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Marketing Yourself in the form of a Resume

Getting through ATS with an optimized resume by mirroring Internet Marketing techniques

Shorty Produkshins now offers resume writing services to professionals, military personnel, the medical field and more! We provide the same services as many of today's top job search companies, such as Monster, Career Builder, Career Perfect, Beyond, Top Resume and MORE!

As a professional in an ever-evolving world of technology, it is absolutely important to keep abreast of changes that occur within the standard operations of society and hiring processes. Not many realize that with the evolution of information systems, most hiring processes are initiated, if not fully executed, Online. Therefore, Hiring Managers and Executive Decision Makers are eliminating the number of resumes that they are scouring each week in order to streamline processes and maximize productivity in the job space, while keeping staffing down to a minimum. Let’s take a deeper look into this science and discover how to get passed all systems filters to, at least, be considered for the position that many are applying for.

Did you know, that as this World of Technology evolves, so does the way the business world approaches Talent Acquisitions and Recruiting? Professionals aren’t just sitting back behind a desk glancing over resumes on a day-to-day basis. Time is valuable and successful corporations are always looking for ways to cut back on unnecessary spending.

As earlier mentioned, many recruiters are more than likely sitting in front of a computer and pounding away at their keyboards, seeking out potential candidates that meet the specific needs of an employer. Whether it is a proprietary system, hosted on internal servers, or through a major job search platform, hiring personnel are able to search out the perfect candidate based on keywords searches. Often, more time is placed in discovering which keywords directly meet those needs of an employer than sifting through a plethora of candidates that do not meet them.

As many job search sites and resume writing services will point out, there is an algorithm in tact that allows recruiters to search for who they want and to avoid those that they do not. This system is dubbed “ATS,” a shortened version of “Applicant Tracking System;” and it is what will make or break a candidate’s forge to the top of the figurative totem pole.

You see, per position a company seeks to fulfill, an average of 250 to 300 candidates are competing to be seen and invited for interview. Unfortunately for most, they will never be seen. The “select few” will be invited to join the hiring process and asked to report for interview. Believe it or not, but many of the top professionals applying per position will actually be overlooked. Hence, these awesome candidates might never have their chance at a dream position and will remain in their current until they finally “hack” the system.

So, how do you hack this system? How do you rise to the top and become recognized as “cream of the crop?” This is simple. Treat your career path as a brand, while showcasing brandYOU through the use of Internet Marketing techniques to enhance your presence in tracking systems. While ATS works slightly differently than Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the core concepts are totally the same!

Similar to SEO, ATS seeks out applicants based on specific keywords. The more keywords to match word-for-word, the better! The applicant will score a higher position within this algorithm. Unlike SEO, these keywords must be presented exactly as described by qualifying terms, as opposed to being strategized for conversational, organic placement and tone. Industry-specific terminology is highly encouraged.

Resumes are expected to be matter of fact, while engaging readers in a professional and narrative description of an applicant’s work history. This means that a phrase, such as “preparation of slideshows” would hold little weight, if any, to “slideshow preparation.” It gets even more complex.

Because ATS seeks applicant achievement over duty, it would be wise to include the latter preceded by a strong action verb and a powerful adjective. Whereas one may include, “Engaged in slideshow preparation” on their resume, another may include “Developed and executed highly professional slideshow preparations.” Not only did the second choice include powerful descriptors, but it also showed process, ability and to what quality. It also showed that it happened on more than one occasion; and therefore, it was not a fluke!

While both verbiages may find themselves ranking higher within ATS than those without optimization, the achievement-based resume will soar much higher. Once these resumes reach the hands of the talent recruiters, which do you think will receive further consideration?

Keeping your language brief within a resume writing is the objective, but the manner in which this is done, is also important. In marketing yourself, you have to sell your achievements by showing how even your performance of duties have made a difference. Your resume must flow smoothly in keeping a reader engaged. As a matter of fact, your resume must flow smoothly, because your resume will merely be skimmed the first few times that it is read. Keeping content mapped out and consistent, the layout must reflect what the body is trying to convey to your future employer.

