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    A Guide to Better Interviews: Approaching the Intersection While in the Driver’s Seat

A Guide to Better Interviews: Approaching the Intersection While in the Driver’s Seat

Many people believe that the hiring manager takes the reins when it comes to a job interview. He or she is responsible for selecting the job candidates and organizing the details, and the level of authority of this position does create a great amount of responsibility throughout the interview process. However, despite the take-charge position of the hiring manager, the candidate also has a a fair amount of control and sway. When it comes to the different directions that the interview can potentially go, you have more power than you realize.

This potential interview power is what we are going to be focusing on in this current blog series. So many people are unaware of what it takes to fully prepare for a solid interview, all of the hours it takes to get an accurate read of the company you are interviewing with and the impact that you would have upon the position at hand. The hiring manager wants something out of you that will benefit his or her company, but you will be looking out for number one, as well.

It is important to recognize, even before going into the interview, what appeals to you about the potential job position. You want to work somewhere that challenges and excites you, and you want your job to drive you to better yourself and your team. With this intention in mind, you can approach your job interview with a workable plan when it comes to answering the ever popular, vague question that will most likely await you: “Why should I hire you?”

“You should hire me because I will benefit your company BUT also because I am inspired by the potential work I will be doing.” An employer wants to see employees who enjoy their craft, who are self-driven and find purpose in their day to day tasks. If you take the reins with this interview question, then you gain the power to steer the interview down a road that is rarely taken. You can stop restating what’s already been said and refrain from spouting off about how you will make the company proud by doing this or capitalizing on that. Instead, you can bravely reveal your humanity by making the potential job about you.

After you have reminded the hiring manager about all that you can do to better the company, then you can turn the conversation to all that the job can do for you. Your experience in this job will strengthen your skill set, will provide opportunity for you to grow and advance in your career. You want to convince the potential employer that you will stay driven because of the personal gain that you have wrapped up in this deal.

As you approach your next job interview, remember that you need to be ready to exercise the power play when the opportunity presents itself. The driver’s seat will be open to you, and you want to perform well!


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August 11th, 2017|Blog|

Career Tips for Making Networking Less Awkward

Maybe it was your friend from junior high that moved across the country and lost touch. Maybe it was that random guy from a summer class in college who you exchanged notes with one day. Those connections have proved helpful in the past, and you know that it’s worth the risk of putting your nervous self out there to gain favor within great companies.

 

Piggybacking on last week’s blog, we know how awkward it can be to reach out to those individuals whom you haven’t talked to in ages. However, we also recognize that pushing past the awkward beginnings can bring fruitful networking relationships that will advance your career in phenomenal ways. So, where do you start? If it’s going to be awkward no matter how you look at it, then how can you cut to the chase and shoot directly for the goal of building rapport with this person who is basically a stranger to you?

 

Webster defines rapport as having a relation or connection with another person, especially of a harmonious or sympathetic nature. Your end goal is to connect with people who are going to either help you get your foot in the door of your dream job or, at minimum, build your networking stretch so that you can learn more about possibly crossing over to a whole new industry. Connecting with people needs to feel personal and purposeful, so you need to sound confident and intentional with your approach despite having qualms about going in blind.

 

For some, you are seeking to build a network with a previous friend or mutual friend, as we discussed above. In other situations, it might be a complete stranger that you are approaching. The way in which you word your email or message to this individual will depend on your current level of connectedness. If you have mutual ground to discuss, then you can start by mentioning that commonality and then move into your desire to grab coffee or discuss further business together. If you have no commonality to start with, then you can just start in with discussing who you are, where you come from, and what exactly you seek to accomplish by building this contact.

 

For further tips on exactly how your email should be worded, check out this article from The Muse. We also encourage you to give us a call at Platinum Resumes and allow our team of career experts to guide you along a path of success in securing that solid networking future!

 

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August 4th, 2017|Blog|

Finding a Great Job When You’re in a Different City

For those who are planning a big move, securing a job on the other end is often at the top of your list of concerns. Obviously you need to find employment, but, when you’re stuck out of town, there are certain limitations that you will face. Does that mean you give up even trying? Of course not. You just have to be diligent and have a solid plan of action.

 

You need to start by getting organized and making a list of the jobs and/or companies that are available to you in your new city. Once you have explored those possibilities within your industry, then narrow it down to the jobs that look the most exciting and align with your talents. You don’t need to go into a ton of depth, but you’ll want to research the bare bones of each company so that you have a better knowledge of the bar that is being set before you.

 

After you have created your list and done your preliminary research, then much of the rest of your work revolves around the power of LinkedIn. If you have never made use of it or never thought it be important, then you need to switch gears and get on the same train as everyone else! The contacts that you have within a company are a huge part of what gets you recognized and provides interview potential.

 

By reaching out to fellow alumni alone, there is a great chance that you are going to find a connection at multiple companies in this new city that you’ll be calling home. Rekindling former relationships will allow you to have eyes and ears in a career community that is currently foreign to you. Plus, pleading the case of being the new guy in town will help you bypass the issue of feeling like a nuisance. It’s a lot easier to reach out and ask about job leads and opportunities when your circumstances keep you from being there in person to look around.

