10 Little Things That Make A Big Difference To Hiring Managers
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2013
As a former hiring manager in several consulting firms, I often wondered if candidates were cognizant of the impression they made on employers. Even small things, such as the frown displayed by an applicant upon arriving at an interview, or the worn-out jeans on an applicant in a roomful of suits, gave me pause as I worked to screen candidates. Ironically, many of the issues I spotted were easily fixed by taking care...
 
  Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2013
Dumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn —and calling it done? If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice. Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches. Here are 3 compelling reasons that p...
 
  Why Your Job Application Didn’t Get a Response (And What You Can Do About It)
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Oct, 2013
Eagerly sending your resume to the perfect job posting or trying to contact executive recruiters – but not getting a response? If you thought your executive resume was strong, and your LinkedIn Profile was ready for prime time, it might seem that your application traveled into a black hole! Many executives report similar experiences, with reactions ranging from despair to frustration with employers. Can’t they at lea...
 
  3 Phrases That Kill The Effectiveness Of An Executive Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2013
Want your resume to distinguish your leadership brand among competing candidates for C-suite or VP positions? Then ditch the boring language you’ve seen on many other executive resume summaries. Just because other resumes (both professional and self-written) employ a blend of monotonous, overused words doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Shake things up and ensure the effectiveness of your leadership brand message by ref...
 
  How to Write a High-ROI, Branded Cover Letter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2013
As a resume writer who frequently assists executives and senior-level professionals to create thoughtful cover letters, I enjoyed talking with Leslie Stevens-Huffman of Dice.com for her insightful article, 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter. As she notes, your job search can stall if your cover letter fails to show your value, or makes it obvious that you’re not taking the time to learn about the employer’s business....
 
  3 Tips to Writing a Strong Career Biography
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2013
A career biography as a job search document is nothing new; employers and recruiters have often reviewed bios as a part of a leadership or executive portfolio. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an executive biography when submitting your resume. However, you don’t want to resort to the tired, “James has served as the IT Director of XYZ Company for 6 years” type of bio. Instead, power up your biography...
 
  How to Write Your Resume When You’re NOT The Perfect Candidate
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2012
If your career trajectory contains a few speed bumps (such as a gap in work history or job hopping), you’re among the multitudes in this job market. Given the state of economic affairs over the past few years, most job seekers don’t fit the classic picture of a “stable” work history at a single employer the way they once did. I recently sat down with Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com to discuss ways of dealing with a not-s...
 
  Why I'll never critique your resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2012
Frequently, I encounter job seekers who are trying to find out what, if anything, might be missing from their resume. Of course, they also ask what I’d do to improve it. These are valid questions, and in such a competitive market, it makes sense for candidates to request this type of feedback. However, I won’t do it. Why not? There’s simply no way, other than getting to know the twists and turns of your profe...
 
  The 5 must-have components of a winning executive resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2012
Does your executive resume pale in comparison to some of the powerhouses you've seen online? Is it a struggle to convey your message of effective leadership in just 2 or 3 pages? If so, a few straightforward changes can be all that's needed to transform your resume from overlooked to standout. Increase your chances of being considered for the coveted corner office by reviewing this list of must-have components for...
 
  Does Your Resume Show Your ROI?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2012
Creating your resume, but stumped for ideas beyond your job titles, places of employment, tasks, and education? Compelling employers to pick up the phone requires a much stronger brand message! If you haven’t focused on your ROI – the benefit companies get when hiring you – your search can go on indefinitely. You might believe that recruiters or HR managers will “get” this message from reading about your past jobs...
 
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