Executive resume trends – and the entire world of communications have changed forever. Now that sound bites, memes, and viral messaging are here to stay, your resume must make a quick, powerful impression on employers.
No matter your industry or position, employers and recruiters will be performing a fast scan of your executive resume to get a feel for your credentials, career history, and social media presence.
Make their job easier by following executive resume trends, ensuring you’re making your mark and taking the best opportunity to shine among your job-searching competition: (more…)
Considering hiring an award-winning resume writer?
If so, you’ll find plenty of resume services online and via social media that tout award-winning expertise and credentials.
A quick search for “award winning resume writers” on Google produced more than 31 million resultsfrom nearly every country in the world. The same LinkedIn search yielded dozens of resume writers, all claiming awards on their Profiles.
You’d have reason to question these “awards.”
Of course, you’ll want to vet any resume writer thoroughly if you plan to hire them. Your resume (and LinkedIn Profile) are easily the most important career documents you’ll ever need – and if an award-winning resume service is truly important to you, being cautious will pay off!
In other words, you’ll benefit by looking for truth in advertising.
Follow these tips to ensure you’re working with an award-winning resume writer whose performance has been independently tested and verified: (more…)
Invariably, when executives try to figure out how to stand out in the job search, the subject of cover letters comes up – followed by confusion.Do you really need a cover letter for each executive job application? How can you be sure that employers are actually reading the letter you’re so carefully crafting?
Do you really need a cover letter for executive jobs?
Is it a myth that a cover letter can distinguish you in the executive job search?Here are 3 key points to consider when it comes to the cover letter question:
1 – Yes, cover letters are read by (some) employers.
However, this varies among different companies and their hiring practices. This informal survey from About.comshows some hiring managers are emphatic that a great cover letter will boost your chances of being selected for a choice interview.Studies in the careers industry also consistently nearly two-thirds of hiring authorities read cover letters, and of that group, nearly 50% consider them crucial. You’ll never know at the outset which third of hiring managers you’re dealing with, of course. Therefore, it’s better to be prepared with a strong personal brand message encapsulated in a cover letter, than to lose out on a great opportunity. (more…)
I recently talked with Tim Muma, Radio Program Coordinator at LocalJobNetwork.com, for the site’s new series Executive Decisions. What did we focus on? The executive resume, of course.
Tim had fantastic questions, with no topic off-limits. Why does an executive even need a resume? Won’t they just be recruited directly? Well, that would be nice, but it doesn’t quite happen that way.
Even if you’re directly recruited, you’ll suddenly get asked for your resume… and that’s where you’ll wish you’d taken the time to produce a strong story (or at least the one that gets an employer to take action).
And what should be on that resume when it finally makes it into the hands of decision-makers? If you’ve read my tips in the past, you know that metrics are what I emphasize. The scope and percentages behind your work are critical.
You can hear the details, including my strategies for connecting your job title and seemingly disjointed work experience into a cohesive story, here.
Enjoy! (Thank you, Tim.)
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