Should Your Resume Writer Be Social Media-Savvy?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
Much has been written about the impact of social media in the careers industry, with plenty of accolades for the role of Twitter and LinkedIn in the job hunt. Of course, there’s still many holdouts in the job-seeking community. But what about career professionals themselves? Should your resume writer or career coach know how to use social media—and what are the implications of working with a service provider who is lacki...
 
  Leveraging Those Letters of Recommendation In a Job Search
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
Letters of recommendation and other types of testimonials such as performance reviews are a great strategy for reinforcing your value proposition and of course, your personal brand. One of the ways you can put these letters to good use is to add some snippets from each letter to your resume. Why does this help? Well, a resume is written to tell your own story, presumably from YOUR point of view. While you can tell other...
 
  How To Use Professional Resume Samples For Your Own Benefit
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2010
So, you’ve realized that your own resume isn’t up to par, and you’re intent on making improvements or finding some help. What you might NOT know is that using professional resume samples can greatly increase your chance of success. Whether you’re polishing your own resume or finding a resume writing service to assist you, using examples of successful resumes can play a large part in the responses you receive. Here ar...
 
  Seven Resume Writing Errors That Make You Look Like an Amateur
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2009
Want to write a resume that really cuts to the heart of your value and stands out for its professionalism? It's going to be difficult if the writing style you use undermines your credibility--before an employer even reads your resume summary! No matter how strong your credentials (and despite the fact that most resumes are written in sentence fragments that aren't grammatically correct by themselves) you'll still need t...
 
  What's Supposed To Appear at The Top of Your Resume?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2009
Job hunters are often told that hiring authorities will give their resumes a quick, 10-15 second glance before moving onto the next candidate. However, during my recent survey of recruiters for an Examiner.com article, I found out that it's more like 3-5 seconds. While your initial reaction to this news might be panic, stop for a second and think about it – how are you obscuring your message with all the noise at the top of...
 
  Why Recruiters Are Rejecting Your Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2009
Wondering why recruiters don’t call you back, and how you’re ever going to get hired in this recession? As it turns out, hiring authorities continually see problems with the resumes that come their way, with what one noted was “more pet peeves on this issue than Elin Woods’ attorney on the new pre-nuptial agreement.” However, most recruiters are more than happy to share their advice for getting your resume into the “yes”...
 
  Create an 'Ageless' Resume To Avoid Discrimination
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2009
If you’re job hunting in your 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s, it’s certainly occurred to you by now that age discrimination is alive and well in the market. Employers spend considerable time filtering out the candidates that they consider outdated and expensive in order to focus on the right demographic for their businesses. When you're trying to get your foot in the door to explain why you’re MORE agile and ready to work than yo...
 
  Want Faster Job Search Results? Use a Dollar-Driven Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2009
Readying your resume for an executive job search? You might find that the traditional data—career titles, management assignments, projects, and education—aren’t enough anymore. Now more than ever, companies have intensified their focus on one area of your performance: money. Employer want leaders who can make, save, and control it, which will give them strength to fight the economic downturn. If you’re an executive in t...
 
  Could Your Executive Resume Actually Be Too SHORT?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2009
Most job hunters remember the days of single-page resumes, when hiring professionals warned them that any document daring to breach this "rule" would be quickly eliminated from consideration. Fast forward to the rapid-fire job market of today, and you'll find that things have changed considerably. Not only have many executives jumped ship amid volatile corporate changes, but numerous mergers, downsizing efforts, and layo...
 
  Secrets of an Executive Resume Writer: Where to Put Key Information
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
Like hiring managers and recruiters, I read plenty of resumes sent to me by job hunters hopeful for a shot at a great new role. And like hiring authorities, I struggle to find the most pertinent information about each candidate as I scan through the documents. Many professionals still adhere to resume formats that kill their chances of winning an interview, burying their most attractive credentials and making it harder for...
 
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