Have you been feeling your age lately? When trying to compete in today’s job market, do you feel out of place and behind the curve because of your age? Although being a middle-aged job candidate may bring certain challenges that a twenty-something knows nothing about, there are also advantages to have more experience under your belt, both in your career and in life in general.
Some hiring managers do prefer to stick to a younger demographic when it comes to finding the right team of employees. Maybe they think that a younger individual means a better understanding of today’s technology or a keener awareness of what is new and hip in their particular field of study. Others, though, see that age is beauty and think that maybe Ralph Waldo Emerson once said it best. “The years teach much what the days never knew.”
When you graduate from college or grad school and delve into your career, you begin a journey that often quickly turns into a chaotic schedule of balancing work and home. You start your days earlier than you would prefer and end up burning the midnight oil much more often than you desire. Perhaps you have deeply enjoyed your work over the last one or two decades of your life, but days have turned into years far too quickly. Do you feel like you have a wisdom and sharp skill set to show for it?
Emerson said it well when he propositioned that what we fill our days with doing and learning becomes what we know, that what we hold dear is seen in what we immerse ourselves in week after week. If you find yourself in a slump when it comes to your current job search and are blaming your age on your lack of opportunities, then maybe you are going about things the wrong way. There is a certain finesse necessary to apply for jobs and network in certain circles when you are far advanced in age compared to the greater majority.
Our team at Platinum Resumes is proud to say that we have developed quite an expertise in using that certain finesse to help our clients create a personal brand that showcases their age in a positive way rather than hiding behind it. We have studied the job market closely year after year, trend after trend, and we know what to say and how to say it when it comes to writing a resume that speaks to your greatest assets and strengths. If you allow us the privilege of sitting down with you and hearing about your story, we are confident that we can help you in creating a resume and online presence that will make you a powerhouse of a job candidate. Call us today at 816.986.0909 to learn more about how our career services can benefit your future!
Have you ever sat in a coffee shop or chill restaurant for any length of time? There is something about that atmosphere that drives your creativity and allows you to unwind and focus on a different level than you can at home. Even though there might be some noise about you from lively conversations going on at different tables, it is more of a gentle hum than a distraction, and this setting can be very conducive to productivity if you allow it to be.
These places and the conversations spent over a basic cup of coffee can actually fuel your job search in remarkable ways. Have you recently stopped to think about what is holding you back? Why your job search seems stagnant, or holes in your overall package remain despite your best efforts? Oftentimes the answers to these questions center around just two things, networking and perspective. These two simple yet complex pieces of the job search puzzle can make or break you. By their presence, they can enhance your experience and the joy that you find in seeking a new job. However, if they are absent from what you are doing to secure a better career, then you are likely to be miserable and wandering without focus.
When you have your eye on a better job and more fulfilling career, then you don’t have any time to waste on wandering. You need to be honed in on exactly what you want and exactly what you have to offer this potential hiring manager. Through quality conversation with friends and current or former colleagues, you are able to gain a clearer picture of exactly who you are as an employee and all that your former experience can bring to the table.
By sitting and thinking through your resume alone, you are crippling yourself by narrowing down your perspective to only the inside view. It’s important to have examples to provide for each of your skill sets, times in which you exemplified these characteristics for the benefit of the company and your coworkers. Hearing about your skill set and career accolades from those who were working alongside you enables you to glean from their perspective and create an accurate portrayal of all that you can offer as a potential employee.
Maybe you already have a list of your top skills and achievements. That is a great place to start. But grab a coffee and a friend, and see if he or she can solidify what you have. By reaching out to your people in a relaxed environment and staying connected, you are strengthening your network and fueling your job opportunities in ways that you can’t even imagine!
If you are looking for a new job, then you are most likely stepping back to take a closer look at yourself than you have in a long time. You have been so immersed in your life and in your work that you haven’t noticed how rusty you have become in your particular field of interest. Maybe you haven’t changed that much through the years, but the world and job culture around you is changing by the day! And when was the last time you checked in to see just how heightened your awareness is regarding such changes?
