Writing your resume to attract the kind of attention your career deserves is a challenge. Content is critical... but your formatting and strategy are equally important! One of the best resume branding techniques (that can escape your notice even if you review executive resume samples) is changing resume section headings for greater impact. An easy way … Continue reading Simple Ways to Reinforce Your Brand Message With Resume Headings
On the receiving end of a recruiter’s call? Found a great job online, but it closes soon? Your elation can quickly turn to panic, especially if you haven’t updated your resume in some time. You’ll want to maximize every minute, of course, while creating a document that makes it look as if you’ve spent weeks … Continue reading Need a Leadership Resume Fast? Don’t Panic
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?
Looking forward to your 2012 job hunt – or dreading more of the same old, same old? If you’ve spent time job searching in 2011, or are facing a pending layoff, the start of a New Year might not seem exciting or even particularly inspiring. However, there's good reasons to reconsider what you might have read or … Continue reading 3 Tips to Fire Up Your 2012 Job Search
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
The inquiries all start out in a similar fashion: “I’ve been contacted by a recruiter for a dream job at (fill in the blank here: Google, Microsoft, Citibank, etc.), and I haven’t polished my resume in months or even years. Can you help?” Do I want to help? Absolutely. But with the rush of great … Continue reading The Lesson Behind Update Your Resume Month
You’ve polished your resume to no end, especially after finding a job posting that precisely fits your skills. But did your cover letter merit the same attention? Many hiring managers use your cover letter to gauge your interest in the company, as well as your aptitude for the job. Therefore, when you resort to “Dear Sir, I’m … Continue reading Does Your Cover Letter Make These 5 Critical Mistakes?
Considering contacting a recruiter to find out about executive or leadership jobs in your field? Many job hunters assume that forging connections with recruiters will put them closer to lucrative, high-level positions that aren’t otherwise advertised. However, a successful recruiter-job seeker relationship doesn’t just happen. It’s important to understand the relationship among all involved parties … Continue reading What You Should Know Before Contacting a Recruiter
Cisco Systems announced its largest layoff ever in July 2011, and employees are certainly feeling the aftershocks. With 6,500 staff being cut (up to a 14% drop in its workforce), Cisco has announced that it plans to restructure in order to maintain a competitive position. If you’re one of those affected by this or other layoffs, … Continue reading Facing layoff from Cisco? Plan your job hunt strategically