How to Create a Powerful Leadership Resume by Quantifying Achievements
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2010
Trying to tell employers the story of a long and successful executive career on your resume? Unfortunately, describing yourself as a seasoned, skilled, or experienced leader won’t cut it as much as showing the results of what you’ve done. Quantifying the results of your work, especially when it comes to the bottom line, will tell companies why they can count on you to produce similar gains for them, and will underscore your...
 
  Is Your Career Goal Realistic?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2010
If you’re not gaining the response you want from your job hunt, there can be several reasons: lack of hiring in your desired field, a watered-down resume that doesn’t represent your skills, shotgun job-search tactics like applying to every job you see, or an over-the-top, unrealistic goal for your next position. The latter situation can occur when you’re unsure how your skills tie into different rungs on the career ladder,...
 
  Why finding a recruiter won't automatically end your job search
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Sep, 2010
I was recently asked by a prospective client if I "knew" any recruiters. Well, I do maintain strong relationships with recruiters in various fields, but there seemed to be a disconnect in the question. You see, finding a recruiter is only part of the effort you'll need to undertake in order to be successful. Recruiters find candidates, not jobs. Let me repeat that again - a recruiter will NOT set out to find you a job. T...
 
  How to Conduct a Covert Job Search Using LinkedIn
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2010
How to Conduct a Covert Job Search Using LinkedIn Ready to launch a leadership job search? You might be worried that cultivating a LinkedIn presence will announce your candidacy—and blow your cover. However, there are ways to conduct a covert job search using LinkedIn, but only if you tune your LinkedIn Privacy Settings correctly. Here are the 3 key steps to preserving some secrecy for your job hunt, while still get...
 
  3 Ways to Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
Want to get hired faster? You can avoid one of the biggest job search mistakes by tailoring your resume to what employers are seeking. Companies post job ads all the time that are a gold mine for resume information—but only if you know how to use them correctly. Here are 3 tips for mining job ads for better resume results: 1 – Get an idea of the title you'll be applying for. While this may sound odd, your first ste...
 
  3 Ways to Capture Leadership Value in Your Executive Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
So you’ve written and re-written your executive resume, but it still doesn’t feel right to you? Maybe you’ve added metrics and detailed your career promotions, all to no avail. If so, it might be time to up your game—especially if you want to generate interviews. To create a powerful and effective leadership resume, you can find relief from using a concept called the S-T-A-R (Situation-Task-Action-Result) strategy. This...
 
  Are You Committing The Top Three LinkedIn Profile Sins?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jul, 2010
If you're stopping to read this, chances are good that you're not maximizing your LinkedIn Profile in a way that will actually get you hired. Here are 3 common pitfalls to avoid when setting up and using LinkedIn for a job search: 1 - Failing to use all the space provided. You’re guilty of this if your summary is comprised of just a few sentences, your work history only includes titles (and no description of your achi...
 
  How To Make Your Resume Sell The Story Of YOU
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2010
If you've added achievements to your resume, but still feel it doesn’t represent you, it might be time to ratchet things up a notch to get results. A concept called the S-T-A-R (Situation/Task-Action-Result) strategy is a popular and effective method of eliciting and sharpening the information for a resume. It’s aptly named for a reason – your resume must include a description of the situation or task itself! Note: there...
 
  Why 70% Of Resumes Have This Phrase - And Why You Should Avoid It
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2010
Somewhere in Resume Writing 101, someone came up with the great idea of listing years of experience as a qualifier. You’ve seen (or used) something like this: “over 15 years of experience in...” It seems to make sense, especially after you’ve spent some time in the industry and you want to show employers that you bring a seasoned background to the table. So what’s the problem? The issue is that it’s really not impressive...
 
  The Amputated Resume: Is Yours Missing Critical Details That Can Get You Hired?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2010
I’ve seen an alarming trend among self-written resumes lately, where job hunters are positioning themselves for promotion, but have failed to include any information that substantiates their placement at this level. If you’ve decided that it’s time for the next step up in your career, it’s a good idea to use prominent wording and a resume title that clearly shows your intent. But if you forgot to include supporting detai...
 
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