Are you firing on all cylinders when it comes to carrying out a successful job search? Maybe you've recently polished up your resume and collected the perfect set of references, those few individuals who can speak to your wealth of knowledge and potential. You might be feeling strong in your preparations for the dream job that you've got your eye on, but you want to make sure that you have every possible area covered when it comes to knowing what to expect of the hiring process at hand. Background checks are an essential part of nearly every onboarding process in every industry. Not only are employers curious to know about prior criminal records but a variety of other fraudulent behaviors, and each safety measure is utilized to protect the company from hiring an individual that might potentially harm someone or damage property. More information pertaining to your impending background check can be found below or [...]
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‘Tis the season to grab the ugliest Christmas sweater that you can possibly find off the nearest clearance rack, the gaudier and fuzzier the better. Or, in contrast, maybe it’s time to dust off your tux or favorite formalwear. We all know that making a grand appearance at your company Christmas party is an important factor to be considered this holiday season. Decorations will be hung, gifts will be unwrapped, and bonus checks will potentially be unveiled, so you won’t want to miss this festive event. For those of you that are young professionals or new to your specific job or office environment, there are a few things to be noted about the infamous office Christmas party. #1 – Don’t skip out. Although you may have plenty of other ways to spend your free time or rare evening off, this is an event that you need to really try and make. Employers and coworkers will be [...]
Have you ever considered applying the legendary Boy Scout’s motto to your professional development? Maybe, as a child, you were urged to join this group of adventurers and “Be Prepared”. The same sense of readiness can be applied when advancing your career or seeking to break into a new job market. Although you probably don’t own a crystal ball that will determine exactly what to expect around every corner, you can develop a plan of action that prepares you for what lies ahead. And that plan of action should find its strongest weapon at the center of it all. A well-written resume is typically the focal point of every successful job application. Hiring managers waste no time on documentation that doesn’t carry originality and intrigue, a presentation of facts and details that is interesting to read rather than dull and monotonous. Representing your career history and professional aptitude in a thorough yet concise manner is [...]
When you wake up each morning, do you often think about where you are going or where you have been? Many of us have barely opened our eyes before we are plagued with today’s dose of doubts and fears, bombarded with worry regarding what will or will not be accomplished. We often set ourselves toward lofty goals and beat ourselves up for falling short, that promotion that stays just out of reach or that potential transfer that never seems to align itself with the right circumstances at the right time. When you have worked hard to achieve your title and career status, it is easy to focus only on the future, pressing forward to the next opportunity and the bigger office or paycheck to be obtained. However, when you look around at the friends and colleagues that you most admire and seek to be around, you often see people that seem to enjoy the adventure [...]
Have you ever been labeled as a multi-tasker? Many people take on the label with great pride and a sense of accomplishment. It is hard work to do multiple things at the same time. There is much brain power that goes into the focus required to spread yourself thin enough to dabble in several different things or in several different conversations at one time. However, if you were to take a step back and review your patterns of success and behavior in the midst of a multi-tasking frenzy, does your efficiency and productivity always shine through on the busy days? I’m guessing the answer is a resounding “no”. There are many times in which multi-tasking leads to more distraction than it does accomplishment. Yes, there may be victories along the way and check marks secured on a to-do list, but could you have actually done more with your time if you would have slowed down [...]
Do you ever wonder who really has your back? Which individuals would really stand up to fight for you if the situation presented itself? Many professionals have plenty of friends and colleagues who claim to support them and venture to offer encouragement in life’s many adventures, but there are typically only a few of those with wholehearted intent. We build many different types of relationships with many different types of people throughout the years, but there are usually only a handful that stand out when thinking of someone who has genuinely invested in our career development. When it comes to preparing for a successful job search and developing a solid list of references, you want to go with the cream of the crop. A sharp and polished references dossier is made complete when comprised of the key individuals who can speak to work ethic and specific accomplishments throughout your tenure, those who have witnessed remarkable [...]
When you wake up and ready yourself for the day ahead, are you anxious to get started or full of dread? Do you enjoy the company that you keep when at the office or do you join your coworkers in shooting daggers at one another with icy gazes? The workplace in which we inhabit for the greater part of the week can become a warm and inviting space to invoke creativity and growth, or it can become a pit of frustration. If you choose to take action and pursue a working environment that is like a home away from home for you, then there are a few key factors that must be considered. We oftentimes have to take the initial steps toward progress and change if we want to see that same growth in others. Therefore, if you desire a team that respects one another and seeks to get to know each other outside of [...]
Being forced to lay off hardworking employees isn’t something that anyone enjoys having to do. When circumstances arise and choices are limited, there are sometimes very few options left to explore. And, whether you see it coming a mile away or are completely blindsided, the idea of losing your job without a plan B can be very detrimental to your confidence and motivation in moving forward. It is for this reason that many employers have begun to reach out to secure career services for the employees that are being laid off, allowing these individuals the opportunity to advance their careers without the major backsliding and series of emotional stumbling blocks that often accompany the loss of a job. With companies such as Platinum Resumes, you, as an employer, are able to make the most of the upcoming series of layoffs by utilizing a tool that will strengthen the future of these outbound professionals that are [...]
Sometimes a change in seasons is just what you need to remain interested and invested in your career of choice. Sometimes you have to shake things up a bit or step away for a long overdue vacation to refresh and renew your perspective and stay focused on your craft. Just as in the world around us, seasons come and go within our professional realm, and we are left with the decision of embracing the change well or allowing it to get us rattled and bent out of shape. Accepting change is not the ‘easy button’ option for most people. Even for those few that claim to welcome change and thrive in the midst of it, there are still a few moments of shock and adjustment. We get comfortable with routine and grow to anticipate what is next so that we can prepare accordingly. Therefore, when change comes, we are thrown off of our game, left [...]
Do you ever feel like you’re just treading water? Despite your best efforts, you aren’t gaining any ground or propelling yourself forward into the direction of your choice. When you are seeking a different job or perhaps just getting started in the career world, there are certain moves that need to made with precise caution. If you remain aimless in your pursuit without any clear target, then you are likely to remain in limbo far longer than you anticipate. At Platinum Resumes, we understand all of the effort and thought that must be poured into chasing hard after the job that you most desire. You have to become the foremost candidate in the eyes of the hiring manager and find the niche that places you ahead of the pack. Our team of résumé writers and career specialists have the knack for sensing that niche and steering you toward the top tier of contenders. Our services [...]