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You Nailed the Interview….Now What?

You Nailed the Interview....Now What? Following up after the interview with a thank you letter, card, or strategic letter are great ways to strengthen the interviewer’s perception of you as a good fit for the position. For example, the strategic letter is slightly more in-depth compared to a thank you letter or card. The strategic letter provides an opportunity to share additional skills, strengths, or possibly a mutual interest that may have been discussed between you and the interviewer to possibly tip the scale in your favor.  As a suggested rule of thumb, it is a good idea to send [...]

Psst! Remember to Craft a LinkedIn Profile Along With a Professional Resume

Psst! Remember to Craft a LinkedIn Profile Along With a Professional Resume In the simplest of terms, you need a LinkedIn profile in addition to your executive resume in today’s highly competitive business world. With recruiting having for the most part gone digital, your LinkedIn profile helps you to be found more easily online. It is just that simple. ‎With LinkedIn boasting such a huge membership base; it is almost as if your profile is working for you whether you are a leader in active or passive job search mode. In fact, you may find that in some instances a recruiter [...]

Try Networking to Secure Your Next Job Opportunity

Try Networking to Secure Your Next Job Opportunity You have written an interview-winning executive resume and cover letter for an executive position; the next step is mapping out an action plan to gain some traction with prospective employers. Having an extensive network of contacts to engage with or to tap into throughout your career is powerful. After all, in today’s job market around 70% of jobs are secured through networking. That being said, there is value in building and sustaining your database of contacts. Being well-connected will go a long way in getting your professional resume into the hands of [...]

Have You Been Out of the Job Search Game for a While? Here’s How to Get Back in It

Have You Been Out of the Job Search Game for a While? Here’s How to Get Back in It You have just finished a long and much-needed employment hiatus, and now it is time to get back to the grind. Where do you start? You have a plan, right? Still, you should remember that Robert Burns quote: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” In other words – you need to prepare for the unexpected. Your strategy may appear seamless on paper, but let us take a look at some of the necessities to ensure you are on [...]

Making Your Transferable Skills Pop on Your Professional Resume

Making Your Transferable Skills Pop on Your Professional Resume Taking your professional resume to the next level can sometimes include weaving in the most relevant transferable skills to help strengthen your brand message and connection with a prospective employer. Transferable skills are those skills that may reflect your talent in various areas such as building effective relationships, handling information or data, leading geographically dispersed teams or working with software, machines, and computers. For example, if you are deciding on a strategy for how to write a Billing Specialist career change resume to facilitate a transition into a Training or Learning & Development [...]

5 Ways to Leverage Twitter for Your Job Search

5 Ways to Leverage Twitter for Your Job Search If you have spent any time searching for a job in today’s market, you should be well aware that paper resumes alone are not enough to cut the mustard. Most of today’s employers post their job opportunities online, which means you’ll need an online presence to land those jobs. To optimize your employment search, you need access to the best online job search tools. When I mention online job search tools, most people think of LinkedIn, a fantastic platform for connecting executives and mid-career job seekers with prospective employers. But there’s [...]

Why You Should Routinely Update Your Executive Resume

Why You Should Routinely Update Your Executive Resume More and more job seekers are being found on LinkedIn by recruiters with many being asked to forward their executive resume for consideration for a leadership opportunity.  In the event a prospective employer approaches you for an unsolicited leadership role, knowing that time is of the essence when a recruiter is interested in connecting with your regarding an employment opening, ask yourself, are in a position to forward it immediately? Is your professional resume updated in the most modern format and is it strategized in a way that succinctly touts your most [...]

Ways the C.A.R. Method Can Improve Your IT Executive Resume

Ways the C.A.R. Method Can Improve Your IT Executive Resume You have risen through the ranks to become a major contender for that plum IT Director, VP, or CIO role. An executive resume that uses the (CAR) Challenge Action Results method is a powerful way to communicate impact, strategic agility, and quantifiable achievements. This technique places your value front and center and shows that you bring actionable technology that has a direct impact on the bottom-line with time, and cost savings. Take a moment and jot down your top three accomplishments in a particular senior-level IT position. Then ask yourself [...]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Informational Interview

How to Get the Most Out of Your Informational Interview Are you contemplating an executive-level career change, or are you simply curious about the scope and competency requirements a particular leadership position entails?  What if I could give you the inside knowledge of what it is like working in a particular field, for a particular employer, in a particular region? What would you pay for that type of information? What if you could find out what day-to-day challenges you may face, or better yet, what the hiring process entails? A good informational interview with the right in-house person can provide [...]

How to Find Employment by Using the Hidden Job Market

How to Find Employment by Using the Hidden Job Market Experts estimate that roughly 80 percent of available jobs are never publicly published or advertised, according to an article from Experience. These jobs comprise what some call the “hidden job market.” In part, employers do this to save money: unpublished jobs mean no promotional costs. Mainly, however, employers do this because they’d rather fill open roles through referrals. Referred candidates are cheaper to hire, easier to hire, and they outperform non-referred candidates once they’re on the job. And so, hiring managers to refrain from publicizing jobs. Instead, they search through their own [...]

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