True or False? Cover Letters Are a Waste of Time

That’s a big FALSE. Cover letters, though a different animal than your resume, are far from a waste of your time. These few short paragraphs speak volumes to potential hiring managers about who you are and what you could bring to the table. The layout and series of word choices of a cover letter will either make or break you when it comes to interview potential.


So, if cover letters are still a big deal, how do you write the perfect one? Great question. And, just as there is an art to that of a seamless resume, there is also an art to creating a cover letter that is both colorful and professional. You must say enough without saying too much. You must highlight key points without reiterating your resume word for word. Your cover letter should pave the way for the resume, drawing in the reader’s interest in the job candidate.


If you are on the job search and failing to piece together a proper cover letter, then Platinum Resumes may be your only hope for landing that dream job. We will greet your lack of experience with expertise, and we will add a professional flavor to your job search efforts that will bring you ahead of the pack.


Many of our clients come to us in their time of desperation, bringing only a few rough drafts or old documents from years back. We will take your cover letter and resume efforts, get to know you and your skill set, and put our talent to work on your behalf. Call us today at 816.986.0909, and we would love the opportunity to write a cover letter that will get you into the door of the company of your dreams!

January 27th, 2017|Blog|

Starting at Square One? Get Off on the Right Foot

Maybe today’s inauguration has you thinking about change and new beginnings. Many of our clients find themselves in such a place. Square one. Ground zero. Ready to break out of the starting gate and get busy finding an amazing job!


If you are fresh out of school and without much work experience, you may feel behind the pack and ill prepared. Getting off on the right foot is of great importance when it comes to your job search and starting at square one is sometimes beneficial. Since you are inexperienced in searching for a job, then you must start by doing it the right way instead of wasting time and resources by doing it all wrong.


Platinum Resumes is a very powerful tool to have in your corner at this time. We take our clients who are still wet behind the ears and offer professional advice that steers them in the right direction. And, since you are at square one – lacking job search experience, then we can help teach you good habits rather than breaking old, unsuccessful ones.


When you look at it from this perspective, then you may realize that your position isn’t so bad, after all. You may be behind now, but, with the proper help, you will soon be caught up to your peers, if not surpassing them, when it comes to preparedness. We will take a look at your existing resume and overall package as a job applicant and make the necessary changes to propel you forward toward your goal. All you have to do to get started is reach out and give us a call!

January 20th, 2017|Blog|
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    Emergency Kit Ready? How to Get Prepared For a Sudden Career Change

Emergency Kit Ready? How to Get Prepared For a Sudden Career Change

Most of you are probably familiar with the well known Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”. Though many of you will never be stranded in the middle of the forest lacking supplies for survival, you can still glean from this motto. Preparedness is an important tool in all aspects of life, and it’s especially important when it comes to unexpected career changes.


Even if you currently see yourself firmly planted in a secure job, you must be realistic. Sometimes circumstances spin out of control, and we can find ourselves in a situation that we never anticipated.  In the event of such a surprise, wouldn’t it be nice to forge ahead with a steady peace rather than chaotic worry?


It’s important to have your emergency kit ready when it comes to your career. Maybe opportunity will knock softly upon your door or, instead, slap you boldly across the face. You need to have a plan in place and be ready to step into the unexpected future with confidence. This assurance can only be found by putting in the work now.


Waiting too late to refine your resume can mean seeing the other guy get the dream job you always wanted. Getting lazy about updating your LinkedIn profile can result in being overlooked by that particular recruiter. In order to be prepared, you should consider the following: current resume, interview skills 101, an extensive list of professional contacts, and a professionally updated social media platform.


By allowing Platinum Resumes the opportunity to step in and take the reins, you are choosing the responsible path of securing a prosperous job search even before the search actually begins. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will help to get your emergency kit assembled correctly!

January 13th, 2017|Blog|

The Excitement and Challenge of the Perfect Job

Have you ever been stuck in a rut? Ever dreaded heading into the office each day? Many of us have started out our careers in jobs that fell short of our expectations. We had a desire to get excited about our work but found ourselves, instead, to be bored and unfulfilled.


Thankfully, there were lessons learned and changes made to ensure a greater job satisfaction. Others, though, remain in such a job even today. Instead of enjoying their work, they sit and dream about another career, a role which would keep them excited and challenged in their everyday. Many… our coworkers, our family members, our friends, our neighbors… have settled into a job that they intend to keep yet intend to dislike. Do you find yourself paddling aimlessly in that same boat?


At the start of a new year, it’s a great time to reorient yourself to a healthier way of thinking. 2017 can be the year that you halt your dissatisfaction and find a job that greets you each morning with a challenge and excitement! Maybe this means you stay in the same company but take a leap up the ladder. Maybe this means that you stay in the same career field but seek employment with a brand new company. Or, further, maybe this means you rock your own world by changing career fields completely.


Regardless of what career change should look like for you this year, make sure that the perfect job that you are chasing after is, in fact, perfect for you. If your prospective daily tasks and responsibilities bore you from the beginning, then don’t go that route. If you see yourself already looking for another job in the near future, then don’t take this one knowing that it won’t truly appeal to you.


Circumstances are tough, and we don’t always have complete freedom in the jobs that we choose. We do, however, need to do everything within our ability to weed out the potential jobs that will rob us of loving what we do. Make sure that finding a job that is both exciting and challenging is at the top of your list!




January 6th, 2017|Blog|
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