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Our Resume Skills Paired with Your Ingenuity Equals Magic!

You know those two things that just go together? One just wouldn’t be as amazing without the other accompanying it…. Batman and Robin. Andy Griffith and Barney Fife. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Coffee and a 5am alarm clock. There is one more perfect combination that you can add to that list: Platinum Resumes and YOU!


If you feel like your resume is holding you back when it comes to your struggling job search efforts, then we need to get that piece taken care of for you. However, your resume can’t carry you every step of the way. If you want to land the job of your dreams and rise above the serious competition that stands between you and that dream, then you have to bring your drive and ingenuity to the table, as well.


At Platinum Resumes, we are here to service the career needs of our client. We will take your existing resume and reinvent it by adding our custom design and expert eye for detail. We will help with drafting an original and powerful cover letter, as well as assist with compiling your references in a unique way. But, beyond our typical services, we also work with each client by coaching them in their preparation efforts for interviews.


Whether you are seeking an entry-level position or vying for the title of the next CEO of a major company, our experience mixed with your ingenuity will create a force to be reckoned with! We will do our part to get you in the door and pique the interest of the hiring manager. Then, it will be up to you to prove yourself to be the driven and innovative employee that will be the perfect addition to the team at hand.


Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we would love the opportunity to get to know you and hear about your job search needs. We can guarantee that working with our company will have a lasting impact on your career!

September 8th, 2017|Blog|

Give Your Outdated Resume a Fresh Start

Has it been eons since you last opened up your resume to take a peek at it? Some of us have forgotten about our resumes because we have been satisfied in the same job for years now. Others have chosen to forget about it because it is so outdated and too painful to even look at.


In our ever changing job market, it is important to have your resume ready to go at all times. Your company might experience some unexpected downsizing, or there may be a potential job opportunity that falls into your lap. Whenever that time arrives, you need to be caught prepared rather than scrambling to throw something together for a quick application.


By putting your old resume to rest and starting fresh, you are taking the bare bones that helped to jumpstart your career and adding in the most recent accomplishments that have sharpened your skill set. Platinum Resumes specializes in working with job seekers who have little to show for an existing resume and need a fresh start with their career direction and potential. A powerful and polished resume adds a lot to your personal brand and greatly enhances the possibility of call backs and interviews.


We work with our clients by taking their existing resume and using it to learn more about where you have been, as a student, an executive, and so forth. Then, by asking our clients a long list of pertinent questions, we are able to build a brand new resume based on the old information while incorporating the new. Our talented team of writers has developed quite the knack of using key words to define job skills and convey just how valuable of an employee you would be to the company at hand.


Give us a call today at 816.986.0909 to find out more about what our speedy resume writing process can do for you!

September 1st, 2017|Blog|
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    A Guide to Better Interviews: Provide Specifics to Prove How Indispensable You Are

A Guide to Better Interviews: Provide Specifics to Prove How Indispensable You Are

So, you’re counting down the days until your big interview! You look the part for the job and have pieced together the most professional choice of attire. You have practiced and reviewed the most frequently asked interview questions and have rehearsed them while maintaining eye contact. By the standards of many, you are perfectly ready to go. However, if you desire to stand out in a big way and become the hiring manager’s top choice, you have to push yourself to the next level. 


As we have discussed previously in this series, you have to maintain a solid confidence and keep your edge when it comes to steering your interview in the right direction. Your answers to questions asked of you must not be rushed but, alternatively, must not be drug out for too long. You need to speak concisely, however, you don’t need to cut any corners in the process. 


By providing specific examples of your prior work as an indispensable employee, you are showing your potential employer the loyalty that you bring to your job as well as the results yielded by your actions. The hiring manager needs to clearly see what a valuable asset you were to your previous company, and this can’t be achieved without specific details surrounding your actions. True, some such statistics will find their way onto your cover letter and resume, but you need to expound on those examples and provide other ones, too. 


Maybe it was that work that you did on the big marketing project last fall that yielded a record profit while cutting back on the necessary hours of overtime. Or, maybe it was your idea to partner with that global powerhouse two years ago that caused your previous company to triple their clientele and become a leader in its field. By spelling out the specific actions that you took on behalf of your team and your company, you can help the hiring manager see how driven you are toward effective results. 


A company who is looking to fill a new position wants to hire someone who they can’t live without. They want someone who is wise and dependable, but, beyond that, they want someone who is simply indispensable. Going into your interview, you know that you are that person, but you’ve got to find the words and confidence to prove that truth to the hiring team. By abiding by this plan, your next interview will yield greater results than you thought possible!

August 25th, 2017|Blog|

A Guide to Better Interviews: Rediscovering Your Confidence

So, hindsight is 20/20, right? We rarely have the perfect words at the opportune time, and we freeze in the middle of tough conversations and feel a total loss for words. Yet, later that day as we’re replaying the scenario a hundred times over in our mind, we can think of a dozen different comebacks that would have been ideal. Losing confidence and courage in an important moment is very frustrating.

What happens when one of those frustrating moments occurs right in the middle of an important job interview? You’re already sweating bullets and second guessing your outfit. The commute took longer than you anticipated, and you’ve got less time to collect yourself than you thought you would have before they call your name to go back into “the room”. With so much left to chance when it comes to your interview day, you need to step out and take full control of that which is within your grasp. Rediscovering your confidence will make a world of difference when it comes to preparing for your interview and having the right words at the right time.

As we discussed last week, there are so many pieces to a job interview that are believed to be off limits to the candidate. Many people mistakenly believe that, since they’re not calling the shots, they have little power in the interview. However, truth be told, the job candidate being interviewed has the opportunity to either sink or sail the ship. There is no way to know exactly which questions are going to be asked, but statistics show which questions are most popular and allow the interviewee to anticipate a great deal of what is going to be discussed so that they can practice at home for weeks prior.

Preparing ahead of time is a great way to set yourself above the bar when it comes to other candidates being considered. Instead of winging it, you can find a friend or colleague and practice responding well to each potential question. We all know that some questions are easy to answer and some are tricky. However, when your nerves are on edge and anxiety is in the mix, you can sometimes get tripped up on the most simplistic of questions. This is where your confidence level really comes into play.

In order to stay focused when you are in the hot seat, you need to be assured of the high caliber of talent and experience that you bring to the table. If you have the right words but lack the courage and character to stand behind those words, then you will most likely fall short of conquering the interview. A hiring manager is not looking for a timid and half-hearted person to do the job.


Sure, they want someone smart who will perform well and be profitable for the company. But, more than that, an employer wants to find a job candidate who does not buckle under pressure and who believes in themselves even when few others do. That kind of confidence is what will set you apart from your peers. Confidence equals underlying courage, and it separates the men from the boys when it comes to nailing the crucial parts of the interview.




August 18th, 2017|Blog|
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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!




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!



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!





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!





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|
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