 

So, the moral of the story is that research and networking are vital tools to finding a job from a remote location. Spend time on LinkedIn developing a network of colleagues, both old and new, and remain diligent in efforts!

 

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July 28th, 2017|Blog|

How to Condense an Overstuffed Resume

For those of you who are seasoned veterans when it comes to the work force, it can be hard to determine just how to keep from submitting a 12-page resume. With so much experience under your belt, it is hard to reduce ten or twenty years of accomplishments and learned job skills down to just one page of career highlights. However, if you fail to put in the time and effort to condense your resume, then you are limiting yourself when it comes to the opportunities before you.

 

When your resume is overstuffed and too wordy, then the personal brand you are building for yourself loses its focus. Even though you may be a very well-qualified, well-rounded candidate, you have to hone in and concentrate on a streamlined approach. At this stage in the game, it helps to have someone in your corner who can offer assistance with crafting a resume that captures your strengths in an acceptable amount of space.

 

At Platinum Resumes, we have ample experience in helping our clients find their center. Writing a resume or online profile and preparing for an interview can be a very difficult task if you don’t know exactly where you are going with it all. That position you held twelve years ago in a powerful company taught you a great deal about the leadership skills you possess today. However, the job you have had for the past five years, which was in a completely different career field, is also worth mentioning because you sharpened your skill set from a completely different angle. So, obviously some confusion lies in determining which experiences to list and in what order.

 

The most important part of producing a solid resume and striking personal brand is not to allow that same confusion to reach the hiring manager. That said, you need to lay out all of your job experiences and key skills and accomplishments out for review. When you sit down with one of our career experts, then we walk you through this exact process. We ask you to share with us what your career has looked like for the last 10+ years, and then we take it from there. We know what potential employers are looking for, which red flags to avoid. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we’d love to start such a partnership with you!

July 21st, 2017|Blog|

Sharpening Your Skill Set to Fight for Your Dreams

Your career game is only as strong as its weakest link. If you polish up a few pieces to perfection yet leave holes in your overall presentation, you are lessening your chances of being noticed. If you feel solid in your ability to interview well yet put a half-hearted effort into creating your resume, then you are selling yourself short of your dreams.

 

In order to be a worthy opponent in today’s competitive job market, you have to work hard to remain well-rounded. To recognize your weaknesses is one thing. Anyone can do that when faced with the right question. To conquer your weaknesses, however, is a feat that few choose to pursue. It is among those few that you need to find yourself.

 

Visualizing your weaker attributes and taking action to strengthen them will take you far in your current job search journey. Many people do well to highlight their skill set and to build off of those attributes when creating their resume. They can back up their claims with a solid list of key career accomplishments and ways in which their work has brought success to their respective companies. But, when you are fighting for the job of your dreams and surrounded by other talented candidates, every little bit helps when it comes to keeping an upper hand.

 

You need to sharpen your skill set and take the time to sit back and consider which areas could use some dusting off. Maybe you need more professional training in one area or more practice in another. Maybe you can reword your resume and LinkedIn profile to reflect truth but yield a more powerful punch than what you’ve had before.

 

Words mean a lot when it comes to representing yourself well as a potential job candidate, so strengthen your skill set accordingly and empower yourself to become the best you can be!

 

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July 14th, 2017|Blog|

Dominate the Job Market with a Strong Personal Brand

How are you representing yourself when it comes to your job search? Does your resume paint an accurate picture of the same person that will arrive for an interview? Is your LinkedIn profile current enough to professionally portray the real you? Bumps and bruises included?

 

Who you are isn’t always who you appear to be. We’re all guilty of hiding behind the safety mask from time to time, squeezing ourselves into the stereotype of someone that we’re not. After all, that’s the only way to successfully go after the job of your dreams, right?

 

At Platinum Resumes, we believe there’s another way. We believe in intentional authenticity and in digging deeper to find this alternate route. A way in which to remain true to yourself while also dominating your application and interview processes.

 

There is an art, which we have mastered, where the right pieces are drawn together to best represent the unique version of yourself. As a job candidate, you bring a package to the table that is unlike any other. Your blend of skills and experience has the power to capture the attention of your potential employer and set you up as a strong candidate for the job at hand. But, how do you develop such a powerhouse effect?

 

The key to a strong personal brand is honesty with professional refinement. You need to be real but not go overboard with tales from a jaded past. You need to be authentic but aware of how to use the right words to strengthen your weaker attributes. Our staff at Platinum Resumes has developed the knack for finding these words and making some magic happen for our clients and their respective job searches.

 

We know that your personal brand is only as strong as the weakest link, and our aim is to pinpoint that weakness and spin it for your good. A strong resume and cover letter, coupled with a thorough LinkedIn profile and polished interview skills, has the power to bring even the weakest job candidate back into the game. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will help you build a personal brand that will take you to new heights!

July 7th, 2017|Blog|

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|
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