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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 Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

      How to Plan Your Life Goals and Actually Achieve Them in 7 Simple Steps

      Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

      Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

      Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

      Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination:

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      1. Make a list of your goal destinations

      Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

      So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

      Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

      If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

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      2. Think about the time frame to have the goal accomplished

      This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

      Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

      3. Write down your goals clearly

      Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

      For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

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      4. Write down what you need to do for each goal

      Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

      These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

      5. Write down your timeframe with specific and realistic dates

      Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

      For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

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      Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

      6. Schedule your to-dos

      Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

      Write these action points on a schedule so that you have definite dates on which to do things.

      7. Review your progress

      At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

      Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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