I Don’t Live In A Big City – Now What?

So, you followed your passion and pursued design, but maybe you don’t live in one of the most popular cities for that degree like New York or San Francisco. Maybe you’re starting to lose hope. Never fear- with a background in graphic design, companies will love having your creative mind around.

Some examples of jobs to do with a graphic design degree are:

  • Product Designer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Video Editor
  • Advertising Manager
  • Social Media Manager
  • Animator
  • Artist

The list could go on because much of the creative business world is image-based these days and companies rely heavily on the design of their advertisements, promotions, and products. It is up to you (or us!) to tweak your resume and your skills to show your skills are right for whichever job you are looking to pursue. This is where Career Service Station comes in. We specialize in resume building and will do our best to transform your skills into a career.

What if you do live somewhere that’s not known for their graphic design, like Columbus, OH? Here are a few options you may not have known where there:

  • Bath and Body Works
  • Big Lots
  • DSW
  • White Castle
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Sbarro
  • IBM
  • AT&T

Even if you don’t live in New York, with PepsiCo or NBCUniversal nearby, remember that you still have options wherever you are. It’s just up to you to showcase those skills and make your resume stand out.

Contact Us today and we’ll do everything we can to get you that dream job of yours!

Stand Out

Why Your Resume Isn’t Enough

Sometimes when looking for a new job, binge-applying seems like a great idea. You have a clean, full resume and you start sending it off to every company that vaguely fits your ideal job description. You apply to 10, 15, maybe even 20 jobs, and you still don’t snag an interview. Why? Because just a resume isn’t enough anymore.

You Need A Cover Letter

Most companies ask for a cover letter when you are applying for a new job. Just like a resume, a cover letter can seem like something you can write once and attach it to every application. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.

Cover letters should be customized to each job you’re applying for. Hiring managers want to see that applicants will be a good fit for THEIR company. Not just any company. You should be specific in your writing and appeal to certain aspects of the job description that you think you would really shine in.

Cover letters are also a great way to highlight skills and achievements that do not necessarily fit in on your resume. Maybe you really enjoy coding or blogging in your free time, but you have no professional experience in it. A cover letter is a great way to communicate your interests and non-professional skills that might be useful for the position.

You Need To Be A Good Fit

It is important that you understand what type of candidate the company is looking for when applying to a job. Research the company before applying and after snagging an interview. Its culture and values should align with your own for you to have a successful career. If you find yourself excited during your research, use that enthusiasm when writing your cover letter and in your interview. It will make you stick out as a potential candidate by forming a connection through mutual interests and values.

Additionally, you want to enjoy your work life! Say you find yourself researching a company where it is expected to robotically crank out cold calls and coworker rapport is not valued when what you really want is a career where you can be creative and use your people skills to connect with customers and coworkers. You probably do not want to pursue this job any further because you want to enjoy your time at work! Make sure you’re a good fit!

Don’t Forget to Clean Up Your Social Profiles

Most companies will search for potential candidates online prior to reaching out, so it’s crucial that your profiles show you in a positive light. Always be careful about what you are posting in photos, comments, or anything else because just as you should look for an employer with similar values, they look for professional candidates who line up with theirs.

While you should be mindful about what you post online, that does not mean you shouldn’t post anything. It is actually helpful to have an online presence for the hiring manager to get a feel for who you are. If you are applying for a marketing job, it may also showcase your talents simply by proving you can properly use different platforms.

Be A Professional

ALWAYS! When applying to a job, interviewing, and after landing the job, always be a professional. Dress the part, remember your manners, and be respectful because, in the end, managers want someone they would like to work with and who will make their company look good. Some interviewers may see several people in a day and it’s a bonus to stand out for something positive.

Making a Career Change

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a career you never intended on pursuing but don’t know how to make a switch? Believe it or not, this happens to many people and it’s possible to flip careers without additional schooling or previous experience. A career change can be drastic or small, but regardless, it has to start somewhere. 

A great first step is revising your resume to showcase universal accomplishments that can be seen as beneficial to your goal career. For example: an educator looking to move into the business world might showcase their management or data collection skills. Another plan of action, if possible is to work as an intern in the field you wish to enter. There are many remote internships (such as mine) that offer the opportunity to gain experience on your own time. 

Whatever your plan of action is, Career Service Station is here to help. We offer resume makeovers and career advice to assist you in following your dreams. 

If you’re looking to work in the business world, Braathe Enterprises hires many remote interns with flexible schedules to help kick off your career. Check out our internships: http://www.braatheenterprises.com/internships/

Contact us today for advice on where to get started! Call 518-290-0812 or email at contactus@careerservicestation.com

Let Us Help

Have you ever found yourself in the job search, submitting your resume to job postings you think you’d be perfect for, yet never hear back from the companies? You start to question what it is you’re not doing right, and what you can change. 

That’s where Career Service Station comes in. We offer services to break down your resume and even write it altogether if necessary. By offering critiques and edits, our services go beyond a simple rewrite. You’ll learn resume writing skills along the way to carry with you throughout your career when it’s time for a job switch. 

After getting an interview with your revamped resume, what now? Practice! We also offer mock interviews to make sure you are fully prepared and on your way to a new career. 

Don’t wait to start your new career. It’s waiting for you just beyond that brand new resume! 

Contact us today! Set Up a Call or Email contactus@careerservicestation.com

Career Service Station: The Origin Story

Vintage Gas Station

Owner and Founder Robert Braathe has always had a strong relationship with cars. Growing up he helped out at his uncle’s garage as well as pump gas and fix car tires at the local gas station where he met his first mentor for entrepreneurship Tom Kelly. This was around a simpler time when one would go to the local gas station to have their gas pumped by hand, where you knew and trusted everyone working at the store. Though Robert went on to pursue business endeavors outside of the auto industry, the skills he learned while working at the gas station and his uncle’s garage would always stay with him. In recent years Robert noticed a shift in the job application process, one that was littered with machines and algorithms created to help people in their job hunting process but was just not working as well as people would hope. He realized the problem was the lack of human interaction in the process; machines were jumping over mistakes that any person could see. The solution, having a pair of human eyes scanning through your resume, LinkedIn, etc. to make sure it is in the best shape it can be and applying that same care and attention to your resume that you would get at the local gas stations and garages long ago. Check out how we can jump-start your career and tune-up your resume by going to services tab on the Career Service Station site

Video – Tips on Writing a Resume from the Career Service Station

In this 3 minute video, you will see Robert Braathe’s resume and how he formats resumes, updates his resume regularly and suggests layout and content tips for what to include on a resume.

Send your resume to contactus@careerservicestation.com for a quote and resume oil change or resume tune-up.

Don’t Let Your GPA Get In Your Way on Your Resume

I’m asked often by my students whether or not they should put their GPA on their resume. My answer is always NO!!!!

For example, let’s say you are going up against a candidate with very similar skill sets and experience, but they have a 3.4 and you have a 3.3. If all else is equal, that numeric qualifier may be the decisive difference.

As well, I’ve had both managers and recruiters personally tell me that in some roles, they won’t even consider someone with a 3.0 or higher listed on their resume because that may indicate that they lack street smarts.

How do you show you are a good student? List honors or high honors, but don’t list the GPA. As well, list some of the courses you have taken.

Want your resume improved? Send your resume to contactus@careerservicestation.com and we can give you a quote on your resume. Our “Oil Change” starts at $50 and our “Tuneup” costs $100-200 depending on the amount of work needed on your resume.

Turnaround time is generally within 48 hours of receipt, and we will give you the opportunity for giving feedback once we send you our initial revision before you submit payment.