Developing a Cover Letter That Sets the Stage for Victory

We’ve all been there. The feeling of dread and worry, sweating bullets because we’re underprepared. And after weeks and months of hunting for the right job, this is no place that you want to be.

 

When it comes to setting the stage for landing your dream job, you have to make sure that you are tending to every detail. Putting together a seamless resume is a very important part of the process. It is true that you are likely to find yourself filed directly into the stack of forgotten candidates if you do not have a resume that quickly catches the eye of your potential hiring manager. However, it is also true that the stand out candidates have also made sure to submit a unique cover letter along with their resume.

 

When an employer sits down to sift through the many applications for the job at hand, he or she is looking for something that is uncommon. Your future employer wants to be swept up, from the very beginning, by someone who has put in the time and effort to ensure that their skill set and job experience are laid out in a way that is easy to follow yet strikingly different from the norm. The idea is to create a cover letter that does just that.

 

At Platinum Resumes, we see many clients walk through the door who have worked hard and have sculpted themselves into incredible job candidates, but they are still missing that necessary zing. The job market is competitively fierce, and you must be hitting the mark across the board to be considered in the elite few who actually score an interview. We have found that developing a strong cover letter can help catapult you into that elite group.

 

Your cover letter should reiterate some of the key accomplishments from your resume without sounding like a broken record. This letter should capture the essence of who you are as a person and as a potential employee, and it needs to be formatted in a way that is strong and effective. Our team at Platinum Resumes has years of experience in helping our clients achieve this purpose. We can use the right words and tactics to display your aptitude and talent without sounding cliché.

 

Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will tell you more about how your job search can prove victorious with our team by your side!

June 30th, 2017|Blog|
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    References Dossier: Connecting Your Relationships with Your Dream Job

References Dossier: Connecting Your Relationships with Your Dream Job

You know you’ve got someone who can plead your case, who can testify to the long hours that you’ve pulled at the office for a dozen years. There must be someone who has seen you at your best or taken note of how quickly you learned that new program last year. Throughout your career, you have been performing and others have been watching, so one question remains. How do you determine which of those observers will bring you greater advantage in your new job search?

 

Developing a solid list of references to accompany your resume is a very important task that some might underestimate. Sure, they know they need to jot a few names down, to take out their phone and look up a few quick phone numbers and email addresses for contact purposes. However, there are many out there who fail to see how impactful this portion of their representation can be when it comes to capturing the attention of a hiring manager.

 

There is a stronger connection between relationships and a potential dream job than many realize, and we, at Platinum Resumes, strive to bring that truth to our clients. We take feeble attempts at a basic list of references and spin it into something much more memorable. Grabbing the first three names that come to mind and their contact info will not do when it comes to vying for highly competitive jobs. You’ve got to dig deep and reconnect with those people in your career who have seen your strengths in motion and who can speak to your potential in a professional manner.

 

We have found that the creation of a unique References Dossier allows the potential employer a deeper knowledge of your connection to your former boss or coworker. You need to go beyond how long you have known him or her and speak directly to the capacity in which they know you best. Laying out the document in this way also allows the hiring manager to move through your application package more quickly because the facts are laid out clearly and sensibly. And, the quicker they can read through and see what a strong candidate you are on paper, the quicker they will snatch you up and take you through the next phase of interviewing.

 

For help with your references as well as any other resume-related need, contact Platinum Resumes at 816.986.0909. Our team of seasoned experts will provide you with an opportunity to take your job search to new heights!

June 23rd, 2017|Blog|

Breathing Life Into Your Sleepy Resume

“I’ll do it tomorrow.” “Let’s just save it for later.” “I need to take care of this other stuff first.”

 

When it comes to excuses, we’ve all got a pretty good list going for ourselves. Although we aim to be proactive in our career development, we allow our resume to sit and collect dust. It becomes outdated and, therefore, unable to represent us well when we need it in a pinch.

 

The resume that you present to potential employers leaves a lasting impact. The words and the formatting that you choose make the difference between interviews and wastebaskets, call backs and radio silence. This is not an area of your job search that needs to lie dormant but needs consistent TLC, whether you are currently “looking” for a new job or not.

 

So, what’s the trick? How do you resurrect an ancient document and make it worthy of your dream job? There is no fanciful answer to reviving your resume. The key is hard work and creativity!

 

Platinum Resumes is proud to take ownership of both of these qualities. We put a great deal of hard work into our clients’ resumes and offer a creative touch unlike any of our competitors. Our team of writers has a wealth of experience in taking the bare bones of your plain and simple resume to a whole new level.

 

We guarantee results, and we are confident that our work on behalf of your sleepy, little resume will greatly pay off!

June 16th, 2017|Blog|

Transferring Your Skills From One Job to the Next

 

A fork in the road is never easy to deal with when it comes to your career. We are all faced with decisions along the way that redefine our future, and many of you may be walking this journey right now. Whether by choice or by force, you are changing jobs – maybe even changing careers altogether – and you’ve got to figure out how your skills will transfer from one place to the other.

 

What you did at your old job may not jive well with what you think you’ll be doing at this new prospective company. However, that does not mean that one of these things is not like the other. The trick that you need to master when looking for your next job is how to use a new language to describe the same talent that you’ve always had.

 

Transferring your high caliber skills from one job to the next is a very important part of the job search process and will either set you apart from the rest of the pack or leave you trailing behind. Instead of seeing yourself as ill-equipped or underqualifed for the job of your dreams, you need to evaluate what skills and assets you have that will transfer to this new position.

 

Sometimes there is a certain finesse needed to make this transition as smooth as possible, and that is where Platinum Resumes can come to your aid. Our team of career experts works hard for our customers to secure interviews at companies that were once out of reach, and we have seen many people go on to land jobs that were thought to be totally out of their league. Learning how to put your best foot forward and market yourself well makes all the difference when you’re in the middle of a career change.

 

Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will advise you on how to make your job hunt more successful!

June 9th, 2017|Blog|

How to Steer Your Interview in the Right Direction

We’re all full of questions when it comes to striking the right balance in an interview. We know that we need to talk about ourselves but talk about the company, too. We want to put our strongest assets and finest accomplishments on display, but we need to prove, also, that we’ve done our research on the details of the potential job.

 

So, when it comes to talking yourself up, when have you maxed out? How much is too much? What cues should you be watching for? These are all questions that we’ve asked ourselves, and it’s time to find clarification on the correct answers.

 

The company of interest wants to hear more about what you can do for them than about your knowledge of their company. After all, they can google their company details, as well. They already know what makes them better than the other guy in town and why working for their company would be a great opportunity. Their precious time has been carved out of their day to hear about YOU!

 

So, that said, how do you determine when you’ve put it all out there on the table without putting too much? The key to success is practice. That means practicing in front of the mirror as well as in front of a friend of colleague. You need to have a plan as to what exactly you are going to say about yourself and your potential as a future employee.

 

You also have to learn to watch for a few things. First off, watch the clock when you are practicing for your big interview. Take note of the time spent talking on different topics and try to keep a balance about it. You don’t want to ramble about yourself for 10 minutes. It’s possible to pack your punch into a shorter span of time.

 

Secondly, you’ll want to watch your hiring manager for facial expressions and body language. Although some experienced interviewers have a pretty solid poker face, you should be able to tell when they have heard enough and are ready to switch topics. Being ready to draw to a quick close and move on to the next subject is an important move to master.

 

For any further questions about how to better refine your interview skills, give us a call at 986.816.0909 to get started with our interview coaching process!

 

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June 2nd, 2017|Blog|
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