In order to be considered for that ultimate dream job that you have in mind, then you have to build your brand and be as relevant and on-target as possible. The job description that you were hired to fulfill ten years ago will, most likely, look drastically different in today’s terms of employment. Even though your occupation hasn’t changed in the overall sense of the word, the details and technicalities that define your daily tasks and expectations are extremely different.
A nurse is still a nurse. A teacher still teaches. A marketing director still advertises and oversees other employees. However, the way in which we go about our craft has been affected by technological advances, changes in hierarchy, global competition, and so forth. Therefore, the job that you think that you are about to apply for may actually look very different than what you have in mind.
So, how are you to be sure that you are ready to take on such a challenge? Ready to present yourself as the best possible candidate for this potential job? The answer lies in staying relevant. Reading the latest research articles and books. Catching up on blogs that have been directed specifically toward your area of interest. Videos and other relevant resources that will guide you in understanding what has changed about your particular specialization and what remains the same.
For some, there are minor tweaks that need to be made here and there to catch you up to speed. For others, there are pretty significant learning curves that need to be met if you are going to be considered as a top notch candidate for the position at hand. Either way, there is no time to waste in discovering what’s new with your career field and digging into a deeper knowledge of the current trends!
There are many job seekers out there who have never heard of a Certified Professional Resume Writer. If you are currently hunting for a new job, you probably know that there are professional services out there that can help you with perfecting your resume and sharpening your interview skills. Many, however, do not know that there are certain individuals who have been through specialized training just to be able to better support you and your resume efforts.
Our team of Certified Professional Resume Writers, or CPRWs, have been through a process of certification that adds a depth of credibility to the world of resume writing. Now, sure, anyone who possesses a keen eye and has a talent for grammar can edit and tweak a resume. It is possible to find a friend or neighbor who can help you improve upon the basic document that you’ve written up yourself. However, if you have your eyes set on a dream job at a highly sought after company, then mediocre efforts will not do.
You do not need to merely get by with a decent resume, but you need to advance yourself to the top of the stack of interest by submitting a resume that has been formatted and written by a professional. If you choose to have a CPRW working for you, that means that you are utilizing a strategic career tool that will guarantee better results than you would have had on your own. Our influence upon your job application and potential interview experience will bring a greater depth to which your talents are articulated and your career history is displayed.
We know that hiring a CPRW will be worth the time and money spent on going with the Platinum Resumes team. Call us today to learn more about how quickly and easily we can get the ball rolling with your current job search!
Many job seekers are under the false pretense that their age old resume is ready for use. They think that, since they successfully landed a job five years ago, the same resume should suffice today. However, the job culture is ever changing, and the skills and accomplishments that you have gained in your current job should be added to the resume.
The best plan of attack is to uncover the bare bones of your resume and build on that existing foundation. Our team of resume writing experts at Platinum Resumes specializes in taking where you’ve been and better preparing you for where you are going. We know that you put hard work and time into your resume in the past, and we want to honor those efforts.
Our strategy involves unpacking your skill set, your accolades, and your future ambitions. We help you determine which elements of your career history speak well to your strengths and which elements need to be dropped altogether. We implement your bare bones into our unique, custom resume format which is guaranteed to draw the attention of potential employers and push your resume to the top of the stack.
Many job seekers may hesitate to seek professional advice when it comes to their resume because they think it’s already pretty grand. However, if you are looking at climbing the ladder and dreaming of an awesome job at the company of your choice, then you have to work for that slot. You need to stand out from other candidates in a powerful way, and a polished resume is the best way to set yourself apart.
Give us a call today at 816.986.0909 to learn more about how your existing resume can be magically enhanced to bring you the job of your dreams!