Structure is equally important to the Applicant Tracking System. Professional profiles may or may not be read with the ATS (The depends on the complexity of the engine being used.), but they must be present when distributing your resume to employers that do get to see your resume. Within each resume, it is highly recommended that one includes a “Competencies Section,” with word choices that must completely be spelled out, at least once prior to abbreviation throughout the resume. This section also acts as a meta tagged “keywords” section within SEO to enhance your resumes overall potential. While many include these keywords into a section described as “Areas of Expertise,” one merely should feel comfortable in their ability to complete duties found within.

Expanding upon the ideal that layouts and consistencies are important for ATS and in mapping out your career, layouts keep resumes organized, experiences highlighted and abilities grouped. It also helps ATS differentiate the content you are submitting, especially in the case of extracting information to a separate database. In a more traditional format, it leaves your resume more visually appealing, balancing out white and negative spacing, and allows your resume to be properly scanned over in the second round of the hiring process, therefore passing the “30-second test.”

In physical hiring processes, a hiring manager is opt to starting at the expertise section, scan through previous employers, read your full education level and then check out the rest of the resume. Sometimes, they go directly to education, skipping experience, altogether, and continue at your affiliations and technical proficiencies. If they are intrigued, they will return to your biography, and then they will read to see if you are worthy of the position they are moved to interview you for. You want to draw eyes to each section of your resume and encourage them to actually read what is written there. Avoid typos and formatting errors. They aren’t read by ATS and can negatively sway the hiring manager to dropping your resume into the garbage bin.

Speaking of garbage bin, industry rules have changed. You do not need to have a references section in your resume. You can drop that in the trash. Because many people lie about references and have others lie for them, it has become an unnecessary part of the resume process. It also takes up space that you can be using for something more valuable. It is wise, however, to keep a resume sheet on hand if your future employer requests one. This also goes for project sheets, which outline project histories, portfolio pieces and publications, unless you have a Curriculum Vitae (CV) resume type.

In creating proper spacing, keeping your resume to a proper link and utilizing negative space, one must consider level of hierarchy. While in ATS, there is no limit to how much space is being used. Understand, if you make it through the computerized process, a warm-blooded soul will be holding your resume in their hands. Length must be made appropriate to your level of hierarchy on the corporate ladder.

It is commonplace that professionals who have held tenure at a job site, entry-level personnel and students may only detail their resume to one page. However, there are some entry level personnel who hold hands with professionals of all industries that will find two-pages tells a clearer story of who they are, whether they have summarized this or are providing quality content in enhancing their resume to meet specific job descriptions. Hiring managers find it acceptable for medical personnel, executives and IT professionals to submit resumes at three to four pages.

Military personnel, medical doctors and professionals in the scientific community are expected to have four or more pages of resume material. This is where special resumes are created, distinctly prepared by federal standards and in CV-structured layouts. Most resumes only include the last 10-12 years to compensate for age-stereotyping hindrances in the hiring process. An undated summary statement may be italicized below to show evidence of a career journey and previous experience in correlation to older-yet-relevant positions held. Remember to present yourself how you want to be perceived. This is Branding 101.

While most resumes are lacking a graphic appeal, many new designs have found ways to give resumes a persona. After all, when looking at a resume, one becomes familiarized with the person that they are potentially hiring. Your layout will tell a hiring manager your level of expertise within the corporate machine. Graphic elements can hint at an “out-of-the-box” or innovative personality, highlighting your ability for creativity. The problem, however, is that ATS often has a hard time reading graphic resumes. And, while there are ways to get around this issue, most creative resumes suffer because some element or another is lacking in the process. Only a select few within the resume-writing world know how to get around this problem and can optimize your resume for discover in ATS engines.

