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How Anyone Can Be a Star Candidate and Impress an Employer in 9 Seconds

How Anyone Can Be a Star Candidate and Impress an Employer in 9 Seconds

Have you ever had one of those days where you sat down and wondered why you hadn’t received a call back from that place? Did you ever think about how you didn’t get as many interview calls as your friends and peers? The problem might not be that you are not the right candidate: it could be the ultimate job fetcher, your resume.

New research has shown that you have only less than 9 seconds to grab the a potential employer’s attention.[1] A resume is the employer’s window to a candidate’s profile. Your resume represents you. Sure, it might be just a document with all your key skills and qualifications, but it’s also your identity in that office before they have seen you. Your resume matters as much as your performance in the interview

A talented candidate can get rejected easily with a bad resume.

Let’s just roll with a hypothetical scenario: you are an Engineer from a reputed college who has just completed his graduation. You are looking out for an opportunity. You have a basic resume with some information provided in it and that’s your identity in the companies that you apply in.

Remember that each brand wants to hire the best of the best, leaving no room for doubt.[2] If your resume isn’t up to the mark or presentable, it wouldn’t matter how talented you are, they will just reject you. No second thoughts. Terrifying, eh?

Make your employer fall in love with your resume first.

Ask HR experts out there, they will tell you stories of companies falling in love with resumes and hiring people way out of their requirements. Recently, Microsoft has gone out of its way and appreciated a Teen girl’s effort to impress her crush through an innovative powerpoint. Those things strike a chord amongst employers. Your resume should be like that.

There are multiple approaches you can have while creating a resume: you can create a simple one or a visually heavy simple one and many more. If you are a graphic designer or a creative head or something of that sort, your employer would expect a visual appealing resume that reflects your skills.

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For more technical and clerical jobs, they expect simper resumes as minimal is best. That doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with them, you can and you should, but stick to the basic hygiene and try not to go overboard because that distracts the employers from paying attention to your skills and qualifications.

Good language that’s void of spelling or grammatical errors is obviously required in every resume. If you want to take it a notch higher, we have a short cut for you.

Did you know that there are stunning and free resume templates for word? Here are 9 amazing platforms in which you can download free resume templates in word:

Hloom.com: With over 1000 resume templates for MS Office

    With over 1000 resume templates in their database, you can choose the best that fits your needs. Moreover, they have a resume builder tool to create resume templates specifically curated as per your experience and skill set.

    Resumecompanion.com: Helps you showcase your experience better

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      Resume Companion is yet another exciting place to download free resume templates in word and showcase the experience in more better way.

      Microsoft Featured Word Templates: Basic templates provided by the official MS site

        Templates.office.com is the official platform provided by Microsoft office services. Although these platform has very basic templates to provide, this is still quite a crisp destination to create a decent resume.

        The Muse: With over 200 resume templates for any job aspirants

          It stands out with its variety this particular platform provides you up to 275 templates which is quite a diverse range of resume templates for any job aspirants.

          Resume Genius: With high quality resume samples handpicked by professionals

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            It has a dedicated section for resume sample which are downloadable in word format, but they distinguish themselves from the rest by ensuring higher quality because these samples are handpicked by experts whom they call Resume Genius professionals.

            Freeresumes: With templates that are visually attractive

              Although it has a limited number of templates, it has a very visual centric approach.

              Resume World: With technical-specialized templates

                They specializes on CV templates that are slightly technical. Although this platform is quite user-friendly, it requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the templates.

                Template.net: With lots of resume and cover letter samples in Photoshop and Word

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                  This website provides great resume formats in both Photoshop and Word. This will help an aspirant even further is the cover letter templates which are pretty awesome.

                  Resume2017.net: Focuses on chronological resume templates which are loved by HR professionals

                    They focus on chronological resume templates which is apparently quite a hit among job seekers and HR professionals. With only 16 formats, this platform could still help you as its templates are well-researched with a mix of different types of templates.

                    The idea is simple: Create a resume that catches an employer’s attention in the right manner without being distracting. We promise you that a good resume can bring you hundreds of opportunities, unlike a detailed one that doesn’t do much.

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                    Last Updated on December 10, 2019

                    How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

                    How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

                    It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. There are, of course, tasks which successful people may not like at all, yet they find motivation to complete them because they recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal.

                    So how to stay motivated most of the time? Here are 5 simple yet effective ways on how to stay motivated and get what you want:

                    1. Find Your Good Reasons

                    Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a number of good reasons behind it.

                    You may not be able to find good reasons to do some tasks at first but, if you take just a few moments to analyze them, you will easily spot something good. We also have many tasks which don’t need any reasoning at all – we’ve been doing them for so long that they feel natural.

                    If you’re ever stuck with some tasks you hate and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever, here’s what you need to do: find your good reasons.

                    Even when you set goals, there needs to be reasons behind these goals. They may not be obvious, but stay at it until you see some, as this will bring your motivation back and will help you finish the task.

                    Some ideas for what a good reason can be:

                    • A material reward – quite often, you will get paid for doing something you normally don’t like doing at all.
                    • Personal gain – you will learn something new or will perhaps improve yourself in a certain way.
                    • A feeling of accomplishment – at least you’ll be able to walk away feeling great about finding the motivation and courage to complete such a tedious task.
                    • A step closer to your bigger goal – even the biggest accomplishments in history have started small and relied on simple and far less pleasant tasks than you might be working on. Every task you complete brings you closer to the ultimate goal, and acknowledging this always feels good.

