Give Your Outdated Resume a Fresh Start

Has it been eons since you last opened up your resume to take a peek at it? Some of us have forgotten about our resumes because we have been satisfied in the same job for years now. Others have chosen to forget about it because it is so outdated and too painful to even look at.   In our ever changing job market, it is important to have your resume ready to go at all times. Your company might experience some unexpected downsizing, or there may be a potential job opportunity that falls into your lap. Whenever that time arrives, you need to be caught prepared rather than scrambling to throw something together for a quick application.   By putting your old resume to rest and starting fresh, you are taking the bare bones that helped to jumpstart your career and adding in the most recent accomplishments that have sharpened your skill set. Platinum Resumes [...]

Give Your Outdated Resume a Fresh Start 2017-09-20T09:52:08+00:00

A Guide to Better Interviews: Provide Specifics to Prove How Indispensable You Are

So, you're counting down the days until your big interview! You look the part for the job and have pieced together the most professional choice of attire. You have practiced and reviewed the most frequently asked interview questions and have rehearsed them while maintaining eye contact. By the standards of many, you are perfectly ready to go. However, if you desire to stand out in a big way and become the hiring manager's top choice, you have to push yourself to the next level.    As we have discussed previously in this series, you have to maintain a solid confidence and keep your edge when it comes to steering your interview in the right direction. Your answers to questions asked of you must not be rushed but, alternatively, must not be drug out for too long. You need to speak concisely, however, you don't need to cut any corners in the process.    By providing specific examples of your prior work as an [...]

A Guide to Better Interviews: Provide Specifics to Prove How Indispensable You Are 2017-09-20T09:53:28+00:00

A Guide to Better Interviews: Rediscovering Your Confidence

So, hindsight is 20/20, right? We rarely have the perfect words at the opportune time, and we freeze in the middle of tough conversations and feel a total loss for words. Yet, later that day as we're replaying the scenario a hundred times over in our mind, we can think of a dozen different comebacks that would have been ideal. Losing confidence and courage in an important moment is very frustrating. What happens when one of those frustrating moments occurs right in the middle of an important job interview? You're already sweating bullets and second guessing your outfit. The commute took longer than you anticipated, and you've got less time to collect yourself than you thought you would have before they call your name to go back into "the room". With so much left to chance when it comes to your interview day, you need to step out and take full control of that which is within [...]

A Guide to Better Interviews: Rediscovering Your Confidence 2017-09-20T09:53:58+00:00

A Guide to Better Interviews: Approaching the Intersection While in the Driver’s Seat

Many people believe that the hiring manager takes the reins when it comes to a job interview. He or she is responsible for selecting the job candidates and organizing the details, and the level of authority of this position does create a great amount of responsibility throughout the interview process. However, despite the take-charge position of the hiring manager, the candidate also has a a fair amount of control and sway. When it comes to the different directions that the interview can potentially go, you have more power than you realize. This potential interview power is what we are going to be focusing on in this current blog series. So many people are unaware of what it takes to fully prepare for a solid interview, all of the hours it takes to get an accurate read of the company you are interviewing with and the impact that you would have upon the position at hand. The [...]

A Guide to Better Interviews: Approaching the Intersection While in the Driver’s Seat 2017-09-20T09:54:24+00:00

Career Tips for Making Networking Less Awkward

Maybe it was your friend from junior high that moved across the country and lost touch. Maybe it was that random guy from a summer class in college who you exchanged notes with one day. Those connections have proved helpful in the past, and you know that it’s worth the risk of putting your nervous self out there to gain favor within great companies.   Piggybacking on last week’s blog, we know how awkward it can be to reach out to those individuals whom you haven’t talked to in ages. However, we also recognize that pushing past the awkward beginnings can bring fruitful networking relationships that will advance your career in phenomenal ways. So, where do you start? If it’s going to be awkward no matter how you look at it, then how can you cut to the chase and shoot directly for the goal of building rapport with this person who is basically a [...]

Career Tips for Making Networking Less Awkward 2017-09-20T09:50:24+00:00

Finding a Great Job When You’re in a Different City

For those who are planning a big move, securing a job on the other end is often at the top of your list of concerns. Obviously you need to find employment, but, when you're stuck out of town, there are certain limitations that you will face. Does that mean you give up even trying? Of course not. You just have to be diligent and have a solid plan of action.   You need to start by getting organized and making a list of the jobs and/or companies that are available to you in your new city. Once you have explored those possibilities within your industry, then narrow it down to the jobs that look the most exciting and align with your talents. You don't need to go into a ton of depth, but you'll want to research the bare bones of each company so that you have a better knowledge of the bar that is [...]

Finding a Great Job When You’re in a Different City 2017-09-20T09:55:35+00:00

How to Condense an Overstuffed Resume

For those of you who are seasoned veterans when it comes to the work force, it can be hard to determine just how to keep from submitting a 12-page resume. With so much experience under your belt, it is hard to reduce ten or twenty years of accomplishments and learned job skills down to just one page of career highlights. However, if you fail to put in the time and effort to condense your resume, then you are limiting yourself when it comes to the opportunities before you.   When your resume is overstuffed and too wordy, then the personal brand you are building for yourself loses its focus. Even though you may be a very well-qualified, well-rounded candidate, you have to hone in and concentrate on a streamlined approach. At this stage in the game, it helps to have someone in your corner who can offer assistance with crafting a resume that captures your [...]

How to Condense an Overstuffed Resume 2017-09-22T10:30:52+00:00

Sharpening Your Skill Set to Fight for Your Dreams

Your career game is only as strong as its weakest link. If you polish up a few pieces to perfection yet leave holes in your overall presentation, you are lessening your chances of being noticed. If you feel solid in your ability to interview well yet put a half-hearted effort into creating your resume, then you are selling yourself short of your dreams.   In order to be a worthy opponent in today’s competitive job market, you have to work hard to remain well-rounded. To recognize your weaknesses is one thing. Anyone can do that when faced with the right question. To conquer your weaknesses, however, is a feat that few choose to pursue. It is among those few that you need to find yourself.   Visualizing your weaker attributes and taking action to strengthen them will take you far in your current job search journey. Many people do well to highlight their skill set [...]

Sharpening Your Skill Set to Fight for Your Dreams 2017-09-22T11:08:28+00:00

Dominate the Job Market with a Strong Personal Brand

How are you representing yourself when it comes to your job search? Does your resume paint an accurate picture of the same person that will arrive for an interview? Is your LinkedIn profile current enough to professionally portray the real you? Bumps and bruises included?   Who you are isn’t always who you appear to be. We’re all guilty of hiding behind the safety mask from time to time, squeezing ourselves into the stereotype of someone that we’re not. After all, that’s the only way to successfully go after the job of your dreams, right?   At Platinum Resumes, we believe there’s another way. We believe in intentional authenticity and in digging deeper to find this alternate route. A way in which to remain true to yourself while also dominating your application and interview processes.   There is an art, which we have mastered, where the right pieces are drawn together to best represent the [...]

Dominate the Job Market with a Strong Personal Brand 2017-09-22T11:17:18+00:00

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 [...]

Developing a Cover Letter That Sets the Stage for Victory 2017-09-22T11:37:35+00:00