Holiday Volunteer Work is not Just Good for the Community… It’s Good for your Career! The holiday season is here, which is a time of year when we are often reminded of all the blessings we have, and are compelled to give to those less fortunate. It’s a time to give back to our communities: thanksgiving soup kitchens, food drives, adopt-a-family, build a bike, community projects, and so much more. While these are selfless acts, it can be more than just your opportunity to do something wonderful for your community—it can also help with your career. Volunteering can help you with your job search and professional reputation. When you are out volunteering, you will make connections across the city. You never know who you could meet from city council members to lawyers to engineers… They will inevitably be able to provide contacts. In the workforce, it’s often who you know that can give you a [...]
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Are You Using LinkedIn to its Full Potential? Are you taking full advantage of all that LinkedIn has to offer? LinkedIn is so much more than just another social networking website. It’s also not just for career seekers. It can be used to help you grow your career in so many ways. You can use it to attract recruiters, to meet likeminded people in your industry, to connect with former colleagues, to find potential business partners, to locate a mentor, to establish your personal brand, to gain notoriety, and so much more. If you’re not using LinkedIn to its full potential, you are seriously missing out on some great opportunities! Here are some features you can start using today to help you in your career! LinkedIn Groups – You can either join an existing group or create a new one! This is a great way to connect with other likeminded professionals. You can share tips, [...]
How to Manage Employee Burnout During COVID-19 According to recent surveys, employee burnout is on the rise due to COVID-19 stressors. The main reasons reported by employees for feeling more burned out than ever are: poor work-life balance, fear of job-security, and an unmanageable workload. This pandemic has brought on unexpected stress, fear, and additional work for many industries, and employees are feeling the pressure. Burnout has risen by 12% due to COVID-19 in just three months, according to blind's report, The State of Burnout 2020. So, if you are one of the many employees suffering from burnout, what can you do? The answer isn’t simple, and there’s no cure-all, but there are steps you can take which will at least help. But, not trying to improve the situation at all can have serious consequences for your career. We do not know how much longer this pandemic will disrupt our lives, so don’t wait for [...]
5 Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier in my Career 1. Everyone you meet could open a door for you someday. Throughout my career, doors were opened or blocked because of people I’d met along the way. You’d be surprised how small your industry really is—and how far word travels. Decisions I made, the attitude I projected, and the work ethic I exhibited at a part time job in my teens affected my career 15+ years later. It’s amazing how many people’s paths I have crossed multiple times in my career, at different companies, and even in different industries. I have received recommendations from people I hadn’t worked with in over a decade. Every single person you meet has the potential to open doors for you in the near future or distant. Be careful to never burn a bridge. 2. Don’t be afraid to speak up or standout. Contrary to many people’s instincts, don’t be [...]
Considering a Career Move During the Pandemic? It can feel a little scary to consider a career move during the pandemic. Planning ahead for a career move during such times of uncertainty may feel a bit overwhelming. But, that doesn’t mean you should put your career aspirations on hold. In fact, these turbulent times may be just the right change to start fresh. Here are some key principles to keep you focused on your career goals, even during uncertain times. Develop new skills In order to reinvent your career, you will need to develop new and marketable skills. There are many options for online learnings, and courses you can take during the pandemic. Use the extra time you have now to learn new skills. It’s a good idea to pursue a variety of skills, and in the process you may uncover a new passion or interest. The more vast your skills and experience, the greater [...]
The #1 Soft Skill Employers are Looking for Right Now According to Udemy’s 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report, a growth mindset is the number one soft skill employers look for right now. As we all know, this year has brought on many unique and unexpected challenges in the workplace. Employees need to be growth-minded and adaptable in order to survive this tumultuous time in the workforce. Soft skills like being adaptable to change, a desire to learn, and possessing a sincere interest in career development are invaluable skills right now. These all fall under the soft skill of "having a growth mindset." Why is a growth mindset more important than ever in 2020? The future workforce needs to learn new skills and be adaptable to change to survive this pandemic. We are in unprecedented times which is completely mixing up the way we do business. Employees who cannot adapt to change, or lose their wits [...]
3 Reasons You Should Leave Your Resume to the Experts Just like any other service, you are going to get better results and save time and headaches by hiring a professional. Sure, you could try to fix that plumbing issue on your own, or attempt a DIY a home remodel, but unless it’s your skillset, you may end up disappointed with the results and waste precious time, energy, and resources. If you hire a professional, you will end up with a much more satisfactory finished product. In fact, if you hire us at Platinum Resumes, we are so confident in the results that we guarantee your satisfaction. 1. Job Searching is time consuming and stressful enough already. You have to pick out your outfits, get your suit or dress dry cleaned, get your hair styled, practice interview questions, search and apply for jobs, attend networking events, and so much more. This is all time consuming [...]
How to Explain Employment Gaps as a Result of COVID-19 Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 many great employees have encountered loss of employment. Some people maintain a false line of thought that it looks bad to be let go of a job, and that no one would believe that an employer would let go of an outstanding employee. However, that’s simply not true. During the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands have lost their jobs as a direct result of closure requirements, budget cuts, etc. With the unemployment rate at ~8% in September 2020, it’s apparent that the caliber of employees were not taken into consideration when layoffs hit due to the global pandemic. This unemployment gap is not a blot on your resume, so don’t be discouraged. Here are some ways to help you explain an employment gap due to COVID-19. Be Honest First and foremost, it’s very important to be honest about your career gap right off [...]
Job-hunting amidst COVID-19 can be a bit tricky, as we all adapt to our "new normal," way of doing things. Here are some practical tips to help you navigate this unique experience of job hunting during a pandemic. Polish Your Resume A polished resume with a stand-out format will be sure to grab attention and get you the interviews you deserve. It's more important now than ever to have a well written and updated format to showcase your skills electronically. Since you may never actually meet the interviewer in person during COVID-19, your resume is your best tool to leave a good impression. Prepare for a Remote Interview The remote interviewing is new for most of us. But, if you do it well, you will be leaps ahead of your competition, since many people are uncomfortable with this kind of interview. When you are interviewing, be sure to look into the camera, this is equal [...]
What Does Your Resume Reflect About You? During a job search, first impressions are everything. Your resume is your first (and hopefully not only) chance to represent yourself to a potential employer. A well written resume should reflect your drive, your ambition, your experience, your accomplishments, your areas of expertise, your education, and your ambition. The last thing you want is your resume to be the equivalent of a cardboard, “Will Work for Food” sign. Whether you are an entry-level candidate, an executive, or anywhere in between–you need a well written resume to land a job. Our experienced and certified resume writers will make sure you’re accurately represented on your resume. We are here to make sure your resume conveys the value you have to offer—not just that you’re searching for employment. Think of your resume as your personal marketing too. It speaks volumes about you to recruiters and future employers. It is daunting to [...]