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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 dive headlong into their resumes first. They often neglect targeting, and narrowing their search to several select companies, because they want to keep their options wide open. Resume Development. Land a great-fit new job.

2014 198

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.

2017 106

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4 Reasons You Can’t Write Your Own Executive Resume

Executive Career Brand

My first encounter with prospective clients is typically through an email with their resume attached. Often, they’ve written their own resume and state upfront that they’re embarrassed by how bad it is. Many of them have never needed a resume, as they progressed through their careers to the senior or c-suite level. Or, they haven’t looked for a job in several years. But here they are, suddenly needing a resume. The Kitchen Sink Executive Resume.

2017 190

Creating Agile HR, Part 4: Agile Sourcing

Hiring Technical People

In the late 90’s, with the internet boom, Monster and other job boards started advertising electronically. Suddenly, a job ad could be large and all-encompassing because employers were no longer restricted to some number of inches of newspaper. That gave rise to specific job boards for specific kinds of jobs. (In In Manage Your Job Search , I wrote about how to find the right kind of job board for you.).

Money Questions and Your Job Search

Resume Bear

Jeff hates his job the way Sergio Garcia hates Tiger Woods. In his words, the job “dominates” him, “owns” him and often makes him feel “shockingly sorry for himself.”. My job as a coach is to help my clients make great decisions, to help them better evaluate the personal and professional decisions they face to get to the best possible outcome. I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money.”. Your Career Goals career job resume resumebear

2013 127

3 Job Search Game Changers

Career Realism

3 Job Search Game Changers. When you conduct a job search in the “usual” way, you are signing up for a fight like this. This is what results in needlessly extended search times and accepting an offer not because it advances your career, but because you simply want it to be over. Here Are 3 Tips That Will Transform Your Search: 1. The Reverse Engineered Resume. Concrete metrics are crucial- the more you have, the more credible you seem.

2016 64

Does LinkedIn Make the Executive Resume Obsolete?

Executive Career Brand

With the popularity of LinkedIn and the indisputable necessity of having a presence there , many people claim that the resume is dead, or dying. that a robust, fully populated LinkedIn profile is, in fact, the new resume. After all, people searching for viable candidates like you will likely see your LinkedIn profile before they ever reach out to you and request your resume. why do you need a resume at all? So don’t give up on that paper/digital resume yet.

2014 190

8 Ways To Beat Job Search Burnout

Career Realism

You probably know the dangers of burnout, but do you also realize that you can become burned out from a job search? Related: 6 Tips For Managing Job Search Stress. However, left unaddressed, burnout can threaten your relationships, your health, and your career, not to mention your job search. So, how can you prevent or heal job search burnout? Here are eight strategies to consider: 1. to 2 hours throughout your job search days.

2014 87

Job Search Tips for Employees of RadioShack and Others Facing a Layoff

Career Solvers

Even if you think your job is not in jeopardy today, you should always be proactively managing your career because stuff happens…quickly. Audit Your Resume. Review your resume to see if your document reads like a laundry list of job tasks or an accomplishment-focused, metrics-driven self-marketing tool. If your document screams vanilla, consider rewriting your resume or hiring a professional resume writer to help you.

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. Here are some observations… Resumes. One of the biggest changes, in my opinion, is what’s expected from an effective resume. Rather, it’s better to limit your resume to 1 or 2 pages, and provide short, substantive , statements of your related background, accomplishments, and quantified results. Metrics are king!

The World’s Best Executive Resume Is Not Enough

Executive Career Brand

if you’re not using it with executive job search best practices. Occasionally, the resume a prospective c-suite client sends me is an excellent career marketing document. 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. Networking gets the job !

2013 183

Is the Executive Resume Dead or Dying?

Executive Career Brand

Is the Executive Resume Dead or Dying? 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. Only an estimated 3-5% of jobs come through job boards.

2011 207

Is It Time For Your Resume Checkup?

Resume Bear

In today’s challenging economy, job seekers will need to implement a strong self-marketing campaign in order to get noticed in a crowded job search space. That campaign starts with strong marketing collateral, particularly a quality resume that quickly gets their candidacy to the top of the resume pile. Below are five strategies for crafting a more powerful presentation of your qualifications to get noticed faster and accelerate your job search.

2011 188

Did My Resume End up in the Black Hole?

Resume Bear

Whatever Happened to my Resume? 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! Is Your Resume A Mess? Can [link] Help Me?

2011 197

Are you positive about your job search?

Write Solution

Career Collective post: Once a month, a group of career professionals blog on a subject topical and timely for a job seeker. This month’s topic: Mid-year job search checkup. You’ve set up metrics to track resume send-out-versus-response ratios. You engaged a career professional to make sure your resume and other career documents properly positioned you. Now, if you’ve got all this going for you, why no job offers?

