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  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 7, 2009
    One of the most puzzling concepts to some candidates is that of the resume as a marketing document INSTEAD of a job application.This may come as a surprise, but employers don't want to read through all of your work history! The past decade is of most interest to them, as well as any and all relevant qualifications that prepare you to be their best candidate.To get at the heart of this idea, start thinking of the story of your...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 20, 2009
    If you’re in the midst of a job hunt, you’ve likely added information to your resume that shows your job responsibilities and the scope of your authority throughout your career. But does your resume actually tell a story—or ALL of your success stories?You may have already realized that, in order to give a focused picture of your skills, you’ll need to add metrics to your resume. However, the most powerful and meaningful resume...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - March 13, 2009
    There’s no doubt about it: LinkedIn is one of the greatest job search tools available today. Not only can you “advertise” your availability and display career endorsements, but being viewable on LI is a boon to recruiters that may need your skills.However, building an effective online profile is something few people address in detail. You may spend hours preparing your resume, only to be confused about which components to use...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 17, 2009
    If you’re a professional searching for your next opportunity in today’s aggressive job market, you’ve probably found that the task of marketing yourself is unlike any other. How do you sum up a long, storied career in just a few paragraphs? What is the best way to differentiate yourself on paper — and to get others to focus on this value?Standing out among the pack requires an intense emphasis on your natural leadership abilit...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 9, 2009
    When it comes to your job search, are you out in front of the right audience - or do they know next to nothing about you? If there's one mistake that executive job hunters make over and over again, it's being a best-kept secret: at their jobs, on their resumes, and during their searches. They are reluctant to toot their own horn, so to speak, thinking that it will be seen in a negative light. Well, it does cost them, bu...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - September 11, 2008
    You’ve probably heard that employers expect to see an exact match to their skills on your resume, and that you should be tailoring your resume to each job. But, you might think—if I do that, I'll be writing forever!Of course, there’s a point to customizing your resume to meet the needs of employers. A resume in today’s competitive market must deliver a clear message in order to be effective. However, this doesn't mean that eve...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - September 11, 2008
    Is there any other interviewing technique that will set you apart like a Thank You Letter? Possibly not – and studies have shown that only 20% of candidates remember this crucial step, and of that figure, nearly 80% get hired!For this reason, I highly recommend adding this strategy to your arsenal of job hunting tools. In addition, it’s a great way to be remembered and expand your network—all key steps in today’s competitive m...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - October 23, 2007
    The answer lies in the fact that a job seeker must use every tool available to get in front of a potential employer. As I’ve noted in the past, the job market of today is much more aggressive than most people can recall, and the challenge of winning an interview is that much greater.Consider for a moment what happens when you do NOT use a cover letter: the hiring manager must spend precious minutes figuring out what position y...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 24, 2007
    You've prepared a great resume; now, where should you use it? Many job seekers use the Internet as a primary source of job listings. However, you will see that there are many reasons to diversify your search. Make the most effective use of your time using these job search method findings and success rates, as published by a major career research firm, as a guide:69% Effective - Conducting a Career Search in the Unadvertised Ma...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - April 18, 2007
    You’ve worked your way up throughout your career, attaining a high-level rank through demonstrated achievement, dedication, and proficiency. One day, you find yourself needing to look elsewhere, and that’s where the old nagging doubt sets in: you never finished (or even started) college. What if this holds you back?First of all, relax. There exist countless professionals, managers, and even executives who do not possess a degr...