Must-Know Strategies for Resume Writing in a Competitive Market
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2009
If you’re a professional searching for your next opportunity in today’s aggressive job market, you’ve probably found that the task of marketing yourself is unlike any other. How do you sum up a long, storied career in just a few paragraphs? What is the best way to differentiate yourself on paper — and to get others to focus on this value? Standing out among the pack requires an intense emphasis on your natural leadershi...
 
  Are You a Best-Kept Secret in Your Job Hunt?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2009
When it comes to your job search, are you out in front of the right audience - or do they know next to nothing about you? If there's one mistake that executive job hunters make over and over again, it's being a best-kept secret: at their jobs, on their resumes, and during their searches. They are reluctant to toot their own horn, so to speak, thinking that it will be seen in a negative light. Well, it does cost them, bu...
 
  Do You Really Need a Different Resume for Each Job?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2008
You’ve probably heard that employers expect to see an exact match to their skills on your resume, and that you should be tailoring your resume to each job. But, you might think—if I do that, I'll be writing forever! Of course, there’s a point to customizing your resume to meet the needs of employers. A resume in today’s competitive market must deliver a clear message in order to be effective. However, this doesn't mean that...
 
  Five Tips to Capturing the Job With a Thank You Letter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2008
Is there any other interviewing technique that will set you apart like a Thank You Letter? Possibly not – and studies have shown that only 20% of candidates remember this crucial step, and of that figure, nearly 80% get hired! For this reason, I highly recommend adding this strategy to your arsenal of job hunting tools. In addition, it’s a great way to be remembered and expand your network—all key steps in today’s competiti...
 
  Why Should You Use a Cover Letter?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Oct, 2007
The answer lies in the fact that a job seeker must use every tool available to get in front of a potential employer. As I’ve noted in the past, the job market of today is much more aggressive than most people can recall, and the challenge of winning an interview is that much greater. Consider for a moment what happens when you do NOT use a cover letter: the hiring manager must spend precious minutes figuring out what positi...
 
  Effective Job Search Techniques: Broaden Your Reach Beyond the Internet
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2007
You've prepared a great resume; now, where should you use it? Many job seekers use the Internet as a primary source of job listings. However, you will see that there are many reasons to diversify your search. Make the most effective use of your time using these job search method findings and success rates, as published by a major career research firm, as a guide: 69% Effective - Conducting a Career Search in the Unadver...
 
  Do You Need a Degree to Find a Job in Corporate America?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Apr, 2007
You’ve worked your way up throughout your career, attaining a high-level rank through demonstrated achievement, dedication, and proficiency. One day, you find yourself needing to look elsewhere, and that’s where the old nagging doubt sets in: you never finished (or even started) college. What if this holds you back? First of all, relax. There exist countless professionals, managers, and even executives who do not possess a...
 
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