2011 67

Revealed: Expert Strategy To Boost LinkedIn Visibility

Career Realism

Revealed: Expert Strategy To Boost LinkedIn Visibility. You need to know what’s working (and what’s not), and adopt the tactics used by people who currently have the job you want to maximize visibility. Click on the “Advanced” option next to LinkedIn’s search bar. This will pull up an “Advanced People Search” box where you can insert search terms across a broad range of areas (you get more search options with a Premium Account).

2016 63

President-CEO-COO Manufacturing Turnarounds Executive Resume Branding

Executive Career Brand

President-CEO-COO Manufacturing Turnarounds Executive Resume Branding is a post from: Executive Career Brand. Because he’s not in a confidential search, he wanted me to use his real name here. We collaborated on developing his executive brand, resume, biography and LinkedIn profile. He had also updated his resume, but didn’t think the document presented the value he offered well enough, and it didn’t contain a true brand positioning statement.

2011 150

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. Is Your Resume Summary Boring Employers?

2015 61

4 Reasons You Can’t Write Your Own Executive Resume

Executive Career Brand

4 Reasons You Can’t Write Your Own Executive Resume is a post from: Executive Career Brand. . My first encounter with prospective clients is typically through an email with their resume attached. Often, they’ve written their own resume and state upfront that they’re deeply embarrassed by how bad it is. The majority of them have never needed a resume, as they progressed through their careers to the senior or c-level. What NOT To Put in Your C-level Executive Resume.

2011 178

Executive Brand Resume: Differentiate Your ROI Value Above the Fold

Executive Career Brand

Executive Brand Resume: Differentiate Your ROI Value Above the Fold is a post from: Executive Career Brand. What’s the purpose of a resume? Remember that a resume is not meant to be a long document outlining every bit of your career history. 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.

2010 145

How to Write a Dazzling LinkedIn Summary

Executive Career Brand

Over the years, I’ve reviewed many LinkedIn profiles of executive job seekers. These job seekers are neglecting a golden opportunity to tell their personal brand story. Maybe they’re not actively job seeking, or just beginning a search. No job is permanent these days. Those who are easily found online because their LinkedIn profiles are fully populated with keyword-rich content are way ahead of the game, should they suddenly be out of a job.

2016 193

Help! My Resume Is Dead On Arrival

Career Realism

My Resume Is Dead On Arrival. If you’ve been sending your resume out repeatedly and not hearing back from employers, then it’s time to perform some CPR. Related: Kick These 5 ‘Resume Killers’ To The Curb! Remember: at the resume stage, communicating excellent fit for a role is more important than uniqueness. Identify your ideal job target, and compile a folder of job postings that have piqued your interest. Make Your Resume Scannable.

2016 63

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. Many hiring managers use your cover letter to gauge your interest in the company, as well as your aptitude for the job. Therefore, when you resort to "Dear Sir, I'm interested in your open job, here's my resume," you're missing out on a critical chance to persuade employers to take you seriously.

Personal Branding: How to Brand Your LinkedIn Summary Section

Executive Career Brand

[The following article was originally published for my Personal Branding Expert gig on]. Once you’ve worked on personal branding , and created your targeted, branded resume that includes a strong initial summary with specific relevant contributions, you’ll have a good foundation from which to create your LinkedIn summary section. Remember that a branded LinkedIn profile doesn’t replace your resume. and metrics?driven

2014 203

How to Fix Four Common Resume Mistakes

Career Solvers

I review a lot of resumes. Does your resume fall into one or more of these categories? If so, it may be time to perform a checkup on your resume to improve the overall health of your job-search campaign. The job description. These resumes list job responsibilities galore and often look like the writer literally cut and pasted their job description into the resume. Create your own resume style to best showcase your information.

2011 68

What’s Your Executive Career Brand Story?

Executive Career Brand

Capturing the attention of people assessing you through your resume, LinkedIn profile, and biography – typically rather dry, business-oriented content – can be a challenge. 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. Then Use t he C-A-Rs (Challenge – Actions – Results) Strategy.

2015 167

Is It Time For Your Resume Checkup?

Career Solvers

This month my Career Collective colleagues are discussing tactics for giving your job search strategy a mid-year checkup. My tips for a resume checkup are below. You can also view my video on resume tips for $100K+ professionals here. In today’s challenging economy, job seekers will need to implement a strong self-marketing campaign in order to get noticed in a crowded job search space. It’s really no different for job seekers.

