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    Job Search Guide - Branded Resumes
by Louise Garver and Tim Muma - May, 2013
The topic of resumes up for discussion on a consistent basis, particularly figuring out how to stand out and highlight your qualifications among all the other candidates. Award-winning, certified resume writer and executive career coach, Louise Garver, is the President of Career Directions LLC, and she breaks down the key aspects of the branded resume. Louise describes to Tim Muma how these can stand out and grab the attention...
 
  5 Tips for Best Impression Cover Letter for Executives
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2016
Cover letters are still an important document in an executive job seeker’s collateral materials. They provide a good opportunity to build rapport with a recruiter or prospective employer. Comments expressed by more than 75% of hiring managers range from “somewhat valuable to very valuable” when evaluating an executive candidate for a position who presents a cover letter. Eye appeal is important. A visually attractive cover...
 
  7 Tips for Executive Cover Letters
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2016
Cover letters are not dead yet! And they can be an effective way to help the recruiter or hiring manager identify your talents and capabilities as a viable candidate for a job opening. A well-written cover letter can also help you stand out among your peers. Your cover letter should exude enthusiasm, motivation, and drive. The reader should be able to see at a glance how well you communicate, and what emotional intelligence...
 
  Beware of These 4 Common Job Reference Mistakes
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2016
Congratulations! You’ve made it past the first few hurdles of getting your resume in front of a recruiter or hiring manager. They may have vetted you through LinkedIn and Google, and possibly you’ve passed the pre-screen interview. Now they are requesting references before moving you through the hiring process. 1. Prepare the people on your reference list. First and foremost, get their permission. It is very important that...
 
  Beware of or Embrace Virtual Media-Rich Resumes
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2016
Recruiters and hiring managers either love or hate virtual resumes. Let’s examine a few pros and cons: PRO Particularly useful for people in non-standard careers such as creative arts, entertainment industry, or a vast range of marketing positions where video and/or audio work product can demonstrate expertise and competencies. Helps executives with long career histories showcase their talents in more depth. Not restric...
 
  What Not To Include In Your Resume - 5 Mistakes Executives Make
by Louise Garver - Mar, 2016
Resumes have evolved over the decades. Figuring out what to include in your resume today can be confusing. Deciphering the contradictions made by experts can be overwhelming. As an executive, you may approach this challenge as you would other issues in business: listen to the experts, identify what would work for you, and make an informed decision. What should you leave out of a resume in 2016? Five key things: Objective...
 
  Is Your Resume Missing These 5 Important Basics?
by Louise Garver - Mar, 2016
Whether you a seasoned executive or newly elevated to the executive level, you need to be aware of how these five elements impact the effectiveness of your resume. Profile section. The top one-third of your resume is the most valuable real estate in the resume. This area is where recruiters and hiring managers grab the essence of who you are and what you can do for their company in six seconds. Yes, I said six seconds! This...
 
  Do You Know The Most Important Question An Interviewer Will Ask?
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2015
Executives have been on many interviews throughout their career and any number of interview questions may come to mind as the most important. But, the universal all-encompassing question that can make or break an interview is (or a variation): “Why should we hire you?” Before you dismiss this as a so-so question, consider the scenario: the hiring manager is looking at the top three executives to fill the job. All things...
 
  4 Tips to Being More Hirable Every Executive Should Know
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2015
The executive job market has changed over the years. That’s a fact. Employers are extremely selective with their executive hires more so today than ever before. The number of qualified candidates searching for new positions still creates a highly competitive market. How can you present yourself to be more hirable and beat out your competition? Tip 1: Stand out with your resume. The old-fashioned resume format is dead. Be...
 
  3-Part Strategy To Beat Your Competition To The Job
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2015
The statistics prove the results – more than 75% of jobs are filled before they are formally advertised. At one time or another you may have even experienced finding a job through a resource other than by submitting your resume to a job board for an advertised position. Executives have all heard about the hidden job market, back door career opportunities, or whatever you want to label it. But do you know how effective caree...
 
  Are Recruiters and Hiring Managers Really Using Your Age Against You?
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2015
I’ve had many mature executive clients tell me they have experienced some form of age discrimination in their careers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated that record levels of age-discrimination lawsuits have been filed in the last five years. One contributing factor: millennials are moving into junior executive or executive positions and some may not recognize an older worker’s value to an organization. The...
 
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