Struggling to write your executive resume? Conserve your time and efforts with these expert tips.
Gearing up for your 2014 executive job search? One of your first tasks is probably polishing your resume... but oh, how the times have changed. The new reality in executive job hunting demands not only a powerful marketing package for your skills, but also a keen awareness of social media, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), recruiter preferences, … Continue reading Top 10 Executive Resume Trends For 2014
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
If you're struggling to convey the magnitude of what you've achieved throughout your career, you're in the same boat with many others. This seems to be the ultimate sticking point for resume writing on many levels... where candidates just can't make that leap through the WORDS to get to the MESSAGE.The best way to get employers to take note of what you can … Continue reading How and why to reframe resume achievements for a better impression
Several executives have recently sent me their resumes in anticipation of our working together, and one thing struck me from viewing the files: these candidates were already working on versions 10 (and up) of their resumes! If you find yourself writing and rewriting your resume just to get it to "fit" a particular job description or employer, stop and read … Continue reading How to quit rewriting your resume for each job
I wish I had a dime for every executive or manager who discussed their career situation with me, then said in a hushed voice, "...but there's something else. You see, I don't have a degree." Invariably, I end up spending at least 10 minutes convincing them that they are NOT alone. It seems I work … Continue reading Lacking a Degree? You’d be Surprised at the Company You Have
It seems that to be successful in many different careers today, it is possible to possess many different skills. Nearly every client that I speak to has enough talent and skill to span at least two career paths!However, these job seekers should resist the temptation to write a "general resume," which is the term most … Continue reading Focus on One Career Goal at a Time
About 99% of the self-written resumes I read are focused in one of two areas: job duties and accomplishments. To those people who actually put accomplishment information on the resume, you can skip the next paragraph. Job responsibilities are the mundane part of any resume, and should be briefly noted. For example, anyone will know … Continue reading Where’s the Story?
What is relevant information for a resume, anyway? Who decides what is included? The answers are: Anything related to what you want to do, and the employer. That's right - the content of a resume is really dictated by what an employer needs. When you include data that is not pertinent to the job at … Continue reading Assessing Relevance
Doesn't putting a task on your resume imply that you were responsible for it? I am always amazed at how many times *resume real estate* is wasted with this phrase. Resume real estate, for those of you who don't know, is the valuable, prized portion of the page between your name and the end of … Continue reading Responsible for…