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    Challenges Bring Growth. How is Your Career Challenging You Today?

Challenges Bring Growth. How is Your Career Challenging You Today?

Whether you care to admit it or not, you like a good challenge. Sure, some days leave you feeling less than motivated, satisfied with being sub-par. But other days, when you’re on your game, a good challenge is music to your ears. You want the chance to prove to yourself, and to the rest of the world, that you are capable. You can do it.


When we face challenges of any kind, the effects of that challenge leave us changed. Whether you are new to the work force or have weathered multiple career changes over the years, you have, no doubt, faced opportunities that have placed you out of your comfort zone. These situations are often unwelcomed. You are often propelled into a challenging set of circumstances without having signed up for the task. However, just because it’s uncomfortable doesn’t mean that it’s okay to shrink back.


Although we naturally prefer comfort over discomfort, the truth remains that most forms of “success” have been accomplished through discomfort and tough circumstances. Does this mean that you need to pursue every road that leads to discomfort and misery in order to better yourself? Of course not. But, to achieve success, you have to face your intimidations, wander into unfamiliar territory, and stretch yourself to do that which doesn’t come naturally.


When you have waded through these waters, and can now look back on how greatly these uncomfortable scenarios have allowed you to grow, then you can truly appreciate the challenges that life brings to you. Whether the challenges that rise up to meet you are of a personal or professional nature, there is beauty to be captured in knowing that getting through to the other side will leave you changed.


We want to encourage each of you to keep your chin up and embrace the road less traveled. Think outside of the box, about what you could stand to gain if you stretched yourself beyond what feels comfortable.


Maybe you’re in the midst of searching for a new job, which is a challenge in and of itself. Instead of shying away from the difficult and awkward task of really putting yourself out there on paper, you need to push past your fears and have the courage to believe in yourself. Platinum Resumes strives to bring hope and a future to those who are teetering on the edge of giving up on their career dreams. We want to encourage you to boldly face the challenge in front of you and trust that growth will meet you on the other side! Give us a call today and allow us to help you with the necessary tools to embrace the challenge ahead.

March 25th, 2016|Blog|
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    Moving to Kansas City? Make the Right Connections for Your Career

Moving to Kansas City? Make the Right Connections for Your Career

New to Kansas City? Moving to a new city can be hard, especially if you have no network or connections in this new and foreign territory. Starting fresh has its perks, but it can also present some challenges when trying to land a solid job. It’s important to take steps in making the right connections for your career, and these steps can be taken long before you actually unpack that first box.


Now that you know that your life is being uprooted and transplanted to KC, you should be putting yourself out there and exploring what the job front looks like in your particular career field. Kansas City is a beautiful melting pot of countless types of people and businesses, a little bit of everything. You can find a company much like the one you are about to leave, and or you can take this opportunity for a fresh start and expand your borders a bit by applying for a job that is enticingly different than anything you’ve done before.


Regardless of what type of job you’re looking at, Platinum Resumes is the perfect partner to accompany you in the process. We work with our clients to help them shine on paper, creating a stellar resume that is guaranteed to turn heads and secure interviews. Our staff of professional resume writers has a wealth of experience in different careers across the board, and our priority is to develop a document that highlights your strengths and assets in a clear, concise, and creative way.


In addition to polishing up your resume, we offer a host of other services for the job-seeking individual. Many clients are thankful to have our help in strengthening their LinkedIn profile and other online platforms so that the best and most professional version of themselves is being displayed for all potential employers to see. After all, these are the areas in which you are weighed and evaluated before the chance of an interview even comes into play.


Since Platinum Resumes is born out of Kansas City, we have developed quite a tremendous network within the city of business owners and executives who take special note when one of our clients crosses their path. Although we are most certainly not a team or headhunters or recruiters, we are your career allies and strong ones, at that.


So…now that your move to KC is set and ready for action, pick up the phone and give us a call so that this season of change can be one of excitement and hope for a brighter career!


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March 18th, 2016|Blog|

Resume Writing Tips for the Sales Professional

Newsflash: You are applying for sales jobs that many other are trying to land as well! Your resume will appear in a stack of many others, highlighting candidates that are just as anxious and qualified as yourself. Therefore, your goal is to write a resume that causes you to stand out from all of these other professionals.


You have to get inside the brain of your potential employer and decipher what it is about your resume that really needs to pop. You have to take extra measures to set yourself apart from all of the competition, many of whom are just as well-educated and experienced as yourself.


It’s best to start with the basics. Outline the common categories that are found within a resume and make sure that you have quality content in each of those categories. Common categories are Objective, Core Skills, Professional Experience, Academic Background, Relevant Experience, and so forth.


Once you have plugged in concise and colorful verbiage into each of these categories, then you want to proofread your work. Then, when you’re finished, edit once again. A poorly written resume with typos and bad grammar will kill your chances of getting your resume to the top of the stack. You’ve got to catch your mistakes before the employer does!


If you feel inept when it comes to editing your work, then it’s probably a good choice for you to reach out for some advice from a professional in the resume arena. Without an exceptionally well-written and uniquely designed resume, you have little chance of turning heads in the hiring department. Platinum Resumes has had the privilege of working with many customers seeking a career within the world of Sales.


The link below is an example of one of our resumes that was written for a Senior Sales Executive. This model can give you an idea of the quality and detail that we put into each document that we create for our clients. We will work to uniquely design your resume to identify your strengths and highlight your particular skill set. Give us a call today, and we’ll get started on making sure that your resume finds its way to the top of the stack!


Sample Sales Resume

March 11th, 2016|Blog|
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    Job Interview Time… Who Says You Can’t Ask a Few Questions of Your Own?

Job Interview Time… Who Says You Can’t Ask a Few Questions of Your Own?

Now that you’re on the job hunt, you know there are preparations that need to be made. You have spent hours pouring over your resume until it’s just right. You have taken the time to update your LinkedIn profile and present the best and most professional image of yourself and your career experience. Once these key players are set into motion, then the waiting sets in.


You wait, phone in hand, to hear back from these companies at which you have applied. Days may turn into weeks, and you are still listening for your phone to ring or your email notification to chime. Although the time between applying for a job and getting your first bite can seem to drag on, you can be proactive in the meantime.


Being adequately prepared for a job interview is an area in which many job candidates fall short. He or she might have a stellar resume that piques the attention of the hiring manager. However, if this promising individual has no skill when it comes interview time, then their big moment of opportunity has passed. Job interviews should be serious business. In addition to picking the right outfit and preparing your answers to all of the potential questions, why not prepare a few questions of your own?


You’ve probably been stuck in that awkward position before. Your boss turns and asks you a question for which you were completely unprepared. You find yourself stammering for a response, desperately wanting to say something pertinent and profound. But, you’ve got nothing.


If you prepare yourself ahead of time for asking questions in your job interview, then you will likely find yourself more comfortable in the conversation and more able to read the manager or team of managers seated before you. You could always ask about what a typical day in the office looks like, or how success is measured for someone in this potential role. But, why not stretch yourself and ask a few questions that draw more insight from the employers?


Maybe you could ask, “How are your company values manifested in the workplace?” Or, “What is the typical leadership style at your company?” Such questions provide important information for you to think on while also showing your potential employer that you’re interested about the company on a deeper level.


If you feel like you could use a little help in better preparing yourself for your next interview, then consider giving us a call at Platinum Resumes. We work with our clients to redefine themselves as job candidates and to make sure that they were putting the best version of themselves out there for the taking. You have worked too long and too hard to sell yourself short, and we will help you gain the attention from potential employers that you so rightly deserve.

March 4th, 2016|Blog|
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