Who You Should (And Shouldn't) Turn To For Resume Advice
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2010
Showing your resume around to get feedback? Doing so can be a career-killer, especially if you're blindly taking others' advice. Here are 5 groups you might seek out for an honest, effective perspective on your resume--including some resources that I'd recommend skipping if you really want more interviews: 1 - Personal contacts (friends, family, etc.) Unless they are familar with your career accomplishments, this grou...
 
  Should You Work With a Recruiter?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2010
Considering contacting a recruiter for your job search? You’ll need to first understand how this relationship works, then locate and nurture the best sources of recruiters for your field. First of all, your best option is to contact more than one recruiter during a job search. For jobseekers who don’t grasp the overall strategy of recruiting, this may seem confusing. Can’t the recruiter you called just find you a job? We...
 
  Job Hunting? Three ways Your Competition Is Killing Your Chances
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2010
Recently, I talked with a jobseeker who had been laid off from a company in shutdown mode. A long-term employee, she had been promoted many times, with her recent job involving distributor relations. She was most interested in working for a university near her home. When I asked her what type of job she would pursue, she told me that she’d be applying to their posted career counseling position, since she did have HR experie...
 
  Three Ways To Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2010
Ever wonder if there's a great shortcut to resume writing - you know, one that others don't think to use but is very simple? Well, there is, and it will surprise you. Just look around at job postings. That's all there is to it, and it will help you 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 inform...
 
  How Do I Find Out If My Resume Really IS The Problem?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2010
Laura, I’m trying everything I know to get a call back for an interview, but it isn’t working. I’ve been spending a lot of time surfing job ads, and when I apply to something that seems perfect for me, I never get so much as a rejection letter. It’s getting to the point where I’m worn out from trying to figure out if there’s something wrong with my resume. Plus, I'm never sure what to do about it. Is it possible that...
 
  Three Ways To Write Your Resume Using Job Ads
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 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...
 
  How To Write an Interview-Winning Sales Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2010
If you’ve established a solid reputation for success in sales, you may believe that others will quickly see your value proposition. However, there’s more to writing a compelling sales resume that catapults you into an interview for a high-level role. Employers that hire sales managers, representatives, and business development professionals are not only concerned about your revenue results, but also your work style and i...
 
  Three Ways To Bring Your Resume Up To Par With Your Career
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
If you’ve been busy ascending the career ladder, your resume may have lost the true story of your brand and qualifications. This isn’t a problem, of course, until you‘re looking for a new job. That's when employers won't be able to see the meaning behind your achievements or figure out what you’re really offering. If your resume doesn't capture your current status, you'll need to give it a fresh look and personality that...
 
  Want Better Results? Run Your Job Search Like a PR Campaign
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
It’s not exactly a news flash, but the strategies for a successful job hunt have changed considerably over the past several years—and possibly forever. Like it or not, getting in front of the right audience for your search has become the equivalent of running a PR campaign, complete with brand development, market research, and message delivery. If you’ve been striking out while trying to get noticed, it’s possible that y...
 
  Want To Be Recruited Through LinkedIn? Don't Make These Profile Errors
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
LinkedIn, while a boon to recruiters and job hunters alike, has spawned some interesting practices in the name of the job search. If you’ve spent only a brief amount of time setting up your profile, your chances of being sought on LinkedIn for your expertise are quite remote — especially if it fails to represent your core brand value and or highlight achievements. However, you can take matters into your own hands to turn...
 
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