Do you have a boss who is hard to deal with? Perhaps there are days when you ignore that elephant in the room and pretend that your job is great despite the tension, and then other days when you are two seconds away from packing your things and leaving for good. Poor management choices can lead to disgruntled employees, and it’s easy to join the masses and get all worked up about the current drama. However, in the long run, you will more than likely benefit from holding your tongue and closely considering that relationship that you have with your boss. He or she can be very influential in the remainder of your career, for better or for worse. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, the challenge of a difficult boss is not something unique to your job and workplace. Maybe you have had a lot of great experiences through the years [...]
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Believe it or not, your education may be finally drawing to a close. It seems as though you’ve spent forever sitting through lectures and writing papers, but the day has finally come to leave your student role behind and step into the career world as a professional. The problem, however, may lie in the fact that you don’t feel like much of a professional yet. Or, perhaps, you feel like you are worthy of the label of professional, but you don’t think others give you the proper credit and recognition that you deserve. Finalizing one’s education and stepping into the career world full-time can be a heavy and multi-faceted process. You have to find a job and bring home a paycheck. That, of course, is the bottom line. However, in order to land a job, you have to present yourself and your skills and knowledge to be superior to that of the other candidates. You [...]
Being the new guy in town is never easy. Perhaps you recently moved to Kansas City and are struggling to fit in. You need people that you can trust to help you get acquainted with your community and help you find your niche. This is a process that does not happen overnight, and it often takes longer than we want to feel settled into a new place. This experience can be even more difficult if you have zero job leads to explore. You know that the friends and relationships will eventually come, but you can’t do without that paycheck for much longer! Perhaps, on the flip side of this scenario, you are not so new to KC anymore. You’ve lived here for quite some time, but you’ve either recently lost your job and have been struggling to find one at all. At Platinum Resumes, we understand that these circumstances can be super frustrating and oftentimes [...]
Are you asking all of the necessary questions when it comes to your potential job benefits? Do you have a clear understanding of what exactly the company is offering and how to take full advantage of that offer? Many of us, when entering into a different job, are bombarded with the many details involved with starting something new. There are new routines to learn, a new office to get settled into, new coworkers and managers to get acquainted with, and many new policies and procedures to read about. However, in the mix of all the data overload, we often forget to take note of all the benefits that are being given to us in addition to our new salary. These benefits have been specifically designed and chosen for the company employees, and you are now a valued part of that team. When an employer determines which benefits he or she wants to offer to employees, [...]
With summer vacation season upon us, it seems like the perfect time to stop and consider taking a break from your work. Do you long for a nice break from work but have zero days to take off? Or, alternatively, do you have plenty of vacation days built up but too many projects in your way? Having a solid work ethic is a very important quality that an employer looks for in his or her top employees, but there has to be a line drawn between a hard worker and one who is overworked. Where and how do you draw that line? There are several questions that you need to be asking yourself on a steady basis, ways in which you need to stay in touch with yourself and how you really feel about your everyday grind. Some punch the clock day in and day out and love every minute of it. Others force themselves [...]
Striking the right balance is a constant chore in our lives, both personally and professionally. How much is too much? When should I finish up at the office and head home? How much salad should I eat before I go for dessert? How long should I wait before I call the girl I met earlier today? We are constantly asking ourselves where to set the appropriate boundaries and limitations. This same concept applies to the process of searching for a new job. How lengthy should your profile be? How formal should your interview attire be? How soon is too soon to follow up with your potential hiring manager? These questions should be answered intentionally and carefully. Each part of the process that goes into applying for a job is important and exists for a specific reason. The goal is to weed out the applicants that aren’t the right fit for the job and to seek [...]
This is a debate that can be heard in office buildings and in professional career networks across the country. How close is too close? At what point do fellow coworkers need to be seen as competition and at what point can we let them in as friends? This is not a strictly black and white type of issue, but one in which there is a lot of gray area and room for different opinions and personalities to take root. The truth is people need people. Whether you are sitting on your couch at home, on a random bench in the park, or in your cubicle. There are times in our life and moments in our day when we just need companionship and conversation. And, with that said, there are many individuals out in the workforce today who do not have any “people” outside of their job. This place where they go 40+ hours a week [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]