If you’ve always been recruited, or jobs just “found” you in the past, you might find things have changed.
You’ll now face an increasingly competitive battlefield in the race for a new executive job – and here’s why.
After the economic ups and downs of the past 10+ years, many executives have gotten serious about job search, taking the time to market themselves with a carefully constructed brand message on social media. At the same time, they’ve become more aware of what works on a resume and what doesn’t, especially in a crowded market.
As a result, your executive job search now looks much different than 10 or even 5 years ago – and putting out a single-page resume or a weak LinkedIn Profile won’t suffice.
Read on for the new and upcoming reality of executive job search: Continue reading “Starting an Executive Job Search For the First Time in Years? Here’s What to Do”
It’s here! LinkedIn’s new Artificial Intelligence-powered resume tool, Resume Assistant, has rolled out to Office 365 users.
By promising to ease the challenge of writing your resume, this new capability has caught the attention of many job hunters.
However, Resume Assistant is much like any tool purported to streamline your job search: it works best when you see it as another way to improve the process, not as a means of handing off the process itself.
Here are the pros and cons of using LinkedIn Resume Assistant to develop a compelling resume: Continue reading “LinkedIn Resume Assistant: Will It Help You Create a Strong Resume?”
Declining requests to connect because you “don’t know” other users? It’s time to reconsider.
LinkedIn isn’t a tell-all social media site (like Facebook, where you’re often judged by the quality of the company you keep).
Instead, think of the site as a massive, ongoing business networking meeting, where the more people you reach, the more exposure you’ll receive as a leader and executive job seeker.
Online networking can be a boon for your executive job search – and the sooner you change your approach, the faster you could land a new job. Here are 5 reasons to quit rejecting connection requests on LinkedIn, particularly if you’re in the market for a new leadership opportunity: Continue reading “Executives, Are You Rejecting LinkedIn Connection Requests?”
In case you haven’t heard, LinkedIn now has 500+ million members – establishing itself as a hotbed of job search activity, with recruiters pursuing candidates and job seekers vying for attention from hiring decision-makers.
With such fierce competition, you’ll need to employ aggressive keyword and SEO strategies in order to be found for a choice job.
Here are the best ways to boost your findability on LinkedIn and optimize your Profile for SEO, including search algorithm strategy and keyword adjustments: Continue reading “How to Optimize Your Executive LinkedIn Profile for SEO”
Far from just a placeholder, your LinkedIn Profile Headline has an important job to do.
If adjusted to market you effectively, it can represent your personal brand and become an online promotional workhorse.
The most highly indexed part of your Profile (next to your name), your Headline allows recruiters and employers to locate you, based on the search terms or keywords you specify.
So if you’ve filled in only part of the Headline or let LinkedIn populate it with your current job title (the default value), you could be missing out on valuable traffic to your Profile. Don’t let that happen!
Instead, use as many of the 120 characters available in your Headline – ensuring that it represents your career level and personal brand, while distinguishing you from your competition.
Try the following formula when you’re stumped for an effective LinkedIn Headline that leverages your industry expertise, achievements, and keywords: Continue reading “A Fast Formula for a Powerful LinkedIn Headline”
No matter how much advice is published on the subject, some myths still circulate about the best way to write your resume.
Fortunately, a lot has changed in resume writing and job search – and you can benefit from these new trends.
For example, you might have been told to keep your resume to a specified length or to always exclude certain types of information. Given how much has changed in the job market, many of these “rules” have fallen by the wayside.
Take a look at the longstanding myths and misconceptions about resume writing, then see which of these apply to your own resume: Continue reading “Did You Fall for These Resume Myths?”
So you’ve added a solid Summary, Headline, and Experience to your LinkedIn Profile. What’s next?
A great headshot that exudes leadership qualities, conveys confidence, and makes employers eager to meet you.
If you’re unsure how to select a photo for your LinkedIn Profile, you have plenty of company. Many job seekers pull in a hastily cropped family photograph or select a picture with a vacation scene, rather than taking the time to use the right LinkedIn headshot.
However, just like your best interview suit or a powerfully written Profile, a positive, personality-infused LinkedIn photo can make a great first impression. These tips will help you avoid a LinkedIn photo disaster (especially the kind that turns off potential employers): Continue reading “How to Choose the Right LinkedIn Photo”
Want to use LinkedIn for your job search, but afraid that your employer will find out?
Worried that your boss or colleagues will react to changes in your Profile?
You probably know there’s no way to make your LinkedIn Profile 100% private; however, these tips will help you update LinkedIn during your job search – without giving yourself away: Continue reading “3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly”
After seeing too many executive photos on LinkedIn that look like a hunting party or golf club outing, I have to ask:
What message are you trying to send with your headshot?
Omitting a LinkedIn photo isn’t a good idea, because many users prefer to connect with others who’ve provided an image.
However, if your headshot makes others reluctant to network with you or persuades recruiters to pass you by, it’s worth a second look. Ask yourself these questions to gauge the effectiveness of your Profile photo:
Continue reading “What Does Your LinkedIn Photo Say About Your Executive Brand?”
Pursuing your next step up the career ladder as CFO or Controller?
Your CFO resume must connect the dots from tactical details, such as financial reporting or systems, to strategic advisor and CEO partner.
By showing examples of strategic decision-making and forecasting, IT oversight, performance recommendations, and Board influence, your CFO resume will position you to compete against other contenders for a C-suite role.
Here’s how to present your value proposition on a powerful, effective CFO resume: Continue reading “How to Write a CFO Resume That Reflects Your Leadership Brand”