How to Look For a Job While Currently Employed

Is there a trick to this? Is it possible to find a job that you love while you’re currently still tied down to a job that you don’t? In short, yes. It is possible to successfully job hunt while you’re still employed by another company, but there is an art to going about it the right way.


For starters, you want to maintain your integrity with your current company. You don’t want to come across as being shady and secretive all of the time, always watching your back to make sure that no one else walks past your cubicle and sees what telling info might be up on your screen. If you schedule four dental appointments over the course of just one or two weeks, some questions might arise. You want to attempt to be as honest and smooth as possible in how you go about looking for your next job.


If you’re trying to keep your present job search on the down low for as long as possible, then you should consider delving into your accumulated PTO time. This doesn’t necessarily mean full days off, but merely a few hours here and there. Whether you need to get across town for a mid-day job interview or just need a few hours at your favorite coffee shop to catch up on applications, it could be very helpful to have those PTO hours at your disposal. Sure, there will be some explanation required for your current boss and coworkers, but, if you think through things ahead of time, then hopefully you can develop a reason for your absence that holds truth while maintaining the mystery of primary intentions.


When it comes to interview times, this can be another source of messiness depending on your current work hours and the flexibility of the hiring manager that you will be meeting. Typically, it is not unprofessional of you to counter a suggested interview time. Many feel the need to bend over backwards for the company at hand and assume that a suggested interview time is concrete, but many hiring managers are willing to work with interested parties and schedule an interview that works for both of you. After all, you have presented he or she with a knockout resume and cover letter, and there is a strong desire to further examine you as a very potential job candidate. So don’t be afraid to politely suggest an alternate interview time frame that will avoid putting your current job at risk.


With technology what it is today, you can largely journey through the job search process at your own pace and in your own home. Many pieces of the application process can be taken care of outside of company time. However, when the need arises, there are ways to go about it successfully without blowing your cover and damaging your character.




July 29th, 2016|Blog|

How to Write a Resume Without a Job Description

Sometimes we are fortunate enough to know exactly what our next job possibility will look like. We can be specific and tailor ourselves accordingly. We know what is expected of this particular role, down to the letter, and can be sure to market our personal brand so that we stick out as the best candidate for the job.


Other times, however, we are left without many details. We can use the company’s website, social media, and inside sources to gather more general info about the ins and outs of the company, but we are still somewhat clueless as to the specific details. This possible job opportunity remains a bit of a mystery in regards to the day-to-day requirements.


In this instance, you must still be prepared to submit an extraordinary resume, even if you do not have all of the pertinent details. Without a job description to go by, you are moderately limited as to how you can put your best foot forward and reveal your skills and abilities as a perfect match for the role at hand. However, you can still write your resume in a way that will appeal to the hiring manager and highlight your strengths and talents.


How do you go about it? You gain a basic knowledge of the company and industry which you are targeting, and then you get creative. Even if you don’t know exactly what tasks are involved, you can determine the overall goals of the company and the big picture behind their mission. With this in mind, you can then tailor your resume to assure the hiring manager that you are well-equipped for this job. You can choose to see this lack of guidance regarding the job description as freedom. Freedom to highlight what you think is most important, that which best represents your aptitude and most noteworthy accomplishments.


Some find themselves in this predicament and continue to struggle in making the resume sound just right without the job details on hand. If this is you, don’t give up on yourself. There are resources to cling to, and Platinum Resumes is one such resource. Our team of resume experts can take what you’ve gathered and help in creating a solid resume, despite the gaping holes in the job description, that will set you on more hopeful job-seeking path. Call us today at 816.986.0909 and let us help make your resume the best it can be!

July 27th, 2016|Blog|

The Personal Touch of Intentional Communication

In a world where everything is done electronically, do you ever miss the personal touch? The impact made in building relationships face-to-face rather than screen-to-screen.


Recent statistics, released by MarketWatch, show that much of the job-seeking population is frustrated and disappointed with online job search technology. Some even went as far as claiming that the process online was depressing. It’s the act of going in blind. The aspiring job candidate must attempt to investigate and connect with potential employers and coworkers from a blind spot where you know no one. Although some of us do not have the luxury of doing business any other way, others might benefit from unplugging every now and then and taking the old-fashioned approach.


At Platinum Resumes, we are proud to embrace both sides. We do communicate largely with our clients via technology and electronic forms of contact. After all, it is 2016, and we must adapt to the way in which business is operated in this age. Although many of our clients are local here in the Kansas City area, many of them are stationed in locations and careers across the world. We most likely would not be able to benefit these job seekers from afar if it were not for technological advances and capabilities.


However, that doesn’t mean that building relationships and spending time in conversation has lost its importance! We are thankful for the opportunity to meet with potential clients in person and to help those who are lost or overwhelmed in the world of job searching to find clarity and direction. Our team of professionals work with our clients to write top-notch resumes, cover letters, references dossiers, and more.


We would love the opportunity to meet with you and to hear your story. Even if that meeting has to take place with hundreds of miles separating us, then we commit to giving you the same attention and personal experience that you would get if you were meeting us in person. Your story and your journey matter to us, and we would love the opportunity to get on board with where you want to go next. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909 and let us help you land the perfect job!


