My Digital Butler: The Alfred App

The Alfred App

(Sorry Window’s losers err, excuse me, users, this is a Mac tool only)

I was recently asked what my favorite app was for Mac OS X and after some deliberating, I decided on:

When I sit down at my computer to begin my workday, I eliminate all distractions (except for my cup of coffee), and switch my mind to ‘productivity mode’. When running a business or acting as a consultant, every minute is precious, as tight deadlines are common. Enter: The Alfred App, my conspicuous digital butler. Whenever I need to quickly crunch numbers or find a lost file, Alfred is at my beck and call. More powerful than the Mac OSX spotlight but still simple enough to eliminate a learning curve, this powerful tool saves me (and my clients) time on a daily basis. I am surprised more people don’t know about this powerful application, so I thought I would share!

Creating An Entrepreneur’s Résumé: The Resources You Need

How to Create an Awesome Resume

by Nick Waterhouse

Experience is good. And so is money. These two things are the reasons why I find myself back in America doing the one thing I hate most in this world: job hunting. I’ve had a great 5 years of working for myself, living by the beach in Los Angeles and traveling all over the place. At some point during this period of blissful self-support, I convinced myself that a return to the job sector was necessary to further my understanding of certain industries of interest. While the jury is still out on whether this is a good decision, I’m not going to lie and say the prospect of working with a great company (and potentially doubling my income) doesn’t excite me… at least a little bit. I am still running my e-commerce company and am still helping small businesses market themselves, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. But at some point, it’s necessary to take a leap – to make a sacrifice – in order to grow. That is where I find myself now: sacrificing a bit of freedom (and sleep) to invest my time and energy into working for an organization that will help me network, learn and grow.

Sounds great, right? Sure, having an awesome job will be a positive thing, but finding that job is a whole other story. Before I began the hunt, it was time to “update” my résumé. Unfortunately, my most recent résumé was about 5 years old and didn’t include the majority of my relevant work experience. It was time to hit the drawing board. I researched how to sell my experience as an entrepreneur, how to make my résumé stand out and found tools that helped make this whole process a walk in the park.

Below you will find the best articles and resources from around the web that helped me put together a great résumé.

Résumé Templates

I wouldn’t recommend using a super colorful and crazy template (unless you are a graphic designer) but showcasing your creativity and making yourself stand out amongst the crowd is never a bad thing. Just be careful when choosing as a lot of these templates are .ai files and if you are not comfortable with Adobe Illustrator, you’ll spend more time on formatting than you would like.

The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever

27 Beautiful Resume Designs You’ll Want to Steal 

279 Free Resume Templates – For those of you that want to keep it relatively simple using Microsoft Word

 

Staying Competitive in 2015

5 Ways to Spruce Up your Resume for 2015

Top 7 Resume Trends for 2015

6 Secrets of Great Resumes, Backed by Psychology 

 

Entrepreneur Specific 

A (decent) Former Entrepreneur Sample Resume

How to Write a Personal Summary  

7 Examples of Entrepreneur’s Resumes

 

Writing a Personal Bio 

Bio vs. Resume

Writing a Bio Like a Pro

Boring Resume Objective vs. Branding Statement

 

General Résumé Hacks

Get Your Resume Past the Robots 

45 Quick Changes that Help Your Resume Get Noticed

185 Powerful Verbs that will Make your Resume Awesome

5 Marketing Secrets that will Help your Resume Get Noticed

 


 

These are my favorite résumé articles out of the hundreds I read. I hope this list saved you time and energy and that you were able to gather some useful information. When researching for any project, I use Evernote to save awesome articles and websites. Evernote is an amazing tool that I highly recommend using to stay organized and share media between devices. If you have any more résumé tips or tricks, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments below. If you want to check out my résumé, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.