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Building a Strong Resume Despite Unemployment Gaps

You may have been told that no job equals no chance, that having a time gap on your resume results in a hopeless future. While unemployment gaps can be tricky to work through, there is still huge potential for a strong resume to be born despite your circumstances.


Maybe your company downsized and rendered your job as nonessential to business. Perhaps you were let go for a careless mistake without room for explanation. Could it be that you found that your passion lies within an entirely different industry, and you quit your job to better equip yourself for the next steps?


Regardless of your reasoning, long periods of joblessness can be puzzling to hiring managers. You don’t want to over emphasize this time gap, yet you don’t want to lie about it. Honesty is always the best policy, and you want to step into your next job with integrity. So, what are you to do?


Remaining confident and hopeful in the face of this obstacle is of great importance. You don’t have to settle for less of a career because you’re fearful of judgment. Your resume can be crafted in such a way as to minimize your time off and maximize your potential and key accomplishments.


Platinum Resumes is the life raft you want to reach for in effort to sharpen your resume efforts. Our team of experts has years of experience when it comes to representing job candidates with resume gaps. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we’ll get started in building your powerful resume!

February 24th, 2017|Blog|

Suffering From Job Search Blues? We Can Help!

The groundhog saw his shadow and more winter is yet to come. Sometimes our long and uneventful job search is similar to our long and bleak winter days. Each seems to linger on and on without the brighter tomorrow we had imagined.


Although you may find yourself suffering from job search blues, we’re here to assure you that hope may be closer than you realize. The typical individual in search of a new job may spend weeks upon weeks waiting for the right door of opportunity to open or for that email you’ve been expecting to pop up in your inbox. This waiting game can be grueling, but it can be easier to endure if you know that you’ve taken proper care of all the necessary details.


A hiring manager will spend approximately 7 seconds perusing your resume before he decides whether or not to trash it. That said, it is obviously important to put your best possible effort into creating a stellar resume and other corresponding documents. Your cover letter, references dossier and LinkedIn profile are just a few examples of ways that you can capture the attention of future employers and set yourself ahead of the pack.


Platinum Resumes is comprised of a team of professional job experts who understand these tricks of the trade when it comes to landing the job of your dreams. We offer our customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our work, which reveals how strongly we believe in our ability to enhance our clients’ job search efforts. We will take your resume and polish it up to the point that you will receive more than a 40% increase in activity and interview potential! Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will help get you on the right track to success.

February 17th, 2017|Blog|

Jobless in KC? You Want Platinum Resumes in Your Corner!

You’ve got Sleepless in Seattle, a tragic yet romantic tale. But how does Jobless in Kansas City play out? Doubtfully romantic and promising to be tragic if you don’t get the right help and quickly. If this is where you find yourself, then there’s no better hope for you than to start building a relationship with the Platinum Resumes team.


One of the premier companies in Kansas City, Platinum Resumes offers our clients a professional boost in their job search and a guarantee for greater results and more interview opportunities. Our talented team has a level of expertise unlike any other, and we work hard to combine our years of experience and gifting to prepare our clients for a better and brighter future than they would have accomplished on their own.


Kansas City is near and dear to our hearts, and we seek to find those who are feeling helpless and fruitless and offer hope. We can take your mediocre resume efforts and turn them into something of which to be proud, something that will turn heads and open doors. We will sit down with you and walk through interview scenarios that you have never considered before, providing you with a confidence and professionalism that will get you far.


We’re ready to turn your jobless and hopeless scenario into one that promises effective change and bigger opportunities. Call us today at 816.986.0909, and we will get started in morphing you into one of KC’s finest!

February 10th, 2017|Blog|
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    Get Connected and Stay Active on Your Industry’s Job Boards

Get Connected and Stay Active on Your Industry’s Job Boards

So…how are your job search efforts going? Is your hard work paying off with new interviews left and right? Or do you feel like you’re aimlessly looking in all of the wrong places? This season can be a tough one and feel like it’s dragging on forever, but if you stay organized and keep improving your game then your efforts are sure to pay off.


You’ve got your resume polished and ready to go, but are you sending it to the right people and posting it in the right places? Many job candidates are familiar with online job boards but do not utilize the resources on a continual basis. Websites like Monster.com, Indeed.com, and Careerbuilder.com were created to help people in job search crisis. You may think such methods are now outdated, but recruiters and hiring managers are combing through these sites more often than you might think. Therefore, you need to get connected with any and all of the job boards that are specific to your particular industry.


