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  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 10, 2013
    As a resume writer who frequently assists executives and senior-level professionals to create thoughtful cover letters, I enjoyed talking with Leslie Stevens-Huffman of Dice.com for her insightful article, 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter. As she notes, your job search can stall if your cover letter fails to show your value, or makes it obvious that you’re not taking the time to learn about the employer’s business. Unfort...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 4, 2013
    A career biography as a job search document is nothing new; employers and recruiters have often reviewed bios as a part of a leadership or executive portfolio. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an executive biography when submitting your resume. However, you don’t want to resort to the tired, “James has served as the IT Director of XYZ Company for 6 years” type of bio. Instead, power up your biography with these...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 30, 2012
    If your career trajectory contains a few speed bumps (such as a gap in work history or job hopping), you’re among the multitudes in this job market. Given the state of economic affairs over the past few years, most job seekers don’t fit the classic picture of a “stable” work history at a single employer the way they once did. I recently sat down with Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com to discuss ways of dealing with a not-so-perfec...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 22, 2012
    Frequently, I encounter job seekers who are trying to find out what, if anything, might be missing from their resume. Of course, they also ask what I’d do to improve it. These are valid questions, and in such a competitive market, it makes sense for candidates to request this type of feedback. However, I won’t do it. Why not? There’s simply no way, other than getting to know the twists and turns of your profe...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 21, 2012
    Does your executive resume pale in comparison to some of the powerhouses you've seen online? Is it a struggle to convey your message of effective leadership in just 2 or 3 pages? If so, a few straightforward changes can be all that's needed to transform your resume from overlooked to standout. Increase your chances of being considered for the coveted corner office by reviewing this list of must-have components for a cutting-ed...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 10, 2012
    Creating your resume, but stumped for ideas beyond your job titles, places of employment, tasks, and education? Compelling employers to pick up the phone requires a much stronger brand message! If you haven’t focused on your ROI – the benefit companies get when hiring you – your search can go on indefinitely. You might believe that recruiters or HR managers will “get” this message from reading about your past jobs or span of a...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 10, 2012
    If you’ve reviewed executive resume samples lately, you might realize there’s something missing from your own document. Does your executive resume fail to convey your value clearly – and in a matter of seconds? If so, you’ll find that a few, straightforward changes can transform you from overlooked to sought-after. Increase your chances of being considered for the coveted corner office by reviewing this list of must-have compo...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 9, 2012
    Ready to make LinkedIn work harder for you… but unsure how to generate activity from the site? Confused as to why your Profile viewers never get in touch with you? LinkedIn will have a tremendous impact on your job search – generating new Connections, recruiter calls, and networking opportunities – but this only happens when you actively cultivate your Profile as a keyword-rich, career-specific presentation that wows employers...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - June 19, 2012
    Moved up to a new leadership role, but without a change in title? You have plenty of company. Many leadership job hunters find themselves handling the duties of a much more demanding position, despite the lack of a formal promotion. These scenarios can be difficult to present on a leadership resume – especially when you’re determined to preserve your career trajectory. Are you stuck listing your job as Manager when...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 22, 2012
    When you first joined LinkedIn, it made sense to fill in just enough facts to get your Profile active and allow you to connect with others. However, if it’s been a few months and you still have a bare-bones Profile, it probably won't generate results for your job search. Even if it does attract visitors, they’ll quickly leave to find someone more interesting. The reality about LinkedIn is this: it’s an amazing job search tool...