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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...
  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...
  Secret to Getting Hired
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2015
Executives are pretty savvy when it comes to knowing how to navigate job search. But do they know the #1 secret to getting hired? If you think networking is the answer, you are on the right path. If you think building social media connections is the secret, you have the right idea. And if working with recruiters is the best secret of all, you are partially correct. In fact all these guesses contribute to getting a chance to...
  5 Key Tips to Wow Recruiters
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2015
Companies are awash in resumes, even at the executive level. Somehow you have to find that special angle – or, more realistically, a collection of angles – to set yourself apart. What does it take? Here’s what recruiters recommend. Professional presentation Let’s start with the obvious… your physical appearance. Are you wearing something appropriate to interviews and networking meetings? Even the range of colors on your...
  Ace the Recruitment Process With These Active Listening Tips
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2015
As an executive and leader, the art of listening is a key component in every aspect of your communications. It’s especially important when it comes to navigating your executive job search – whether you’re talking to a recruiter or a company insider. Judith Glaser of Benchmark Communications writes about navigational listening: “the style of listening that makes us better executives. It accepts that listening is not an end...
  Recruiter’s Radar–Be On It!
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2015
As an executive, whether you’re trying to advance in your career, find a seat on the board, or transition to another new position, knowing how to capture the attention of executive recruiters is an important part of your search strategy. Executive search firms often receive hundreds of CVs and resumes for every vacancy they have on file, so how you prepare is very important. Bear in in mind that their primary obligation...
  Don’t forget these 5 important job search strategies!
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2015
You’ve been down this road before – looking for a new job. Whether it’s been years or fairly recent that you’ve looked for a job, you think you have it covered – updated resume, cover letter, and executive bio (check), refreshed online profiles (check), and reconnected with priority individuals in your network (check). But there’s that little uncertainty, almost panic in the back of your mind that you are missing something in...
  What’s holding you back in your job search? 4 revealing strategies
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2015
Job search has changed over the years almost as much as technology. We’re no longer lugging around a cell phone the size of a large sub sandwich or using an electric typewriter. So why are executives relying on ancient techniques to conduct job search? 1.Social media. So many executives are reluctant to embrace social media, especially during job search. And yes, there is a real concern that a current boss or peers might c...
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