Category: resume writing

Executive Resume Trends for 2017

executive_resume_trends_2017If 2017 is anything like 2016, we’ll be bombarded with sound bites, powerful memes, and intense communications messages.

And by incorporating these concepts into your resume (even in a conservative field), you can use the same methods to make a powerful impression on employers.

No matter your industry or position, employers and recruiters will be performing a fast scan of your executive resume to get a feel for your credentials, career history, and social media presence.

Make their job easier by following 2017 resume trends, ensuring you’re making your mark and taking the best opportunity to shine among your job-searching competition:  Continue reading “Executive Resume Trends for 2017”

Take These Overused, Trite Words Off Your Executive Resume

Executive resume errorsIf you want to impress employers, don’t repeat the same tired words you’ve seen in other documents!

These terms can water down your personal brand message (and bore recruiters).

To ensure you’re piquing the interest of hiring authorities, scan your executive resume for these too-common words and phrases – and consider using more powerful replacements: Continue reading “Take These Overused, Trite Words Off Your Executive Resume”

The Truth About Award-Winning Resume Writers

Award winning resume writerSpent any time hunting down a great resume writer? 

If so, you’ll see plenty of services online and via social media sites, with numerous resume services touting award-winning expertise and credentials.

A quick search for “award winning resume writers” on Google produced more than 31 million results from nearly every country in the world. The same LinkedIn search yielded dozens of resume writers, all claiming awards on their Profiles.

How can this be?

Of course, you’ll want to vet any resume writer thoroughly if you plan to hire them. Your resume (and LinkedIn Profile) are easily the most important career documents you’ll ever need.

Particularly if an award-winning resume service is truly important to you, being cautious will pay off in selecting the right provider!

In other words, you’re looking for truth in advertising.

Follow these tips to ensure you’re working with a writer whose performance has been independently tested and verified: Continue reading “The Truth About Award-Winning Resume Writers”

Do You Really Need a Cover Letter For Executive Jobs?

Invariably, when executives try to figure out how to stand out in the job search, the subject of cover letters comes up – followed by confusion. Do you really need a cover letter for each executive job application? How can you be sure that employers are actually reading the letter you’re so carefully crafting?

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Do you really need a cover letter for executive jobs?

Is it a myth that a cover letter can distinguish you in the executive job search? Here are 3 key points to consider when it comes to the cover letter question:

1 – Yes, cover letters are read by (some) employers.

However, this varies among different companies and their hiring practices. This informal survey from About.com shows some hiring managers are emphatic that a great cover letter will boost your chances of being selected for a choice interview. Studies in the careers industry also consistently nearly two-thirds of hiring authorities read cover letters, and of that group, nearly 50% consider them crucial.  You’ll never know at the outset which third of hiring managers you’re dealing with, of course. Therefore, it’s better to be prepared with a strong personal brand message encapsulated in a cover letter, than to lose out on a great opportunity.  Continue reading “Do You Really Need a Cover Letter For Executive Jobs?”

How to Win Attention With a Powerful Executive Resume

A compelling executive resume starts with relevant details and personal branding strategy

I recently talked with Tim Muma, Radio Program Coordinator at LocalJobNetwork.com, for the site’s new series Executive Decisions. What did we focus on? The executive resume, of course.

Tim had fantastic questions, with no topic off-limits. Why does an executive even need a resume? Won’t they just be recruited directly? Well, that would be nice, but it doesn’t quite happen that way.

Even if you’re directly recruited, you’ll suddenly get asked for your resume… and that’s where you’ll wish you’d taken the time to produce a strong story (or at least the one that gets an employer to take action).

And what should be on that resume when it finally makes it into the hands of decision-makers? If you’ve read my tips in the past, you know that metrics are what I emphasize. The scope and percentages behind your work are critical.

You can hear the details, including my strategies for connecting your job title and seemingly disjointed work experience into a cohesive story, here.

Enjoy! (Thank you, Tim.)

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.

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 I can bring to your transition.

