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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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      Why Do I Procrastinate? 5 Root Causes And How To Tackle Them

      Why Do I Procrastinate? 5 Root Causes And How To Tackle Them

      Procrastination is something many people can relate to and I, myself, have been there and done that. Yes, I write all about productivity now, but when I first started out on my career path, I would often put off work I didn’t want to do. And most of the time I didn’t even realize I was doing it.

      So what changed?

      I thought to myself, “why do I procrastinate?” And I started to read a lot of books on productivity, learning a great deal and shifting my mind to the reasons why people procrastinate.

      My understanding brought me a new perspective on how to put an end to the action of procrastination.

      Procrastination slows your goals and dreams way down. It can create stress and feelings of frustration. It rears its ugly head on a regular basis for a lot of people. This is particularly apparent at work with day-to-day projects and tasks.

      But, why do people self-sabotage in this way? Essentially, there are 5 reasons behind procrastination. See if you can identify with any of these in your own work life.

      1. The Perfectionist’s Fear

      Procrastination is sometimes a subconscious fear of failure.

      If you put off a task enough, then you can’t face up to the potential (and usually imagined) negative results. If you’re a stickler for minor details, the stress of getting things ‘just right’ may be too much and cause you to delay continuing the task.

      Either way, fear is at the root cause and can sabotage your desire to move forward.

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      How to Tackle It?

      Try visualizing the completion of your task in a positive way.

      For example, you have a presentation that your boss wants you to conduct for a potential client. Visualize yourself standing in the meeting room confident, meeting the eyes of the client and seeing them light up as you explain the concept simply and concisely.

      Imagine your boss telling you how great you did and you were the best person for the job. Think about how it would feel to you and focus on this as you move forward with the task.

      2. A Dreamer’s Lack of Action

      This is a person who is highly creative and has many brilliant ideas but can’t quite seem to bring them to fruition.

      The main reason for this is because there’s usually no structure or goal setting involved once the idea has been created. This aimless approach ends up manifesting as a lack of decision-making and significant delays on a project.

      How to Tackle It?

      Write down a timeline of what you want to achieve and by when. Ideally, do this daily to keep yourself on track and accountable for progression. Creative minds tend to jump from one idea to the next, so cultivating focus is essential.

      If you’re designing and creating a new product at work, set out a task list for the week ahead with the steps you want to focus on each day. Doing this ahead of time will stop your mind from wandering across to different ideas.

      Learn about how to plan your time and take actions from some of the successful people: 8 Ways Highly Successful People Plan Their Time

      3. An Overwhelmed Avoider

      This is one of the most common reasons for procrastination; the sheer overwhelm of a daunting task.

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      The complexity of a task can cause the brain to lose motivation and avoid doing it altogether choosing instead to stay in its comfort zone.

      The search then starts for a more enjoyable task and the harder tasks are put off. This can cause stress and dread when the task inevitably comes up to be completed.

      How to Tackle It?

      Break the challenge down into smaller tasks and tackle each one individually.

      For example, if you have a project that has technical elements to it that you know you’ll find challenging, list each step you need to take in order to complete these difficult elements. Think of ways you can resolve potential hurdles. Perhaps you have a coworker that may have time to help or even consider that the solution may be easier than you initially think. Put each task in order of most daunting to least daunting. Ideally, try to deal with the more challenging parts of each task in the morning so that momentum is created as the tasks get easier through the day.

      A reward system will also help you stay motivated so, once completed, you can enjoy your treat of choice.

      If you want to know how to better handle your feelings and stay motivated, take a look at my other article: Procrastination Is a Matter of Emotion, Here’s How to Stop It

      4. The Busy Bee Who Lacks Prioritization

      Either you have too many tasks or don’t truly acknowledge the differing importance of each task. The result? Getting nothing done.

      Time is spent switching constantly from one task to another or spending too much time deciding what to do.

      How to Tackle It?

      It’s all about priorities and choosing important tasks over urgent ones.

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      Make sure to question the value and purpose of each task and make a list in order of importance.

      For example, throughout your work day, you can waste a lot of time dealing with ‘urgent’ emails from colleagues but, you need to ask yourself if these are more important than working on a task that will affect, say, several office projects at once.

      Help yourself to prioritize and set a goal of working through your list over the next few hours reassessing the situation once the time is up.

      In my other article, I talk about an effective way to prioritze and achieve more in less time: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

      5. The One with Shiny Object Syndrome (Distraction-Prone)

      This is another common cause for procrastination; just simple distraction.

      Our brains aren’t wired to focus for long periods of time and it looks for something else. So throw in a bunch of colleagues equally looking for distractions or checking your phone mindlessly, and you’ve got a recipe for ultimate procrastination.

      However, this type of procrastination may not always be an unconscious decision to sabotage and put off work. It’s simply a result of your work setup or types of coworkers you have. Only you know the answer to that.

      How to Tackle It?

      Be mindful of your workspace and potential distractions. Schedule a specific time to converse with your coworkers, put headphones on to minimize listening to what’s going on around you, and switch your phone off.

      Aim to do this for 20-30 minutes at a time and then take a break. This will be a much more efficient way of working and getting what you need done. This is also why scheduling down time is so important for productivity.

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      Whether this type of procrastination is self-sabotage or being a victim of a distracting environment, either way you can take control.

      If you need a little more guidance on how to stay focus, this guide can help you: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

      Bottom Line

      I’m going to be bold and assume you identified with at least one of these procrastination pitfalls.

      You could be trapped in the endless cycle of procrastination like I was, that is, until I decided to find out my why behind putting off tasks and projects. It was only then that I could implement strategies and move forward in a positive and productive way.

      I killed the procrastination monster and so can you. I now complete my tasks more efficiently and completely killed that feeling of stress and falling behind with work that procrastination brings.

      I know it’s not easy to stop procrastinating right away, so I also have this complete guide to help you stop it once and for all: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

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