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.

2014 200

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.).


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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 107

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. Your future employer is already telling you what to include within your resume in the job posting.

2016 64

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

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: 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! Certainly never rely on your cover letter to make your case for a job when it should be presented in your resume. Is today’s job market different?

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’re sure to pick up helpful tips and tricks to bring your career marketing collateral and job search strategy up to snuff. Does that mean you have to dump your friends to get a job?

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

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

2015 61

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 195

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]. Becomes a means of passive job search, to help you get found by recruiters and hiring decision makers through the relevant keywords you’ve strategically placed in the various sections of your profile. ? and metrics?driven They both service different purposes in your job search.

2014 204

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.

2011 197

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.

2017 192

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.

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. Job Search Fizzling?

2013 162

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.

2013 185

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. Below are five strategies for crafting a more powerful presentation of your qualifications to get noticed faster and accelerate your job search. It’s really no different for job seekers. Every resume needs clear evidence that you are qualified to do the job you are applying for.

2011 188

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. A good strategy is to marry a strength with a specific example to prove that you are accomplished at what you do.

2011 190

Tim Sackett on 7 Secrets Only HR Pros Know

Resume Bear

I was thinking of putting down: We cook the books on our metrics, but guess what? Let’s face it, in a political corporate structure that relies on metrics to obtain budgeted resources – the numbers aren’t always going to be clean! Serving as the Executive Vice President, Tim runs the company his mother started over 30 years ago, and don’t tell Mom, but he thinks he does a better job at it than she did! career job job search strategy job seekers recruiter resumebear

2012 173

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. Before you find someone that is qualified, at the right point in their career and is a good fit for the job. But for someone to deliver on those three, they have to interview in a way that allows the hiring company to visualize them in the job.

2010 74

How to Leverage Another Job Offer (The Right Way)

Ms. Career Girl

Some people say the only way to get a real raise is through another job offer, and the numbers back up this claim. A 2016 study conducted by Glassdoor Economic Research found that workers who change jobs receive a 5.2% Going to your employer with a competing job offer in hand involves some risk. But if you play your cards right and understand your company’s HR metrics , you might find yourself in a more lucrative and compelling role than before the new opportunity came along.

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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.

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. Including how to prep references for an upcoming call, how to maintain a strong relationship with your references and how to avoid burning out your references during a long job search.

2010 87

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

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.

2015 168

Does LinkedIn Make the Executive Resume Obsolete?

Executive Career Brand

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. They spend a significant part of their days searching online for candidates, and a significant part of that time specifically on LinkedIn. The cost of social recruiting is minimal (compared to posting on job boards) and opens them to a much larger pool of potential candidates.

2014 191

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.

2011 150

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?

2011 208

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. 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. The gut call that companies make once all final round candidates have proven their ability to do the job. How you do your job matters.

2010 72

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 146

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.)

2011 179

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

Help! My Resume Is Dead On Arrival

Career Realism

Identify your ideal job target, and compile a folder of job postings that have piqued your interest. Evaluate job postings for common qualifications and requested attributes. Beyond job postings, checking out the LinkedIn Profiles of people who currently have the position you want is a great way to collect keyword information (you can find this in the “Skills & Endorsements” section of a person’s profile). My Resume Is Dead On Arrival.

2016 63

Ace Any Executive Job Interview With A 30-60-90-Day Plan

Career Realism

How can you prove yourself in a demanding executive job interview and give yourself a blueprint to success in your new job at the same time? Related: How To Write A 30-60-90-Day Plan That Gets You The Job Offer. How Can A 90-Day Plan Help You Get An Executive Job Offer? For an executive-level position, companies are looking for individuals who can prove knowledge and fit for the job, strategic thinking skills, communication skills, and motivation to do the job.

2015 63

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. By Laura Smith-Proulx.

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2009

Learning Voyager

Ideal Strategies Interactions - Creative Strategies for Business Judith M. Maker Your Search Lights Blog Archive ▼ 2010 (60) ► October (3) The Power of HOPE Making Sense of Change On Natural and Un-Natural Change ► September (7) Using the CASE Method: How HR and OD Can Improve P. Where's My Job?" ► May (8) The Five Stories Every Job Hunter Must Be Ready to. Here We Are. Now What? Sail away from the safe harbor.

2009 43

Mobile Recruiting is a Complete Sham & Waste of Your Time


68% of Job Seekers Have Viewed a Job Via Mobile. The key to any recruiting strategy, mobile or not is to do your homework, test the waters and educate yourself on your own candidate audience before implementing a strategy or purchasing any type of software. Recruiters and business leaders should talk to their candidates from past, present and future before adopting any new type of program, pilot or strategy. Job Boards Fail Horribly When It Comes to Mobile.

2014 119

Receiving 100s Of Rejections To Your Applications? Read This!

Career Realism

I am sure you must be very frustrated when you receive 100s of rejections to your job applications. Related: How To Turn Job Rejection Into An Advantage. I am a manager with PwC Consulting in their strategy consulting department. Have you been secretly sneaking out of your bed to check or for new jobs and making your applications even before checking out the job descriptions? Fake Jobs! Yes, I just said it; fake jobs!

2016 63

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. 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. Below are five strategies for crafting a more powerful presentation of your qualifications to get noticed faster and accelerate your job search.

2011 75

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

Career Realism

There should not be a single sentence in this letter which doesn’t either a) establish credibility, b) demonstrate real VALUE, or c) communicate PASSION for the job. Purpose #2, you’re responding to a job posting or some other notification about a position that has opened up. Concrete results can radically transform impact- list metrics briefly (34%+) and try to highlight the RESULT first, followed by details on how you pulled it off.