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  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 27, 2010
    Laura, I’m trying everything I know to get a call back for an interview, but it isn’t working. I’ve been spending a lot of time surfing job ads, and when I apply to something that seems perfect for me, I never get so much as a rejection letter.It’s getting to the point where I’m worn out from trying to figure out if there’s something wrong with my resume. Plus, I'm never sure what to do about it.Is it possible that my resume r...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 16, 2010
    Want to get hired faster? You can avoid one of the biggest job search mistakes by tailoring your resume to what employers are seeking.Companies post job ads all the time that are a gold mine for resume information — but only if you know how to use them correctly.Here are 3 tips for mining job ads for better resume results:1. – Get an idea of the title you'll be applying for.While this may sound odd, your first step is to figur...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 3, 2010
    If you’ve established a solid reputation for success in sales, you may believe that others will quickly see your value proposition.However, there’s more to writing a compelling sales resume that catapults you into an interview for a high-level role.Employers that hire sales managers, representatives, and business development professionals are not only concerned about your revenue results, but also your work style and impact on...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 28, 2010
    If you’ve been busy ascending the career ladder, your resume may have lost the true story of your brand and qualifications. This isn’t a problem, of course, until you‘re looking for a new job. That's when employers won't be able to see the meaning behind your achievements or figure out what you’re really offering. If your resume doesn't capture your current status, you'll need to give it a fresh look and personality that...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 20, 2010
    It’s not exactly a news flash, but the strategies for a successful job hunt have changed considerably over the past several years—and possibly forever.Like it or not, getting in front of the right audience for your search has become the equivalent of running a PR campaign, complete with brand development, market research, and message delivery.If you’ve been striking out while trying to get noticed, it’s possible that your expe...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 17, 2010
    LinkedIn, while a boon to recruiters and job hunters alike, has spawned some interesting practices in the name of the job search.If you’ve spent only a brief amount of time setting up your profile, your chances of being sought on LinkedIn for your expertise are quite remote — especially if it fails to represent your core brand value and or highlight achievements.However, you can take matters into your own hands to turn this si...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 13, 2010
    Much has been written about the impact of social media in the careers industry, with plenty of accolades for the role of Twitter and LinkedIn in the job hunt.Of course, there’s still many holdouts in the job-seeking community. But what about career professionals themselves?Should your resume writer or career coach know how to use social media—and what are the implications of working with a service provider who is lacking this...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 10, 2010
    Letters of recommendation and other types of testimonials such as performance reviews are a great strategy for reinforcing your value proposition and of course, your personal brand. One of the ways you can put these letters to good use is to add some snippets from each letter to your resume. Why does this help? Well, a resume is written to tell your own story, presumably from YOUR point of view. While you can tell other...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 4, 2010
    So, you’ve realized that your own resume isn’t up to par, and you’re intent on making improvements or finding some help. What you might NOT know is that using professional resume samples can greatly increase your chance of success. Whether you’re polishing your own resume or finding a resume writing service to assist you, using examples of successful resumes can play a large part in the responses you receive. Here ar...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - December 24, 2009
    Want to write a resume that really cuts to the heart of your value and stands out for its professionalism? It's going to be difficult if the writing style you use undermines your credibility--before an employer even reads your resume summary!No matter how strong your credentials (and despite the fact that most resumes are written in sentence fragments that aren't grammatically correct by themselves) you'll still need to follow...