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Developing a Cover Letter That Sets the Stage for Victory

We’ve all been there. The feeling of dread and worry, sweating bullets because we’re underprepared. And after weeks and months of hunting for the right job, this is no place that you want to be.


When it comes to setting the stage for landing your dream job, you have to make sure that you are tending to every detail. Putting together a seamless resume is a very important part of the process. It is true that you are likely to find yourself filed directly into the stack of forgotten candidates if you do not have a resume that quickly catches the eye of your potential hiring manager. However, it is also true that the stand out candidates have also made sure to submit a unique cover letter along with their resume.


When an employer sits down to sift through the many applications for the job at hand, he or she is looking for something that is uncommon. Your future employer wants to be swept up, from the very beginning, by someone who has put in the time and effort to ensure that their skill set and job experience are laid out in a way that is easy to follow yet strikingly different from the norm. The idea is to create a cover letter that does just that.


At Platinum Resumes, we see many clients walk through the door who have worked hard and have sculpted themselves into incredible job candidates, but they are still missing that necessary zing. The job market is competitively fierce, and you must be hitting the mark across the board to be considered in the elite few who actually score an interview. We have found that developing a strong cover letter can help catapult you into that elite group.


Your cover letter should reiterate some of the key accomplishments from your resume without sounding like a broken record. This letter should capture the essence of who you are as a person and as a potential employee, and it needs to be formatted in a way that is strong and effective. Our team at Platinum Resumes has years of experience in helping our clients achieve this purpose. We can use the right words and tactics to display your aptitude and talent without sounding cliché.


Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will tell you more about how your job search can prove victorious with our team by your side!

June 30th, 2017|Blog|
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    References Dossier: Connecting Your Relationships with Your Dream Job

References Dossier: Connecting Your Relationships with Your Dream Job

You know you’ve got someone who can plead your case, who can testify to the long hours that you’ve pulled at the office for a dozen years. There must be someone who has seen you at your best or taken note of how quickly you learned that new program last year. Throughout your career, you have been performing and others have been watching, so one question remains. How do you determine which of those observers will bring you greater advantage in your new job search?


Developing a solid list of references to accompany your resume is a very important task that some might underestimate. Sure, they know they need to jot a few names down, to take out their phone and look up a few quick phone numbers and email addresses for contact purposes. However, there are many out there who fail to see how impactful this portion of their representation can be when it comes to capturing the attention of a hiring manager.


There is a stronger connection between relationships and a potential dream job than many realize, and we, at Platinum Resumes, strive to bring that truth to our clients. We take feeble attempts at a basic list of references and spin it into something much more memorable. Grabbing the first three names that come to mind and their contact info will not do when it comes to vying for highly competitive jobs. You’ve got to dig deep and reconnect with those people in your career who have seen your strengths in motion and who can speak to your potential in a professional manner.


We have found that the creation of a unique References Dossier allows the potential employer a deeper knowledge of your connection to your former boss or coworker. You need to go beyond how long you have known him or her and speak directly to the capacity in which they know you best. Laying out the document in this way also allows the hiring manager to move through your application package more quickly because the facts are laid out clearly and sensibly. And, the quicker they can read through and see what a strong candidate you are on paper, the quicker they will snatch you up and take you through the next phase of interviewing.


For help with your references as well as any other resume-related need, contact Platinum Resumes at 816.986.0909. Our team of seasoned experts will provide you with an opportunity to take your job search to new heights!

June 23rd, 2017|Blog|

Breathing Life Into Your Sleepy Resume

“I’ll do it tomorrow.” “Let’s just save it for later.” “I need to take care of this other stuff first.”


When it comes to excuses, we’ve all got a pretty good list going for ourselves. Although we aim to be proactive in our career development, we allow our resume to sit and collect dust. It becomes outdated and, therefore, unable to represent us well when we need it in a pinch.


The resume that you present to potential employers leaves a lasting impact. The words and the formatting that you choose make the difference between interviews and wastebaskets, call backs and radio silence. This is not an area of your job search that needs to lie dormant but needs consistent TLC, whether you are currently “looking” for a new job or not.


