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5 Cover Letter Mistakes You Must Avoid

Career Realism

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. Note each of these sentences contains metrics, a targeted job title, and a career-defining achievement that is framed in context and laid out quickly for the reader to absorb.

Does Your Cover Letter Make These 5 Critical Mistakes?

Jennifer Anthony

You’ve polished your resume to no end, especially after finding a great job posting that seems tailor-made for your leadership 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 to measure your aptitude for the job. What do industry analysts say about the company’s future and their business strategy? By Laura Smith-Proulx.

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3 Tips For A Persuasive Executive Cover Letter

Career Realism

As an executive, a cover letter is a crucial part of your job search package. Related: 7 Examples Of Fresh New Ways To Start Your Cover Letter. Creating a cover letter isn’t just about summarizing your resume and introducing yourself to the person reading, and here we will look at what goes into a successful executive cover letter. In fact, use strong words and powerful verbs throughout your cover letter.

Personal Branding, Resume or Job Search Targeting: Which Comes First?

Executive Career Brand

It may seem obvious that the first thing to do, when you’re about to start an executive job search, is locate, dust off, and update your resume. In my experience, many executive job seekers do just that. They often neglect targeting, and narrowing their search to several select companies, because they want to keep their options wide open. That strategy may have worked even a few years ago, but job search doesn’t work the same way now.

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Does Your Cover Letter Get An A Or F? Here’s The Test

Career Realism

Does Your Cover Letter Get An A Or F? Many proclaim cover letters to be outdated in an era of digital communications and ever-shortening attention spans. Yet even a cursory look at what top-level professionals are actually putting out there reveals the truth: reports of the cover letter’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Related: How To Write A Cover Letter That Will Get You Hired. Some call it a cover letter.

Want a Successful Executive Job Search? Run It Like a Small Business

Executive Career Brand

If you’ve been in a job search for a while, and not much is happening, you’d be wise to re-jig your strategy, and start thinking of running your job search like it’s a business. That’s what wise job seekers do. They know that, when you’re job hunting, you’re essentially a solopreneur. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.” Think of your job search as a business.

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4 Reasons You Can’t Write Your Own Executive Resume

Executive Career Brand

Or, they haven’t looked for a job in several years. We discuss how job search has changed in the past several years, and that these days their resume may not be their first introduction to the people they need to attract. I explain that most recruiters and hiring decision-makers source and assess candidates by what they find in online searches of candidates’ names and relevant keywords that lead them to job seekers.

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The World’s Best Executive Resume Is Not Enough

Executive Career Brand

if you’re not using it with executive job search best practices. It’s targeted, contains value-driven metrics and relevant keywords, and positions the job seeker as a good-fit candidate for the kinds of jobs he’s seeking. Yet the job seeker complains to me that he’s gotten ZERO RESPONSE to it. When I ask him how he’s using his resume, he says he’s responded to hundreds of job postings on the job boards.

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What’s Your Executive Career Brand Story?

Executive Career Brand

In job search, storytelling works similarly. Storytelling helps employers get a feel for the kind of person you are and how you make things happen, and envision you contributing on the job. First, before you can write your resume, LinkedIn profile, biography, and other job search collaterals, you need to know who will be reading these things, so your content will speak directly to that target audience. More Information About Executive Job Search.

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How to Write, Brand and Use An Executive Resume

Executive Career Brand

Although my focus is on the top-level executives I work with, the strategies and advice here also apply to most job seekers, at most any level. through dealing with job search and resume challenges. I’ve covered many insider strategies you may not read about elsewhere. As you’re gearing up your job search, spend some time prepping to write your resume by reading these posts: How to Write and Use Your Executive Resume.

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Is the Executive Resume Dead or Dying?

Executive Career Brand

Resumes have morphed over time from being a career history document often leading with an objective statement – to a career marketing communication showcasing relevant achievements, branding and metrics, to link good fit with value proposition. A traditional “paper&# resume seems to have less value in job search today. For most job seekers, emailing a digital version of their resume has replaced snail mailing a hard copy. Is the Executive Resume Dead or Dying?

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Did My Resume End up in the Black Hole?

Resume Bear

I have often heard job seekers refer to the application process as a “black hole where resumes go, never to be heard from again”. Not only will this provide you with an effective strategy to increase the odds of getting your resume into the right hands, but it might actually increase your level of sympathy for the HR professionals around town – ok, maybe just a little! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOL), there are 6 job seekers for every opening.

