Facing Cisco's 2011 layoff? Take these 5 steps in your job hunt
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2011
Cisco Systems announced its largest layoff ever in July 2011, and employees are certainly feeling the aftershocks. With 6,500 staff being cut (up to a 14% drop in its workforce), Cisco has announced that it plans to restructure in order to maintain a competitive position. If you’re one of those affected by this or other layoffs, what should you do? It's no secret that professionals have bemoaned the state of the job mark...
 
  3 Ways to Leverage a Well-Earned Executive Reputation in Your Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2011
Spent the majority of your career building a successful operation or business, only to find that you’re now in the job market due to unforeseen circumstances? If your executive reputation has always carried you from job to job, it can be difficult to explain your stature to those outside your circle of influence. Many executives in these unprecedented times never even expected to need a resume, much less convey the magni...
 
  7 Phrases to Strike From Your LinkedIn Profile
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2011
An interesting practice seems to have cropped up among self-written social media profiles, where the phrases that have been taboo on resumes (like “self-motivated team player”) are creeping back into lists of job hunter credentials on LinkedIn. Unfortunately, these mundane, dry, and redundant phrases can make it difficult for you to maximize the power of LinkedIn as an executive job search tool. It’s also challenging for...
 
  Executive Job Hunting? You'll Need more Than a Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2011
If you’re an executive planning your next career move, it might intrigue you to learn that you’ll be judged by more than just your resume during your job search. In other words, a full resume is not necessarily the best fit for each interviewer or contact. Surprised? You’ll find that recruiters, company owners, Boards of Directors, and other hiring decision-makers often look at your experience through a series of interv...
 
  Mistaken for a lower-level job hunter? Try these 3 executive resume writing tips
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2011
Applying to jobs at your level – but being told that you don’t qualify, based on your resume? This is a common problem that I’ve seen among leaders at all rungs of the career ladder, with stories of IT Directors being mistaken for programmers, Sales Vice Presidents who appear to be individual reps, and so on. If you’ve experienced this issue in your job search, you’re not alone by a long shot. Many self-written leade...
 
  Executive Job Hunting? You'll Need More Than a Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
If you’re an executive planning your next career move, it might surprise you to learn that you’ll be judged by more than just your resume during your job search. In other words, a full resume is not necessarily the best fit for each interviewer or contact. Surprised? You’ll find that recruiters, company owners, Boards of Directors, and other hiring decision-makers often look at your experience through a series of interviews...
 
  3 Easy Ways to Overcome the Challenge of Resume Writing
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Trying to get your job search off to a strong start – only to be hampered by the resume-writing process? Do you struggle to articulate the high points of your career and brand - or to sum up the reasons you should be considered over others? If so, you have plenty of company, especially if your career is at the executive or senior professional level. Many leaders have discovered that it’s easier to actually drive change,...
 
  CIO Resumes: Mining IT Projects for Strategic Benefit
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Are you a rising star in the IT world eager for a shot at the CIO role? Ascending from IT Director or VP takes more than just showing how you’ve leveraged the technology itself: you’ll need to first put yourself in the C-suite on paper. As described by my recent article in ComputerWorld, most would-be technology executives stumble when it comes to resume writing at the CIO level. Transitioning your value proposition to...
 
  Do You Really Want to Use THAT LinkedIn Photo?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Some time ago, I ran across a LinkedIn picture of a job seeker who was holding a very specific political sign over her head. In bright letters. In shorts (and no, they did NOT become her). Curious about this phenomenon, I surveyed my fine resume-writing, coaching, and careers industry colleagues at Career Directors International on the subject of inappropriate LinkedIn photographs. As a result, I came away with a...
 
  Don't Apply Just Once
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Planning to apply to that hot job you just found online? Take it a step further with some competitive research that can put you first in line (but at another company). Here’s the idea: when companies post a position, they might be hiring from within their network – looking at suppliers, competitors, vendors, and any other organizations within their sphere of influence for that perfect candidate. If they follow through...
 
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