The first step is to create an account on these sites and submit all of the pertinent information, including your resume. This is where many people stop. They create an account and never look back, often wondering why they even wasted their time in the first place. But, these folks are missing the second step to the process. Employers typically start their search by looking at the new resumes that have been posted, which leaves your older info at the bottom of the list.


The second step in the job board process is to make a minor update to your resume every two to three weeks, keeping it current. You will put more of the time-consuming work into the front end, and then just work to keep your info fresh once you’ve become established on each site. By completing both of these steps, we believe that you will gain more attention and more interview potential from these job boards.





February 3rd, 2017|Blog|

True or False? Cover Letters Are a Waste of Time

That’s a big FALSE. Cover letters, though a different animal than your resume, are far from a waste of your time. These few short paragraphs speak volumes to potential hiring managers about who you are and what you could bring to the table. The layout and series of word choices of a cover letter will either make or break you when it comes to interview potential.


So, if cover letters are still a big deal, how do you write the perfect one? Great question. And, just as there is an art to that of a seamless resume, there is also an art to creating a cover letter that is both colorful and professional. You must say enough without saying too much. You must highlight key points without reiterating your resume word for word. Your cover letter should pave the way for the resume, drawing in the reader’s interest in the job candidate.


If you are on the job search and failing to piece together a proper cover letter, then Platinum Resumes may be your only hope for landing that dream job. We will greet your lack of experience with expertise, and we will add a professional flavor to your job search efforts that will bring you ahead of the pack.


Many of our clients come to us in their time of desperation, bringing only a few rough drafts or old documents from years back. We will take your cover letter and resume efforts, get to know you and your skill set, and put our talent to work on your behalf. Call us today at 816.986.0909, and we would love the opportunity to write a cover letter that will get you into the door of the company of your dreams!

January 27th, 2017|Blog|

Starting at Square One? Get Off on the Right Foot

Maybe today’s inauguration has you thinking about change and new beginnings. Many of our clients find themselves in such a place. Square one. Ground zero. Ready to break out of the starting gate and get busy finding an amazing job!


If you are fresh out of school and without much work experience, you may feel behind the pack and ill prepared. Getting off on the right foot is of great importance when it comes to your job search and starting at square one is sometimes beneficial. Since you are inexperienced in searching for a job, then you must start by doing it the right way instead of wasting time and resources by doing it all wrong.


Platinum Resumes is a very powerful tool to have in your corner at this time. We take our clients who are still wet behind the ears and offer professional advice that steers them in the right direction. And, since you are at square one – lacking job search experience, then we can help teach you good habits rather than breaking old, unsuccessful ones.


When you look at it from this perspective, then you may realize that your position isn’t so bad, after all. You may be behind now, but, with the proper help, you will soon be caught up to your peers, if not surpassing them, when it comes to preparedness. We will take a look at your existing resume and overall package as a job applicant and make the necessary changes to propel you forward toward your goal. All you have to do to get started is reach out and give us a call!

January 20th, 2017|Blog|
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    Emergency Kit Ready? How to Get Prepared For a Sudden Career Change

Emergency Kit Ready? How to Get Prepared For a Sudden Career Change

Most of you are probably familiar with the well known Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”. Though many of you will never be stranded in the middle of the forest lacking supplies for survival, you can still glean from this motto. Preparedness is an important tool in all aspects of life, and it’s especially important when it comes to unexpected career changes.


Even if you currently see yourself firmly planted in a secure job, you must be realistic. Sometimes circumstances spin out of control, and we can find ourselves in a situation that we never anticipated.  In the event of such a surprise, wouldn’t it be nice to forge ahead with a steady peace rather than chaotic worry?


It’s important to have your emergency kit ready when it comes to your career. Maybe opportunity will knock softly upon your door or, instead, slap you boldly across the face. You need to have a plan in place and be ready to step into the unexpected future with confidence. This assurance can only be found by putting in the work now.


Waiting too late to refine your resume can mean seeing the other guy get the dream job you always wanted. Getting lazy about updating your LinkedIn profile can result in being overlooked by that particular recruiter. In order to be prepared, you should consider the following: current resume, interview skills 101, an extensive list of professional contacts, and a professionally updated social media platform.