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Job Search: Then and Now

Career Rocketeer

I’m often asked what changes I’ve seen in effective job search strategies from several years ago versus now. These days most any Applicant Tracking System (ATS), or means for a recruiter to search for someone is based on key words they use for the search. Metrics are king! Cover letters. Furthermore, a qualified resume or application is never rejected because there is no cover letter included… even if the ad asked for one.

President-CEO-COO Manufacturing Turnarounds Executive Resume Branding

Executive Career Brand

Because he’s not in a confidential search, he wanted me to use his real name here. To make his career successes and promise of value to potential employers immediately evident in his resume, I needed to bring forward to the first page his early career contributions – things that would normally fall to the second page – and back them up with his phenomenal metrics. President-CEO-COO Manufacturing Turnarounds Executive Resume Branding is a post from: Executive Career Brand.

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4 Reasons You Can’t Write Your Own Executive Resume

Executive Career Brand

And, because most also don’t understand resume strategy, they don’t know how it should look, what to include, what to exclude and what to highlight. We discuss how job search has changed in just the past few years, and that these days their resume may not be their first introduction to the people they need to attract. I also stress that, since these people search LinkedIn first, before using other search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.)

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Executive Brand Resume: Differentiate Your ROI Value Above the Fold

Executive Career Brand

It’s a marketing document designed to align your qualities and qualifications with your target employers’ requirements and needs, while differentiating the value you offer over your competing job seekers. Most recruiters and hiring authorities are busy sourcing top talent by searching relevant keywords on LinkedIn, and assessing candidates by what they find when they Google their names. Which brings me to “above the fold&# resume writing strategy.

2010 145

5 Reasons You Should Continue Your Job Search During The Holidays

Career Realism

Planning to hold off on your job search during the holiday season, believing that no one hires at this time of year? Related: 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Freeze Your Job Search During The Holidays. Here are 5 key reasons to put aside the common myths surrounding a holiday job search: 1. Many job seekers set their resumes and interview suits aside until well into the New Year. Job Search career advice holiday job search job search

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10 Interview Styles To Avoid | Tim's Strategy

Tim's Strategy

Blog Free Downloads Sponsor Resources FAQ [06.17.10] View Comments 10 Interview Styles That Make My Blood Run Cold I don’t do as much interviewing in my current job as I used to do earlier in my career. I wrote a similar post about cover letter writers a while back that was a lot of fun. It was called The Cover Letter Segmentation Study. Yes, there are a lot of bad cover letters out there. You cannot say: “I really need this job&#.

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How To Write A Great Accomplishment Statement | Tim's Strategy

Tim's Strategy

That post was about signaling strength during job interviews. Key Metric: What was impacted? Make sure that metric is also relevant and measurable in the way your industry defines it. One of the most important aspects of creating a great resume is adding accomplishments to each job listed on the page. One of the most important aspects of creating a great resume is adding accomplishments to each job listed on the page.

How Do the Best Executive Resumes Win Interviews?

Career Realism

In the midst of an executive job search but gaining little to no traction? Powerfully written, superior-quality executive resumes—those that clearly position job seekers as must-have leaders in their field—contain specific language that distinguishes candidates at a high career level. Here are the secrets behind the best executive resumes that win attention for premier positions – along with corrective tips for bringing your own resume up to par in today’s job market: 1.

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10 Tips: Asking For Recommendations On LinkedIn | Tim's Strategy

Tim's Strategy

Surprisingly, in two years of writing I’ve never covered the subject. Today the focus is on LinkedIn – the social networking site that many job seekers now call home. Whereas Twitter and Facebook still receive lower marks from many job seekers. Just like a traditional letter of recommendation, they lose their value as they age. I never put much stock in letters of recommendation as a hiring manager. That a job seeker has taken the time to get them.

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On Being A Good Fit For The Job | Tim's Strategy

Tim's Strategy

Blog Free Downloads Sponsor Resources FAQ [05.16.10] View Comments On Being A Good Fit For The Job This is an interesting topic for me. Based on our own lens and our reaction to the way a candidate writes their cover letter. A company has a job and you have skills and experience that either match well or don’t match well. Those are your qualifications for the job compared to the requirements for the job. How you do your job matters.

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The 3-Step ‘Beat Unemployment’ Plan

Career Realism

Begin preparing now to limit the length of your unemployment and maximize your job search success. This 3-step “beat unemployment” plan works for job seekers at all levels of the spectrum, from entry-level workers to senior executives. Define Your Job Search Strategy. The first step is to define your strategy. Clarify your search goals and timeline. Choose and prioritize your job search methodologies. Job Search unemployment

2014 87

Switching Careers at the Executive Level

Jennifer Anthony

In fact, according to Execunet’s 2009 Executive Job Market Intelligence Report, 94 percent of the senior-level executives surveyed would consider switching industries. In order to make a lateral move to another career, you’ll need to get to know the new career just as well as you know the old one, including the customers, products, metrics and process, among other aspects. Of course, you won’t have decades to get the job done.

