There are many job seekers out there who have never heard of a Certified Professional Resume Writer. If you are currently hunting for a new job, you probably know that there are professional services out there that can help you with perfecting your resume and sharpening your interview skills. Many, however, do not know that there are certain individuals who have been through specialized training just to be able to better support you and your resume efforts. Our team of Certified Professional Resume Writers, or CPRWs, have been through a process of certification that adds a depth of credibility to the world of resume writing. Now, sure, anyone who possesses a keen eye and has a talent for grammar can edit and tweak a resume. It is possible to find a friend or neighbor who can help you improve upon the basic document that you’ve written up yourself. However, if you have your eyes set [...]
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Many job seekers are under the false pretense that their age old resume is ready for use. They think that, since they successfully landed a job five years ago, the same resume should suffice today. However, the job culture is ever changing, and the skills and accomplishments that you have gained in your current job should be added to the resume. The best plan of attack is to uncover the bare bones of your resume and build on that existing foundation. Our team of resume writing experts at Platinum Resumes specializes in taking where you’ve been and better preparing you for where you are going. We know that you put hard work and time into your resume in the past, and we want to honor those efforts. Our strategy involves unpacking your skill set, your accolades, and your future ambitions. We help you determine which elements of your career history speak well to your strengths [...]
The month of love is currently upon us. Valentine’s Day advertisements are swarming us from all angles, and we are feeling the pressure to plan the perfect gift or night out with our special someone. With all of the romantic notions in the air, do you ever stop to consider all of the loves in your life? Aside from your favorite people, what else have you fallen in love with throughout your lifetime? For many, this question takes some time to ponder, and your job does not rank very high on the list. Maybe your career has not been anything but a means of making ends meet and surviving the work week without punching your coworkers in the face. However, imagine what it would feel like to love what you do! To look forward to your work each day and truly enjoy each project and opportunity to utilize your talents. It’s finally time to fall [...]
An intense job search is not for the weak of heart. It takes a lot of guts and stamina to cycle through the ups and downs of seeking to find the job of your dreams. You can sometimes put in hours of effort and never see the fruits of your labor, whereas other times you are able to advance through to the next phase of consideration because of all of your hard work. It is at that point that most people think that the tough part is behind them. They have spent weeks, or even months, scouring through the newest job openings and submitting resume after resume. Finally, the phone call or email has come through announcing that your work has paid off and an interview is on the calendar! Now you can take it easy, right? Wrong. If you want to step up as a serious contender for this dream job, then the answer [...]
Have you spent your career only investing in yourself or investing in others? The answer to that question can sometimes become blaringly obvious when it comes to a colleague's review of your career thus far. When a hiring manager is looking for clues about what you would be like as a potential employee, he or she wants to hear the good and the bad. Not only what sort of record numbers you produced for the company’s sales, but also what you were like around the coffee pot at break time. You see, your job search is only as strong as your weakest reference. Therefore, when you're putting together a list of references, you want to include those people that know you best and have had a clear vision of both your strengths and weaknesses. You don't want to be dishonest and put on the front as though you are perfect. We all have our flaws. [...]
As you embark on this new year and the new job you hope to be interviewing for, there is a deep need to be set apart as a unique job candidate. You are no longer interested in settling for second best or offering your last ditch efforts in regards to building a resume and cover letter. If you wish to stand out among the competition, then you have to create an edge by developing customized documents that reveal your stellar character and define your strengths and accomplishments. A standout cover letter helps set the mood for exactly what caliber of a job candidate you are, capturing your values as an employee and spelling out your skill set in an abbreviated fashion. After all, this is often the first piece of documentation that the hiring manager will see, so you want to whet their appetite toward learning more about you as a potential employee. You do [...]
If you’re anything like the rest of us, then you often meet yourself coming and going and find that there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all of the things on your to-do list. That time that you have set aside for catching up on emails and networking always seems to get taken up with another task instead. And, despite your best efforts, your resume will never be kept current if you never get around to actually working on it. As is with everything at the start of a new year, we feel fresh and ready to set new goals for ourselves. We will save more rather than spend more. We will work harder and then play harder. We will be more attentive and more efficient. So, how can you add to that list of new goals by aiming to better your job search despite your busy calendar? The answer lies in [...]
Was 2017 a bit of a sleeper for you? Lots of change and fresh beginnings going on around you, yet you’re still stuck in a bit of a rut? For many, the end of the year is a reminder of all of the career accomplishments that have been achieved, deals that have been successfully closed and exciting projects completed. For others, however, the year is ending without much to brag about. You have managed to hang onto a mediocre job and pay off a few debts here and there, yet you are lacking the drive to truly get excited about your work. How can you give your career a jolt and look forward to the year ahead? How can you make 2018 the year that will forever change your life and your perspective? The initial step in assessing your level of career satisfaction is to make a list. Whether making a mental note or literally [...]
The long awaited holiday season is finally upon us, and plans to travel and gather with our loved ones are in full force. There are always unforeseen glitches in our annual traditions that are completely out of our hands, such as flight cancellations, snowstorms, or a last minute case of the flu. However, there is one black cloud that always hangs over our Christmas festivities that we can control, which is our work. Everyone admires a hard working individual, and we're all taught from an early age that good work ethic is something that we should all aspire to embody. The problem, however, is that the message gets skewed along the way, and we get confused regarding the actual definition of what hard work looks like. You can be a hard worker and achieve remarkable numbers and goals for your company while also balancing a healthy personal life outside of the office. Hard work, therefore, [...]
Most of us in the American workforce have been invited to attend some sort of a holiday office party this Christmas season. This might be your first party at a brand new job or something that you’ve experienced for many years in a row. Some companies pull out the red carpet and require formal dress attire with a night of fancy hors d’oeuvres. Smaller businesses with fewer employees might throw together a more casual gathering at the boss’ house. For some, this is a loose party invitation. Your coworkers might want your white elephant gift at the party or your wife’s famous chocolate fudge, but there is little care as to whether or not you actually show up. For others, the invitation might as well be referred to as a court summons because you either plan to attend or plan to pack your things come Monday morning. Regardless of where your office environment [...]