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  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 5, 2011
    Are you a rising star in the IT world eager for a shot at the CIO role? Ascending from IT Director or VP takes more than just showing how you’ve leveraged the technology itself: you’ll need to first put yourself in the C-suite on paper.As described by my recent article in ComputerWorld, most would-be technology executives stumble when it comes to resume writing at the CIO level. Transitioning your value proposition to reflect...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 5, 2011
    Some time ago, I ran across a LinkedIn picture of a job seeker who was holding a very specific political sign over her head.In bright letters.In shorts (and no, they did NOT become her).Curious about this phenomenon, I surveyed my fine resume-writing, coaching, and careers industry colleagues at Career Directors International on the subject of inappropriate LinkedIn photographs. As a result, I came away with a very interesting...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 5, 2011
    Planning to apply to that hot job you just found online? Take it a step further with some competitive research that can put you first in line (but at another company).Here’s the idea: when companies post a position, they might be hiring from within their network – looking at suppliers, competitors, vendors, and any other organizations within their sphere of influence for that perfect candidate.If they follow through on hiring...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - May 5, 2011
    Here’s a common refrain that I’ve heard from budding C-level executives: “I wrote my own resume a few years back, but I can see that it’s just not working now. I can't get anyone to respond at the right level!" An overwhelming majority of aspiring and current executive job hunters (and I mean literally 80%+ of the people that I talk with) cannot position themselves properly in a resume, and here’s why:Buzzwords and project lis...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - March 3, 2011
    Are you trying to engage high-level decision-makers in your job search? Planning to contact recruiters or network during business meetings?You might find that these audiences quickly become overwhelmed with reading your full executive resume—or that a multi-page document is simply too much to handle in a busy networking situation.The solution? A Networking Resume—a powerful sound bite that encapsulates your career in a single...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - March 3, 2011
    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 LinkedIn is a boon to executive 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 co...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - March 3, 2011
    If your idea of writing an executive resume is trying to list all your tasks and group them under each job title, you’re in for quite a surprise.The information that actually makes employers want to call you is quite different than just the descriptions of your previous jobs, as it involves creating a personal brand message with a clear, unmistakable promise of leadership value.In this market, your job search is almost guarant...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - December 26, 2010
    As much as you may want to land your next job, you have to feel for the person who is reading your resume on the other side of the hiring table.I can attest to the brain drain that happens after reading hundreds of resumes with similar phrases and nearly identical conventions… giving the impression that they were all written by the SAME person!Generating attention during this hectic job market requires shaking things up a bit,...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 1, 2010
    Have you struggled with putting your brand into your resume, writing a profile paragraph that looks great, but is failing to get the attention you deserve?If you’ve spent considerable time (or money) on a lackluster resume that serves up the same information as everyone else’s, it might be time to rewrite your introductory summary to get better results.You’re boring hiring managers if your resume contains an opening paragraph...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 1, 2010
    Did you realize that LinkedIn has a built-in marketing and search engine-friendly capability that is easy to use--and often overlooked? Well, neither do most job hunters.The best 120 characters of keyword optimization you can find for a job search, your LinkedIn Headline (or title) is a major piece of the puzzle that can help recruiters locate your skills.If you're one of the many that loaded up this field with your current jo...