Finally, in marketing yourself through a resume design, one must be aware of engine capabilities. While .doc extensions aren’t often looked at as a “finished project” in a world, where creating a .pdf document helps corporations protect against security and fraud while accepted as official and polished, .doc extensions are the most acceptable form of submission in this day. This document type provides ATS with an easier means of extracting your personal information than does .pdf, .rtf, .txt and even .docx.

Being mindful of your audience, keep both .pdf documents and .doc on hand at all times. After all, you may be submitting your resume directly to a decisionmaker and should plot to appear as polished as possible. In the end, it all comes down to one thing… brandYOU. How are you marketing yourself? What observation of your character would you like them to experience? Stay mindful of ATS when submitting resumes to corporate engines and job search sites; and remember, I am only a messenger of what experts have analyzed over the years and through experience. Good luck!

Florida businesses promote ‘independent’ through annual Pittsburgh cause

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Shorty Produkshins is an Online Promotions Company from Orlando, Florida, specializing in Social Branding and Event Marketing, as well as Public Relations and Design Strategy, for the last 11 years.
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SweetNote Entertainment, a Production Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, presents an annual Rock’N’Soul Christmas Show that brings regional musicians, fans and area businesses together to raise toys and donations on behalf of the Toys for Tots Foundation to give to children during the holiday season. Each year, SweetNote collaborates with local businesses and corporations to make sure that everyone involved goes home “just a little bit happier.” Products and services are donated to the company and given away during raffles and to bands, who perform during this charitable event. According to B. Michael Smith, owner of SweetNote Entertainment and Coordinator for this event, set for December 14, 2014, “The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. Our organization is dedicated to the process of making that happen, but we need your help (speaking to artists and businesses all over the United States).”

This year, two Florida-based companies are getting involved in SweetNotes Rock’N’Soul cause — Playas Mob Radio and Shorty Produkshins.

Playas Mob Radio, a weekly radioshow that is based in Fort Pierce, broadcasts out of 6 FM stations around the State of Florida and to an International fan-base of Online listeners. Playas Mob Radio, dedicated to breaking Independent Artists, Businesses and Causes, will be presenting one winning band or business with a promotional radio spot during a high profile show to talk about their brand’s history and any upcoming releases. If it is a band that wins this promo spot, they will also have their latest radio-edited release placed into regular rotation during The Playas Mob Radio Show on WJFP FM. The show will be live on-air and will also be archived for promotional usage for the brand in both Online and Offline arenas.

Shorty Produkshins, an Orlando-based Online Promotions Company specializing in Social Branding and Event Marketing and also affiliated with Playas Mob Radio, will be giving away a few items to encourage entrepreneurship, musicianship and, of course, giving during the holiday season and into the new year. A spokesperson for Shorty Produkshins states that, “It is our way of giving back, while helping artists and brands find awareness in the new year. We initially were giving away one graphic art in the form of a digital flyer to one winner to help boost their visibility, professionally and with intrigue, and we still are. However, we realized the need brands have in establishing credibility and awareness that lasts the lifetime of their career. So, we decided that we could write articles, as well, for five brands or bands who really deserve it — which would be more beneficial to them than a graphic design that serves the purpose of one project or announcement. These services will also really benefit their Internet Marketing and SEO efforts.” They have donated one graphic design and five written articles to promote independent progress in the Pittsburgh Area.

With December 14, just two days away, we can only imagine the magic that the night will behold. Artists, businesses and audiences at Pittsburgh’s Sing Sing venue at the Waterfront can expect a night of entertainment, holiday spirit and motivation to usher them into 2015. Performing at this event, SweetNotes own Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution will take the spotlight alongside acts such as Kinetic, Sun Hound, Hakim Rasheed, Mike Why, Ine, Gene Stovall, Devan Rue and Brian Woods. With a roster like this, this is definitely a night to remember!

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Yes, we’re hiring! Shorty Produkshins currently seeks Independent Contractors in major cities.

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This is an article that was featured on The Orlando Examiner (Jessica N. Abraham writes for them). To summarize, we’re on a Nationwide search to find awesome people LIKE YOU to continue marketing Shorty Produkshins to the masses while WE take on their MOST IMPORTANT projects!

