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

 

 

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

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.

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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!