So, what’s the trick? How do you resurrect an ancient document and make it worthy of your dream job? There is no fanciful answer to reviving your resume. The key is hard work and creativity!


Platinum Resumes is proud to take ownership of both of these qualities. We put a great deal of hard work into our clients’ resumes and offer a creative touch unlike any of our competitors. Our team of writers has a wealth of experience in taking the bare bones of your plain and simple resume to a whole new level.


We guarantee results, and we are confident that our work on behalf of your sleepy, little resume will greatly pay off!

June 16th, 2017|Blog|

Transferring Your Skills From One Job to the Next


A fork in the road is never easy to deal with when it comes to your career. We are all faced with decisions along the way that redefine our future, and many of you may be walking this journey right now. Whether by choice or by force, you are changing jobs – maybe even changing careers altogether – and you’ve got to figure out how your skills will transfer from one place to the other.


What you did at your old job may not jive well with what you think you’ll be doing at this new prospective company. However, that does not mean that one of these things is not like the other. The trick that you need to master when looking for your next job is how to use a new language to describe the same talent that you’ve always had.


Transferring your high caliber skills from one job to the next is a very important part of the job search process and will either set you apart from the rest of the pack or leave you trailing behind. Instead of seeing yourself as ill-equipped or underqualifed for the job of your dreams, you need to evaluate what skills and assets you have that will transfer to this new position.


Sometimes there is a certain finesse needed to make this transition as smooth as possible, and that is where Platinum Resumes can come to your aid. Our team of career experts works hard for our customers to secure interviews at companies that were once out of reach, and we have seen many people go on to land jobs that were thought to be totally out of their league. Learning how to put your best foot forward and market yourself well makes all the difference when you’re in the middle of a career change.


Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will advise you on how to make your job hunt more successful!

June 9th, 2017|Blog|

How to Steer Your Interview in the Right Direction

We’re all full of questions when it comes to striking the right balance in an interview. We know that we need to talk about ourselves but talk about the company, too. We want to put our strongest assets and finest accomplishments on display, but we need to prove, also, that we’ve done our research on the details of the potential job.


So, when it comes to talking yourself up, when have you maxed out? How much is too much? What cues should you be watching for? These are all questions that we’ve asked ourselves, and it’s time to find clarification on the correct answers.


The company of interest wants to hear more about what you can do for them than about your knowledge of their company. After all, they can google their company details, as well. They already know what makes them better than the other guy in town and why working for their company would be a great opportunity. Their precious time has been carved out of their day to hear about YOU!


So, that said, how do you determine when you’ve put it all out there on the table without putting too much? The key to success is practice. That means practicing in front of the mirror as well as in front of a friend of colleague. You need to have a plan as to what exactly you are going to say about yourself and your potential as a future employee.


You also have to learn to watch for a few things. First off, watch the clock when you are practicing for your big interview. Take note of the time spent talking on different topics and try to keep a balance about it. You don’t want to ramble about yourself for 10 minutes. It’s possible to pack your punch into a shorter span of time.


Secondly, you’ll want to watch your hiring manager for facial expressions and body language. Although some experienced interviewers have a pretty solid poker face, you should be able to tell when they have heard enough and are ready to switch topics. Being ready to draw to a quick close and move on to the next subject is an important move to master.


For any further questions about how to better refine your interview skills, give us a call at 986.816.0909 to get started with our interview coaching process!





June 2nd, 2017|Blog|

Your Best Kansas City Career Ally

Are you overwhelmed by the weight of your job search? Have you been going about finding a new job for much longer than you’d planned? Maybe the job offers aren’t rolling in quite like you’d hoped, and it’s time to discover who can help you find where you’ve gone wrong.


