Preparing Yourself for the Future: Why Getting Your Resume Done Now Matters

We get it: you may not be in the market yet for a job. Maybe you already have a job. Or maybe you’re still in college, and you’re focused on your studies. So the last thing you think of is making sure your resume is prepared. In a way, you might even hope your resume will prepare itself somehow.

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesYour Resume Has to Be Excellently Crafted, Not Just “Written Down”

Your resume is a selling tool – Simply a list of your skills and job duties. It’s a profile of your entire professional career from the ground up – not simple paragraphs or bullets stating what you want in a job, what you’ve done before, and/or the degree or certificate stating that you’re qualified. Your resume is your future, not your past.

Still, there’s the always-present question: why do people always seem to “wait until the last minute” to get their documents prepared when that job opportunity does present itself?

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesA Resume Is Not an “Application”

We’ve all done it before: we walk into a store or establishment, and they have their readymade applications with all the lines. You fill it out with everything:

 

  • Contact Information
  • Education
  • Work History

 

It’s fairly cut and dry, easy, clean, mechanical. Those employers look for the basic information, clear-cut references that show you are indeed a normal human being and not an automaton.

You can actually fill out these applications in minutes if necessary. As long as you have all the information memorized or readily available, filling out an application is a snap!

But a resume is not an “application.” A resume rolls all that information up and packages it with the statement that you’re not only “qualified” but also esteemed in your field. You’re at the top of the list.

You better be, given many employers receive anywhere between 50 to 100 “applications” (or even more) every month. Sometimes it’s nothing more than a crapshoot when these employers pick out possible candidates based off the applications.

But when you’re dealing with resumes, it’s a competition. And you have to stand out.

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesYou Won’t Stand Out, If You’re Scrambling to Get Your Resume Ready at the Last Minute!

A sharp resume doesn’t pour out of your word processor, for sure. We here at Vertical Media Solutions won’t produce a quality resume overnight either. We focus on superior quality to achieve satisfaction.

It takes research, development, and poignant creativity. That’s why resume writing is a detailed craft. In a way, it’s almost an art form.

Think about it: top-notch employers offering the best jobs will simply glean over the cookie-cutter copied documents, the ones that look so similar with all the trite and overused language they’re so used to seeing –

 

  • “Objectives”
  • “References”
  • “Fast Learner”
  • “Motivated”

 

There are a million other keywords. Every run-of-the-mill resume has them. How would an employer find the very best candidate?

The resumes that clearly show value, of course. And the ones that stand out take intense preparation.

Prepare Yourself Ahead of Time

 

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesWe’re heading up to a new year. New opportunities will become available – whether you’re currently in a job and looking for an update to transition toward a higher pay and benefits, or you’re still in college waiting to finish your degree. It doesn’t matter:

You want to be prepared for when opportunity shows up. Because if you’re not, the most prepared candidate won’t be you. It will be someone else.

Don’t kick yourself, instead contact the professionals at Vertical Media Solutions at 616-631-4300. Be sure to check us out at http://vmsolu.com as well. Get prepared.

The 1-Page Resume Myth

We’ve seen it for generations and generations inside the classroom and even in the household, the old adage stating that more than one page for a resume is a cardinal sin. Less is more. More is evil.

Well, times change….

You and Your Resume Must Change as Well

The job market isn’t a static entity. Trends occur. And in all honesty, this particular trend is simply based on a myth that’s been followed for decades: the idea that your resume has to be no more than a page long.

Not so. It’s the other way around: more is, well, better!

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesA “Tighter” Resume Does, Make Sense

Don’t get me wrong, though. The concept of making your resume ‘shorter’ is founded by natural and understandable principles. The fear is this: that your resume ends up being so long that hiring managers get really bored reading it!

It’s common sense, numbers, statistics here. It’s easier reading a batch of 1-page resumes than it is reading a batch of 2- to 3-page resumes. Time management is obviously crucial here, so chances are the hiring managers will try to breeze over the novel-length resumes and focus on the 1-pagers more often.

Still, here’s the bottom line:

It’s the Most Prepared Candidate That Will Land the Job

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesPrior wisdom would state that it’s the most “qualified.” That, unfortunately, isn’t always the case. Plenty of top-of-the-line candidates miss out on the jobs, because the higher-ups don’t see the value. Why? Because that value isn’t communicated correctly in the resume!

More importantly, though, when you think about it, you’re “selling yourself” with your resume. So why not go the extra mile? Don’t be afraid of going past one page on your resume.

And here’s how:

Sell That Hiring Manager on the First Page of Your Resume

That way, the rest of your content is just gravy to pour on! The more experience, the better – but you’re also targeting your best quality and experience right on the first page.

Put it this way – if you had a 2-page resume and a 1-page resume, and both first pages had equally impressive content, which resume may you probably lean toward? You wouldn’t know unless you read the rest of that 2-pager, right?

So you read the rest, and you find that the candidate has even more experience than the other candidate. Well, then I guess the decision’s obvious! In this case, the more ended up being better.

Maybe You Don’t Have a Lot of Content on Your Resume….

