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  • 3 Phrases That Kill The Effectiveness of Your Executive Resume
    by Laura Smith-Proulx - March 24, 2017
    Want to distinguish your leadership brand among competing candidates? Then ditch the boring language you’ve seen on other executive resumes. Just because other resumes (both professionally created and self-written) employ a blend of monotonous, overused words doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Shake things up and inject some power into your personal brand message by refusing to add these mundane descripto...
  • 5 Tips To Make Sure Your Executive Resume Is Ready For 2017
    by Louise Garver - March 23, 2017
    Companies with new budgets and new demands for products and services start posting new openings in the first quarter of the new year (and some companies have already begun). Is your executive resume prepared for a 2017 job search? Let’s state the obvious: your executive resume should be ready to go at all times, even if you’re not actively seeking a new position. You don’t want to miss out on a great op...
  • Is Your Job Search Productive?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - March 23, 2017
    When it comes to your job search, there’s no arguing that the Internet is an incredibly valuable tool. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, online search has become the most used tool for job seekers. But even though the posts are there — are the jobs themselves? The research team at Reviews.com aimed to answer this question with a six-week long study. They consulted with experts and hands-on tested the m...
  • Brag a Little on Your Resume
    by Robin Schlinger - March 22, 2017
    The other day I was working with a client who started a comment with “I don’t like to brag but….” I laughed and told her that her resume was one place where she should never worry about bragging. A little bit of bragging goes a long way in making your resume stand out from the competition. What type of bragging is most beneficial on a resume? Exceeding goals. Your company set a goal of a 5% incre...
  • Dear Deb: How To Navigate Salary Negotiation
    by Debra Wheatman - March 21, 2017
    Dear Deb: I recently completed four rounds of interviews for a position with a large, multinational company. This role would be a significant increase in responsibility and visibility for me, and I was really excited about it. However, when the HR manager called me with the offer, the salary was only 10% more than I’m currently earning. When I did the math, this works out to only an extra $260 per month, and I don&rsq...
  • 5 Habits of Effective Executive Job Seekers
    by Barbara Safani - March 20, 2017
    After working with thousands of executive job seekers, certain patterns have emerged regarding the practices of those that succeed. Here are a few I have witnessed. 1. Follow up on all introductions. Surprisingly, many job seekers don’t follow up on introductions made on their behalf. Even if you are not sure it the person you are being introduced to can help you, follow up. It shows your contact that you value the in...
  • Networking Is Not Trolling For People Who Will Pay You Money
    by Kathy Caprino - March 20, 2017
    Last week, something happened on LinkedIn, and for me, it was the last straw. I received (for the hundredth time in a few months) an autoresponder from someone’s LinkedIn account that pitched their business hard, offering me a free consultation on something I had less than zero interest in, immediately after connecting with me. When an action like this hits me as really off-putting and annoying, it’s usually aff...
  • Landing Your Dream Job Twice Starts With This First Step
    by Lisa Rangel - March 17, 2017
    Carl (**name changed to protect the identity of our successful client) met all of his job objectives, and then found himself having worked himself out of a job. His company was very grateful he set them up to succeed and gave him 6 months severance to find his new job. He searched on his own for 4 months. After all, Carl thought, “I’m a successful sales person… I can sell myself. No one knows me better...
  • Career Advice For The New Year
    by Debra Wheatman - March 16, 2017
    The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect upon what we’ve accomplished in the past, and envision what we’d like to accomplish in the future. When we think about new year’s resolutions in terms of our careers, it can be tempting to oversimplify by simply stating the end goal. For example, in 2017, I want to increase my salary by 20%, or in the coming year, I want to move into a management position. The...
  • What Do Recruiters & Employers Really Mean When They Say This...
    by Louise Garver - March 16, 2017
    Do you think that sometimes you are getting mixed messages from a recruiter or potential employer? Well, you may be right! What’s not being said to spare your feelings or avoid a direct answer? Here are 3 Examples of What Recruiters & Employers Really Mean — Help For Jobseekers Who Aren’t “Mind Readers” “We’re still interviewing other candidates.” When they are &l...