Determined to make 2013 the year you snag that dream job?
The coming months are shaping up to be intensively competitive, meaning you’ll have to be ready to edge out others for that coveted job.
However, if your resume is like most in circulation, it isn’t anywhere near ready for 2013. Why?
Because it probably relies on outdated methods, lacks marketing appeal, or just downright fails to demonstrate the kind of value proposition that captures attention in a crowded market (no matter what year it is).
Here are 5 telltale signs your resume will fall flat in 2013 (along with tips for hitting the mark):
1 – You’ve never considered using an infographic or chart to display your achievements.
Nothing speaks louder than metrics on a resume, but possibly nothing shouts accomplishment and scale more so than a chart.
These graphics are easy to insert into a Word document with the Insert Chart tool. However, you should only use one if you have impressive numbers to display (as shown in this sample of a VP Sales resume). Continue reading “Think Your Resume’s Ready for 2013? Read This First”
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?”
Pursuing your next career move in technical sales?
Your resume isn’t the list of sales quotas and jargon that it once was – even if that’s what landed your last job.
An effective resume in the technical field for any sales position (Pre-Sales Engineer, Sales Account Representative, Partner Alliances, etc.), must hone in on your sales style, consultative abilities, quantifiable achievements, and span of influence.
Outpace your competition and make a bigger impact on employers with these technical sales resume elements:
1 – Technology Brands.
As seen in this Technical Sales resume example, brand names often capture interest, especially if they reflect the type of technology you’ll want to work with in the future. Therefore, this resume uses a brand name in the first, eye-catching headline. Continue reading “Best Tech Sales Resume Tips to Outdo Your Competition”
If you’re pursuing an IT Director job, you already realize there’s a special challenge in your search.
Your resume must be written to show technical aptitude, plus demonstrate leadership problem-solving and team management skills (crucial for a later move to VP or CIO positions).
Climbing the corporate ladder to a higher-level IT leadership role requires that you first take stock of your career success stories and the strength of your business skills.
A compelling IT Director resume will contain at least these 3 elements:
1 – Metrics-Driven Results.
Most IT Directors are charged with managing projects at an enterprise scale, creating new infrastructures that set the business up for growth, or resolving support issues that threaten business operations.
Here’s where you’ll want to consider the scope and impact of these initiatives on the business for your IT Director resume. Answering these questions will help you pull in the metrics of most value to employers: Continue reading “How to Make Your IT Director Resume Really Pop”