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Could Your Executive Resume Actually Be Too Short?

Jennifer Anthony

Posted on November 5, 2009 by Jennifer Anthony Guest Article by: Laura Smith-Proulx Designated Resume Rockstar Most job hunters remember the days of single-page resumes, when hiring professionals warned them that any document daring to breach this “rule&# would be quickly eliminated from consideration. Fast forward to the rapid-fire job market of today, and you’ll find that things have changed considerably. Job Search Success System Are you a do-it-yourself type?

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How to Get the Best LinkedIn Recommendations

Executive Career Brand

Meg Guiseppi, C-level Executive Job Search Coach — Resume, Biography, Branding, Online Identity & ROI Value Communications Blog Home Intro Personal Branding 360 Reach Personal Brand Assessment Why hire a Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategist? Executive recruiters and hiring authorities routinely source talent through LinkedIn search. Two bonuses when you use this strategy: 1. In what ways have I helped you do your job?

Take a Ride in the Elevator Before You Interview | CareerSolvers

Career Solvers

For example, being proficient in Microsoft Project can position a project manager as a candidate that gets the job done expeditiously and in turn saves time, money, and resources. Use accomplishment-focused, metrics-driven examples to support your strengths. Just like the resume, the pitch must include proof that you have successfully completed job relevant tasks. A good strategy is to marry a strength with a specific example to prove that you are accomplished at what you do.

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Are You Making the Top 3 LinkedIn Profile Errors?

Career Realism

9 Advantages to Subscribing to Our Site Career-Rx Interview Prep Tool 10 Steps to a Job Search Career Personality Test Attitude Adjustment Twitter 101 Am I Money Quiz Job Search Engine CAREEREALISM Toolkit Contact Us 9 Reasons to Subscribe FREE Webinars Premium Career Tools C3 = Career Coaching Clinic 144-Page e-Book Full-Service Career HMO ABOUT ABOUT US FAQ NEWS & MENTIONS OUR TEAM PRIVACY POLICY WHY WE EXIST AM I MONEY? How do you find a job today?

2010 87

Is Your Resume Ready for a Recruiter?

Career Realism

9 Advantages to Subscribing to Our Site Career-Rx Interview Prep Tool 10 Steps to a Job Search Career Personality Test Attitude Adjustment Twitter 101 Am I Money Quiz Job Search Engine CAREEREALISM Toolkit Contact Us 9 Reasons to Subscribe FREE Webinars Premium Career Tools C3 = Career Coaching Clinic 144-Page e-Book Full-Service Career HMO ABOUT ABOUT US FAQ NEWS & MENTIONS OUR TEAM PRIVACY POLICY WHY WE EXIST AM I MONEY? How do you find a job today?

2010 87

14 Reasons I Won't Follow You On Twitter [Revisited]

Executive Career Brand

Meg Guiseppi, C-level Executive Job Search Coach — Resume, Biography, Branding, Online Identity & ROI Value Communications Blog Home Intro Personal Branding 360 Reach Personal Brand Assessment Why hire a Reach Certified Personal Branding Strategist? Working from a Twitter strategy will save you time and allow you to get the most value from it. But to some people, that’s an important metric, and that’s perfectly fine.

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where are they now: update #15 – call center misery — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager where are they now: update #15 – call center misery December 24, 2010 Remember the reader who was miserable in her job at a call center ? My manager had me convinced that I was about to be walked out and fired because of this one metric being low. My other metrics were all well above average. He had me very worried for my job and I’m really not a worrier. FWIW, Call Centers aren’t a bad job.

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16 months after leaving job, still getting hassled by old boss

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager 16 months after leaving job, still getting hassled by old boss March 2, 2011 We recently talked about how long it’s reasonable to answer questions from a past employer after you’ve left. A reader writes: I left my first post-college job in 2009 after 5 years. A reader writes: I left my first post-college job in 2009 after 5 years. They’re simply metrics for internal use. which job should I take?

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coworker monopolizes meetings with irrelevant topics

Ask A Manager

And if anyone reading this sees themselves in this guy, now is your chance to repent and reform, and start doing your job as a manager.) As a related question, what do you do when the Boss/Manager is the one who tends to ramble on and on about things not related to your job? Personally, I think she’s unqualified for the job. Anyone who has been on the job five years and still doesn’t “get-it&# has a problem. Have you ever gotten a job from a job fair?

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