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

How to Write Your Resume When You’re NOT The Perfect Candidate

Man with gaps in work history or no college degree

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 the way they once did.

I recently sat down with Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com to discuss ways of dealing with a not-so-perfect career history for What To Do When Your Resume Looks Like Bad News, reiterating that problematic job situations can often be overcome with just a few key changes to your resume.

Here’s how to address common “sticky” situations (ones that seem to trip up even the most well-qualified job seekers):

Job Gaps

A period of unemployment is no longer an automatic red flag to many employers. Therefore, you’ll want to be as up front and concise as possible when dealing with a gap.

Continue reading “How to Write Your Resume When You’re NOT The Perfect Candidate”

Does Your Executive Resume Pass the “Relevance” Test?

Applying to each and every executive job that catches your eye?

You’re probably experiencing frustration, burnout, and disappointment in your job search… and wondering if employers are even reading your resume!

If this sounds unnervingly familiar, there’s a reason:

Your leadership resume isn’t passing muster with employers because it doesn’t seem relevant to their needs.

Think about it: you may believe you’re the perfect candidate, but employers undertake a needle-in-a-haystack effort to find and qualify you.

Most executive jobs require a recruiter search, manual review of dozens to hundreds of resumes, or even an Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) scan – looking for a match on skills, previous job titles that closely align with the job description, and/or industry experience.

So, how can you make YOUR executive resume more relevant?

Take these additional steps to ensure it meets and exceeds employer requirements – before sending out one more application: Continue reading “Does Your Executive Resume Pass the “Relevance” Test?”

Does Your Resume Show Your ROI?

Creating your resume, but stumped for ideas beyond your job titles, places of employment, tasks, and education?

Compelling employers to pick up the phone requires a much stronger brand message!

If you haven’t focused on your ROI – the benefit companies get when hiring you – your search can go on indefinitely.

You might believe that recruiters or HR managers will “get” this message from reading about your past jobs or span of authority – but guess what?

With plenty of resumes to review, most hiring authorities won’t take the time to connect the dots in your background.

Therefore, if you’ve made a significant difference at past employers, but your resume doesn’t provide this evidence, you’ll lose your shot at winning an interview (while employers hire your competition instead).

Consider adding quantifiable measures of your performance to reinforce your personal brand message on your resume, as shown in these tips.

1 – Comparisons to Others.

Do you wear many hats at your current job? Employees who can perform more than one job simultaneously are often credited with generating increases in the bottom line. Continue reading “Does Your Resume Show Your ROI?”

The #1 Way to Stand Out on Your Resume

Worried that your resume won’t stand out for that perfect job when compared to hundreds of eager job hunters?

One of the BEST ways to distinguish yourself is to measure and document your performance against that of peers (or previous incumbents).

Competitive intelligence isn’t new. Anyone who sells solutions is constantly positioning their product for a win against similar offerings. And guess what? In a job search, YOU are the product.

Therefore, your resume must explain the reasons you’ll continue to outperform others in your next job.

Here are 3 tips to help gauge your work against others, and then add the results to your resume: Continue reading “The #1 Way to Stand Out on Your Resume”

3 Strategies for Writing a Bold, Branded Executive Resume

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 leaders prepared to tackle industry challenges and obstacles to growth.

Your executive resume will be judged much differently than in the job markets of years past, due to intense competition and the fact that employers can be much more selective.

It’s important to look at your executive resume with a fresh perspective. Have you missed opportunities to market yourself?

Do hiring authorities fail to understand what you bring to the table? Are you being passed over for jobs, even though you’re well-qualified?

If so, these 3 strategies can help you reassess the strength of your executive resume – with ideas for powerful content and leadership storytelling:

1 – Demonstrate strategic, not tactical, value.

Employers are not only looking for your leadership skills – they’re intent on finding a leader that will impact growth, retain top talent, and impress their competitors.

Therefore, your executive resume has to take your brand message a step further than just listing results, and talk about the situations encountered in your career.

Consider whether the following scenarios apply to your background: Continue reading “3 Strategies for Writing a Bold, Branded Executive Resume”