Does Your Resume Reflect Today’s Personal Branding Trends?

An Expert ResumeIf you’ve spent hours studying current resume trends to see examples of outstanding personal branding, look no further.

The 2013 global Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) award nominees and winners have been announced!

Considered the pinnacle of personally branded resume examples, the TORIs represent the highest honor achievable in executive resume writing.

(My executive resume writing partner, Kim, and I swept the contest this yearmaking An Expert Resume the #1 award-winning resume writing firm in the world. But don’t take our word for it – view our award-winning resumes from the 2013 competition).

Whether you’re trying to get ideas for a sales resume, IT resume, medical executive resume, or international CV, you’ll see a wide array of strategies, designs, and branding formulas that reflect the latest in resume writing trends.

Why look at TORI-winning resumes? They’re judged against stringent criteria for presentation, content, style, graphics, font choice, and strategy by hiring and careers experts worldwide (people who know what a cutting-edge resume should look like!). The competition, run by Career Directors International, draws entries from writers in Asia, Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

Of course, you can use these award-winning documents (and our other executive resume samples) for inspiration when writing your own leadership resume.

YOUR “award” may come in the form of a new job!

Need a competitive edge in your job search?

As an award-winning executive resume writer, I create branded, powerful resumes and LinkedIn Profiles that position you as the #1 candidate – PLUS arm you with the job search tools that will get you hired faster.

My clients win interviews at Fortune 500 firms including Citibank, Google, Disney, and Pfizer, plus niche companies, start-ups, and emerging industry leaders.

Get in touch with me to experience the outstanding results my expertise can bring to your transition.

– Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CPBA, TCCS, COPNS, CIC 

Your LinkedIn Broadcasts: Must-Know Privacy & Branding Settings

Fearful LinkedIn UsersTrying to be “open” on LinkedIn? Or more intent on locking down your job search activity for privacy?

You MUST understand the site’s broadcast message types, Activity Broadcasts and Activity Feed, and the differences between them.

Often confused with each other, these controls allow messages to be widely distributed to other LinkedIn users, informing them of your activity (and basically prompting them to look at your Profile to interpret your actions).

Here’s a close-up look at the type of information you can control with Activity Broadcasts and Activity Feed settings — with key points on how to customize and maximize these messages for your job search:

1 – Activity Broadcasts.

Activity Broadcasts are the dead-giveaways sent out when you change your Profile. So, if you’re tweaking your Headline to arrive at the best fit, or finally populating your Profile with a ton of new data, this is the one to turn off first.

You can view your Activity Broadcast options by going to Settings, then “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.”

Here, you only have On (“Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies”) and Off. Continue reading

3 Tips to Writing a Strong Career Biography

Executive Biography WritingA career biography as a job search document is nothing new; employers and recruiters have often reviewed bios as a part of a leadership or executive portfolio.

In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an executive biography when submitting your resume.

However, you don’t want to resort to the tired, “James has served as the IT Director of XYZ Company for 6 years” type of bio.

Instead, power up your biography with these writing techniques – creating a vibrant, clearly written narrative of your leadership career that demands attention:

1 – Summarize your work history – but consider where to start.

Many leadership biographies are designed to spell out your career chronology by starting with your current role.

This is because when you’re aiming for either a level up, you’ll want to grab the reader with a potent description of your authority and relevant achievements, as in this excerpt from a CFO bio: Continue reading

The 5 Essentials of a Powerful VP Sales Resume

VP Sales Resume SampleWant to be considered for a coveted Vice President of Sales role – with a leadership resume that promotes you far above a Sales Manager or Director?

You’ll face an uphill battle if you rely solely on the same metrics and quota figures that nailed your current position.

Here’s why: employers assume that a VP-level sales leader will have already mastered the art of building relationships, training sales teams, and exceeding objectives. Most Sales Managers or Directors aiming for the VP slot have proven that they can close deals and surpass expectations!

What your resume REALLY needs to make it past the gatekeeper for a VP Sales job are these 5 elements, strategically positioned on your executive resume to illustrate your readiness to take the helm of an entire Sales organization: Continue reading