The 5 Most-Overlooked Components of a Powerful Executive Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2012
If you’ve reviewed executive resume samples lately, you might realize there’s something missing from your own document. Does your executive resume fail to convey your value clearly – and in a matter of seconds? If so, you’ll find that a few, straightforward changes can transform you from overlooked to sought-after. Increase your chances of being considered for the coveted corner office by reviewing this list of must-ha...
 
  3 Ways You’re Turning Off Recruiters on LinkedIn
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2012
Ready to make LinkedIn work harder for you… but unsure how to generate activity from the site? Confused as to why your Profile viewers never get in touch with you? LinkedIn will have a tremendous impact on your job search – generating new Connections, recruiter calls, and networking opportunities – but this only happens when you actively cultivate your Profile as a keyword-rich, career-specific presentation that wows e...
 
  How to write your resume for a leadership promotion
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2012
Moved up to a new leadership role, but without a change in title? You have plenty of company. Many leadership job hunters find themselves handling the duties of a much more demanding position, despite the lack of a formal promotion. These scenarios can be difficult to present on a leadership resume – especially when you’re determined to preserve your career trajectory. Are you stuck listing your job as Manager when...
 
  3 quick ways to improve your LinkedIn profile
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2012
When you first joined LinkedIn, it made sense to fill in just enough facts to get your Profile active and allow you to connect with others. However, if it’s been a few months and you still have a bare-bones Profile, it probably won't generate results for your job search. Even if it does attract visitors, they’ll quickly leave to find someone more interesting. The reality about LinkedIn is this: it’s an amazing job sear...
 
  Need to write your resume fast? Don't panic
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2012
On the receiving end of a recruiter’s call? Found a great job online, but it closes soon? Your elation can quickly turn to panic, especially if you haven’t updated your resume in some time. You’ll want to maximize every minute, of course, while creating a document that makes it look as if you’ve spent weeks crafting each word. Here are 3 shortcuts to reviewing and refreshing your resume – all in short order – to me...
 
  3 reasons why your executive resume isn't working
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2012
Frustrated (and confused) by the response to your executive resume? With so many executives in the job market, your resume must grab attention quickly. If you want to land the right interviews, personal branding that clearly positions you as a leader is a requirement - especially when distinguishing yourself among competitors. Keep in mind that an executive career story is often difficult to capture, with numerous job...
 
  Does your resume miss out on the latest trends?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Oct, 2011
Writing your resume for the first time in years? Struggling to get a response after sending it out to employers? Whether you’re aware of it or not, resume trends have changed substantially, and the document you send out will compete with better-designed resumes that quickly spark employer interest. Ignoring these trends in format and writing style can make it harder for your resume to catch a hiring manager’s eye. The wa...
 
  How to assess and select the best professional resume writer for you
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2011
If you’ve searched the Internet for a professional or executive resume writer lately, you’re bound to find endless choices. How do you decide who is the best writer for you? What criteria should you use in judging a writer’s abilities? And above all, who can you trust to get you into the job of your choice? To get the results you want (more interviews!) and maximize the ROI on your investment, look for a professional res...
 
  6 errors you'll make when copying your friend's professional resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2011
Professional resume writers often encounter this scenario: a new client asks for a resume rewrite, and upon looking over their original document, it becomes apparent that something looks familiar. Then, it suddenly becomes clear: the resume was written for someone else, and copied by a friend! If you've copied a compelling professional resume, you have a lot of company. But barring the obvious part about copyright infrin...
 
  What You Should Know Before Contacting an Executive Recruiter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2011
Many executives and senior-level professionals planning to enter the job market will consider contacting a recruiter to find out about open jobs in their field. However, presenting yourself as a great candidate to work with a recruiter doesn’t just happen. It’s important to understand the relationship among all involved parties (the recruiter, company, and you), get your resume in top shape, and to be ready to deal with po...
 
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