By allowing Platinum Resumes the opportunity to step in and take the reins, you are choosing the responsible path of securing a prosperous job search even before the search actually begins. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will help to get your emergency kit assembled correctly!

January 13th, 2017|Blog|

The Excitement and Challenge of the Perfect Job

Have you ever been stuck in a rut? Ever dreaded heading into the office each day? Many of us have started out our careers in jobs that fell short of our expectations. We had a desire to get excited about our work but found ourselves, instead, to be bored and unfulfilled.


Thankfully, there were lessons learned and changes made to ensure a greater job satisfaction. Others, though, remain in such a job even today. Instead of enjoying their work, they sit and dream about another career, a role which would keep them excited and challenged in their everyday. Many… our coworkers, our family members, our friends, our neighbors… have settled into a job that they intend to keep yet intend to dislike. Do you find yourself paddling aimlessly in that same boat?


At the start of a new year, it’s a great time to reorient yourself to a healthier way of thinking. 2017 can be the year that you halt your dissatisfaction and find a job that greets you each morning with a challenge and excitement! Maybe this means you stay in the same company but take a leap up the ladder. Maybe this means that you stay in the same career field but seek employment with a brand new company. Or, further, maybe this means you rock your own world by changing career fields completely.


Regardless of what career change should look like for you this year, make sure that the perfect job that you are chasing after is, in fact, perfect for you. If your prospective daily tasks and responsibilities bore you from the beginning, then don’t go that route. If you see yourself already looking for another job in the near future, then don’t take this one knowing that it won’t truly appeal to you.


Circumstances are tough, and we don’t always have complete freedom in the jobs that we choose. We do, however, need to do everything within our ability to weed out the potential jobs that will rob us of loving what we do. Make sure that finding a job that is both exciting and challenging is at the top of your list!





January 6th, 2017|Blog|

New Year, New Image… Making Your Job Search Fruitful

Do you have all of your New Year’s resolutions ready to go? Are you anticipating great change in your life in 2017? For many of us, the coming of a new year brings hope for refining our goals with a new slate of opportunity. We look back over the past year and evaluate what went wrong and what was done well, and we are ready to hone in on specific areas that need to be further developed.


If you are without a job or are looking at making a career change, then it might be time to reevaluate your image. Is there room to amp up your marketing game? Are you representing yourself professionally on social media? Does your interview wardrobe reveal the high caliber candidate that you are?


In order to make your job search truly fruitful in 2017, it’s time to develop a new image and appeal to employers with a strength that you’ve never known before. Although some can do their research and find ways to sharpen themselves without the help of others, there are many professionals of all ages and walks of life who would benefit from experts in the business. This is where Platinum Resumes comes into play!


Our team of experts work with our clients to assess what is lacking when it comes to a successful job search. We will take your existing resume and transform it into a flawless representation of your strengths and accolades. We will take a look at your LinkedIn profile and current interview etiquette and advise you toward necessary changes. Such changes will make your image a stronger representation of who you are and what you offer.


Give us a call today at 816.986.0909, and we will guarantee you better results in your job search. Let us help in redefining your image as a job candidate so that 2017 is your best year yet!

December 30th, 2016|Blog|

Give Yourself the Gift of a Perfect Resume

As you consider gifts for all of your loved ones this Christmas, keep yourself in mind, as well. What is something that you need but feel as though you can’t afford? Something that will truly benefit you and your future rather than simply keep you entertained for a short while.


Giving yourself the gift of a perfect resume this Christmas is one of the smartest decisions that you’ll ever make. Opting for a professional writer to handle your resume promises more results and second glances than you could have ever managed on your own. Enduring a lengthy job search can be a brutal experience, and one should take hold of any available sage advice.


At Platinum Resumes, we assure our clients that our team of professional resume writers have the talent and experience to morph your outdated and mediocre resume into a rare jewel. We will take your career experiences and accolades and order them in a way that will immediately capture the eye of a hiring manager. We even go as far as guaranteeing our clients that they will see at least a 40% increase in interviews and attention from their first pick of companies.


If you recognize how much you deserve the gift of a perfect resume this Christmas, then it’s time to take action and give us a call at 816.986.0909. We can assure you that your money will be well spent as an investment in a brighter future!

December 23rd, 2016|Blog|
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