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Tips on Writing Your Resume Without a Degree

Tips on Writing Your Resume Without a Degree It has long been common belief that a college degree not only opens doors to advancement in your chosen field, but also potentially allows you to earn a higher salary than those without degrees. The contrary point of view is that employers are not simply looking for people with degrees, but for people who have the talent, grit, and passion for a job, plus a unique skill set that has been acquired through the years. An applicant such as this might be valued above a degree holder because of the cost and time it would [...]

Executive Cover Letter Strategies

Executive Cover Letter Strategies Cover letters are the perfect complement to your executive resume while providing an additional outlet for marketing your transferable skills, competencies, awards, or special mentions not included in your resume.  Cover letters are also a great way to display your effective written communication skills to your prospective employer. When writing a good executive or professional cover letter,  take an inventory of your top achievements so that you can determine what you want to include in your executive resume versus your executive cover letter.  Keep the letter focused, clear, and if possible, separated into four compelling sections [...]

Explaining Short-term Employment on Your Executive Resume

Explaining Short-term Employment on Your Executive Resume Every top leader at least one time during their career has had to accept temporary employment or had to leave a particular company within a short time after obtaining a job. The reason we do this can vary. Maybe you only took it because it will get you by until that fantastic, once in a lifetime role you had been looking for materializes. Perhaps the company decided to downsize a year after you joined the team. Whatever the reason is, you are now faced with explaining this short-term employment on your executive resume. [...]

Tips Using the S.M.A.R.T. Method to Define Your Career Goals

Tips  Using the S.M.A.R.T. Method to Define Your Career Goals Goal setting plays an important role in many areas of our personal and professional lives. As senior leaders, in business, we spearhead key initiatives and set priorities to drive revenue and market share while coaching and steering our teams to achieve operational and financial objectives. As a new year approaches, you may have a goal to advance in your career, obtain a certification, or possibly partner with a professional to secure help with writing your executive resume. On a personal level, we create goals for home ownership, retirement, a healthy [...]

Why it is Important to Keep Your Executive Resume Updated

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

Tips on How to Determine the Best Resume Format

Tips on How to Determine the Best Resume Format Choosing the best professional resume format to communicate and present your unique mix of skills, qualifications, experience, training, and talent should be carefully factored into your resume writing strategy. While there is an abundance of resume formats, the three most effective and current professional resume formats are Chronological, Functional, and Hybrid /Combination. Chronological resumes list your professional experience in chronological order, starting with the most recent job first. This format is typically used if you have consistent employment with no significant gaps between jobs. It is also good for demonstrating career [...]

Tips on How to Create a Current Resume

Tips on How to Create a Current Resume I know I'm qualified for the jobs I am applying to … however, I'm not getting a single hit on my professional resume. Ever applied to dozens of jobs that you KNOW you're qualified for, but have received little to no response from your target companies? If this sounds like you, I'd like to offer a few practical tips that you can plug and play to hopefully gain some immediate traction on your CEO resume, IT Director resume, PMO Director resume, professional or mid-career level resume. Include a Keyword-Optimized Headline: With less [...]

Don’t Allow the Lack of a Degree to Hold You Back in Your Career

Don't Allow the Lack of a Degree to Hold You Back in Your Career In spite of the fact that a degree can unquestionably enhance your attractiveness to a prospective employer and upgrade your official resume, there are some other writing strategies you can employ to convey your value in powerful ways in the event you do not have a formal degree. Have you opened doors in international markets, established a foreign subsidiary, or joined a startup as a ground-floor senior leader who has left a significant thumbprint on an organization’s business development strategy? Think about it, your ability to [...]

Need Help Getting Your LinkedIn Profile Started? Here are 2 Easy-to-Use Tools

Need Help Getting Your LinkedIn Profile Started? Here are 2 Easy-to-Use Tools Getting comfortable with the digital employment world can be somewhat overwhelming, particularly if you are a leader who has been out of the job market for a while or perhaps your excellent reputation as a leader has paved the way for you to land some wonderful employment opportunities thus enabling you to avoid executing an actual job search.  Whether you are a CEO or early career professional, today's most effective career management strategies extend beyond simply knowing how to create the most current professional resume to crafting and [...]

Getting the Most Traction Out of Your Executive or Professional Resume

Getting the Most Traction Out of Your Executive or Professional Resume Differentiating your high-value approaches, interpersonal skills, and relevant leadership successes in an easy-to-read and concise executive-resume layout will make you stand out among the competition. Interestingly, only a very small pool of COO-level candidates present their value in a manner that clearly conveys their capabilities—despite being qualified for the job. When competing against other Chief Operating Officers with similar backgrounds, there is an art and science to “telling your story” in a manner that elevates you to a position as a top C-suite contender. Keep reading for a few [...]

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