A professional resume writer will have a knack for writing paired with specialized skills in the area of career development. And, while many folks can do a great job at writing an average resume, there are few individuals who have the time or the know-how to put together a document that will turn heads and guarantee results.

 

We have compiled 5 reasons why choosing to work with a professional resume writer may be the best choice for you and your future…

  1. Resume writers offer the benefit of personal distance. Maybe there is a specific honor or credential that you are particularly proud of but is lacking relevance to the job which you are pursuing. You may have trouble parting ways with such pieces of the resume, but the writer has no emotional ties to your past efforts and can easily delete portions of the resume that may need to go.
  2. Resume writers have a keen eye for embarrassing typos. We know that you have edited and re-edited your resume several times over. Yet, there are often still errors that remain in professional documentation. A professional resume writer has loads of editing experience and a keen eye for the grammatical errors or other such typos that need to be corrected before the page makes its way into the hands of your potential boss!
  3. Resume writers have highly specialized skills. Many writers have seen and handled hundreds of resumes and have developed an excellent recognition for detail in language, semantics, and grammar. The misuse of such details may go unnoticed by the average job seeker but will boldly stand out to an experienced writer. The suggestions and implications of some such errors will have a powerful impact on the hiring manager if not corrected.
  4. Resume writers know the job market better than just about anyone. If you want to put your resume and your future in someone else’s hands, why not choose a person who keeps tabs on the job market on a daily basis. Professionals in the world of resumes and career advancement make it their business to keep up with the latest trends at it pertains to the job seeker and what new details that a hiring manager might be looking for across a wide spectrum of career fields.
  5. Resume writers recognize that it all comes down to money. If you want to land the higher paying jobs, then you have to factor in what it takes to get you there. While resume writers may charge a flat package fee or an hourly fee to work with you, this cost can be weighed against the money that you will gain by landing the premier job of your choice. Or, in turn, the cost of hiring a professional can be weighed against the money that you will be losing if you keep sitting stagnant on the job market without an income for another six months. So, looking at it from that perspective, it’s a win-win situation.

Our very own Steve Hankins, at Platinum Resumes, and his team of writers offer a wealth of experience with extensive backgrounds creating strategic, personalized documentation for those seeking to advance their career. If you keep hitting a wall with your job search techniques and are past the point of frustration, then it’s time to consider taking some advice from a hired professional. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909!

August 28th, 2015|Blog|

5 Tips for a Successful Career Change

 

Are you feeling a little burned out? Have you been bored in your current job for months, dreaming of bigger and better things? Was there a career that you always wanted to pursue but were too afraid that you didn’t have what it takes?

 

If any of these scenarios describe the one you’re in, then you are probably thinking that it is time for some change. There are times when enough is enough. Times when you know deep down that you have more to offer than what your current job is utilizing.

 

Regardless of the reasons that have brought you to this destination, contemplating a career change brings to the table several topics to be discussed. If you want to make a change and do so successfully, then you will benefit from the following tips that serve to help make sure that you are covering all of the necessary bases. Sometimes you are forced into change, and you might not have much control over the time table when deciding what you next move will be. However, for those of you who have the luxury of planning ahead, these tips will be especially helpful.

 

  1. Identify the career path that you want to transition to… The first step in making a successful career change is to really get inside of your own head and figure out what career you want to transition to. It will help to be as specific as possible. For example, if you want to be a teacher, you should decide what subject you want to teach, what aged students you want to teach, and what type of setting in which you would like to teach. Understanding exactly what you want to do will help with the other steps needed in the process.

 

  1. Identify the skills that you need for your new career… The next step is to research and discover what skills you will need in your new career. For example, let’s consider the world of television. If you decide that you want to be an actor, then there are certain dramatic skills and abilities that you will need to find success in that career. Alternatively, if you’re interested in the world of television as a script writer, then you’ll need to have strong writing skills and the ability to dialogue as well as text. The more skills that you already have, the less you’ll need to learn as you make the transition.

 

  1. Determine if you need more education… Some career fields require that you have a very specific level of education under your belt. Although your skill set is important and will most likely still be appreciated as a job candidate, there are some careers that are very black and white when it comes to the presence or absence of education and certifications.

 

  1. Determine how long you need to finish your education… Going along with the aforementioned tip, it is important to consider the need for further education and then to consider the length of time it will require. If you are going to succeed in your new line of work, then how long will it take to get you to that ready mark. This will obviously play a factor in how quickly you can be marketable in a new career field. The good news, if you’re looking at a lot more needed education, is that some employers will hire you in the waiting and maybe even cover a portion of the tuition expense. These are all pieces of the puzzle that you need to figure out as you explore this new change.

 

  1. Plan for a period of unemployment… The last tip to consider is one that seems obvious but that some folks still forget to consider until it is suddenly upon them. The period of time between careers can sometimes stick around for longer than you might prefer, especially if there is further education to be completed. It is definitely a good idea to save money ahead of time and create a nice padding so that you can stay afloat while you are figuring out the logistics of your career change.

