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  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 22, 2012
    On the receiving end of a recruiter’s call? Found a great job online, but it closes soon? Your elation can quickly turn to panic, especially if you haven’t updated your resume in some time. You’ll want to maximize every minute, of course, while creating a document that makes it look as if you’ve spent weeks crafting each word. Here are 3 shortcuts to reviewing and refreshing your resume – all in short order – to meet the deman...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - March 20, 2012
    Frustrated (and confused) by the response to your executive resume? With so many executives in the job market, your resume must grab attention quickly. If you want to land the right interviews, personal branding that clearly positions you as a leader is a requirement - especially when distinguishing yourself among competitors. Keep in mind that an executive career story is often difficult to capture, with numerous job changes...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - October 27, 2011
    Writing your resume for the first time in years? Struggling to get a response after sending it out to employers?Whether you’re aware of it or not, resume trends have changed substantially, and the document you send out will compete with better-designed resumes that quickly spark employer interest.Ignoring these trends in format and writing style can make it harder for your resume to catch a hiring manager’s eye. The way your m...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 16, 2011
    If you’ve searched the Internet for a professional or executive resume writer lately, you’re bound to find endless choices.How do you decide who is the best writer for you? What criteria should you use in judging a writer’s abilities? And above all, who can you trust to get you into the job of your choice?To get the results you want (more interviews!) and maximize the ROI on your investment, look for a professional resume writ...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 9, 2011
    Professional resume writers often encounter this scenario: a new client asks for a resume rewrite, and upon looking over their original document, it becomes apparent that something looks familiar.Then, it suddenly becomes clear: the resume was written for someone else, and copied by a friend!If you've copied a compelling professional resume, you have a lot of company. But barring the obvious part about copyright infringement,...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 3, 2011
    Many executives and senior-level professionals planning to enter the job market will consider contacting a recruiter to find out about open jobs in their field. However, presenting yourself as a great candidate to work with a recruiter doesn’t just happen. It’s important to understand the relationship among all involved parties (the recruiter, company, and you), get your resume in top shape, and to be ready to deal with potent...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - July 26, 2011
    Cisco Systems announced its largest layoff ever in July 2011, and employees are certainly feeling the aftershocks.With 6,500 staff being cut (up to a 14% drop in its workforce), Cisco has announced that it plans to restructure in order to maintain a competitive position.If you’re one of those affected by this or other layoffs, what should you do? It's no secret that professionals have bemoaned the state of the job market now f...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - July 20, 2011
    Spent the majority of your career building a successful operation or business, only to find that you’re now in the job market due to unforeseen circumstances? If your executive reputation has always carried you from job to job, it can be difficult to explain your stature to those outside your circle of influence. Many executives in these unprecedented times never even expected to need a resume, much less convey the magnitude...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - July 20, 2011
    An interesting practice seems to have cropped up among self-written social media profiles, where the phrases that have been taboo on resumes (like “self-motivated team player”) are creeping back into lists of job hunter credentials on LinkedIn.Unfortunately, these mundane, dry, and redundant phrases can make it difficult for you to maximize the power of LinkedIn as an executive job search tool.It’s also challenging for recruit...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - June 29, 2011
    If you’re an executive planning your next career move, it might intrigue you to learn that you’ll be judged by more than just your resume during your job search. In other words, a full resume is not necessarily the best fit for each interviewer or contact.Surprised? You’ll find that recruiters, company owners, Boards of Directors, and other hiring decision-makers often look at your experience through a series of interviews and...