So You Have a Professionally Crafted Resume…. Now What?

 

How about LinkedIn? The sky’s the limit these days with the advent of technology and cyberspace. In the dark ages, it was nice to walk into a company with your snazzy cover letter and resume in hand, and that was it.

Check out the present: it’s about competition, virility, and how to generate the most visibility for your cover letter and resume. You have many options to choose from, make the most out of them all.

 

This Is a Big Reason Why You Could Utilize a Little Something Called “LinkedIn”

Sure, you know what LinkedIn is. But dig deeper here. Yes, it’s a “social media platform,” but it’s so much more. All it takes is learning about what it can do for you and your expertly crafted cover letter and resume: that’s why I’m here, to educate.

You’ll notice that LinkedIn, to some respect, is an adult version of Facebook. You don’t just need it to find a job here and there. It’s a way to establish corporate connections and produce increased visibility.

What does that mean? So you’ve got your resume…. Now what? Where do you find the jobs? How do you find the jobs? How do the jobs find you?

You use LinkedIn. And that’s just one of the resources available to put your cover letter and resume, out there to market yourself as a brand for successful and professional employment.

 

How Does LinkedIn Benefit A Candidate?

Here’s the simple key to it all: it’s a social media platform. You’re not just putting your cover letter, resume, or curriculum vitae online through your LinkedIn profile; you’re providing crucial background information to every, and any, company out there looking to fill that critical position.

You’re marketing yourself.

You do that by distributing your successful history, gaining recommendations, endorsing others and then getting endorsed yourself for the skills you possess. It becomes an asset typically used to add depth to your cover letter, application, or even the resume.

People can search for more about what you represent, and they can also keep tabs on you through a blog feed you’ve implemented on your profile.

It’s an interview tool. Prospective employers may ask about your social media presence? Mention “LinkedIn,” and you’ve scored a major touchdown.

Know your profile URL, network with it, and spread it to the four corners of the earth. Your cover letter and resume brought you through the door; now sell yourself with all your resources, one of them being LinkedIn.

Do a search on LinkedIn, and you’ll find there are diverse groups tailored to fields, industries, types of professionals, and then become active in those groups. The more you network, the more corporate hiring managers end up seeing your cover letter and resume. The more visibility you achieve, the more likely one of them may ask you for a copy of your resume or even invite you for an interview.

It’s worth it.

 

Your Professional Resume Deserves to Be Seen!

Career sites like CareerMatrix know this mantra. You find the jobs; now market your qualifications on something like LinkedIn. At very least, you will be more in tune with market trends and make a new contact or two. And the best part? It’s not the only resource out there.

There’s a wealth of opportunities available that aren’t even posted on the job boards. Learn how to market yourself as the professional you know you are.

Want to know more? Tap into knowledge and experience of Michigan’s highest rated professional resume writing firm. At Vertical Media Solutions, we put our heads together to get your foot in the door

Pierre Roustan – Professional Resume Writer with Vertical Media Solutions

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The keys to a Stellar Job Interview

The Keys to a Stellar Job Interview 

Okay, so you’ve got your killer cover letter and resume. Now what? There’s the terrifying prospect of what’s called the interview…. Oh, dear. You know the feeling….

Palms are sweaty, your heart’s beating faster than a bass drum, and you’re about to pass out. This is the moment defining your professional future: when you’re face to face with a prospective employer deciding right then and there if you’ll get the job or not. And it’s particularly terrifying especially when there’s maybe a dozen others doing the exact same thing – interviewing for the same job.

The Reality of the “Job Interview”

 Yes, job interviews are competitive. So, statistically, the chances of you getting picked out of the litter could be 1 out of 12, 1 out of 50, yikes maybe even 1 out of 100. Not very good odds.

But it’s the final step to getting through the door and landing that job. Think of it as the lottery. You get the winning number, you win a million dollars. What are the chances? Slim.

Good news, though – there are ways to nail your job interview to the wall, solidifying your chances of landing that job with the employer above everyone else. Even if the competition may have more ‘experience’ and more ‘credentials’ than you do, your killer resume could stand an even better chance if you present it well during that interview.

Just follow these advanced tips:

Tip 1: Be Proactive and Ask Them Some Questions

 I call these “advanced” tips, because everyone knows about the whole ‘not lying on your resume’ thing and always sending a ‘thank-you note’ advice, not to mention making eye contact and not swiveling around in your chair.

Those are obvious givens!

These are tips that, in all honesty, take real practice. Training, if you will. I tell you, there should be a college class in interviewing. Our job market would work out a whole lot better.

But I can help out a little bit, starting with this particular tip: asking questions.

What does that mean?

No, don’t simply ask about pay, benefits, and other details of the job (although those questions are important to ask). Rather, when I talk about ‘asking questions’ during the interview, I mean specifically asking the prospective employer about any concerns the employer may have about hiring you. In other words, you’re trying to cover all your bases.