 

The process of change can sometimes bring a fresh perspective and much needed alterations to all facets of your life, but do not be so naïve to think that there will not also be a few hiccups along the way. It’s important that you keep your head up and stay focused on your goals and career ambitions, even if the path taking you there might look different than what you had anticipated.

 

And, if it ever gets too overwhelming, remember that there are guys like us who are here to redirect and refocus individuals in order to produce their best work and land their dream job! If you are finding yourself in that boat, then give Platinum Resumes a call at (816) 986-0909 and let us join you in this process.

August 21st, 2015|Blog|

Preparing a Medical Resume: Why You Need to be Specific

Whether you are fresh out of med school, looking for a new nursing job after twenty years of experience, or diving into the medical world from a completely different career field, you can all find yourself in the same boat. Approaching the job market in the world of medicine is similar in many ways to your approach with a degree in computer science or filmography. You need to handle yourself professionally, write a good resume, dress well for your interview, develop a solid LinkedIn profile, and so on.

 

However, alternatively, the approach to finding a great job in the medical field can be very different from the rest and must be very specifically carried out. The language and terminology of your resume should match that of the position for which you are applying. Although you should be authentically you and represent yourself honestly, keep in mind that the ways in which you describe your former job experience or highlight your strengths and assets should be understood and applied within a medical setting.

 

At Platinum Resumes, we have years of experience developing job seekers within a large realm of career fields. We can help to take who you are and where you’ve been and hone all of that talent and ambition in on perfecting your resume and interview technique, and we welcome you to give us a call to get that process started. However, we haven’t taken the time ourselves to display our medical research over the years.

 

Thankfully, we have come across someone who has. Our friend, Audrey Clark, has developed the following infographic, and we hope that you find it very helpful as you further prepare yourself for your job in the medical field. Whether it’s your resume that needs tweaking or the need to write a curriculum vitae for the first time, these tips will help you better understand what the hiring management is most interested in seeing.

 

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Infographic created by Carrington College and provided to us by A.C., audreyclarkwriting@gmail.com. 

August 14th, 2015|Blog|

Helpful Hints to Strengthening a Thin Resume

So your resume is looking a little thinner than you’re thinking it should. You are probably struggling with the work history section, wondering how to further expound on the fact that you’ve got only a few positions to work with here.

 

Maybe it’s because you’ve been at the same job for decades, and listing a previous job in the career section of your resume would be dated back to what you were doing twenty years ago, carrying little comparison to the caliber of work you are doing today. Or, alternatively, maybe you are newer to the job market and have only had your current job for several months. How much of your previous work is worth mentioning? Do your years as a nanny or mowing lawns as a teenager need to count toward your experience?

 

Before you throw in the towel and start sending out resumes with only a few lines on them, consider these helpful hints that will add strength and confidence to a thinner resume. The folks at LiveCareer have researched this issue and suggest four ways to add substance to your resume.

 

Look Closely at Your Summary – Your summary should be about 3-4 lines in length, regardless of how much relevant experience you have. If you are a new graduate or younger applicant, without much of a track record, then choose to focus on the future more so than the past. You are ambitious and your future will be bright, even if you haven’t held a professional job yet.

 

Get detailed with your work history – So, maybe you’ve only held a few professional positions or none at all. Either way can be acceptable as long as you ensure that the following steps are taken.

 

If you’ve held only one job for the bulk of your career, then that means your primary employer was pleased with your work and the two of you maintained a lasting and functional relationship. Leverage this fact. Explain how your skills met your employer’s needs, and list each stage of growth and expanding responsibility you attained in this position, including awards and special accomplishments. If you’ve been away from the job market for a long time, turn your gap into a selling feature. Have you organized, sponsored, led, built, coordinated, joined, ran, volunteered, studied, researched, collaborated, wrote, designed, or supported anything. If so, pick the verb that applies, put it on your resume, and explain what you did.”

 

Move forward to your education section – For those applicants who are new to the professional job search scene, you may be struggling with trying to honestly but impressively describe your education experience. Maybe you haven’t earned a graduate degree, or even a bachelor’s degree for that matter. This doesn’t mean that the educational component of your resume needs to be blank. You should list whatever college level courses you have taken or are currently taking. Also, explain any training you have received that would interest or benefit your potential employer.

 

Highlight your skills section – If your work history and education portions of the resume are still looking a little thread barren, then you can pick up the slack by bulking up your skills section. “Be very clear about what you can do and will do, even if what you have done isn’t taking up much space on the page. List your programing proficiencies, foreign languages, budgeting skills, scheduling skills, and administrative abilities above all else. These five talents will support success in almost any job, and your potential employers should know about them.”

 

At the end of the day, if you’re still feeling unsure about the quality of your resume, you’ve still got options. At Platinum Resumes, we are here to help take what you’ve put together and fill in the gaps, to bring a confidence to your resume. Give us a call today at (816) 986-0909!

August 7th, 2015|Blog|
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