                    2. Make It Fun

                    When it comes to motivation, attitude is everything. Different people may have completely opposite feelings towards the same task: some will hate it, others will love it.

                    Why do you think this happens? It’s simple: some of us find ways to make any task interesting and fun to do!

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                    Take sports for example. Visiting your local gym daily for a half-an-hour workout session sounds rather boring to some. Yet many others love the idea!

                    They like exercising not only because they recognize the good reasons behind it, but simply because it’s fun! At certain time of their daily schedule, they find going to gym to be the best thing to do, simply because nothing else will fit their time and lifestyle so perfectly.

                    Depending on how you look at it, you can have fun doing just about anything! Just look for ways of having fun, and you’ll find them!

                    A simple approach is to start working on any task by asking yourself a few questions:

                    • How can I enjoy this task?
                    • What can I do to make this task fun for myself and possibly for others?
                    • How can I make this work the best part of my day?

                    As long as you learn to have the definite expectation of any task being potentially enjoyable, you will start to feel motivated.

                    Some of you will probably think of a thing or two which are valid exceptions from this statement, like something you always hate doing no matter how hard you try making it fun. You’re probably right, and that’s why I don’t claim everything to be fun.

                    However, most tasks have a great potential of being enjoyable, and so looking for ways to have fun while working is definitely a good habit to acquire.

                    3. Change Your Approach And Don’t Give Up

                    When something doesn’t feel right, it’s always a good time to take a moment and look for a different approach for the task.

                    You may be doing everything correctly and most efficiently, but such approach isn’t necessarily the most motivating one. Quite often, you can find a number of obvious tweaks to your current approach which will both change your experience and open up new possibilities.

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                    That’s why saying “one way or another” is so common — if you really want to accomplish your goal, there is always a way; and most likely, there’s more than one way.

                    If a certain approach doesn’t work for you, find another one, and keep trying until you find the one which will both keep you motivated and get you the desired results.

                    Some people think that trying a different approach means giving up. They take pride in being really stubborn and refusing to try any other options on their way towards the goal.

                    My opinion on this is that the power of focus is great, but you should be focusing on your goal, and not limiting your options by focusing on just one way to accomplish it it.

                    4. Recognize Your Progress

                    Everything you may be working on can be easily split into smaller parts and stages. For most goals, it is quite natural to split the process of accomplishing them into smaller tasks and milestones. There are a few reasons behind doing this, and one of them is tracking your progress.

                    We track our progress automatically with most activities. But to stay motivated, you need to recognize your progress, not merely track it.

                    Here’s how tracking and recognizing your progress is different:

                    Tracking is merely taking a note of having reached a certain stage in your process. Recognizing is taking time to look at a bigger picture and realize where exactly you are, and how much more you have left to do.

                    For example, if you’re going to read a book, always start by going through the contents table. Getting familiar with chapter titles and memorizing their total number will make it easier for you to recognize your progress as you read. Confirming how many pages your book has before starting it is also a good idea.

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                    You see, reading any book you will be automatically looking at page numbers and chapter titles, but without knowing the total number of pages, this information will have little meaning.

                    Somehow, it is human nature to always want things to happen in short term or even at once. Even though we split complex tasks into simpler actions, we don’t quite feel the satisfaction until all is done and the task is fully complete.

                    For many scenarios though, the task is so vast that such approach will drain all the motivation out of you long before you have a chance to reach your goal. That’s why it is important to always take small steps and recognize the positive different and progress made. This is how your motivation can sustain in long term.

                    5. Reward Yourself

                    This is a trick everyone likes: rewarding yourself is always pleasant. This is also one of the easiest and at the same time most powerful ways to stay motivated!

                    Feeling down about doing something? Dread the idea of working on some task? Hate the whole idea of working? You’re not alone.

                    Right from the beginning, agree on some deliverables which will justify yourself getting rewarded. As soon as you get one of the agreed results, take time to reward yourself in some way.

                    For some tasks, just taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes will do.

                    For others, you may want to get a fresh cup of coffee and even treat yourself a dessert.

                    For even bigger and more demanding tasks, reward yourself by doing something even more enjoyable, like going to a cinema or taking a trip to some place nice, or even buying yourself something.

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                    Your progress may not seem to others like anything worth celebrating but, take time and do it anyway! It is your task and your reward, so any ways to stay motivated are good.

                    The more you reward yourself for the honestly made progress, the more motivated you will feel about reaching new milestones, thus finally accomplishing your goal.

                    Mix and Match

                    Now that you have these five ways of staying motivated, it is a good moment to give you the key to them all: mix and match!

                    Pick one of the techniques and apply it to your situation. If it doesn’t work, or if you simply want to get more motivated, try another technique right way. Mix different approaches and match them to your task for the best results.

                    Just think about it: Finding good reasons to work on your task is bound to helping you feel better; and identifying ways to make it fun will help you enjoy the task even more.

                    Or, if you plan a few points for easier tracking of your progress and on top of that, agree on rewarding yourself as you go; this will make you feel most motivated about anything you have to work through.

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