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesUnderstandable. So thinking you need to fill in more of the white space may be wise, but let’s face it: hiring managers can smell the tricks and tactics, and they don’t fall for it.

The concept is to glean from the work experience, that you possess all the transferable skills, and list them with details on how those accomplishments will benefit the company.

Once you’re done writing it all out on your resume, chances are you’ll probably be into the second page anyway!

Sell Them on the First Page, Seal the Deal on the Second

Your advantage begins with a professional resume and cover letter. Call Vertical Media Solutions today: 616-631-4300 or 517-308-0800

 

 

Join us in congratulating Pierre Roustan, for achieving industry recognition!

Our very own Pierre Roustan, is a published author, and will be interviewed by Webb Weaver books on December 19th at 10am. Please join us in congratulating him, for achieving industry recognition.

On December 19th, click the link below to listen or participate.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks/2012/12/19/webbweaver-books-proudly-presents-pierre-roustan

Would You Like to Win a Professional Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Prep Session?

You may have already read something about the Pay-It-Forward Reward that Vertical Media Solutions introduced a few weeks back. The concept is simple; gift your friends, family, and loved ones with a professional resume and cover letter this year. Imagine what a new career opportunity would do for someone you care about.

Why am I bringing it up again? Pretty simple, really.

We understand that the holidays are coming up and we want to give back to our community whenever we can. We’re in the business of creating professional resumes and cover letters that attract hiring managers. If you want to learn more about our superior reputation, Google us.

That’s Why We’re Offering Our Own Pay It Forward Reward

Indeed, Vertical Media Solutions will be giving a gift to someone. But not just any gift. More like a package of gifts.

This December, someone will receive not a cover letter, not a resume, not an interview preparation session – but all three services for free.

Yes, a fortunate professional out there will receive a cover letter, resume and a 30-minute interview coaching session, on us. In a nutshell, our own Pay-It-Forward Reward. You’re looking at a $400 value.

For free.

How Do I Sign Up For This?

Call it a contest if you want, call it a ‘drawing’ if you will. Just send a copy of your existing resume to: gift@vmsolu.com

That’s all you need to do.

We want to see what you’re all about. On Christmas Day, we’ll announce the “winner,” and that winner will receive a free updated cover letter, resume and interview preparation service.

Vertical Media Solutions is located in Michigan

We care about our community. We care about our local job market. Your advantage begins with a professional resume and cover letter.

So go ahead and send us your resume to this address: gift@vmsolu.com

Find out who wins this all-inclusive gift, on Christmas day. Take a look at our website for more information about Vertical Media Solutions.

 

 

If you have additional questions, feel free to call our office directly: 616-631-4300

 

Judging a Book by Its Cover (Letter)

The first thing people see usually will be the dealmaker or breaker of any prospective product or service, hands down. Think about it. Peruse through the shelves of a bookstore and know that 99 times out of 100 you’ll buy a book based off what you see on the cover – and you won’t even have to know what the book is about (or even care about who the author is).

 

Why is that? We’re visual creatures. We make our decisions based on what we see initially.

 

So What Does That Tell You About the Job Market?

 

First impressions are crucial. I’d dare to say that they’re paramount, meaning if you don’t have the first impression down pat, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have, how decorated your resume really is, or how many connections you have.

 

If the employer ends up not liking you somehow, you’re out of the running, plain and simple.

 

Because, again, people often make their decisions by what they initially see.

 

The Importance of the Cover Letter

 

 

That makes the “cover letter” probably the most important document you can present for a job opening and interview. It’s the lead-in to getting an employer interested in you. It’s your main selling piece. The resume simply seals the deal already designed by your cover letter.

 

That’s why you see Vertical Media Solutions offering just the cover letter as part of their portfolio of valuable products.

 

Maybe you already have a well-written resume: good for you! But that cover letter can be a stretch…. It’s a creative document, basically. It’s a creative selling piece. Sometimes those are hard to craft.

 

You won’t find a list of dates, a list of employers, or a list of schools you’ve attended. It’s not an outline. While a resume expertly lists every feature of your work experience neatly for the employer to read, a cover letter details the benefits offered if hired.

 

How can an employer resist? It’s the cover letter that encourages an employer to even want to read that resume. So, in a nutshell, you have to make sure it’s as professionally polished as possible.

 

The Challenge

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume services

As I already mentioned: those cover letters can be hard to craft. But with Vertical Media Solutions there to guide you, no cover letter is beyond your reach

 

Ask your professional resume writer to craft your customized cover letter for $99. That’s it.

 

For more information about Vertical Media Solutions, check us out at http://vmsolu.com and see what else we have to offer. You may also speak with us directly by calling: 616-631-4300 or 517-308-0800

Vertical Media Solutions Initiates the “Pay-It-Forward” Reward Program

Vertical Media Solutions begins a new service where existing or past clients can purchase a resume, or cover letter, or interview preparation – or any combination of services – for a friend or family member.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) - Nov 19, 2012 -
In the spirit of the holidays, the premier source of professional resume writing services in Michigan, Vertical Media Solutions, has opened doors to a new way of delivering services to those seeking help in the job market: the “Pay It Forward” reward. It is a gift certificate any current or past client can purchase and then “gift” to someone else in need of an updated resume and cover letter, or even curriculum vitae.

