Want That Executive Job? Don't Write Your Own Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Here’s a common refrain that I’ve heard from budding C-level executives: “I wrote my own resume a few years back, but I can see that it’s just not working now. I can't get anyone to respond at the right level!" An overwhelming majority of aspiring and current executive job hunters (and I mean literally 80%+ of the people that I talk with) cannot position themselves properly in a resume, and here’s why: Buzzwords and pro...
 
  5 easy steps to writing a networking resume for results
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2011
Are you trying to engage high-level decision-makers in your job search? Planning to contact recruiters or network during business meetings? You might find that these audiences quickly become overwhelmed with reading your full executive resume—or that a multi-page document is simply too much to handle in a busy networking situation. The solution? A Networking Resume—a powerful sound bite that encapsulates your career in a...
 
  LinkedIn Profiles and Your Executive Resume – What’s the Difference?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2011
There’s no doubt about it: LinkedIn is one of the greatest job search tools available today. Not only can you “advertise” your availability and display career endorsements, but being viewable on LinkedIn is a boon to executive recruiters that may need your skills. However, building an effective online profile is something few people address in detail. You may spend hours preparing your resume, only to be confused about whic...
 
  Struggling to Write Your Executive Resume? Try These Branding Tips
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2011
If your idea of writing an executive resume is trying to list all your tasks and group them under each job title, you’re in for quite a surprise. The information that actually makes employers want to call you is quite different than just the descriptions of your previous jobs, as it involves creating a personal brand message with a clear, unmistakable promise of leadership value. In this market, your job search is almost...
 
  Powerful ways to get your resume noticed
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2010
As much as you may want to land your next job, you have to feel for the person who is reading your resume on the other side of the hiring table. I can attest to the brain drain that happens after reading hundreds of resumes with similar phrases and nearly identical conventions… giving the impression that they were all written by the SAME person! Generating attention during this hectic job market requires shaking things u...
 
  How boring is your resume summary?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2010
Have you struggled with putting your brand into your resume, writing a profile paragraph that looks great, but is failing to get the attention you deserve? If you’ve spent considerable time (or money) on a lackluster resume that serves up the same information as everyone else’s, it might be time to rewrite your introductory summary to get better results. You’re boring hiring managers if your resume contains an opening pa...
 
  What does your LinkedIn headline say about you?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2010
Did you realize that LinkedIn has a built-in marketing and search engine-friendly capability that is easy to use--and often overlooked? Well, neither do most job hunters. The best 120 characters of keyword optimization you can find for a job search, your LinkedIn Headline (or title) is a major piece of the puzzle that can help recruiters locate your skills. If you're one of the many that loaded up this field with your cu...
 
  Why your next job might come via LinkedIn
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Oct, 2010
As you might expect, I speak with many senior executives and other job hunters on a regular basis. As I review their job search techniques and situation, the common refrain I hear is that they’ve set up a LinkedIn Profile, but then failed to do anything else with it. These executives are often just peripherally aware that using LinkedIn can help their job search, but they're not sure what steps to take that will help them...
 
  Is Your Resume Ready for a Recruiter?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2010
Great news! You received a call out of the blue from a recruiter who wants to see your resume quickly. But what if you haven’t kept it current? First of all, consider asking for more time to pull things together. After all, the recruiter’s job is easier if your resume clearly tells the employer why you’re a strong candidate. Now, on to getting that resume in shape! Here are 3 tips to help you craft a compelling document—...
 
  7 Overused and Worn-Out Phrases to Avoid on Your Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2010
If you’ve constantly looked at other resumes to get ideas, borrowing words here and there, you might find that employers are on to your game. Weary of reading the same phrases over and over again, hiring managers are starting to expect more from top candidates who want to stand out in the crowded job market. Here are 7 phrases that appear far too often on resumes, with recommendations on how to improve your wording for a s...
 
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