ORLANDO, FL – March 11, 2014–

Shorty Produkshins, an Online Promotions Company from Orlando, is on a Nationwide search to find new faces for their current marketing teams. Seeking Independent Contractors to actively seek new clientele, Shorty Produkshins is ready to well-reward them for their efforts, according to a March 11, 2014 press release by the company itself.

Shorty Produkshins has grown over the last ten years and has expanded borders from Orlando and Pittsburgh origins to other regions around the World that include places like: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis, Detroit, Punxsutawney, Philadelphia, Toronto, Nigeria and more! They provide clientele with Social Branding and Event Marketing options that are optimized through “Advanced Internet Marketing and SEO tactic.” They also provide current clientele with Public Relations, Mobile Marketing, Design Strategies, and Consultation.

As the company has grown, and with recently adding new services to its menu, Shorty Produkshins current marketing teams have been faced with the challenge of time and possibility. Shorty Produkshins believes in direct focus and dedication to the creative process for each project in providing quality service in a timely manner. Because of this, it has become more difficult to continue ongoing efforts to market services to new and potential clientele. This is an important part of ensuring a successful future for the business. It is also the reason the current campaign has been prompted.

They are seeking “self-motivated” individuals that demonstrate ethic, professionalism and determination to add to the roster. As Independent Contractors, they would be allowed to set their own schedules, work from home and make as much profit from commission as they allow themselves to acheive. They will be marketing in-demand servicing from Shorty Produkshins that is geared towards individual brands, small businesses and non-profit organizations.

“Because the power of ‘Social’ is strong, Shorty Produkshins intends on hiring those Independent Contractors from a variety of backgrounds and education levels, as long as the individuals perform ethically, professionally and with great determination while having fun! Individuals will be working from home but are encouraged to network at larger events and gatherings. They will be working closely with the Shorty Produkshins marketing team from around the World through an Online platform created specifically with them in mind.”

They are asking individuals to submit resumes, along with a written answer or video reply to the questions: “Why I am qualified to be added to the team, and why would I be a great asset to the team?” Strong communication skills are a necessity. They are only interested in “individuals who can demonstrate a passion for Social branding and Event Marketing.”

Ideal for “ those individuals who are well known in their communities, are attending college, are involved in the Entertainment Business and/or are “Power Hustlers” who can prompt and close sales quickly,” they are asking applicants to direct all deliverables to hiring@shortyprodukshins.com… Will you make the cut?

End of the Month Graphics Sale – $50 Off ALL Graphics for “Branding Social”

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Shorty Produkshins sends a friendly reminder to The World of the ongoing “End of Month Graphics Sale,” which takes place every month from the 21st of the month and up until the very end! Whether you need graphics for album art, branding and/or logo design, Shorty Produkshins can HOOK YOU UP!

 

 

As of October 2013, Shorty Produkshins has incorporated “Design Strategy” as a specialized service, which previously was an additional service related to our in-demand Social Branding Packages. Because we consistently found our design strategies being favored and requested as a side-service on its own, we decided to incorporate it into our servicing list. Because of your love for what we do, we decided to “HOOK IT UP” every month! Come on… Logo Design for only $75?? Where can you beat THAT?! :)

Interested in taking advantage of our monthly design services? Contact us today with PROMO CODE: BRANDSOCIAL21-1 for your design needs!

 


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The rumors you have heard are true! Every month, beginning from the 21st of every month and ending on the first of the next month, Shorty Produkshins is throwing a monthly Graphics sale! The best part is that you will receive $50 Off current graphics specials!

The turn around rate is very short, and you may seek graphics of your desire based on current product specials! Some example prices are as follows:

  • Album Covers — $150
  • Event Flyers — $75 per Side or $125 for BOTH
  • Digital Event Flyers — $75
  • DVD Covers — $125
  • Full Page Advertisements — $75
  • Logo Design — $75

Keep in mind, these deals are only available once a month. Shorty Produkshins still services you with special discounts and rates throughout the month! Next time you need your graphics done with a professional, seek Shorty Produkshins.

