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    References Dossier: Revealing the Right People in Your Corner

References Dossier: Revealing the Right People in Your Corner

Your resume and cover letter, as professional and pristine as they may be, can only go so far in authenticating your credibility as a potential job candidate. You need people in your corner who will attest to the things you have shared about yourself. You need men and women who know what you’re made of and who can articulately speak to your strengths and abilities. The references that you choose will become a vital part of your application process, for better or for worse.

 

The references dossier that we assemble for our Platinum Resumes clients is set apart from most other pieces of referencing documentation. There is no need to keep the same, dry format that every other guy uses. You need something that pops, something that provides the hiring manager with more than just the basic contact information and job description of your former boss or colleague. You want to highlight why, specifically, this individual can vouch for you, to explain the depth of their knowledge when it comes to your career history.

 

Again, these references are a big part of your consideration as a potential candidate for the job at hand. We work with our clients to establish a solid group of professional individuals who will speak well to your value as an applicant, and we work to create a document to accompany your resume and cover letter that will do well to capture the attention of the powers that be. This documentation will stand out boldly in comparison to the typical list of references that most applicants provide, and that is just the edge you need to move up as the number one applicant. Call us today at 816.986.0909 and let’s get this process started!

August 26th, 2016|Blog|

Never Underestimate the Power of Networking

For many of us, the first step of the job search process is thought to be marked by the entry line of a resume or the opening paragraph of a cover letter. We know that we need these important documents in place before we even begin to fill out an application. This thought process holds truth. We do need a solid and dynamic resume and cover letter to boost us high above the other job contenders.

 

However, many on the job hunt often drastically underestimate the power of networking. Whether you are turning the dial back six months or six years, there is often opportunity missed if you fail to evaluate your personal and professional connections. There are those that have success in pouring over LinkedIn connections to find potential and pertinent job openings while others comb through past emails and find forgotten treasures of contacts and job trails.

 

Nurturing your connections is a huge asset to be considered for the future of your career. Today may find you happily rooted in a job while next month or next year may find you otherwise. For that reason, taking full advantage of your relationships with others in your field is a wise choice for both the present and the future. When someone reaches out to you, don’t leave them hanging. If you are contacted via phone, email, LinkedIn, or any other medium in regards to a particular question or situation, be courteous enough to respond back to that individual and set the tone for potential communication in the near or distant future.

 

We don’t know exactly what’s around the corner, so we need to be prepared for a variety of circumstances. Life is fun and terrifying in that way, isn’t it? Keeping your lines of communication open and healthy secures your need for future networking. Stay in contact with old friends and colleagues and don’t ignore other’s professional questions. You may need to call on them for a favor sooner than you think!

 

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August 19th, 2016|Blog|
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    Is the Back-to-School Rush Interfering with Your Job Search? Give Us a Call!

Is the Back-to-School Rush Interfering with Your Job Search? Give Us a Call!

Summer is drawing to a close, and the madness of all things back-to-school is in full swing. Parents are tearfully sending their kids off to kindergarten or college for the first time. Teachers are reluctantly returning to their classrooms after an all-too-short summer break. And, many of you are wincing as you fill in the blanks on your upcoming calendars regarding school-related events, games, practices, and so forth.

 

Busy seasons in life are always full of both excitement and weariness. We wake up in the mornings with the best of intentions and fall into bed at night with merely a shred of energy left to spare. For those who are cycling through the back-to-school rush while also trying to remain steady on the job hunt, the journey can be challenging. Whether you are a parent who is juggling a busy schedule with multiple children in multiple locations throughout the day or a school teacher/administrator who is swamped in meetings and paperwork, this time of the year does not pair well with necessary free time to pursue that dream job you’ve been hoping to score.

 

At times like this, it’s music to your ears to know that companies such as Platinum Resumes exist to make life easier and success more attainable. Platinum Resumes is a team of talented professionals who create resumes, cover letters, references dossiers and other forms of documentation and personal branding that make our clients shine on paper and strongly appeal to the hiring managers in their path. Having your resume completed by a Certified Professional Resume Writer, or CPRW, ensures that your credentials and skill set will be well represented and made to stand out among other competitors.

 

If you are drowning in a sea of things to do and cannot find the time necessary to make yourself the best job candidate possible, then give us a call. We would love to meet with you and offer our services in order to preserve your sanity and enhance your career options! Give us a call today at 816.986.0909 to get started!

August 12th, 2016|Blog|

How to Remain Realistically Encouraged on the Job Hunt

Have you been busy on the job search for weeks? Even months? The grueling process of filling out applications and resubmitting your resume time after time without any real results can be disheartening, to say the least. There are some days where you need help reconvincing yourself that it’s all worth your time and efforts.

 

There are a few key mistakes that some of us make along this journey that can be avoided if brought to our attention early enough in the game. We make all the right choices when it comes to our resume, cover letter, interview prep, etc. We have spent the time, and maybe even the money, ensuring that our resume and personal brand is seamless and delivered with professionalism. But has our outlook been prepared just as methodically?

 

When one sets out on the job hunt, there must be a mental preparedness that accompanies all of the hard work. Psyching yourself out before you start is not the best approach. Instead, follow these suggested guidelines in order to carry out your job search patiently rather than desperately grasping at any and all straws.

 

Stop thinking that any job is better than the one you have. We all experience burnout to a certain degree; we all have a slew of bad days under our belt. Although there are times when we have truly had enough and need to look for another job, there are also many times when we grow so desperate just to get away from a certain boss or coworker that we’ll settle for a new job that is a step down in our career rather than a step up. Don’t allow that mindset of desperation to take ownership.

 

Don’t get stuck in waiting on that “one person” to get back to you. Maybe you had a great interview with an awesome company, and you are hopefully expectant that they’ll be offering you the job any day now. While there is nothing wrong with a hopeful outlook, you cannot allow yourself to get overconfident and lose time by waiting longer than the allotted time. If the hiring manager was going to get back to you in a week, and it’s been three…then you need to start considering your next avenue. A lengthy wait will typically not result in the job offer you might be expecting.

 

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August 5th, 2016|Blog|
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