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.

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.

 

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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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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.

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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.

The importance of skill in a tough job market

The Importance of Skill in a Tough Job Market

We’ve all heard the complaints: the job market is impossible, none of the 50 jobs I applied for online returned a response, I can’t seem to land an interview.  There is no doubt that it is tough to land a job out there right now, but that fact can’t be used to automatically eliminate yourself from the competition.  Instead, focus on answering the question, what skills do I bring to the workplace?

You must be familiar with the set of skills you are selling. If not, you are among the hundred-some other applicants who also applied for that perfect job you were hoping to get. Today, there are many fields to get into, with many specializations in each. Choosing a niche to focus on and becoming great at it will add that extra “oomph” needed to make you stand out among the rest in your field.

Start brainstorming your specialty. Are you a salesperson with a record for outselling your coworkers? Are you a computer programming specialist efficient in HTML coding? Having extra strength in your field will make you more marketable and employable. Employers are looking for “value” in every new hire – show them what your bring to the table.

Acquiring a skill helps brand you as an employment seeker. However, it is no use to have a skill if it’s not being showcased to enhance your strengths. Make your skill known – promote it! With social media being so prevalent in today’s society, it is easy to advertise your work online. Getting your name out there means more credibility, and a greater chance of being sought after.

Yes, there is no doubt the economy makes obtaining a job difficult, but having the right strategy can help you along, and skill is among the most important. Skill sits high as one of the top qualities an employer looks for, and the good news is that anyone has the ability to learn one. Remember: the more specialized you are, the more qualified you are!

3 mistakes job seekers make

3 Mistakes Job Seekers Make

It’s easy to blame the economy when your job search isn’t going as planned. Instead of automatically running to this excuse, first take a look at this list of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make – maybe the reason your luck seems to be running low lies in one of them.

#1 – Not Having a Top-Notch Resume

The internet has made it possible to submit a job application within seconds. This new technology has increased application volume. In turn, an overwhelming heap of resumes land on a company’s recruitment desk every day. The more resumes, the less likely it is that yours is being read thoroughly. Make sure your resume is fool-proof and includes attention-grabbing words. Provide the hiring manager with a reason to notice your application among the many others.

#2 – Poor (or no) Networking

Approximately 60% of all jobs are found through a networking referral. Imagine that 200 people apply for the same job. The person who has an influential referral in the business will most likely land an interview over the applicant who sent their resume in through an online search engine. Networking is key to getting your foot through the door.

#3 – Failure to Follow Up

Hiring managers appreciate those who take the time to follow up after an interview. This shows that the applicant is taking the opportunity seriously, and also displays proper work initiative. In the business setting, it is crucial to follow up with clients. Following up after an interview shows that you possess this quality. Thank the employer for the opportunity they have given you to interview with their company. Be sincere, and feel free to be creative: try sending a note in the mail. Employers are blasted daily with emails and phone calls – stand out among the crowd by putting a little extra time and thought into your thank you.

Keeping these three points in mind can greatly increase your chances of landing a job, as well as make you memorable among recruiters and employers. Always remember to have a solid resume, use your networking skills, and follow up!

Using nonverbal communication to enhance your interview

Using Nonverbal Communication to Enhance your Interview

It is said that 93% of communication is done non-verbally. Such a large percentage deserves some attention! Being aware of the nonverbal signals you put off has the potential to help your interview. Here are some pointers about your nonverbal communication during an interview:

- Make eye contact! When someone makes too little eye contact, we feel it is hard to connect with them, that they are suspicious, and that they may even be hiding something. On the contrary, making too much eye contact can make communicating uncomfortable. Be sure to look your interviewer in the eye every few seconds for a good balance.

- Don’t slouch! Be sure that you have appropriate posture. Slouching will imply that you are not interested in what the interviewer is saying and that you are not taking the interview seriously. Sit straight and try leaning in slightly – this will imply that you are engaged and interested in what is being said.

- Smile and nod to create a positive vibe. Smile only at appropriate times, and never laugh unless your interviewer laughs first. Nodding will let them know you are following along with what they are saying and are engaged in the conversation.

- Have a solid handshake! This is such an important part of an interview. Your handshake says a lot about you and creates the first peek into your level of assertiveness and leadership. Have a firm handshake – not too hard, as having too firm of a handshake can make you come across as dominant and overbearing. Avoid a limp handshake also, as this signals low confidence and self-esteem. Be confident and confortable with your handshake, applying the correct amount of pressure.

- Dress well! First impressions really do count. Make sure you look professional and keep accessories to a minimum, as too much can looked cluttered and be a distraction. Dress as if you are already working in the organization – this will make you easier for the interviewer to imagine you as a fit for their company.

Remember these tips next time you prepare for an interview. Having good nonverbal communication creates a positive environment and allows interaction to come at ease.

Why branding yourself is important

Why Branding Yourself is Important

In today’s world, the old-fashioned method of writing up a resume, printing it off and handing it to your desired employer will not likely result in a job. Likewise, neither does sitting on your computer all day filling out applications through a large job search engine. Today, it takes an extra level of competitiveness – and in order to keep up with some of the most marketable employees, it means being well branded.

What exactly do we mean by being branded?  Well, think of yourself as a product for a minute – let’ say, cereal. You are the cereal sitting on the bottom shelf in a plain beige cardboard box, your name on the front in plain bold letters. Your competition, however, – they are sitting at eye-level sporting a rainbow colored box with funky lettering and even the promise of a toy inside.

Now imagine a child takes a turn down your aisle. Do you think he or she is more likely to pick up your cereal box, or your competition’s? It’s not looking too promising for the plain cardboard box with little detail.

Being well branded means making yourself desirable in the marketplace and targeting the right audience. It means having that eye-level position on the shelf and a rainbow colored box. And an employer, like the child, is more likely to pick you because you stand out.

So you can see that in a world with thousands of other “products” just like you, it is important to make yourself well branded.

How can you brand yourself, you might ask? Well, it’s as simple as having a professional social media account, creating your own blog that showcases a special skill that you have, or being active on Twitter. Having a presence online will brand you; your Twitter account and LinkedIn are the rainbow colors and funky lettering on that cereal box – the personal promotion that will grab the attention of potential employers.