Having a career ally to assist you in your job search makes all of the difference when it comes to gaining the upper hand. Competition among job seekers can sometimes be fierce, and it’s important to have a solid package to offer potential employers. You need to have a knock out resume, a unique cover letter, and a flawless LinkedIn profile, in addition to various other components. A thorough and confident approach to interview prep is a must, and so many miss out on this piece of the puzzle because they don’t have anyone coaching them along the way.


If you want to avoid missing out on anything further, then you need to hire the best career ally that money can buy! Kansas City’s own Platinum Resumes is the best of the best when it comes to today’s competitive job market. Our team of professionals are very talented and highly trained in taking underprepared individuals and sculpting them into top contenders for jobs that they thought were far outside of their reach. We specialize in career services that guarantee results, and we have a long list of satisfied clients to prove our success!


When you allow Platinum Resumes to enter your world, we take the hard work that you have already put into your job search and refine it. We build upon your preexisting resume and skill set by offering our creative touch and knack for words. In addition to the services we offer our clients, we can also boost your job efforts simply by our reputation. We have worked hard to make a name for ourselves in Kansas City and beyond, and our networking potential exceeds most other companies in our field.


Call us today 816.986.0909, and let us join you in your career journey!

May 26th, 2017|Blog|

Amp Up Your Job Search by Hiring a Resume Writer

Professional resume writer… did you know there was such a thing? Many who are out scouring the job market, failing to get noticed by any reputable company, do not realize what tools are within their reach. There are resources out there that put their life’s work into helping those, such as yourself, to find and secure the job of their dreams!


Platinum Resumes is one of those resources. Our work is to help you find work! And, our goal is not just to help someone to find a mediocre job that will be miserably tolerated for a short while but, rather, to build a successful career. Our clients are looking to gain favor in the eyes of hiring managers and recruiters around the globe, in every job category across the board. Whether you are looking to find a job as a teacher, designer, or the next CEO, our team of experts is well qualified in helping you land those interviews that you thought were beyond your realm of possibility.


Our team of Certified Professional Resume Writers, or CPRWs, are a big part of what makes such possibility a reality at Platinum Resumes. Our writers are certified, bringing a higher level of credibility and professionalism to the field of resume writing. Not only are we talented writers with a knack for using the right words, but we are also trained in formatting those words in a way that stands out. The resumes and cover letters that we create for our clients are uniquely designed and meant to attract the eye of potential employers to a much greater degree than the average job candidate.


Our work speaks for itself when you look at the years of experience that we have under our belt and the number of satisfied clients that we have knocking on our door for additional projects. Kansas City has only a handful of CPRWs, and we are proud to have been considered in that few for over five years now. These years of experience give us the confidence to guarantee you that the work we put into your resume will make a staggering difference in your callbacks and interviews. We know that our clients will find their resumes at the top of the stack of consideration rather than in the hiring manager’s trash can. Call us today to get the process started!

May 19th, 2017|Blog|

Stay Proactive in Your Kansas City Job Search

Are you in the market for a new job here in Kansas City? Has your job search been going on much longer than you anticipated? If so, you are in good company. Many who are seeking a change in career are venturing down a long road with many curves and frequent detours.


In order to stay positive and keep your chin up, you’ve got to stay proactive in your job search. Each new application you submit is a new door to walk through, a unique opportunity which will look different than the one before. Your resume and cover letter must be structurally sound but tweaked here and there according to what is required of you. The competition will look different with each job opening you pursue, and you must market yourself so that you stand out among your peers.


Assessing each separate job application process for the unique experience that it is will allow you much greater confidence in your approach. You must do your research and know what exactly is expected of the person who will fill these empty shoes. With that knowledge in hand, you can then choose the right words and make the right connections to set yourself above the bar. We all know that networking is a huge part of gaining interview potential, and working to put the right people within your realm of influence is never a bad idea.


So…if this is you, applying for job after job yet remaining empty handed, then it’s time to reflect on what needs to change. Rather than throwing in the towel and wallowing in your disappointment, put that energy to better use. Start approaching each job application proactively by covering all of your bases.


