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A First Look at Loft Resumes: Resumes That Stand Out From the Crowd [Giveaway!]

A First Look at Loft Resumes: Resumes That Stand Out From the Crowd [Giveaway!]

    As our access to new technology increases every day, we have more creative and better ways to represent ourselves to prospective employers. Although digital formats of resumes and our work history are nice to ship off to a recruiter quickly, there’s nothing like having a well designed and attractive paper resume.

    One of the newer services on the block for creating resumes, Loft Resumes, does just that. Rather than helping you create a digital resume, Loft gives you the ability to create some extremely stunning and professionally printed resumes. Here is Lifehack’s first look at Loft Resumes.

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    Initial thoughts

    My initial impression when I went to Loft Resumes was that they consider design above all else. The resumes that they create are extremely high quality and you can tell that Loft cares about how your resume will stand out visually from all the others.

      The resumes aren’t cheap. They start at $99 for one page, 2 high resolution revisions, a 3 day turnaround after the last accepted revision, and a matching Word/Pages template for your cover letter. If you need anymore revisions after the included 2, they will cost you $5 a piece.

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      It does seem a little pricey at first, but if you are trying to make a good impression on an employer that gets a ton of applicants, $99 doesn’t seem so bad. Especially because of the paper and color quality. Of course, if you are a designer yourself, then Loft Resumes probably isn’t for you in the first place. You should be using your skills to make your own resume.

      Stand out from the crowd

      We all know that when you are applying for a position that requires a traditional resume, you don’t have a lot of time to make an impression. Most hiring managers or HR professionals quickly scan a resume looking for certain things. They hardly ever stop, even if your resume is amazing and especially when the have a ton of them to go through. According to Loft’s “Why Loft” page, professionals spend about 30 seconds on your resume.

      Other than being obsessed with good design, Loft’s goal is to make sure that your resume stands out from the crowd and that it isn’t just a run-of-the-mill black on white or a dreaded Microsoft Word template (oh, the horror!). They seem pretty dedicated to making sure that your resume is something that an employer will soon not forget and that’s a good thing with such a competitive job market.

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      The Giveaway

      When one of the cofounders of Loft Resumes contacted us at Lifehack about hooking our readers up with some free, beautiful, handcrafted resumes, how could we say no? One look at Loft’s site and you will understand what we mean.

      Today we are partnering up with Loft Resume’s to bring 3 lucky Lifehack readers one personally crafted resume from Loft’s online store (that’s a $99 value). You get to choose any one of their 48 different designs to create your one-page resume. With the package you will also get the standard 2 revisions as well as a 3 day turnaround.

      All you need to do is signup for The Lifehack Letter, Lifehack’s new, monthly newsletter that will bring you exclusive content and special offers. After signing up and verifying your email address, you will be automatically entered to win. Also, anyone that has already signed up for The Lifehack Letter will automatically be entered.

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      Sign up for The Lifehack Letter to win!

      The Fine Print

      Employees of Loft Resumes and of Stepcase (including current independent contractors of both) are not eligible for this contest. The winners of the Loft Resumes will be announced by Lifehack on 5/4/2012 via email. This prize will only be available to people that sign up for The Lifehack Letter. Check out Loft Resumes FAQ for any questions regarding their service.

      Good luck!

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      How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

      How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

      The brain is a tangled web of information. We don’t remember single facts, but instead we interlink everything by association. Anytime we experience a new event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds and our own impressions together into a new relationship.

      Our brain remembers things by repetition, association, visual imagery, and all five senses. By knowing a bit about how the brain works, we can become better learners, absorbing new information faster than ever.

      Here are some study tips to help get you started:

      1. Use Flashcards

      Our brains create engrained memories through repetition. The more times we hear, see, or repeat something to ourselves, the more likely we are to remember it.

      Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. Flashcards allow you to study anywhere at any time. Their portable nature lends them to quick study sessions on the bus, in traffic, at lunch, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.

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      To create effective flashcards, you need to put one point on each flashcard. Don’t load up the entire card with information. That’s just overload. Instead, you should dedicate one concept to each card.

      One of the best ways to make flashcards is to put 1 question on the front and one answer on the back. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself into you have mastered any topic of your choice.

      Commit to reading through your flash cards at least 3 times a day and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick up new information.

      As Tony Robbins says,

      “Repetition is the mother of skill”.

      2. Create the Right Environment

      Often times, where you study can be just as important as how you study. For an optimum learning environment, you’ll want to find a nice spot that is fairly peaceful. Some people can’t stand a deafening silence, but you certainly don’t want to study near constant distractions.

      Find a spot that you can call your own, with plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Go there each time you study and you will find yourself adapting to a productive study schedule. When you study in the same place each time, you become more productive in that spot because you associate it with studying.

      3. Use Acronyms to Remember Information

      In your quest for knowledge, you may have once heard of an odd term called “mnemonics”. However, even if you haven’t heard of this word, you have certainly heard of its many applications. One of the most popular mnemonic examples is “Every Good Boy Does Fine”. This is an acronym used to help musicians and students to remember the notes on a treble clef stave.

      An acronym is simply an abbreviation formed using the intial letters of a word. These types of memory aids can help you to learn large quantities of information in a short period of time.

      4. Listen to Music

      Research has long shown that certain types of music help you to recall information. Information learned while listening to a particular song can often be remembered simply by “playing” the songs mentally in your head.

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      5. Rewrite Your Notes

      This can be done by hand or on the computer. However, you should keep in mind that writing by hand can often stimulate more neural activity than when writing on the computer.

      Everyone should study their notes at home but often times, simply re-reading them is too passive. Re-reading your notes can cause you to become disengaged and distracted.

      To get the most out of your study time, make sure that it is active. Rewriting your notes turns a passive study time into an active and engaging learning tool. You can begin using this technique by buying two notebooks for each of your classes. Dedicate one of the notebooks for making notes during each class. Dedicate the other notebook to rewriting your notes outside of class.

      6. Engage Your Emotions

      Emotions play a very important part in your memory. Think about it. The last time you went to a party, which people did you remember? The lady who made you laugh, the man who hurt your feelings, and the kid who went screaming through the halls are the ones you will remember. They are the ones who had an emotional impact.

      Fortunately, you can use the power of emotion in your own study sessions. Enhance your memory by using your five senses. Don’t just memorize facts. Don’t just see and hear the words in your mind. Create a vivid visual picture of what you are trying to learn.

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      For example, if you are trying to learn the many parts of a human cell, begin physically rotating the cell in your minds eye. Imagine what each part might feel like. Begin to take the cell apart piece by piece and then reconstruct it. Paint the human cell with vivid colors. Enlarge the cell in your mind’s eye so that it is now six feet tall and putting on your own personal comedy show. This visual and emotional mind play will help deeply encode information into your memory.

      7. Make Associations

      One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association, and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.

      Have you ever listened to a song and been flooded by memories that were connected to it? Have you ever seen an old friend that triggered memories from childhood? This is the power of association.

      To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly be looking for ways to relate new information with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.

      You can do this with the use of mindmapping. A mind map is used to diagram words, pictures, thoughts, and ideas into a an interconnected web of information. This simple practice will help you to connect everything you learn into a global network of knowledge that can be pulled from at any moment.

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      Learn more about mindmapping here: How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

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