Take Stock of Your Career in the New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year, and that’s the perfect time to take stock of your career. Even if you’re happy in your current role, it’s still important to think about the skills you’ll need to be successful, says author and speaker Bernard Marr — particularly as industries and jobs evolve.

“Every year you should be proactively improving your skill-set to enhance your contributions at your existing job and be ready when it’s time to find something new.”

Once you’ve determined how and why to plot a new course, reach out to us for a beautiful new resume.

DO RESUME WRITERS REALLY HELP?

Absolutely. There are numerous reasons you should hire a professional resume writer to create one of the most important documents you’ll ever need.

5. You don’t write two gud.

There’s no shame in your game to admit that your writing skills are less than stellar. Doctors, lawyers, nurses…so many people don’t write for a living, and we’ve seen some homemade resumes that were filled with spelling and grammar errors, not to mention formatting.

Let’s say you’re an accountant.

Dollars and cents are your game, not words. So if you’re struggling to express your previous work experience well—and your writing confuses HR professionals like advanced math perplexes most of society—a resume writer can help. He/she can discern what needs to be on your resume (and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t), and express it all professionally.

4. You’re Stuck in the Past

When you look at your resume, you think it looks totally awesome. But when a hiring manager sees it, all she or he’s seeing is the year 1986.

Like music and fashion, even resumes have to be stylish so they can get more than a passing glance from a potential boss. If you’re not sure of what the current trends are, a professional resume writing service can give your resume the extra savoir-faire it deserves. From the quality of the paper it’s printed on to the template used, we make sure that your resume reads—and looks—its best.

3. You’re Not Getting Interviews on Your Own

You know your work experience is impressive and your workplace skills are stellar. So why aren’t you getting any interviews?

The main reason could be your sub-par resume. A professionally written resume can open doors for you that might lead to a great job. It’s also good to keep in mind you might even need several versions of your resume, depending on the type of job interview you have. These advanced nuances are things with which a professional resume writer can assist.

2. You’re Shy or an Introvert

To you, a resume is a necessary evil. It’s basically a one-page depiction of all your previous accomplishments and accolades, and frankly, you’re not the bragging type.

You might need an expert to help you through the writing process if you have a hard time talking about yourself, much less writing it all down on paper. There’s no shame in getting help with this because writing about yourself is one of the toughest assignments, and you’re often your own worst critic.

A professional resume writer will know how to spotlight your most worthy accomplishments because he’s looking at them with fresh, unbiased eyes. Let him turn your resume into something that’s personable and professional.

1. You Have Issues

Maybe you left the workplace so you could raise your family, and now there’s a huge gap in your employment history. Or perhaps you’re changing career fields and don’t quite know how to revamp your resume to show off the skills you have for this new industry. While you can’t rewrite history, a professional writer will know just how to accentuate the positives on your resume, and write away any negative aspects.

Hiring a resume writer may not be an option for everyone and some people can do the job on their own. But for those who have the necessary skills but are struggling to get interviews, a professionally polished resume can be one of the best investments you make as you continue on your job search.

Whatever the reason, your resume should make you more than marketable, but attractive to a hiring professional, recruiter, and head hunter. Barking Dog Media U.S. brings 35-year’s of career coaching and resume writing that allows us to create the best document you’ll find for the price anywhere.

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Why Hire a Freelance or Virtual Services Specialist?

BUSINESS BENEFITS OF HIRING A FREELANCE PROFESSIONAL

1. Affordability
Sure, it’s nice to have a roster of full-time and part-time staff, and there’s a lot to be said for the feeling of “family” that can develop among a group of on-site co-workers. But for a lot of jobs, it’s far more efficient (and just as effective) to hire freelance talent. A freelancer who works out of his home doesn’t have a lot of overhead costs, so he can offer you less expensive rates. A freelancer who is local to your business won’t have to figure travel time, mailing expenditures, and other costs into his rate, so you might get the benefits of face-to-face interaction without the expense. You probably don’t want price to be the only factor in deciding which freelancer to hire, but if you ask the right questions, you may be able to get Madison-Avenue quality at small-town prices.

2. Flexibility
The reason a lot of freelancers decide to freelance is, frankly, because we want to set our own hours. That kind of flexibility can benefit the client as well as the freelancer. Your freelancer might be updating your website, posting a blog, answering your Facebook fans, and brainstorming a list of direct mail ideas after you’ve closed up shop for the night. In fact, you might be able to email your freelancer a list of assignments at the end of the business week, and find that they are completed and earning you money by Monday morning!

3. Immediacy
Related to flexibility is immediacy, the sense your freelancer has of wanting to get the job done fast and right. Freelancers are small business people too, and we know we are more likely to make a profit when we meet your deadlines, exceed your expectations, and move on to their next assignment. We don’t take time for water-cooler conversations, agenda-less meetings, or office politics. We just want to satisfy our clients.

4. Experience
Good freelancers have a lot of experience with a lot of different businesses and in varied and diverse industries. Each job we work on and each client we work with adds more knowledge to our craft, more skills to our already considerable arsenal. You get the benefit of all that experience on all your jobs too.

5. Independence
One of the hassles of hiring new staff is all the time you have to invest in training before they are really up to speed and able to make valuable contributions to your bottom line. Freelancers, on the other hand, are used to working on our own. Yes, you’ll need to define your expectations clearly, and give them access to the company information resources they’ll need, but you won’t have to sit with them and explain everything. You’ll be able to focus on your own projects while your freelancer completes the assignments you’ve given her.

BUSINESS BENEFITS OF HIRING A VIRTUAL SERVICES SPECIALIST

There are numerous benefits to contracting out work to a virtual assistance specialist, but these are perhaps the most crucial reasons, and create the most value for the money.

Rethinking your approach to staffing:

  1. It takes forever to find the right person
  2. Employees cost more than their salary
  3. You have to find a place to put people
  4. You need to keep the people you have busy
  5. Availability isn’t the same as competency
  6. Employees don’t really work eight or ten hours a day
  7. Firing people is a hassle
  8. Your personnel budget is suffocating your margin for growth

Especially in smaller businesses, startups, and entrepreneurial endeavors, contracting a virtual services professional not only provides all the benefits listed in the freelance portion of this entry, but combines them with all the benefits of a virtual assistant. If time and money mean sometime crucial to your business, then you should leverage the assistance of someone like me.