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  • 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...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - December 19, 2009
    Job hunters are often told that hiring authorities will give their resumes a quick, 10-15 second glance before moving onto the next candidate. However, during my recent survey of recruiters for an Examiner.com article, I found out that it's more like 3-5 seconds. While your initial reaction to this news might be panic, stop for a second and think about it – how are you obscuring your message with all the noise at the top of...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - December 17, 2009
    Wondering why recruiters don’t call you back, and how you’re ever going to get hired in this recession? As it turns out, hiring authorities continually see problems with the resumes that come their way, with what one noted was “more pet peeves on this issue than Elin Woods’ attorney on the new pre-nuptial agreement.” However, most recruiters are more than happy to share their advice for getting your resume into the “yes”...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 28, 2009
    If you’re job hunting in your 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s, it’s certainly occurred to you by now that age discrimination is alive and well in the market. Employers spend considerable time filtering out the candidates that they consider outdated and expensive in order to focus on the right demographic for their businesses. When you're trying to get your foot in the door to explain why you’re MORE agile and ready to work than your 20- o...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 18, 2009
    Readying your resume for an executive job search? You might find that the traditional data—career titles, management assignments, projects, and education—aren’t enough anymore.Now more than ever, companies have intensified their focus on one area of your performance: money. Employer want leaders who can make, save, and control it, which will give them strength to fight the economic downturn. If you’re an executive in the midst...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 4, 2009
    Most job hunters remember the days of single-page resumes, when hiring professionals warned them that any document daring to breach this "rule" would be quickly eliminated from consideration.Fast forward to the rapid-fire job market of today, and you'll find that things have changed considerably.Not only have many executives jumped ship amid volatile corporate changes, but numerous mergers, downsizing efforts, and layoffs have...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 26, 2009
    Like hiring managers and recruiters, I read plenty of resumes sent to me by job hunters hopeful for a shot at a great new role. And like hiring authorities, I struggle to find the most pertinent information about each candidate as I scan through the documents.Many professionals still adhere to resume formats that kill their chances of winning an interview, burying their most attractive credentials and making it harder for empl...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 18, 2009
    If you’re reading this in confusion, wondering just what a resume title is, then you’re in the right place.Resume titles (or headlines) have replaced the objective statements of years past by giving employers the exact job type that you’re seeking—all up front and with great clarity. In today’s competitive market, you’ll find that many executive recruiters want to quickly digest your resume to scan for key details. Often, this...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 7, 2009
    If you're ready to truly think of your resume as a marketing piece, then this won't come as a total shock: font choice is key.Unfortunately, most people are so focused on writing the content of their resumes that they don't give a second thought to font, and yet it can make a critical difference in the look and tone of your materials--giving the hiring audience an immediate impression of who you are, what you offer, and at wha...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 7, 2009
    It seems that "advice" on how to structure your resume is everywhere, with varying opinions from numerous sources. Now that tight economic times are upon us, you might need even more information to help you land that perfect job.Unfortunately, many resume ideas that should have been cast aside years ago still seem to float around, and taking them as truth can actually impede your success.Take a look at these 5 long-standing my...