Why Santa Claus updates his resume every year, even though he’s not actively looking for a new job – at least we hope not!
A hand-written thank you note after a job interview is a simple, striking and cost-effective method of differentiating yourself.
Always include these three elements in a cover letter in order to make a memorable impression on hiring influencers.
Networking results come from quality relationships. When you’re working the room at a networking function, your goal should be to engage in meaningful conversations and build relationships, not just participate in small talk and amass business cards. Think just as carefully about the cards you’ve giving out. Refrain from handing out your business card to […]
A guest post by Mandeep Grewal, an executive recruiter. The recruitment industry has changed significantly with technology. When I started in the executive search business in 2000, we relied mainly on company websites (which were minimal in detail) and “calling into companies” to figure out who did what. Today, especially with LinkedIn, we look at […]
As a professional resume writer, I only have 11”, 22” or 33” (1, 2 or 3 pages) to sell my clients, which I do by clearly, succinctly and powerfully telling their career story. It can be very challenging to fit it all in, especially for a senior executive with 30+ years of experience. Resume real […]
Did you accidentally clone yourself and now you have more than one LinkedIn profile? It’s happened to many people. You got caught up in the social media buzz and quickly joined, even though you weren’t sure what to do with your profile. Months or even years went by and as social recruiting became the norm, […]
Just being listed as a member of a professional association can help you be found by recruiters who go through these directories to source talent. But you’ll get far better results if you’re active in the group. When we discussed how to choose an executive networking group, I suggested you nominate yourself for a volunteer […]
Being a detective is a lot easier now than when I first became a Scotland Yard detective. Why? I didn’t have access to the Internet. That global resource would have provided me with a whole new array of tools to do my police work. Today it’s a lot easier to uncover facts than it’s ever […]
You’ve had a successful interview and were asked to provide references. It’s time to pore over your list of contacts, ask if they’re willing to speak on your behalf, and brief them about this specific job opportunity. Right? WRONG! Your references should be sourced at the same time you’re building your job search plan, refining […]
When you write a resume today, you have to make sure it can be read by two different audiences: the traditional human eye and an automated tracking system (ATS). Human resource professionals and executive recruiters use this scanning technology to scan and store a high volume of resumes based on industry- and functional-specific keywords. The […]
An informational interview is when you meet with an influencer for general advice and details about a potential future workplace. While it can be intimidating and you may be rejected some of the time, don’t be afraid to ask for these meetings. Conquer that fear, because the more interviews you ask for, the more you […]
Large successful companies such as Procter & Gamble all target their marketing campaigns to a set demographic, and you need to do the same thing in your job search. It’s far more effective to send 10 targeted resumes than it is to send 1,000 or even 10,000 untargeted ones. You need to hit the bulls-eye! […]
When clients ask me the difference between a resume and a cover letter, I explain that a cover letter takes you from today forwards, while a resume takes you from today backwards. Neither get you the job; they get you the interview. There are five types of cover letters you must learn how to write […]
Congratulations! You submitted a compelling resume and secured an in-person job interview. The next step in your job search journey is to ensure the message relayed by your body language does not distract from the career message shared in your resume. The folks at The Undercover Recruiter shared an infographic displaying the process interviewers use […]
More companies and executive recruiters are conducting job interviews via telephone and Skype these days. This can be much more cost effective and convenient, particularly if the candidate lives in a different location. The benefit of Skype over the telephone is that it allows for video conferencing, so a hiring manager or recruiter can observe […]
Were you one of the job seekers who suspended their job search for the summer and are now about to resume your quest – along with 70% of your competition? While employers continue to hire during the summer months, a fall job search is filled with activity as more candidates compete for fewer jobs. Employer […]
Key influencers like recruiters, career coaches, and peers don’t just want to know you when you’ve been terminated and you’re feeling desperate to pick up the pieces. They also want to know you when you’re having fun and delivering career successes. A cardinal sin of career management is failing to maintain frequent communication with the […]
Many people often question the financial investment of hiring a professional resume writer, but let’s look at this from a cost versus benefit advantage. According to Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts, “98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the ‘Top 2%’ of candidates make it to the […]
People don’t think twice about engaging a financial planner to help manage their money, but hopelessly go it alone when it comes to their career. Then what happens when they get that inevitable pink slip and there is no more money to manage? Career management is something to be proactive about at all times – […]