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Three Key Differences between LinkedIn and Your Resume

Three Key Differences between LinkedIn and Your Resume

During the early days of LinkedIn, it was acceptable for your LinkedIn profile to be a carbon copy of your resume. Heck – you were considered cutting edge for even having an account! Fast Forward 14 years and everything has changed. Today LinkedIn boasts over 400 million users and is THE #1 site used by recruiters to find talent prior to asking for a resume…

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Crafting an Interview Game Plan – Different Types Require Different Prep

While interviews remain a chance for decision makers to evaluate you and vice versa, the past few decades have  introduced some new interview formats into the game. Here’s a breakdown of the most common interview styles, both old and new, with quick and easy insight on the purpose of each, what it means to you, and how you can prepare: PHONE SCREEN Generally the first step, phone…

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What Recruiters Need Answered on LinkedIn

  It’s been said before. Recruiters and decision makers are leveraging social media, particularly LinkedIn, when searching and vetting candidates. At the end of the day – those scouring for talent on LinkedIn are looking for answers to four basic questions: Who are you? What have you accomplished? What do you know? What Say Others? When a LinkedIn profile is at All-Star status, meaning all…

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The Biggest Resume Killer? Ignoring Lessons from News Writing

The Biggest Resume Killer? Ignoring Lessons from News Writing

Journalists refer to the “lead” as the first few sentences that quickly tell the reader what the story is about.  The phrase “never bury the lead” is one that Journalism students here from year one – as they know that doing so is a one-way ticket to a reader losing interest and quitting reading. A powerful lead, however, allows a reader scanning a front page…

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Is Your Executive Resume Up to Date or Out of Date?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