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  • Professional Resume Writing: Your Future Depends on It
    by Michelle Dumas - April 25, 2017
    You Consult a Professional for Everything Else in Your Life When you are sick, you go to the doctor. When it’s time to pay your taxes, you go to an accountant or tax service. When you need legal advice, you go to a lawyer. When your car breaks down, you bring it to an automotive technician. Professional resume writing? You may never have even thought of it. The biggest decision in your life is waiting,...
  • Everything Old Is New Again
    by Stacey Lane - April 24, 2017
    I’ve been walking several times a week with a friend. We hike through the hills in our neighborhood and at the end of the hour, I’ve easily gotten 90+ flights of stairs and 10,000 steps logged on my Fitbit. We chat the entire hour. We discuss politics, the economy, technology, work, family, new recipes we’ve tried and our weekend plans. We’re both self-employed so we often talk business strategy and wha...
  • Recruiters And Your Job Search
    by Georgia Adamson - April 21, 2017
    Clients often ask me about using executive recruiters in their job search. My first response frequently addresses a key misconception about what recruiters do and don’t do, followed by a few cautionary pieces of advice. If you’re considering recruiters as part of your job search strategy, you might want to take note of this. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT RECRUITERS The most common mistaken idea is that recruiters will...
  • Misleading Job Titles: Are They Hurting Your Resume?
    by Robin Schlinger - April 20, 2017
    The companies you are applying to know what position they are trying to fill. They search for someone with a job title and history that matches their expectations for the position. However, your own company might have a different approach to job titles. You should never change your job title on your resume: you should use the title your company uses. However, you may need to bridge the gap between your current title and you...
  • How to Win Your Next Executive Job in 2017
    by Laura Smith-Proulx - April 18, 2017
    Seeking a change in your C-suite role, or rising to an executive position for the first time in 2017? Your job search has changed – substantially. If you haven’t kept abreast of the latest trends in executive job search, prepare to be surprised. For example, most CEOs, CFOs, and COOs eschewed the use of LinkedIn for many years. However, social media use has finally taken hold among executives, with the averag...
  • Ask Deb: Is My Manager The Best Reference For Me
    by Debra Wheatman - April 17, 2017
    Dear Deb: I was reorganized out of my job a few months back, and I’m now in the final rounds of interviews for a position at a competitor of my former company. The application materials indicate that any offer is contingent upon a successful background check, including a reference check. This is what I’m confused about. My manager at my last job had 17 direct reports. As a result, he really wasn’t involved...
  • Unsuccessful Interview Tactic: Overwhelm the Interviewer
    by Lisa Rangel - April 17, 2017
    I see job seekers overwhelm the interviewers all the time. What do I mean? What I mean is when you are interviewing, and you feel like you are not convincing the interviewer that you are qualified for the job – so you start telling the interviewer, in an unsolicited manner, even more details about how awesome and qualified you are, in hopes that you will trigger something in them so they think, “Eureka! That&...
  • 5 Undeniable Signs It's Time To Leave Your Job
    by Kathy Caprino - April 14, 2017
    For many years during my 18-year corporate career, I remained in a number of roles I disliked, and a few of them were a terrible fit. Now I see now that there were some critical factors that influenced my strong resistance to make the changes I needed to, including worries about money, self-esteem issues, confusion as to what I really wanted, reluctance to start over in a new job, and just plain fear. Now, after two reinve...
  • Five Signs You're Ready to Work With an Executive Resume Writer
    by Barbara Safani - April 14, 2017
    Employing a resume writer to help position you for your next role can be a positive experience — if you’re prepared to work collaboratively and have realistic expectations. Below are five signs you’re in the right place to begin a resume project with a professional resume writer. 1. You have time to be part of the process. Resume writing is a very collaborative process. Expect to spend time being intervie...
  • 8 Hiring & Resume Trends Every Executive Needs to Know
    by Louise Garver - April 13, 2017
    Resume and hiring trends can confuse even executives, especially when they are getting advice from multiple sources, and some information may contradict what others are saying. So what data, specific to hiring and resume trends, can you depend upon? Career Directors International (CDI) created a Global Hiring Trends report after surveying professionals worldwide for their insights and preferences and brought context and...