Why should this employer hire you? Better yet, why wouldn’t the employer hire you? Ask! There’s no reason why the employer wouldn’t answer honestly, so simply ask. Be proactive and cover any issues the employer may already have right at the end of the interview. This solidifies you as a choice when you’re already addressing such issues, whatever they may be.

That way, not only do you deliver results, you’re able to fix any problem. And employers love that.

Tip 2: Ask for Some Homework

So this is why school was so relevant when you were eight years old! Homework does make a difference!

All joking aside, when I say “homework” during a job interview, I simply mean “proving yourself to the employer.” Can you do the job? It’s one thing to present yourself well during the interview. But can you truly perform? Can you measure up to what the employer wants?

You instill great confidence in that employer if you actively ask for a trial project of some kind, a test, if you will. Homework. Close to the end of the interview, go ahead and ask if there’s something the employer needs to figure out with the business, and offer to handle it on a trial basis, create a document, write a letter, set up a plan, anything. It, of course, depends on what the field is, whatever you’re applying for.

Imagine if you’d be the only job applicant actually asking for some kind of “homework” to do, proving your skills. I’d say you’d be at the top of the list.

And that goes right back to what we had always learned in grade school: showing is better than telling.

Tip 3: Do Your Own Research

Jokingly, I’d say be a stalker! Within reason, of course.

What I mean by that is even before you get into the interview, research on Google, on Klout, on LinkedIn, anywhere, about the company, the employer, even the other employees. Find out as much as you can about the business, so you’re prepared not only for any question the employer asks during the interview, but so you can ask some pretty deep questions yourself.

Nothing can charm a prospective employer than when it sounds like you’re interviewing them. You’re almost doting on these employers by how much you know of them and the employees and even the janitor.

It sends a message that you always like to be in the know. You like to stay on top of things. And for many businesses, being on top is crucial.

That Is, of Course, What You Want

You want to be on top. These three tips can help you nail that job interview. Keep in touch here, though; because there are a lot more advanced tips out there to make you a job interview specialist.

Until then, though, tap into these three tips and see where it gets you. All you need to do is get your foot in the door. One right word. Even one right gesture during that interview can make or break the day and get you your first paycheck or send you out the door with nothing.

So be sure to worship this one timeless piece of advice when handling job interviews: practice makes perfect.

Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix Join to Provide Comprehensive Tools for Job Seekers.

Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix.com Join to Provide Comprehensive Tools for Job Seekers

There are two cornerstones to a successful job market: career opportunities and a polished cover letter and resume. Hence the reason for Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix.com joining forces.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume services
Job opportunities | West Michigan

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 03, 2012 - These two companies are partnering together to not only provide jobs to workers all over western Michigan, but to provide those workers with the tools to land those high-profile jobs with success.

Vertical Media Solutions, a division of the well-established recruiting firm The Stephen J. Group, specializes in professional cover letters, resume writing and interview preparation services for many years now.

Likewise, CareerMatrix.com – western Michigan’s premier source of internet employment resources  – touches on a very similar aspect of the job market: career opportunities. With their quality content and aggregate technology focused on the local region, they have the ability to assist any professional in finding prospective employment.

With these two companies working together, opportunities don’t just stay ‘opportunities’ – rather, the opportunities transfigure into major success for the Michigan economy as potential candidates find the jobs and then interview for them successfully.

In addition, both companies benefit as well – Vertical Media Solutions will gain visibility to well over 20,000 candidates who may be interested in having their resume professionally crafted. CareerMatrix.com, while local, will enjoy the benefit of current national job market intelligence to ensure that the best consultation is provided, solidifying the reality that any possible job opportunity CareerMatrix.com provides will not end up lost, but found by the right potential employee.

This can be tremendously good news for the entire prospective western Michigan workforce, as the state is currently in flux with a slow recovery. With these quality resources together – Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix.com – provides the possible solution for enhancing job opportunities or corporate training and skill.

This is specifically the case when considering the job market. It is in a relatively slow recovery with corporations generally looking for value in potential hires rather than simply filling a position. Without the correct resources or education on how to present oneself during an interview or the professional crafting of a quality resume or cover letter, it’s not always the most qualified candidate that gets chosen for the job. Hiring managers don’t end up easily identifying the value in the candidate’s background; instead they see carbon copy resumes without any unique quality.

In other words, CareerMatrix.com no doubt makes sure the door is open for any candidate to stick a foot in; and Vertical Media Solutions ensures that those candidates walk through that door successfully.

You can check out the services for Vertical Media Solutions at their web site, www.vmsolu.com. For a listing of jobs in any field of work for the entire region of western Michigan, take a look at www.CareerMatrix.com. The partnership will continue with that mutual benefit, as well as the obvious benefit to workers in the state, for as long as people continue looking for jobs.