Do you ever step back to consider the range of your potential network? Do you feel stuck in a certain career field or a particular city without an outlet for growth or change? Many of us feel tied down to our jobs or potential jobs because we lack the resources necessary to move on. We feel as though we don’t know enough people to get our foot in the door of any other company. Perhaps we just sit back and watch how effortlessly our colleagues approach new opportunities and wish that we could have a similar experience. Oftentimes we get hyperfocused on our current or future circumstances and forget to consider the links and connections that we have solidified in the past. There could be old friends or coworkers that have not crossed our mind in years yet hold a strong tie to new opportunities. Social media has proven to be a helpful tool in [...]
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Do you struggle with being overqualified for the job at hand? Perhaps you have a track record of multiple jobs with a diversity of experience, and you’re not sure quite where to draw the line in representing your exhaustive skill set. There are those that fight the issue of having too little to share and those with too much, and it takes a finesse to craft a resume that best defines your aptitude while remaining direct and concise. When you are applying for a job, you want to target the desired qualifications as much as possible. In short, you should extract the parts of your story that speak most directly to the job description that has been provided for this potential role. For example, you may have a unique gift and years of experience in blowing glass or sculpting. However, in your application for a job as Computer Engineer, those artistic qualities must be kept [...]
Is it spring already?! When the winter seems to be dragging on and on, there is an insatiable thirst for a change in seasons. Something new to break the repetitive cycle that seems endless, with clouds hanging overhead and a gloominess that seems to invade not only our lives but the lives of those around us. Maybe you’ve noticed that your coworker is just not his or her cheery self. Maybe your loved ones are extra irritable and obviously weary of being cooped up for long hours with an itch to get out and resume activities that they so enjoy. The desire to see signs of spring and a reprieve from dreary weather is much like the ache that many of us feel in our professional realm. We long for something new, something different. In short, we need change! For some, that change might look like altering your work hours, switching to the day shift [...]
Despite the innate sense of failure that covers us when we can’t seem to do it all on our own, there is success to be found in leaving certain tasks to a qualified professional. When your toilet is misbehaving, you probably want to let a plumber handle that one. When your trampoline stunt didn’t go so well and your leg appears to be broken, then you probably want to let the doctor take over. And, when it comes to setting yourself up for career advancement and evolving opportunities within your field, you want to wisely keep that competitive edge, right? There are elements of your job search and application portfolio that you can afford to put together yourself and there are pieces that can maximized by bringing a career expert on board. At Platinum Resumes, we serve our clients by drawing from the basic skeleton of prior work experience and educational development and build it [...]
Are those song lyrics true of your life? Is the only thing that gets you through Monday morning at 8:30am the fact that Friday afternoon at 5pm is just a few calendar marks away? How miserable it must be to spend your work week daydreaming of the moment when you clock out! When is the last time that you considered a job change? When did you last think it was possible to take on something new? Something challenging? There is, within each one of us, an innate desire for excitement. How fulfilling would it be to commute to a job each day that stirred anticipation and zeal? How nice it would be to spend a few days off of work relaxing after you’ve spent a long week doing what you love to do. We are not all going to find jobs and long-lasting careers that bring nothing but cheerful days and fun projects, but we [...]
Understanding what is expected of you in a professional interview leaves a lot of gray area to be explored. Many job candidates want to know the black and white of what to expect when they enter into a new company or sit before a group of hiring managers for the first time. However, there are not always absolutes when anticipating an upcoming interview. There are common questions that you can think through, and there is definitely a professional air about yourself that you must exhibit. However, there are many ways in which you must read the situation in order to know how to best carry yourself. And that can only be done by practice and more practice. Reading body language and determining social cues are critical components of a successful interview. Not every office environment is the same, and each interview setup will look a little, or a lot, different. For example, you might ask [...]
Have you taken the time to get to know your neighbor at the cubicle next-door? Perhaps you are just settling in to a new company and still haven’t gotten to know any of your coworkers. Or, on the other hand, maybe you are years into your current job but have not yet connected with anyone on your team. However, knowing who you are working with can very much play to your advantage. If there comes an opportunity for advancement within the company or a promotion elsewhere, it helps to know what sort of connections are available at your very fingertips. Fellow employees might be able to steer you in a helpful direction and speak on your behalf when the time is right. Also, when focusing on your current work environment, it helps to know what assets are sitting right there beside you day in and day out. Maybe those projects that have been depleting you [...]
Have you been using LinkedIn to its full advantage when it comes to your current job search? Many job seekers fear that all of their hard work in building the right brand will go to waste if the right recruiter doesn't come along at the right time to recognize and appreciate their career footprint. However, before your profile is ready for recruiters, there are probably several updates and tweaks that need to be made if you are going to stand out among other competitors. The team at CV Nation has put together a helpful tool for determining just what considerations must be put into play in order to attract recruiters and gain leverage toward the job of your dreams. More info can be found at https://cv-nation.com/.
Admitting that you are weak in some areas means that you must depend on someone else. Such a hard lesson to learn, isn’t it? There comes a point where you must rely on the strength of others to pull you through, to aid you in getting to where you need to go. This is a step which requires strength in and of itself, a humility that creates vulnerability yet propels us forward. And, if you are committed to moving forward and not backsliding, yet again, then you must press through the discomfort and pain of asking for help and revealing the areas in which you are lacking the tools that you need to succeed. For many of you out there who are processing through an impending job loss or a huge career transition, there is an ever-present pressure on you to just “get a grip” and show up in big ways. You need to prove [...]
Have you ever stopped to really process the various stages of networking? We all go around just assuming that most top-tier jobs are claimed by those with advanced education and experiences or those with the right guy in their list of contacts. If you didn’t go to the right school or grow up in certain circles of influence, then you are just out of luck, right? Well, wrong. The current job search culture finds us far beyond the previous networking entrapments that were seemingly impossible to breach in the past. At one time, if your family wasn’t a part of the founding board of directors, then you had no chance as a prominent job candidate. Today, however, there are almost limitless ways in which you can strengthen your brand and market yourself. With the internet at your fingertips, you can access the many different angles of your company of choice and try and find common [...]