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Is Your Executive Resume Up to Date or Out of Date?

I was honored to pen this featured guest blog on MFG.com that appeared earlier this month. Although this post targeted those in the manufacturing industry, many of these techniques can and should be embraced by job seekers across all industries. The text below is a reprint of “Modern Techniques to Help Your Manufacturing Resume Stand Out” published on April 7, 2016:  Whether satisfied in your role…

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April 2016 Jobs Report — The Good, The Bad, and How to Maximize Your Chance to Earn Top Dollar

April 2016 Jobs Report — The Good, The Bad, and How to Maximize Your Chance to Earn Top Dollar

The April 2016 labor market stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed another strong month of job growth.  Signs indicate those previously on the sidelines have jumped back in the game at a near-record rate AND are finding work, according to author Akin Oyedele’s analysis on Business Insider and the take by New York Time’s contributors Nelson Schwartz and Neil Irwin. When you drill…

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Don’t Lose Your Reader – Capitalize on this Most Commonly-Read LinkedIn Section

Don’t Lose Your Reader – Capitalize on this Most Commonly-Read LinkedIn Section

Many LinkedIn readers fail to realize that after the headline section, the Summary section is the second most widely-read section on a LinkedIn profile. Furthermore, studies show readers spend more than 90% of their total time focused solely on this section. THE BOTTOM LINE? If you don’t hook the reader with a persuasive Summary Section your chances are slim the reader will feel compelled to…

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Did Your Resume Enter a Black Hole? Maybe it Doesn’t Answer These 3 Key Questions

Did Your Resume Enter a Black Hole? Maybe it Doesn’t Answer These 3 Key Questions

It’s been said before – your resume has between six and 20 seconds to get past that initial skim read and into the “keep” pile for a second, deeper read. In fact – the first “read” is really a misnomer because it is actually a scan designed to quickly answer several key questions. If you’re not getting a call back after submitting your resume for…

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Get your Resume in the Keep Pile – Quick Fixes to 4 Common Resume Mishaps

Get your Resume in the Keep Pile – Quick Fixes to 4 Common Resume Mishaps

When I try something and get it wrong, while I appreciate the error being pointed out – what I really need is straight forward guidance to help fix it! When it comes to a job search the stakes are high – and your resume is unarguably one of THE most important marketing tools (along with a solid LinkedIn profile) at your disposal to make a…

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Print Reading is Dead – Is Your Resume Ready?

Print Reading is Dead – Is Your Resume Ready?

Print reading is just about dead – at least where resumes are concerned. Today, almost 100% of readers will read your resume on a screen, and the numbers of folks comfortable conducting that initial read on a mobile device or phone is growing by leaps and bounds. If your resume ever does get printed out, it likely won’t happen until the 3rd or 4th round. Bottom line?…

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Common LinkedIn Blunders and Four Quick Fix Solutions

Common LinkedIn Blunders and Four Quick Fix Solutions

As of October 2015, LinkedIn boasts 400 million users — and has grown by ?50M since June! With numbers like that at your disposal and the cost of a profile being absolutely nothing, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by using the site to its fullest. Even though LinkedIn maintains a professional environment, common social media blunders hurt your chances of getting found, being…

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How to Move Up the Ladder When You Don’t Have Leadership Experience

How to Move Up the Ladder When You Don’t Have Leadership Experience

The phrase “moving up the corporate ladder” should more accurately be rephrased “moving up the corporate pyramid.” Let’s face it – there are fewer roles at the top than in the middle and certainly at the bottom, which is in part what makes competition for management roles so fierce. Whether moving from individual contributor to entry-level management or from a junior manager role to a…

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