So it’s the end of the day, and your brain and energy level are quickly approaching crash status. You have poured yourself out all day long and are ready to shut down and refuel for all that tomorrow requires of you. But, wait! Just as you are unwinding and mindlessly scrolling through your various emails and newsfeeds for the day, you come across a potential job opening that really catches your eye. Maybe it has been weeks or even months now that you have become complacent or dissatisfied in your career and have begun to take notice of such job opportunities. Or, perhaps, you were really caught off guard and didn’t even realize just how unhappy you were in your current job until you see the possibility of a new position on the horizon. Regardless of where you stand in your current job search, you need to be ready to spring into action when you [...]
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For many, you are finally on the home stretch toward graduation. You have been anxiously counting down the days until this momentous occasion, and, with only a number of weeks left, you are now filled with both excitement and anxiety as this chapter of your life comes to an end. Although your education was intended to prepare you for what’s next, there is a certain ambiguity to what lies ahead, and you might find yourself wondering if you’re actually ready to plunge ahead toward the career that you have in mind. Do you have what it takes to be the best man or woman for the job? Do you know what your personal brand is all about and how to present yourself in the most professional manner? Do you already have applications in the works and interviews on the horizon? Although we all feel pressure to have it all together, most every student preparing to [...]
Losing your job is never the intended path, right? Layoffs are not a fun experience for anyone involved, but, unfortunately, they are sometimes inevitable within certain company dynamics. For that reason, Platinum Reasons has learned that having someone to stand in the gap and shoulder some of the weight of joblessness is just the ticket when it comes to layoffs and severance. Our team of talented resume writers and career coaches has served many groups, of up to 100 outbound professionals, who are being forced to let go of one job but being fully equipped for finding another. We have joined with companies and management teams who want to see their beloved employees succeed in ways that they are not capable of making happen, so they have sought the next best option by hiring Platinum to properly care for these apt professionals. As part of a severance package, these individuals are being given the opportunity [...]
In a culture of free expression, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to go about reigning in your job search efforts. Social media is the perfect outlet to immediately reach the masses in a way that would otherwise have taken you days to months to communicate with such a diverse crowd. You are able to tap into a network that can make a huge impact on your job search endeavors, for better or for worse. Maybe you are just taking off in pursuit of your dream job or perhaps you’ve already been at it for months with no results. Getting your act together when it comes to your social media presence is a crucial piece of the personal brand that you have to offer as a top notch job candidate. Your platform should be one in which you represent the true version of yourself yet maintain an air of dignity and professionalism. Various [...]
It seems like everywhere we turn, we face broken promises. Commitments that were made but then backed out on. The best of intentions that quickly faded when times got tough. Whether in a personal or professional capacity, no one likes to be lied to or cheated out of what was supposed to be theirs for the taking. Our team at Platinum Resumes is familiar with this same negative pattern as it relates to business relationships in the world of resumes. There are companies that strive to produce a quality product yet don’t stand behind their work beyond the moment that they take your money. They might promise that you will see certain results and better your career because of their influence, yet you don’t really end up with anything more than you could have managed to develop on your own. If you are looking to be a top contender in your career field, a job [...]
Have you been feeling your age lately? When trying to compete in today’s job market, do you feel out of place and behind the curve because of your age? Although being a middle-aged job candidate may bring certain challenges that a twenty-something knows nothing about, there are also advantages to have more experience under your belt, both in your career and in life in general. Some hiring managers do prefer to stick to a younger demographic when it comes to finding the right team of employees. Maybe they think that a younger individual means a better understanding of today’s technology or a keener awareness of what is new and hip in their particular field of study. Others, though, see that age is beauty and think that maybe Ralph Waldo Emerson once said it best. “The years teach much what the days never knew.” When you graduate from college or grad school and delve into your [...]
Have you ever sat in a coffee shop or chill restaurant for any length of time? There is something about that atmosphere that drives your creativity and allows you to unwind and focus on a different level than you can at home. Even though there might be some noise about you from lively conversations going on at different tables, it is more of a gentle hum than a distraction, and this setting can be very conducive to productivity if you allow it to be. These places and the conversations spent over a basic cup of coffee can actually fuel your job search in remarkable ways. Have you recently stopped to think about what is holding you back? Why your job search seems stagnant, or holes in your overall package remain despite your best efforts? Oftentimes the answers to these questions center around just two things, networking and perspective. These two simple yet complex pieces of [...]
If you are looking for a new job, then you are most likely stepping back to take a closer look at yourself than you have in a long time. You have been so immersed in your life and in your work that you haven’t noticed how rusty you have become in your particular field of interest. Maybe you haven’t changed that much through the years, but the world and job culture around you is changing by the day! And when was the last time you checked in to see just how heightened your awareness is regarding such changes? In order to be considered for that ultimate dream job that you have in mind, then you have to build your brand and be as relevant and on-target as possible. The job description that you were hired to fulfill ten years ago will, most likely, look drastically different in today’s terms of employment. Even though your occupation [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]