The month of love is currently upon us. Valentine’s Day advertisements are swarming us from all angles, and we are feeling the pressure to plan the perfect gift or night out with our special someone. With all of the romantic notions in the air, do you ever stop to consider all of the loves in your life? Aside from your favorite people, what else have you fallen in love with throughout your lifetime?
For many, this question takes some time to ponder, and your job does not rank very high on the list. Maybe your career has not been anything but a means of making ends meet and surviving the work week without punching your coworkers in the face. However, imagine what it would feel like to love what you do! To look forward to your work each day and truly enjoy each project and opportunity to utilize your talents.
It’s finally time to fall in love with that which takes up the majority of your time and energy each and every week. Instead of merely existing and struggling along, you can get excited about your job and take on its many challenges with an eager readiness rather than the usual reluctance.
If such an idea seems impossible to you, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate your work and consider changing jobs altogether. For some, the lack of love stems only from a bad attitude that needs to be improved upon. For others, the dissatisfaction with work goes deeper and major change needs to occur. It is in these latter set of circumstances that our work at Platinum Resumes comes into play.
Our team of resume writers and job coaches has seen a lot of unhappy job seekers come through our doors, and we desire to help our clients find a job that will become one of the loves of their life. We know how hard it can be to saunter along down a path that seems endless and pointless and that true efficiency and creativity can be reached when you have found a job that is fulfilling. Falling madly in love with your work is not necessarily something that happens overnight, however, and there must be hard work put in on the front end so that you ensure that you are chasing after a job that is truly worth the effort.
Give us a call today at 816.986.0909 to learn more about how to add more love to your life!
An intense job search is not for the weak of heart. It takes a lot of guts and stamina to cycle through the ups and downs of seeking to find the job of your dreams. You can sometimes put in hours of effort and never see the fruits of your labor, whereas other times you are able to advance through to the next phase of consideration because of all of your hard work.
It is at that point that most people think that the tough part is behind them. They have spent weeks, or even months, scouring through the newest job openings and submitting resume after resume. Finally, the phone call or email has come through announcing that your work has paid off and an interview is on the calendar! Now you can take it easy, right?
Wrong. If you want to step up as a serious contender for this dream job, then the answer is most definitely not found in taking a breather. Rather, now is the time to sharpen your skill set like never before because you now have the opportunity to bring your resume to life. What was written in text is now being put to the test as you prepare to sit before the hiring manager and reveal exactly why you will make the best candidate for this potential job.
The majority of clients that we see come through our doors at Platinum Resumes typically fall into one of two categories, either misguided in their approach or missing the point altogether. These job seekers either treat the upcoming job interview too nonchalantly, as though it’s not really that much of a deal maker or deal breaker. Or, alternatively, they think their interview strategies are pretty perfect considering the fact that they have several under their belt.
The truth is… interviews are tough to decipher and super important to prepare for in advance. Just “winging it” is never a good idea. You’ve got too much hard work on the line to let the interview slip up on you without thinking ahead and practicing your answers to various questions. Our team of experts at Platinum Resumes works with coaching our clients through such questions and instilling a sense of confidence that is vital in completing a successful interview. If you want your potential employer to believe that you are the best choice for this job, then you have to believe it first. You have to be prepared to discuss your strengths in addition to your weaknesses and provide multiple details regarding the career accolades that you boast of in your resume.
Give us a call today at 816.986.0909 to further discuss how you can put your best foot forward in your upcoming interview!
Have you spent your career only investing in yourself or investing in others? The answer to that question can sometimes become blaringly obvious when it comes to a colleague’s review of your career thus far. When a hiring manager is looking for clues about what you would be like as a potential employee, he or she wants to hear the good and the bad. Not only what sort of record numbers you produced for the company’s sales, but also what you were like around the coffee pot at break time. You see, your job search is only as strong as your weakest reference.