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July 15th, 2016|Blog|
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    Underqualified for Your Dream Job? 3 Ways to Outshine Your Shortcomings

Underqualified for Your Dream Job? 3 Ways to Outshine Your Shortcomings

What an exciting feeling to have finally caught a glimpse of what looks to be the perfect job! As you scroll through the job description, you are growing more and more excited about the potential you are seeing. But, then….you get to the ugly part, the qualifications. The job sounds ideal, and you can definitely see yourself doing great work for this company. However, how can you get past this tricky issue regarding your lack of qualification?


Some scratch a potential job from their list upon realizing that they are underqualified, but we, at Platinum Resumes, are here to assure you that you shouldn’t be so hasty. Sure, being underqualified for a potential job is a hurdle to consider, but it doesn’t have to be a stop sign. There are many men and women who are building successful careers off of jobs that weren’t a perfect fit for their technical qualifications, and there are a number of ways to paint a picture of yourself as a qualified and confident candidate.


Shining on a resume and through the words of a cover letter are one thing, but you have to maintain that same confidence when it comes to your interview and potential communication with the prospective hiring manager. You want to make he or she excited to learn more about you and bring you on board with the company.


  1. Use Your Connections – or Get Busy Making Some. Getting a referral from someone who carries a lot of respect and credibility in their field can make a huge impact on the hiring decision at hand. There are stories upon stories of those people who may not have had all of the appropriate years of experience and accolades under their belt, but they had a former boss or coworker who could speak to their outstanding abilities and potential. Of course, we all want to stand strong and proudly gain favor on our own, but, sometimes, we must be realistic and admit that connections and networking allow others to make some headway on our behalf.
  2. Reach Beyond Your Obvious Skills and Abilities. Let your resume speak for itself. There is no need to continue reiterating what has already been stated for the hiring manager. Instead, you must do your homework and really think beyond the obvious skills and abilities that you bring. In addition to everything that is expected of a potential job candidate, what uniquely sets you apart? If you are a bit underqualified for this job, there is a reason why – something else you were doing with your time. Highlight that. Speak on the experience you had in an alternative career field and how that strengthens you as a prospective employee. In addition, we oftentimes overlook the talents and abilities that we exercise in our hobbies but not in our paid jobs. Bring that gifting to light for your hiring manager.
  3. Reveal Your Passion. A hiring manager is looking for warmth and competency from a job candidate. They want someone that reveals a personality and passion that excites them and seems a good fit for the work at hand. Even though you may not have every ounce of qualification that they are looking for, you can reveal your passion for your career and be bold in your desire to land this job. From the very first piece of correspondence with your potential boss, make sure you are showing how eager you are to be considered for this dream job.




July 8th, 2016|Blog|

What Not to Wear to the Office: Summer Edition

As the temperatures continue to rise outdoors, we are all tempted to wear less to compensate for the heat. That fact combined with getting relaxed within our current work environment can create a dangerous combination.


A recent survey completed by the office of Robert Half found some alarming statistics when it comes to this area of concern. Results concluded that 47% of Senior Managers identified the overuse of casual clothing as the most common dress code violation. Over a third of the same managers surveyed shared that their employees showed too much skin and wore less formal clothing than they did five years prior. In a similar survey by Robert Half, 80% of executives reported that clothing choices could definitely impact an employee’s chances of being promoted.


Slacking off when it comes to dress code can potentially put your job at risk and shouldn’t be ignored. Contrary to popular belief, there is rarely a need to strike out on a shopping spree. Instead, you can just strategically piece together different clothing items that you already have in your closet that will work together to create a wardrobe that is both comfortable and professional.


Whether it’s you who needs to be reminded or your coworker next door, there are a few rules of thumb that should help realign your wardrobe with the appropriate choices of summer clothing. Once you have checked each of these rules off of your list then you can rest assured that your summer clothing choices will keep you in the good graces of your employer.


Company Policy… If there is a written code regarding how you should be dressing for your office, then you should abide by it. If you get lost in the details of the policy, then you can take into consideration what you see management wearing. Use leadership as your guide.


Revealing and Distracting… Are your clothing choices showing too much skin? Are you distracting your coworkers by your wild choice of prints and bright colors? Are body piercings and tattoos a concern for your particular office? There are plenty of places to make a bold and creative statement by what you wear, but, for most, your workplace is not one of them.


Feeling Confident… If you are not comfortable with what you are wearing, it shows more than you realize. Make sure that your clothes fit you well and don’t require constant adjusting throughout the day. Confidence should come from deeper than surface level, meaning that overdoing it with makeup, jewelry and fragrances can cause more harm than good. Especially at more conservative companies, the overuse of such things as flashy jewelry or excessive makeup can be more distracting than beneficial to establishing a productive work environment.


Professionalism… When it comes down to it, this is what really matters. Have you passed the final check? Are your clothes free of stains and wrinkles? Are you stepping out of your home and into your office with the best option? So many of us get too relaxed in our workplace, the place we find ourselves spending the bulk of our time. But, there are times when we need to reevaluate our standards and revisit the line of what is appropriate and what is not, what is pleasing to our boss and what is not.




July 1st, 2016|Blog|
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