Make sure that you are reaching out and making connections with the right people. Take time to alter your resume and cover letter, if need be, so that your skill set and key achievements highlight the appropriate focal points. Maintaining a proactive and intentional approach to each job opportunity you face will strengthen your chances of being noticed and landing the job of your dreams!





May 12th, 2017|Blog|

Staying Classy for Summer Interviews


When it comes to dressing for interviews, summer weather can sometimes throw a curveball in our typical wardrobe. That nice suit that you usually set aside for interviews is way too hot. Your long commute into the city leaves you much worse for the wear when it’s 100 degrees outside!


In order to stay classy for your upcoming interviews, you’ve got to understand how to present yourself in this warmer weather. You’ll want to avoid appearing a hot mess in front of your potential employer and wearing something that might feel comfortable yet look very unprofessional. You have to strike a balance between what works with the higher temperatures and what puts your most professional foot forward.


The most important step to staying classy is to be prepared. You can’t just plug in your potential company’s address into your GPS and venture out into the blazing heat in pursuit of a big interview without readying yourself appropriately.  We’ve compiled a few tips that will keep you looking your best without feeling miserable for your summer interviews:


Stick with more neutral colors and materials…  For a solid professional summer wardrobe, it’s important to have a few pieces that are set apart from the rest of your typical clothing. Although you might like flashy materials and lots of lace, such choices are not good for a professional office environment. That doesn’t mean that fun colors and patterns are out, but think more neutral than edgy.


Dress in layers…  Although you might want to wear your favorite jacket to the interview, you don’t want to wear it on the subway or in your hot car on the ride in. If you dress in layers, then you can shed whatever you need to as you get hot outside but layer back up when you cool off indoors.


Pack extra shoes…  Flip flops might be the most comfortable choice for moving around town, but you obviously can’t wear such casual shoes to your actual interview. Packing your dress shoes and just putting them on whenever you get to the interview site will help to make your travels more comfortable.


Bring along basic personal care items…  Once you arrive at your summertime interview, chances are you will be perspiring heavily and desperately in need of freshening up before it starts. Packing some basic items such as deodorant and makeup in your purse or small bag will help you to feel more confident about yourself as you cool off and prepare to meet your potential employers. Spraying on a very light fragrance will also help to cover up the sweaty smell you have acquired on your journey into the office.


Pad yourself with an extra 15 minutes…  If you know that you’ll need a few minutes to regroup and freshen up when you arrive, then you want to make sure you have that time built in so that you’re not in a rush. As we all know, preparing for an important interview can cause you to work up a sweat in and of itself, so adding summer temperatures to the circumstances can really cause you to become frazzled. Make sure to allow yourself at least 15 extra minutes into your time frame in order to relax, change out appropriate clothing and think through what you need to say and do.





May 5th, 2017|Blog|

Preparing to Graduate? Let Us Help Kickstart Your Career

It’s that moment you have been anticipating for weeks, months, and maybe even decades! Earning your degree has been hard work, and you are ready to face what’s next, but are you properly equipped to take on an exciting and successful career?


Many graduate with the basic skills regarding a solid resume. You know that you need an informative and exhaustive job history, but where does begin exactly? Surely there’s no need to mention those lawns you mowed or the children you babysat back in eighth grade. But, how do you make yourself look good on paper if your career and job history is really just getting started? The key is to make your skill set and aptitude shine!


There are some that have the talent and know-how to represent themselves well in this regard, while others need to reach out for a little help. At Platinum Resumes, graduates are some of our favorite clients! Your slate is fairly clean, and, though it can a bit intimidating to be building your brand from ground zero, it is quite freeing, as well.


Using the right words and the right techniques to articulate all that you bring to the table, we can get you in the doors of those companies that you never dreamed possible. Our team of experts know what it takes to capture the eye and attention of picky hiring managers, and we guarantee that you will gain interviews at a noticeably faster rate than you would going it alone.


So… if you are about to graduate and take the plunge into the real world, call on us to help you take the proper first steps. You can reach us at 816.986.0909 to get started building your career!

April 28th, 2017|Blog|
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