Preparing to Graduate? Let Us Help Kickstart Your Career

It’s that moment you have been anticipating for weeks, months, and maybe even decades! Earning your degree has been hard work, and you are ready to face what’s next, but are you properly equipped to take on an exciting and successful career?

 

Many graduate with the basic skills regarding a solid resume. You know that you need an informative and exhaustive job history, but where does begin exactly? Surely there’s no need to mention those lawns you mowed or the children you babysat back in eighth grade. But, how do you make yourself look good on paper if your career and job history is really just getting started? The key is to make your skill set and aptitude shine!

 

There are some that have the talent and know-how to represent themselves well in this regard, while others need to reach out for a little help. At Platinum Resumes, graduates are some of our favorite clients! Your slate is fairly clean, and, though it can a bit intimidating to be building your brand from ground zero, it is quite freeing, as well.

 

Using the right words and the right techniques to articulate all that you bring to the table, we can get you in the doors of those companies that you never dreamed possible. Our team of experts know what it takes to capture the eye and attention of picky hiring managers, and we guarantee that you will gain interviews at a noticeably faster rate than you would going it alone.

 

So… if you are about to graduate and take the plunge into the real world, call on us to help you take the proper first steps. You can reach us at 816.986.0909 to get started building your career!

April 28th, 2017|Blog|

Choose Accountability to Strengthen Your Job Search

 

Do you ever get trapped inside of your own head? You didn’t intend to get stuck in this place once again, yet here you are. You’re staring into the dark void which appears to be your future and spiraling out of control with all of the “what if’s” and the “how much longer’s”.

 

Your job search can oftentimes seem like it is taking far too long, and your efforts feel undervalued. Maybe the applications have been submitted, but it has been days or weeks since the interview has been addressed. By this point, you are tapped out on patience in the waiting game.

 

First off, don’t be so discouraged! You are one of countless people who are all experiencing the same frustrations right now. A successful job search is one that takes time. It is not something to be rushed. You want to avoid the fear of pouncing upon the wrong opportunity. The first step is to move forward carefully and strategically rather than quickly.

 

In addition, we feel that it benefits the job seeker to find accountability throughout this process. We are social creatures and are encouraged by the influence of others. When we face our struggles alone, we are tempted to get stuck in one pattern of thinking, and that pattern is often void of confidence. Staying trapped inside of your own pessimistic and worried self is no place for a bright and boundless job candidate to prosper.

 

Seeking accountability from friends and colleagues allows you to pursue your job search with a necessary support system. You can bounce ideas off of others when you need a second opinion, and you’re guaranteed a coffee date when you need to brainstorm and gain a fresh perspective. Someone who is walking closely with you through the job search journey will allow you to have a different angle to various situations that need to be well thought through, and it will help you to keep a level head about yourself when your emotions begin to squeeze the life out of you.

 

If you are going it alone today, then you need someone to provide insight along the way. Find a friend who has a strong sense of professionalism and can keep you grounded when your patience and hope are wearing thin, a friend who will drag you out for dinner and a movie when you need to clear your head. Get started today with a healthy sense of accountability, and your job search will be strengthened!

 

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April 21st, 2017|Blog|

Developing a Successful Job Search Strategy

Whether your recent job search kick off was unexpected or seen coming a mile away, it is most likely leaving you somewhat frazzled. There are a lot of different pieces in play when conducting a professional job search effort, and it can be overwhelming to get keep everything together when your emotions are all over the place.

 

A successful job search is not necessarily one that produces top notch interviews after the first week, but one in which the job candidate is patient and wise. Many folks fall into their job search without a plan or knowledge of where to even begin. They know the basics of writing a cover letter and resume, but the networking and marketing angles of a job hunt might be foreign concepts.

 

At Platinum Resumes, we see clients on both ends of the spectrum. There are millennials who have the social media and LinkedIn pieces nailed down with complete confidence, yet they lack the experience of surviving and learning from a great deal of interviews throughout the years. The older generation of job seekers may have the long list of career accolades and age-old relationships with potential job references, yet they are lost when it comes to marketing their personal brand online.

 

It is exciting to come across so many different personalities and perspectives, and we have a superior level of knowledge in handling a little bit of everything. Our resume work has drawn the attention of countless professionals in the Kansas City area and beyond, and our incoming clients know that they are partnering with a quality team of legitimate experts. We have helpful advice when it comes to developing a job search strategy that will bring true results, and proper organization is a large part of that potential success.

 

Start by taking stock of all of the pieces of your representation that you have ready to go and that which still needs some work. Study up on the current trends in your particular career field, which elements employers are looking at and expecting from a flawless portfolio. Once you have yourself organized and can pinpoint your weakest areas, then you know where the most work needs to be done.

 

Once you’ve got a workable strategy together, then step back and assess whether or not this is something that you can tackle alone. If you need a professional touch, then consider giving us a call. We will do our best to quickly make your story a raving success!

 

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April 14th, 2017|Blog|
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    Underqualified vs. Unqualified? When to Fight and When to Pass

Underqualified vs. Unqualified? When to Fight and When to Pass

Since childhood, we’ve all battled with learning to tell the truth. It always seems easy at first, but how far can we stretch a lie before we get found out? We are taught how to finesse the truth in certain situations, and we learn the consequences of our lies.

 

All of these life lessons come into play in adulthood, specifically when searching for a new job. We don’t want to overdo it in portraying ourselves, but we also don’t want to undercut our potential. We must give ourselves credit for all of the work that we’ve done but not blow our accomplishments out of proportion. We must appear very eager for this new job opportunity but not ridiculously over the top. How can we find the middle ground and fight for what we want?

 

The answer lies in the simplest of places: the truth. The best and most reliable angle is honesty. No back peddling is necessary. No stumbling over your words required. No heart pounding moments with bated breath while wondering if your lie will be unearthed.

 

When it comes to applying for jobs, you must move forward with purpose and integrity. This means that you have to learn to pick and choose which potential jobs are right for you. You may be underqualified for some and completely unqualified for others. There is a difference between the two, and it would behoove you to recognize that difference as you weed through prospective opportunities.

 

We all want to portray ourselves to be the best and most polished version possible. We want to word our accomplishments so that we will stand out among our peers. We want our projects, our sales, and our campaigns to be glorified, but we must keep a level head when the credits roll. Giving yourself props for work that is not rightly yours to claim pushes you onto dangerous territory. Not only would one inquisitive phone call or email rat you out, but you would also be in way over your head with a new job that is outside of your ability. Lying about your skill set and accolades sets you up to become someone that you are not, and we all know how miserable of a place that can be.

 

Being honest about your prior work and future potential is the most solid foundation to walk upon in your future endeavors. So, if you come across a job that looks incredible but which you are not qualified for, then take a step back and lay out all of the facts. Do you feel strongly that you can perform well in this new job despite your lack of qualifications? Or, would you have to really fudge on a lot of details to even get a shot at it?

 

You have to know when to buckle down and fight for a job opportunity that you know suits you well and when to pass. Being honest with yourself and with your potential new boss, about who you are and what you bring, will get you so much farther, with much more peace, than a string of lies.

 

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April 7th, 2017|Blog|
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