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  • 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...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 7, 2009
    If you're an executive looking for a new role, you know the drill: ready your resume, examine your references, and build that network.However, the job search HAS changed. Now, there's one more item you'll need to focus on--your online identity.Employers turn to the Internet to dig up information prior to even considering an executive candidate, according to many recruiters. And, as you can imagine, what they find can either pr...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 7, 2009
    If you've heard the siren call of business ownership, only to find that the economy has affected your clients or business, you might be facing an executive job search that comes with an extra hurdle--that of transitioning your executive resume from an entrepreneurial mindset.What's the best way to show employers that you're serious about this move--and that you truly deserve that top executive spot?Like any complex change, you...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 7, 2009
    In the rush to get your resume in front of employers, stop for a minute (or a few hours) and consider whether you're giving an accurate picture of your capabilities.All too often, candidates unload a mixed bag of skills, job duties, and meaningless phrases (take "self-motivated team player" - please) on employers, and then wonder why they're still job hunting months later.It's important to map out a resume strategy BEFORE writ...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - August 7, 2009
    One of the big mysteries that confounds job hunters is that they see a great job posting, apply to it, and then... nothing. Why isn't the phone ringing? It's often that automated systems are "reading" your executive resume--and they don't like what they see.Under siege, employers are trying to filter out unqualified applicants for executive roles as hard as they're trying to get IN. If you're not receiving a response from your...