5 Tips for Building the Perfect Resume

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Attracting the attention of a potential employer is something most job seekers are adamant about. The first chance you have to make a great impression on a business owner or hiring manager is with your resume. Did you realize the average job post receives nearly 250 resumes? With this many resumes, it will be difficult to get the attention you crave from a hiring manager.

The only way to gain your spot at the top of the resume pile is by optimizing this document. Using tools like ResumeBuild is a great idea. This website provides you with a host of resume templates. These templates are designed to make your resume more readable and appealing. Be sure to visit ResumeBuild to find out more about the services they provide. If you are trying to build the perfect resume, consider the helpful tips below.

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1. Focus on Quality Over Quantity

One of the main things a potential employer will notice about your resume is how it is formatted. If your resume features large blocks of text with no headers, bullet points or numbered lists, it can make this document look very unappealing. A hiring manager will only glance at a resume for a few seconds before deciding to keep reading or discard it. Rather than gumming up your resume with wordy descriptions and large blocks of text, you need to focus on quality over quantity.Continue reading

3 Ways to Improve Web Design Using Psychology

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

With the proliferation of online commerce and the increasing interconnectedness of our planet, it has never been more important to stand out from the crowd with good, eye-popping design. However, it is not enough to merely grab people’s attention on the web; you need to know what to do with it once it has been gained.

Here are three psychological principles to help you make the best use of your personal online space.

1. Pattern

The English language is the predominant means of communication online. Unless you are designing your website with a specific market in mind, China being a standout example, you will want to tailor your web presence to suit the mentality and the tendencies of English speakers.

English speakers read from the top of the page downward, and from left to right, in a zigzag pattern. So you would be best served by putting your most important information on the upper left corner of the page since that is where their eyes will first rest. What they see there will help them form their first impressions.Continue reading

Strategies For Building A Positive Brand Reputation

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When a consumer is trying to decide between two different brands for the same product/service, they will always choose the company that has the best reputation. This is because a positive reputation means that the company is likely to be reliable, to provide a good customer experience and to have high-quality and good value products/services. This can make it challenging for new and/or small businesses that can often struggle to create a reputation for themselves when competing with much larger brands. It will always take some time but here are the most effective strategies for improving your brand reputation.

Improve Customer Service

Much like personal reputations are formed around how you treat others; brand reputation is formed heavily around how your company interacts with customers and visitors. People want to feel valued and listened to so you need to make customer service a priority – people will always return to a brand that looks after its customers but never a company with poor customer service, even if they have high-quality products. Additionally, customer service is an area where smaller companies can excel over much larger businesses, so this can give your small business a competitive edge.Continue reading

The Benefits of Working with an SEO Specialist

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Do you want to harness the power of online marketing to grow your business? The internet has opened up a world of opportunities to companies of all sizes. Now, even the smallest of companies can compete against multinational corporations for the top spots on Google. However, you should be aware that featuring on Google’s first page is far from straightforward.

You can’t simply build a website and expect to gain thousands of new customers. If you don’t market your website, it will be nothing more than a drop in the ocean. You could decide to study online marketing for years to understand the most effective ways to get your company in front of online users. Or, you could hire an SEO company to do the hard work for you.

But why is investing in the services of an SEO expert so beneficial?Continue reading

BOOK: Innovating Like a Startup Executing Like a Corporation

Contributed article in our business series. We’re delighted to feature this book, written by our brilliant and experienced colleague Dr. Jean-Claude Junqua. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Why did I write this book?

Through the experience acquired with large corporations and working with many startups, I could understand the strengths and weaknesses of these two worlds, and also the gaps that currently exist with both types of organization to innovate and create new business. It became clear to me that the front-end and the back-end of innovation were often disconnected or had severe weaknesses that would prevent startups and corporations from effectively searching for new business and, when deciding to go forward with an opportunity, to execute it successfully. This realization prompted me to write this book and share my understanding, experience, and knowledge with the innovation and business community at large. This book will benefit innovators, entrepreneurs, founders, managers, and executives who are trying to break through innovation barriers by avoiding common mistakes and getting answers about practical challenges.Continue reading

TRAVEL, LIVE, WORK, INVEST & RETIRE IN SINGAPORE

 

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

One of the many benefits of travel is it gives you the opportunity to explore the amazing variety of cultures around the world. The thrills, adventures, and experiences that traveling offers make the long or short hours on the plane worth it.

Singapore is one of the many countries around the world that is known for its high-tech infrastructure, rapid development, and economy. Hence, it is not surprising to see lots of people around the world wanting to either travel, work, invest or retire in this country.

In this post, we will give you a quick guide to traveling, living, working, investing, and retiring in Singapore.

Home Options in Singapore

Unlike many countries, most people in Singapore live in condos. This is not degrading in any way as this is the norm in here; especially if you are looking to rent a home in the inner city. If you go for new apartments, there is a huge chance that you will also have access to playgrounds, function rooms, pools, and gyms there. You may have to move out to the suburbs to rent a single home though; and keep in mind that these homes do not have gardens — and in most cases, they even don’t have backyards.Continue reading

5 Simple Tips On Choosing The Best HRMS Solution For Your Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Having the right Human Resources Management Software (HRMS) solution is essential in modern businesses. As more organizations move away from traditional business models and embrace the flexibility of remote work, a streamlined system is a necessity.

If you’ve been trying to evaluate which software you need for your growing organization, keep it simple. Here are five simple tips on choosing the best HRMS solution for you.

Define Your Needs

The first step to choosing the right HRMS solution for your business is to define your needs. Different options will have a variety of capabilities. Some organizations will require a robust user interface that supports a large enterprise while others need something simple and streamlined for a small team.

The primary focal points of HRMS includes payroll, recruitment, and onboarding, scheduling, self-service, benefits, and performance (source: https://www.hrpayrollsystems.net/hrms/). Figuring out which components your company requires now, as well as in the immediate future, is the key to choosing the right system.Continue reading

Make Smart Mistakes To Achieve Impossible Goals

Originally published on Forbes 14 Oct. 2014.

Author: Kimberly Wiefling

Like most kids, I was taught to avoid mistakes. Perfection was the goal, and errors were punished—sometimes with lower grades, and occasionally with a swat on the behind. Imperfection wasn’t rewarded in adulthood either, where a narrow definition of beauty left me wishing I had a supermodel figure and a more attractive face. Then came the innovation era in the business world. Suddenly we were supposed to cast off years of perfectionism and become wildly creative.

Unfortunately, a famous NASA study showed that the typical 98% creativity scores of five-year-olds falls to a mere 2% by the time these same children become adults. Creativity is messy! The creative path is dotted with imperfection and temporary setbacks, sometimes called failure. We learn to avoid mistakes, and thus stop expressing our creativity, in order to survive in our families, at school, and at work.

Here are five ways to breathe new life into the creativity with which you were born. (For the rest of this, please see the full article on Forbes here.)