 

The Sabir Bey Show shouts out Shorty Produkshins & Jessica Abraham | Internet Marketing Orlando

Sabir Bey shouts out Shorty Produkshins and Jessica N. Abraham on The Sabir Bey Show on LA Talk Live. Shorty Produkshins is the official Social Branding team for The Sabir Bey Show and Sabir Bey, himself.

Don’t forget to check out The Sabir Bey Show, each and every Tuesday at 3:00 PM Pst (6:00 PM Est) on http://www.thesabirbeyshow.com

“The Sabir Bey Show is ‘Pure EDU-TAINMENT’ tackling issues within the community and on the topics of Law, History, Culture, Politics, Religion, Society, and Health by incorporating TRUE Hip Hop and Urban Music in bringing together a full circle of understanding with current culture and society conflicts. The Sabir Bey Show includes guest appearances by award-winning celebrities and respected elders of the Moorish Nation and Pan Africanism.” The Sabir Bey Show has the mission of bringing “Pure Edu-tainment” to the lives of many by introducing truths, new concepts, currents events and History through Entertainment.

Like The Sabir Bey Show on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesabirbeyshow
Follow The Sabir Bey Show on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thesabirbeyshow

About Shorty Produkshins | Company Description:

Shorty Produkshins is an Online Promotions Company, specializing in Social Branding and Event Marketing via Advanced Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactic. We have been in service for more than ten years, servicing Orlando, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Detroit, Memphis, Miami, Las Vegas and the World! Shorty Produkshins works with a variety of businesses including, but not limited to, the music world and fashion industries, athletics, social networks, non-profit organizations, small businesses, events and venues in providing the ultimate interactive experience in connecting their brand with specific target audiences.

Shorty Produkshins executes the practices of Social Branding and Event Marketing in taking a brand to the next level through social platforms, interactive tools, optimization and trade secret techniques in creating a strong web presence for each particular brand and subsidiarial trademark. Shorty Produkshins actively connects current and potential consumers with a dedicated brand loyalty and awareness that will lead to stronger demands for that brand, while ensuring higher ROIs from their associated product lines.

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Internet Marketing Orlando | Internet Marketing Pittsburgh | SOCIAL BRANDING Worldwide

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The announcement is here! It has been decided that in celebration for Shorty Produkshins 10th year in business that the company will remain dominant in both central bases — Orlando and Pittsburgh — while continuing to service the World! As crazy as this sounds, it has been a difficult decision for owner, Jessica N. Abraham, who has been questioning the need for both locations, as most commerce actually takes place via the web.

The decision to remain local to both Pittsburgh and Orlando Metropolitan Areas came after almost two-years of deep thought and factoring. It is, while often overlooked, important for virtual businesses to have a local base. The reason behind this is for many reasons, including community support, local marketing endeavors, and business operations.

For those who may not know, Shorty Produkshins was once a name give to the company (previously spelled “Shorty Productions“) to yield credibility at a time when the company was merely a dream for artists creating music and seeking to have it be heard. Over the years, the company evolved from a Record Label (with attached Shorty’s Playground Recording Studio) into what is today an Internationally recognized, in-demand Internet Marketing Company. While specializing in Social Branding and Event Marketing to brand’s across the Globe, Shorty Produkshins often services small businesses, Advanced Internet Marketing and Search Engine Tactic,  in Orlando and Pittsburgh. Why discontinue these services now?

In addition to Orlando and Pittsburgh bases, Shorty Produkshins has found itself servicing areas like Atlanta, Memphis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas with Internet Marketing on a pretty regular basis! Does this mean expansion into these areas in the future? The future remains to be said, but “near distant” areas, such as the famous Weather Capital of the World, Punxutawney, and Tampa will also begin feeling the ripple of Shorty Produkshins Internet Marketing wrath!

Interested in becoming part of the process? Contact us today for more details!

 


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