How to Win at Interviewing

How to Win at Interviewing Congratulations! Hopefully you are reviewing this article because you have written a job-winning professional resume or created a powerful LinkedIn profile that caught the attention of a prospective employer. Interview types have and continue to evolve. So, let’s see … we have Skype teleconferencing and video interviews, one-on-one meetings, panel interviews, lunch meetings, situational interviews, and behavior-based interviews to name a few. Below we have provided an overview of some common interview types with a few tips on how to approach them. Phone Screen Interviews: The phone screen helps employers to filter out candidates they [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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