2011 75

The Biggest Mistakes New Job Seekers Make

Career Solvers

I meet many job seekers who have never had to conduct a formal job search. If you’re looking for a new job, below are some tips for starting off your search on the right foot: 1. If you have spent the last eight hours posting for jobs online, you have wasted seven hours and 50 minutes. It can be tempting to apply to jobs online. Job postings represent the open market; the jobs everyone gets to see. A job search is like a marathon.

2016 62

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

Tim's Strategy

That post was about signaling strength during job interviews. I shared this and other tips as part of the tutorial introducing my favorite resume and CV template. Key Metric: What was impacted? Make sure that metric is also relevant and measurable in the way your industry defines it. Consider a professional resume writer. Related posts: My Favorite Resume and CV Template: Introducing TruFocus If you’ve been looking for a resume or CV template.

4 Ways Recruiters Use Social Networking to Find You


This is a blog post from our sister blog, Secrets of the Job Hunt. Seen as the new employer marketing resource for the workplace and recruiters, talent acquisition teams are developing talent funnels and candidate engagement strategies with social media and technology in mind. Using Social Networking in Your Job Search. This is especially important since an astounding 93 percent of employers are using social media in their recruitment strategies this year.

Job Interview “Elevator Pitch”

Resume Bear

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. Make a match between your experience and the skills needed for a particular job function or industry.

2011 190

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. Especially after a lot of you really liked my favorite resume/CV template that I shared a few weeks ago. Before you find someone that is qualified, at the right point in their career and is a good fit for the job. You cannot say: “I really need this job&#.

2010 74

Could Your Executive Resume Actually Be Too Short?

Jennifer Anthony

Jennifer Anthony's Official Blog Nationally Published Resume Expert Skip to content Home About Hire Jenn FAQs How It Works Resume Rockstars Resume Writers by Industry or Specialty Library ← The Ladders Resume Writing Service – Scam or Not? Resume Writing – What Do Hiring Managers Look For in a Resume? → Could Your Executive Resume Actually Be Too Short? ← The Ladders Resume Writing Service – Scam or Not?

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

Tim's Strategy

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. That a job seeker has taken the time to get them. What if each of your recommendations for a position reflected back on a key accomplishment statement on your resume? The 10 Best Job Search Groups On Linkedin It is hard to imagine, but Linkedin still has a.

2010 87

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. Some say that the resume is about “qualifications&# and the interview is about “fit&#. And it is true that the resume is a poor substitute for an in-person interview. The resume is largely an objective tool. A company has a job and you have skills and experience that either match well or don’t match well.

2010 72

3 Quick Fixes For A Lackluster Executive Resume

Career Realism

Does it seem like an uphill battle to convey your leadership value during your job search? You might be a superstar at work, but if recruiters don’t see that message emanating from your resume, you’ll be edged out by the competition. Unfortunately, many executive resumes fail to answer employers’ fundamental questions: Why hire you? Here are three quick fixes for a lackluster executive resume: 1. 3 Phrases That Kill The Effectiveness Of An Executive Resume.

2013 80

How Do the Best Executive Resumes Win Interviews?

Career Realism

In the midst of an executive job search but gaining little to no traction? The problem might be the brand message within your leadership resume. 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. A better strategy? Work closely with executives on strategies for entering new markets.”.

2012 74

Want Stronger Results? Try A Networking Resume

Career Realism

Trying to engage high-level decision-makers in your job search? You might find that these audiences quickly become overwhelmed with reading your full executive resume—or that a multi-page document is simply too much to handle in a busy networking situation. A Networking Resume — a powerful sound bite that encapsulates your career in a single page and gets more traction in your search by supplying a quick picture of your bottom-line brand value. Resume career

2013 63

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? Is Your Resume Ready for a Recruiter?

2010 87

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. Many hiring managers use your cover letter to gauge your interest in the company, as well as to measure your aptitude for the job. Here are 5 of the most crucial mistakes made in cover letters—including those that can quickly knock you out of the running for a leadership job: 1 – Your opening line was boring.

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

Interview Lessons from Mariah Carey

Career Solvers

Many job seekers choose to “wing” their interviews rather than rehearsing beforehand and often their interview performance suffers because of it. Craft an elevator pitch to communicate your value proposition and be prepared to give accomplishment-focused, metrics-driven examples of how you have helped the companies you’ve supported do things smarter, faster, or more efficiently. Just regurgitating your resume or speaking about general job responsibilities won’t cut it.

2017 40

Know Your Value: Don't Undersell Yourself on Your Resume

Resume Writing

Resume Writing Blog: Creating Prints Master Resume Writer | Certified Resume Writer | Expert provides free resume writing information, resume help, tips, advice, career job searching tools, online social networking via this Resume Blog, Resume Writing Blog, Career Blog. A resume is a marketing tool! They gave me a raise once because I did my job correctly and performance reviews were up. A resume is a marketing tool!

2010 58