Therefore, when you’re putting together a list of references, you want to include those people that know you best and have had a clear vision of both your strengths and weaknesses. You don’t want to be dishonest and put on the front as though you are perfect. We all have our flaws. However, you want to select references that acknowledge that your strengths far outnumber the weaker areas and that you have seen plenty of growth throughout the years as an employee.
At Platinum Resumes, we recognize the important role that references play in the process of applying for a new job. You can boast a seamless resume and handle the toughest interview questions like a pro, but, if you don’t have anyone who can give a solid backup to the words you have claimed about yourself, then your efforts are in vain. We work with our clients to develop a references dossier that goes above and beyond the typical format. We help you to choose former colleagues and managers who have known you for a length of time and in various capacities.
The goal is for the hiring manager who is reviewing your file to see that you are as perfect of a candidate as you appear to be. Your references need to be able to speak about your talents, skills and abilities, and we will lay all of this info out in such a way that captures the attention of potential employers. Give us a call today at 816.986.0909 to get started in creating a references dossier that will make all the difference!
As you embark on this new year and the new job you hope to be interviewing for, there is a deep need to be set apart as a unique job candidate. You are no longer interested in settling for second best or offering your last ditch efforts in regards to building a resume and cover letter. If you wish to stand out among the competition, then you have to create an edge by developing customized documents that reveal your stellar character and define your strengths and accomplishments.
A standout cover letter helps set the mood for exactly what caliber of a job candidate you are, capturing your values as an employee and spelling out your skill set in an abbreviated fashion. After all, this is often the first piece of documentation that the hiring manager will see, so you want to whet their appetite toward learning more about you as a potential employee. You do not want to steal the thunder from the resume itself but put enough information out there to entice he or she to want to know more about you.
The key to creating a cover letter that truly stands out is to utilize a layout that is unlike the sleepy blocks of text that you typically see. At Platinum Resumes, we go beyond the standard look of most cover letters and develop a work of art that offers a descriptive yet concise representation of who you are as a potential employee. We know that a creative and customized approach to your job search efforts will give you the upper hand as you walk through the application process, and that you will be more likely to be called in for an interview if you have taken the time to provide custom work that reveals you to be an individual who is worth considering.
Call us today at 816.986.0909 to learn more about how we can help advance your job search!
If you’re anything like the rest of us, then you often meet yourself coming and going and find that there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all of the things on your to-do list. That time that you have set aside for catching up on emails and networking always seems to get taken up with another task instead. And, despite your best efforts, your resume will never be kept current if you never get around to actually working on it.
As is with everything at the start of a new year, we feel fresh and ready to set new goals for ourselves. We will save more rather than spend more. We will work harder and then play harder. We will be more attentive and more efficient. So, how can you add to that list of new goals by aiming to better your job search despite your busy calendar?
The answer lies in getting both organized and comfortable. Even though searching for a better job is considered hard work in many regards, it doesn’t have to be something to dread. The truth is, in fact, that you can perform a thorough job search without even leaving the comfort of your favorite pajamas!
Whether you’re a morning person or more of a night owl, simply set aside several hours of your upcoming day off and work through a series of procedures to keep your portfolio current. You’ll want to find an area of your home where you will be productive and gather the necessary supplies to allow you to keep focused for several hours of concentrated work, such as a snack, something to drink, your computer charger, etc.
Once you have settled into a comfy and efficient atmosphere, you can work through the various tasks at hand. Each task should require approximately 30 minutes of your time.
Browse for New Openings
…Rework Your Resume
……Revisit Your Favorite Job Listings
………Create a Cover Letter
…………Tweak Your Resume to a Best Fit for the Position at Hand
……………Send Your Work to a Colleague for Wisdom and Editing
………………Refresh Your LinkedIn Account with the Most Current Info
…………………Reach Out Loosely and Network within Existing Circles
If you work through this series of these steps roughly once a week, or whenever you have a free afternoon or morning off, then you will find that your job search efforts have been greatly improved, and at little inconvenience to you!