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 [...]
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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 [...]
The month of love is currently upon us. Valentine’s Day advertisements are swarming us from all angles, and we are feeling the pressure to plan the perfect gift or night out with our special someone. With all of the romantic notions in the air, do you ever stop to consider all of the loves in your life? Aside from your favorite people, what else have you fallen in love with throughout your lifetime? For many, this question takes some time to ponder, and your job does not rank very high on the list. Maybe your career has not been anything but a means of making ends meet and surviving the work week without punching your coworkers in the face. However, imagine what it would feel like to love what you do! To look forward to your work each day and truly enjoy each project and opportunity to utilize your talents. It’s finally time to fall [...]
An intense job search is not for the weak of heart. It takes a lot of guts and stamina to cycle through the ups and downs of seeking to find the job of your dreams. You can sometimes put in hours of effort and never see the fruits of your labor, whereas other times you are able to advance through to the next phase of consideration because of all of your hard work. It is at that point that most people think that the tough part is behind them. They have spent weeks, or even months, scouring through the newest job openings and submitting resume after resume. Finally, the phone call or email has come through announcing that your work has paid off and an interview is on the calendar! Now you can take it easy, right? Wrong. If you want to step up as a serious contender for this dream job, then the answer [...]
Have you spent your career only investing in yourself or investing in others? The answer to that question can sometimes become blaringly obvious when it comes to a colleague's review of your career thus far. When a hiring manager is looking for clues about what you would be like as a potential employee, he or she wants to hear the good and the bad. Not only what sort of record numbers you produced for the company’s sales, but also what you were like around the coffee pot at break time. You see, your job search is only as strong as your weakest reference. Therefore, when you're putting together a list of references, you want to include those people that know you best and have had a clear vision of both your strengths and weaknesses. You don't want to be dishonest and put on the front as though you are perfect. We all have our flaws. [...]
As you embark on this new year and the new job you hope to be interviewing for, there is a deep need to be set apart as a unique job candidate. You are no longer interested in settling for second best or offering your last ditch efforts in regards to building a resume and cover letter. If you wish to stand out among the competition, then you have to create an edge by developing customized documents that reveal your stellar character and define your strengths and accomplishments. A standout cover letter helps set the mood for exactly what caliber of a job candidate you are, capturing your values as an employee and spelling out your skill set in an abbreviated fashion. After all, this is often the first piece of documentation that the hiring manager will see, so you want to whet their appetite toward learning more about you as a potential employee. You do [...]
If you’re anything like the rest of us, then you often meet yourself coming and going and find that there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all of the things on your to-do list. That time that you have set aside for catching up on emails and networking always seems to get taken up with another task instead. And, despite your best efforts, your resume will never be kept current if you never get around to actually working on it. As is with everything at the start of a new year, we feel fresh and ready to set new goals for ourselves. We will save more rather than spend more. We will work harder and then play harder. We will be more attentive and more efficient. So, how can you add to that list of new goals by aiming to better your job search despite your busy calendar? The answer lies in [...]