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Job Hunting by the Numbers

As countless can attest, today’s job market is not what it used to be ten and certainly not 20 years ago. Gone are the days of sending a resume via the mail or responding to an ad in the paper. That being said, many of the skills critical to getting a job back in the day still apply provided you’re not afraid to embrace what…

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How to Beat ATS and Get Your Resume in Front of a Live Person

How to Beat ATS and Get Your Resume in Front of a Live Person

Much has been written about Applicant Tracking Systems used by large companies to manage job openings. While no doubt these systems are necessary to screen thousands of applicants, their propensity for error is perhaps one of the larger frustrations faced by job seekers. At some point in the job process, most looking for work must apply online and be subject to the “whims” of these…

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What to Look for when Hiring a Resume Writer

What to Look for when Hiring a Resume Writer

Wrote your own resume and not getting the results you’d like? Need a resume and looking to put your trust in a professional? With thousands of companies and individuals to choose from hiring a resume writer can seem daunting. Here are some tips to help you narrow down the field: Credentials There are a number of industry-recognized resume writing certifications. Each has slightly different requirements,…

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Four Ways to Help Recruiters Find You on LinkedIn

Four Ways to Help Recruiters Find You on LinkedIn

As I mentioned in a previous post I learned a lot from the FAVAR Method of LinkedIn Profile Creation webinar I recently attended, which focused on how purchasers of LinkedIn Recruiter view profiles and search for qualified candidates. Much to my surprise, what you and I see when we view LinkedIn is in many ways quite different from the way accounts appear using this recruiting…

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Four Ways to Increase Your LinkedIn Recruiter Visibility

Four Ways to Increase Your LinkedIn Recruiter Visibility

The tool LinkedIn Recruiter, purchased today by industry leaders and recruiting organizations nationwide, has changed the way talent is searched for and found on LinkedIn. Below are four easy ways to give your profile its best chance at being found: #1 Searchability by Name Did you know if your first name is oddly spelled it can hurt your chances of being found on LinkedIn? Neither did I! Increase your…

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A Professional Bio – a Career Tool to Give you a Competitive Advantage

A Professional Bio – a Career Tool to Give you a Competitive Advantage

If you are in mid- to upper-level management or a C-level executive actively job hunting, no doubt you’ve discovered the landscape a bit more challenging than years ago. Most of my clients recognize they need two basic tools for today’s job search: 1) an impressive resume and 2) an up-to-date LinkedIn profile that is not a carbon copy of the resume. My response to the…

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Positioning a Failed Startup into a Winning Experience on your Resume

Positioning a Failed Startup into a Winning Experience on your Resume

Wall Street Journal blogger Amsale Aberra recently authored http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2014/08/25/why-now-is-the-time-to-start-a-business/ where she discusses today’s entrepreneurial market. Her post got me thinking about the challenges entrepreneurs face when presenting their experience in a resume. Many of my clients come to me because their startup endeavors didn’t pan out, and they are hoping a return to Corporate America will provide stability and a steady paycheck. With the right…

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It’s all in the Wording – Closing Your Employment Gap

It’s all in the Wording – Closing Your Employment Gap

  It’s all in the Wording – Closing Your Employment Gap Overcoming a gap in employment can be overwhelming. Whether you left the job market by choice or otherwise – my experience shows that unemployed clients are anything but idle. The trick to minimizing a career gap is to position any unemployed experiences optimally with verbiage aligned with the professional world: Volunteer Work Fundraising, coaching,…

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Four Steps to a Targeted Resume

Four Steps to a Targeted Resume

Clients often tell me they don’t want to limit themselves and ask for a resume that can be used for a variety of roles. Unfortunately, generic resumes often are so diluted the reader is hard-pressed to determine how you are a good fit for a specific role. It is great to be a jack-of-all-trades – but it is rare that a job posting calls for…

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Not on LinkedIn? Dispelling 3 Common Arguments So You Don’t Miss the Boat

Not on LinkedIn? Dispelling 3 Common Arguments So You Don’t Miss the Boat

Launched just 11 years ago in May of 2003,LinkedIn today is a career tool equally (some will argue more) important to a resume and critical to maintaining a competitive edge. Whether you are looking for work, looking to network, looking to better position yourself or your company, LinkedIn is the place to be. From a networking and best practices sharing perspective – I would argue…

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