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 

Why Your Job Application Didn’t Get a Response (And What You Can Do About It)

Eagerly sending your resume to the perfect job posting or trying to contact executive recruiters – but not getting a response?

If you thought your executive resume was strong, and your LinkedIn Profile was ready for prime time, it might seem that your application traveled into a black hole! 

Many executives report similar experiences, with reactions ranging from despair to frustration with employers. Can’t they at least acknowledge your message?

Why don’t recruiters take the time to call you back? What can you do to avoid wondering where you stand?

Before reading too much into the lack of responses, take a look at these common reasons for employer and recruiter silence – along with ways to circumvent the black hole: Continue reading

Trying to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Private? It Won’t Happen

Trying to keep your LinkedIn Profile information hidden from the prying eyes of your boss or colleagues?

To paraphrase an old advertising slogan:  Sorry, Charlie. There’s no way to add information on LinkedIn and prevent it from being seen.

The confusion arises when LinkedIn users see the option for a Public Profile and believe its purpose is to lock down information. (It’s actually a way to prevent access to your Profile from outside of LinkedIn or by users with no LinkedIn account.)

Even the information from LinkedIn’s Help Center makes it clear that you can’t prevent access to your Profile… yet the myth of “privacy” continues to exist. Just Google “How to make LinkedIn Profile private” and you’ll see the same misinformation, over and over.

Here’s 5 reasons why your LinkedIn data is (almost) always 100% public:

1) The Public Profile doesn’t do what you think it does.

LinkedIn offers you the option of a privacy option for your Public Profile. Again, this is for the URL TO YOUR PROFILE, not the Profile itself! Continue reading

The #1 Misconception About LinkedIn SEO

Customizing LinkedIn URL SEO

Trying to become more prominent or “findable” in employer LinkedIn searches?

Forget about customizing your LinkedIn Profile URL.

A common misconception among LinkedIn users (and even experts), changing your LinkedIn Profile URL doesn’t affect your findability inside the site.

Repeat – it has NO effect on being found by a recruiter or user trolling LinkedIn for candidates with your skills. Why?

Simple: it’s a web address, accessible only from OUTSIDE of LinkedIn. Therefore, it will help your search engine SEO, but not your LinkedIn SEO.

On the other hand, keyword strategy for your LinkedIn Headline, Job Titles, and other important sections can make a huge difference in being found inside the site by employers.

Here’s some examples that illustrate this point:  Continue reading