Are You Using The Correct Title For Your Executive Resume?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
If you’re reading this in confusion, wondering just what a resume title is, then you’re in the right place. Resume titles (or headlines) have replaced the objective statements of years past by giving employers the exact job type that you’re seeking—all up front and with great clarity. In today’s competitive market, you’ll find that many executive recruiters want to quickly digest your resume to scan for key details. Oft...
 
  Believe It or Not, Font Matters
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
If you're ready to truly think of your resume as a marketing piece, then this won't come as a total shock: font choice is key. Unfortunately, most people are so focused on writing the content of their resumes that they don't give a second thought to font, and yet it can make a critical difference in the look and tone of your materials--giving the hiring audience an immediate impression of who you are, what you offer, and at...
 
  Have You Bought Into These Resume Myths?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
It seems that "advice" on how to structure your resume is everywhere, with varying opinions from numerous sources. Now that tight economic times are upon us, you might need even more information to help you land that perfect job. Unfortunately, many resume ideas that should have been cast aside years ago still seem to float around, and taking them as truth can actually impede your success. Take a look at these 5 long-sta...
 
  Have You Googled Yourself Lately?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
If you're an executive looking for a new role, you know the drill: ready your resume, examine your references, and build that network. However, the job search HAS changed. Now, there's one more item you'll need to focus on--your online identity. Employers turn to the Internet to dig up information prior to even considering an executive candidate, according to many recruiters. And, as you can imagine, what they find can e...
 
  Making the Leap from Business Owner to Executive? Construct your Resume Carefully
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
If you've heard the siren call of business ownership, only to find that the economy has affected your clients or business, you might be facing an executive job search that comes with an extra hurdle--that of transitioning your executive resume from an entrepreneurial mindset. What's the best way to show employers that you're serious about this move--and that you truly deserve that top executive spot? Like any complex cha...
 
  Three 'Tests' that you can use to Ensure your Resume Hits the Mark
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
In the rush to get your resume in front of employers, stop for a minute (or a few hours) and consider whether you're giving an accurate picture of your capabilities. All too often, candidates unload a mixed bag of skills, job duties, and meaningless phrases (take "self-motivated team player" - please) on employers, and then wonder why they're still job hunting months later. It's important to map out a resume strategy BEF...
 
  Who or What is Reading Your Executive Resume? Why Should You Care?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
One of the big mysteries that confounds job hunters is that they see a great job posting, apply to it, and then... nothing. Why isn't the phone ringing? It's often that automated systems are "reading" your executive resume--and they don't like what they see. Under siege, employers are trying to filter out unqualified applicants for executive roles as hard as they're trying to get IN. If you're not receiving a response from...
 
  Why you Should Stop Adding ALL of your Work History to your Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2009
One of the most puzzling concepts to some candidates is that of the resume as a marketing document INSTEAD of a job application. This may come as a surprise, but employers don't want to read through all of your work history! The past decade is of most interest to them, as well as any and all relevant qualifications that prepare you to be their best candidate. To get at the heart of this idea, start thinking of the st...
 
  What Does a CAR Have to do with your Executive Resume?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2009
If you’re in the midst of a job hunt, you’ve likely added information to your resume that shows your job responsibilities and the scope of your authority throughout your career. But does your resume actually tell a story—or ALL of your success stories? You may have already realized that, in order to give a focused picture of your skills, you’ll need to add metrics to your resume. However, the most powerful and meaningful re...
 
  LinkedIn Profiles and Your Resume: What’s the Difference?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Mar, 2009
There’s no doubt about it: LinkedIn is one of the greatest job search tools available today. Not only can you “advertise” your availability and display career endorsements, but being viewable on LI is a boon to recruiters that may need your skills. However, building an effective online profile is something few people address in detail. You may spend hours preparing your resume, only to be confused about which components to...
 
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