If your career trajectory contains a few speed bumps (such as a gap in work history or job hopping), you're among the multitudes in this job market. Given the state of economic affairs over the past few years, most job seekers don’t fit the classic picture of a “stable” work history at a single employer … Continue reading How to Write Your Resume When You’re NOT The Perfect Candidate
Recently, I had a conversation with an executive who was concerned about the effectiveness of her resume. While I can’t comment on how well it represented her (since I’m not familiar with her career), I couldn’t help but notice the diverse job goals listed across the top: “CIO – Operations Director - CEO.” Wow! That’s … Continue reading Is Your Executive Resume Stretched Too Thin?
In the midst of an executive job search – but getting little to no results from your resume? In today’s job market, the sheer volume of competition means your executive resume faces more hurdles in landing an interview. An unmistakable brand message that clearly positions you as a leader is a must, especially when distinguishing yourself … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Your Executive Resume Isn’t Working
Putting together your resume for the first time in years? Believe it or not, resume trends have changed substantially in just a short period of time, due to intense competition in the job market. You’ll soon find that you’re up against other executives with custom-designed, focused documents. Therefore, you’ll need to ensure that your resume … Continue reading Does Your Executive Resume Miss Out On the Latest Trends?
Launching a strategic executive job search - and hoping to make a splash? In previous years, listing the size of budgets managed, divisions run, or revenue generated might have been enough for a recruiter to hunt you down. However, in today’s economic climate, executives are being asked to deliver more and brand themselves as well-rounded … Continue reading 3 Strategies for Writing a Bold, Branded Executive Resume
As many of you know, I spent the latter part of last week in Portland, Maine, speaking at the 2011 National Resume Writers’ Association conference. While my topic, executive resume writing (and the process of digging deep into an executive’s career to find the context of his or her achievements) was a challenge to cover in … Continue reading You’re never too much of an ‘expert’ to learn something new
Recently, I was contacted by a job hunter who wanted an update to his existing resume, a service that I offer to former clients in my practice.The resume looked strikingly familiar on some level, but the name didn’t resonate. Then it hit me: I HAD written it—but for someone else.Professional resume writers encounter this scenario … Continue reading Copying a Professional Resume? Watch Out For These Pitfalls
If you’re an executive planning your next career move, it might surprise you to learn that you’ll be judged by more than just your resume during your job search. In other words, a full resume is NOT necessarily the best fit for every job search contact. Surprised? You’ll find that recruiters, company owners, Boards of … Continue reading Executive Job Hunting? You’ll Need More Than a Resume
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 … Continue reading CIO Resumes: Mining IT Projects for Strategic Benefit
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 … Continue reading Struggling to write your executive resume? Try these branding tips