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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If your career trajectory contains a few speed bumps (such as a gap in work history or job hopping), you’re among the multitudes in this job market.
Given the state of economic affairs over the past few years, most job seekers don’t fit the classic picture of a “stable” work history at a single employer the way they once did.
I recently sat down with Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes.com to discuss ways of dealing with a not-so-perfect career history for What To Do When Your Resume Looks Like Bad News, reiterating that problematic job situations can often be overcome with just a few key changes to your resume.
Here’s how to address common “sticky” situations (ones that seem to trip up even the most well-qualified job seekers):
A period of unemployment is no longer an automatic red flag to many employers. Therefore, you’ll want to be as up front and concise as possible when dealing with a gap.
Applying to each and every executive job that catches your eye?
You’re probably experiencing frustration, burnout, and disappointment in your job search… and wondering if employers are even reading your resume!
If this sounds unnervingly familiar, there’s a reason:
Your leadership resume isn’t passing muster with employersbecause it doesn’t seem relevant to their needs.
Think about it: you may believe you’re the perfect candidate, but employers undertake a needle-in-a-haystack effort to find and qualify you.
Most executive jobs require a recruiter search, manual review of dozens to hundreds of resumes, or even an Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) scan – looking for a match on skills, previous job titles that closely align with the job description, and/or industry experience.
So, how can you make YOUR executive resume more relevant?
Take these additional steps to ensure it meets and exceeds employer requirements – before sending out one more application: (more…)
Creating your resume, but stumped for ideas beyond your job titles, places of employment, tasks, and education?
Compelling employers to pick up the phone requires a much stronger brand message!
If you haven’t focused on your ROI – the benefit companies get when hiring you – your search can go on indefinitely.
You might believe that recruiters or HR managers will “get” this message from reading about your past jobs or span of authority – but guess what?
With plenty of resumes to review, most hiring authorities won’t take the time to connect the dots in your background.
Therefore, if you’ve made a significant difference at past employers, but your resume doesn’t provide this evidence, you’ll lose your shot at winning an interview (while employers hire your competition instead).
Consider adding quantifiable measures of your performance to reinforce your personal brand message on your resume, as shown in these tips.
1 – Comparisons to Others.
Do you wear many hats at your current job? Employees who can perform more than one job simultaneously are often credited with generating increases in the bottom line. (more…)
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