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  • 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...
  • 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...