Effectively starting a trend, Vertical Media Solutions has tapped into a crucial way to reach job applicants on a wide scale by essentially “getting everyone involved” to provide the very best in a cover letter and resume, enhancing the job market and paving the way toward success in the economy in the long run.

This initiative will include a graphically designed certificate with a purchase number documented on a database to show that it is a “Pay It Forward” reward. When this reward is then gifted to someone else, the individual only then has to contact Vertical Media Solutions and present the reward with the purchase number listed. From there, Vertical Media Solutions starts work on the project as a gift to the individual, free of charge.

It is considered a reward, or “gift,” specifically because Vertical Media Solutions will also provide a free service along with that reward. In essence, the purchaser does save money by purchasing something as a “reward.” For instance, some Pay it Forward rewards may offer this: a resume with free cover letter, or a resume and cover letter with free social media preparation.

In that way, not only is the purchaser “paying it forward,” but Vertical Media Solutions is as well. In the end, the receiver of the gift wins by not having to pay anything for the services that are provided in the reward.

This is, however, most definitely not just about the holidays; it may be a year-round initiative, allowing Vertical Media Solutions and the company’s clients to continually provide value added services to prospects.

You can check out Vertical Media Solutions to learn more about what they offer at http://vmsolu.com and read their blog at http://vmsolu.net. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

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Pay It Forward in the Job Market!

We need a little bit of a “pay it forward” mentality in this job-seeking arena. Demand can sometimes be high. But the supply? Competitive! Employers aren’t simply looking for candidates to fill a position….

They’re Looking For Value

They’re looking for dependability. They’re not just looking for someone who can do the job; they’re looking for someone who can do it well, better than the rest.

Why? Jobs are precious and job openings are few these days! If employers are going to hire, they’re going to want to see a clear and sure bet in a candidate’s cover letter and resume, presenting true value. Period.

So it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of competition out there. In fact, the more candidates, the more difficult the choice. Employers will be very specific about who they hire. That makes the all-important cover letter and resume even more crucial. And you know what?

You May Have Already Nailed It With a Resume Project From Vertical Media Solutions

You know the value there. We know the job market. We know what employers look for.

That’s why you hired us. And the value’s still there, pushing you to the top of the market and making it known that you’re a hot commodity in your specialized industry. In a nutshell, your resume project is the “gift that keeps on giving”!

Again, though, this doesn’t change the competitiveness of the job market. People out there are still fighting for a chance to be seen by the next big employer. And chances these days are far too slim – unless they’ve got the advantage in a well-crafted cover letter and resume!

That’s Why You Can Pay It Forward Today

With Vertical Media Solutions, you can make it happen for someone. I am sure you know someone – a family member, a friend, or even a laid-off coworker – in need of services to, in simple words, get them up on the horse.

When a loved one loses his or her job, it almost makes you feel like you’ve lost your own job. Consider what happens when your dad walks in the house, looking terrible. Why does he look terrible? He just found out he’s now out of work.

It’s a sad time. And the competitive job market doesn’t make it any easier.

But you can help to change that now.

The Pay It Forward Reward

Vertical Media Solutions is going to make a big difference this holiday season. We know how important it is to spread the word – to let all know that everyone still has value, that everybody can still get a job out there.

So maybe you’ve purchased a resume project from us, and it’s revolutionized your credentials to the point where any employer can’t turn away: do you know someone else who needs help?

A loved one? Maybe your spouse?

I mentioned a “gift that keeps on giving.” Well, I tell you, the next best thing on Christmas to getting that new job (which, let’s be honest here, would be one of the best Christmas presents in the world) is getting an updated cover letter and resume designed to land that new job to take care of the family, put food on the table, pay the bills, take family vacations.

So give the gift that keeps on giving. Purchase a Pay It Forward Reward for a loved one who needs to believe that there’s an advantage out there when looking for a job.

What is the Pay It Forward Reward? It’s essentially a “gift certificate.” You’re giving someone else a chance to receive the reward you are fortunate to own in a dynamite cover letter and custom resume crafted by the professionals at Vertical Media Solutions.

Simply say…. “Pay It Forward” when you speak with us. Lend a hand and help. We’ll do the rest. The person you’re rewarding by paying it forward can contact us at any time with their Reward. It will have a special code and referral directing us to the original purchase details, and we can go right to work.

That’s Our Promise. That’s Our Code of Conduct.

We here at Vertical Media Solutions are in the business of helping the job seeker rise to the top of the employment market. We want to help as many people find their dream job with the tremendous resource of an expertly written cover letter and resume.

There’s not one professional out there who doesn’t need one. In this job market, it’s crucial.

So start today. Give us a call again – and give the gift that keeps on giving! Together let’s help a loved one achieve what you have achieved with the help of an expertly crafted cover letter and resume: the dream job of a lifetime.

To learn more about our Pay-It-Forward Reward, contact our office: 616-631-4300 or 517-308-0800