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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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      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

      Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

      If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

      1. Create a Daily Plan

      Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

      Here’s How to Create a To-Do List that Super Boosts Your Productivity.

      2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

      Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

      3. Use a Calendar

      Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

      I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

      Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

      4. Use an Organizer

      An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

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      These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

      5. Know Your Deadlines

      When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

      But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

      6. Learn to Say “No”

      Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

      Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

      7. Target to Be Early

      When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

      For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

      Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

      8. Time Box Your Activities

      This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

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      You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: Get What Matters Done by Scheduling Time Blocks

      9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

      Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

      10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

      Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

      You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

      11. Focus

      Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

      Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

      Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

      12. Block out Distractions

      What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

      I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

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      When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

      Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

      13. Track Your Time Spent

      When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

      You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

      14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

      You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

      Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

      15. Prioritize

      Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

      Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

      16. Delegate

      If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

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      When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

      17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

      For related work, batch them together.

      For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

      1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
      2. coaching
      3. workshop development
      4. business development
      5. administrative

      I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

      18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

      What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

      One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

      While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

      19. Cut off When You Need To

      The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

      Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

      20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

      Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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