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Your Communication Style Defines Your Marketability

Could it be that your communication style is the key job qualification that keeps getting overlooked as you submit applications and prepare for potential interviews? The job experts at Recruiter suggest that the way in which an employee communicates is the often the "most essential part" of the position at hand. You can make yourself look great on paper and develop a brand that highlights all of the right skills and aspects of your career history, but a hiring manager needs to know what you are actually like to be around. How do you relate to coworkers? How do you receive instruction and direction from your boss? The marketability that you have to offer hinges greatly on these patterns of communication. Your references and former employers can speak to the style that typically defines you. Although many people operate in a way that crosses over into different communication styles depending on the task at hand [...]

Your Communication Style Defines Your Marketability2019-04-09T16:52:38+00:00

Separate Yourself From the Crowd with Confidence

In a consistently competitive job market, it takes hard work to set yourself apart from the crowd. Perhaps you've struggled before in the overwhelm that comes with applying for job after job, only to find that you are one of hundreds of candidates being considered. The specific experience and education that you have under your belt does not always seal the deal in achieving the highly sought after position that you desire. Your resume must be polished to perfection and uniquely formatted in order to draw attention to your tremendous aptitude. Your cover letter, references dossier, and all other corresponding documents should be specifically targeted toward your job of choice with keywords that reflect your sense of purpose and your dedication to your field of service. Your social media presence and branding efforts must remain professional and intentional at all times, with dynamic imagery that defines an individual who is ready to work hard with [...]

Separate Yourself From the Crowd with Confidence2019-03-29T18:33:26+00:00

Not Really a Team Player? Rethink Your Rationale

Do you ever just get completely annoyed with everyone at your office? Regardless of how extroverted you may be and how greatly you desire social interaction, it might be that you just need some space from crowded ignorance. The individuals that surround us every day at our workplace can be our biggest buddies or our greatest source of frustration. For better or for worse, we often have no control over the team members with which we are paired. Perhaps you have been with the same company for several months or even years, and patterns of communication and interaction have started to take root. There may be times in which projects require full team participation, yet there are personalities that always seem to take over or cause tempers to flare. It’s always easiest to just avoid such opportunities of conflict and get the work done on your own. However, in the midst of your teamwork avoidance, [...]

Not Really a Team Player? Rethink Your Rationale2019-03-29T18:04:26+00:00

Simply Reconnecting with an Old Friend Can Change Your Career

Do you ever step back to consider the range of your potential network? Do you feel stuck in a certain career field or a particular city without an outlet for growth or change? Many of us feel tied down to our jobs or potential jobs because we lack the resources necessary to move on. We feel as though we don’t know enough people to get our foot in the door of any other company. Perhaps we just sit back and watch how effortlessly our colleagues approach new opportunities and wish that we could have a similar experience. Oftentimes we get hyperfocused on our current or future circumstances and forget to consider the links and connections that we have solidified in the past. There could be old friends or coworkers that have not crossed our mind in years yet hold a strong tie to new opportunities. Social media has proven to be a helpful tool in [...]

Simply Reconnecting with an Old Friend Can Change Your Career2019-03-25T19:24:06+00:00

How to Represent a Diversified Skill Set

Do you struggle with being overqualified for the job at hand? Perhaps you have a track record of multiple jobs with a diversity of experience, and you’re not sure quite where to draw the line in representing your exhaustive skill set. There are those that fight the issue of having too little to share and those with too much, and it takes a finesse to craft a resume that best defines your aptitude while remaining direct and concise. When you are applying for a job, you want to target the desired qualifications as much as possible. In short, you should extract the parts of your story that speak most directly to the job description that has been provided for this potential role. For example, you may have a unique gift and years of experience in blowing glass or sculpting. However, in your application for a job as Computer Engineer, those artistic qualities must be kept [...]

How to Represent a Diversified Skill Set2019-03-25T18:54:56+00:00

Eager for a Change in Seasons

Is it spring already?! When the winter seems to be dragging on and on, there is an insatiable thirst for a change in seasons. Something new to break the repetitive cycle that seems endless, with clouds hanging overhead and a gloominess that seems to invade not only our lives but the lives of those around us. Maybe you’ve noticed that your coworker is just not his or her cheery self. Maybe your loved ones are extra irritable and obviously weary of being cooped up for long hours with an itch to get out and resume activities that they so enjoy. The desire to see signs of spring and a reprieve from dreary weather is much like the ache that many of us feel in our professional realm. We long for something new, something different. In short, we need change! For some, that change might look like altering your work hours, switching to the day shift [...]

Eager for a Change in Seasons2019-03-08T22:26:06+00:00

Leave the Writing to the Professional

Despite the innate sense of failure that covers us when we can’t seem to do it all on our own, there is success to be found in leaving certain tasks to a qualified professional. When your toilet is misbehaving, you probably want to let a plumber handle that one. When your trampoline stunt didn’t go so well and your leg appears to be broken, then you probably want to let the doctor take over. And, when it comes to setting yourself up for career advancement and evolving opportunities within your field, you want to wisely keep that competitive edge, right? There are elements of your job search and application portfolio that you can afford to put together yourself and there are pieces that can maximized by bringing a career expert on board. At Platinum Resumes, we serve our clients by drawing from the basic skeleton of prior work experience and educational development and build it [...]

Leave the Writing to the Professional2019-02-28T20:34:30+00:00

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend

Are those song lyrics true of your life? Is the only thing that gets you through Monday morning at 8:30am the fact that Friday afternoon at 5pm is just a few calendar marks away? How miserable it must be to spend your work week daydreaming of the moment when you clock out! When is the last time that you considered a job change? When did you last think it was possible to take on something new? Something challenging? There is, within each one of us, an innate desire for excitement. How fulfilling would it be to commute to a job each day that stirred anticipation and zeal? How nice it would be to spend a few days off of work relaxing after you’ve spent a long week doing what you love to do. We are not all going to find jobs and long-lasting careers that bring nothing but cheerful days and fun projects, but we [...]

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend2019-02-19T16:49:09+00:00

Navigating the Gray Area of Every Interview

Understanding what is expected of you in a professional interview leaves a lot of gray area to be explored. Many job candidates want to know the black and white of what to expect when they enter into a new company or sit before a group of hiring managers for the first time. However, there are not always absolutes when anticipating an upcoming interview. There are common questions that you can think through, and there is definitely a professional air about yourself that you must exhibit. However, there are many ways in which you must read the situation in order to know how to best carry yourself. And that can only be done by practice and more practice. Reading body language and determining social cues are critical components of a successful interview. Not every office environment is the same, and each interview setup will look a little, or a lot, different. For example, you might ask [...]

Navigating the Gray Area of Every Interview2019-02-14T04:59:08+00:00

Your Cubicle Neighbor Could Be Your Key to Success

Have you taken the time to get to know your neighbor at the cubicle next-door? Perhaps you are just settling in to a new company and still haven’t gotten to know any of your coworkers. Or, on the other hand, maybe you are years into your current job but have not yet connected with anyone on your team. However, knowing who you are working with can very much play to your advantage. If there comes an opportunity for advancement within the company or a promotion elsewhere, it helps to know what sort of connections are available at your very fingertips. Fellow employees might be able to steer you in a helpful direction and speak on your behalf when the time is right. Also, when focusing on your current work environment, it helps to know what assets are sitting right there beside you day in and day out. Maybe those projects that have been depleting you [...]

Your Cubicle Neighbor Could Be Your Key to Success2019-02-14T04:33:32+00:00