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  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 27, 2014
    Among the top interview questions you must be prepared to answer, “Tell me about yourself” strikes dread in the hearts of most job seekers. Whether you’ve been on a leadership job hunt for some time, or this is your first job search effort in years, this query can throw you for a loop while you try to figure out the best response. If this question always catches you by surprise, consider preparing for your interview...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 6, 2014
    Gearing up for your 2014 executive job search? One of your first tasks is probably polishing your resume… but oh, how the times have changed. The new reality in executive job hunting demands not only a powerful marketing package for your skills, but also a keen awareness of social media, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), recruiter preferences, and cutting-edge personal branding. Take stock of these 10 trends destined to affec...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - December 23, 2013
    As a former hiring manager in several consulting firms, I often wondered if candidates were cognizant of the impression they made on employers. Even small things, such as the frown displayed by an applicant upon arriving at an interview, or the worn-out jeans on an applicant in a roomful of suits, gave me pause as I worked to screen candidates. Ironically, many of the issues I spotted were easily fixed by taking care...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 22, 2013
    Dumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn —and calling it done? If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice. Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches. Here are 3 compelling reasons that plopping your...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - October 21, 2013
    Eagerly sending your resume to the perfect job posting or trying to contact executive recruiters – but not getting a response? If you thought your executive resume was strong, and your LinkedIn Profile was ready for prime time, it might seem that your application traveled into a black hole! Many executives report similar experiences, with reactions ranging from despair to frustration with employers. Can’t they at least ackno...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - July 16, 2013
    Want your resume to distinguish your leadership brand among competing candidates for C-suite or VP positions? Then ditch the boring language you’ve seen on many other executive resume summaries. Just because other resumes (both professional and self-written) employ a blend of monotonous, overused words doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Shake things up and ensure the effectiveness of your leadership brand message by ref...
  • Executive Resumes
    with Laura Smith-Proulx and Tim Muma - May 23, 2013
    You can find plenty of tips and advice on resumes, but it's clear this personal pitch for executives needs to be treated differently than the average one you'll see. Laura Smith-Proulx, a credentialed, certified Executive Resume Writer and former recruiter, joins Tim Muma to help put together a knockout resume for executives, properly highlighting the achievements, accolades and skills to stand out among the other highly-quali...
  • 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...