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How Professional Development Can Open the Door to Career Change Without Breaking the Bank

How Professional Development Can Open the Door to Career Change Without Breaking the Bank

Professional development is often relegated to the back burner as something to be scheduled in when the timing is right and the funds are there to cover it. You expect someone to say “I need a professional resume” but it is rare to hear the words “I need professional development!” However, for those looking to make a career 180 (or perhaps a less drastic career…

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LinkedIn’s New Look and What It Means for Your Profile

LinkedIn’s New Look and What It Means for Your Profile

LinkedIn changed its look a few months back. As someone hired for resume and LinkedIn professional services, I can attest to this fact: If you haven’t reworked your profile, whether or not you are actively job hunting, you run the risk of getting ignored by the recruiters and decision makers who scour the site regularly looking for talent. If your aim is to increase traffic…

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Why You Must (and How) to Avoid 4 Common Resume Mistakes

Why You Must (and How) to Avoid 4 Common Resume Mistakes

Thanks to a strong job market and a high number of people flocking to it – competition for top jobs and pay are steeper than ever. As someone others rely on for guidance regarding how to write an executive resume, I can attest that yours is one of the most important tools for getting interviews. There are a couple resume mistakes that you need to…

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3 things executives who need assistance in writing a resume should know about standing out from the competition.

3 Things Executives Must do to Differentiate Themselves When Job Hunting in the Face of Tough Competition

For those looking to test the job search waters of seeking assistance in writing a resume, recent news reports are encouraging! Companies are adding jobs at a pace we haven’t seen in years, and private sector and small business hiring are on the rise. The bad news? While more companies will be looking to hire senior and C-suite executives, competition for roles with top perks and compensation will…

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How to Take a Calculated Risk, Rather than a Blind Leap, Before Making a Career Change

How to Take a Calculated Risk, Rather than a Blind Leap, Before Making a Career Change

While the old saying, “With no risk, there’s no reward,” holds true, as a career changer myself currently earning a living as an executive resume and LinkedIn writer, I’m a fan of calculated risks following homework and research. Based on my own career changes from previous careers as a corporate communications specialist, social worker and stay-at-home mom,  I can attest that the 6 steps below will help you to gain…

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Should You Outsource Your Career Marketing Or Go DIY?

Should You Outsource Your Career Marketing Or Go DIY?

Whether you are testing the waters, looking to make a career 180, struggling with job security, or miserable in your current role, the first step toward finding or changing jobs is a resume and, more often than not, an updated LinkedIn profile. As an executive career marketing documents writer specializing in resumes and LinkedIn profiles, I work with everyone from exceptional writers and communicators to…

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Career Change Often Occurs at a Crossroads – the True Story of My (unexpected!) Career Happiness

Career Change Often Occurs at a Crossroads – the True Story of My (unexpected!) Career Happiness

My mother always said when I complained about work – “If a job was the RIGHT work, the RIGHT hours, the RIGHT salary AND makes you happy – they wouldn’t call it WORK.” She was right – but I’ve since learned that shooting for 3 out of 4 can’t hurt! Who knows? You might get all 4! I know I did and am still pinching myself…

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More Jobs with Stagnant Pay — What the Summer Jobs Report Means for You + How to Get Top Pay

More Jobs with Stagnant Pay — What the Summer Jobs Report Means for You + How to Get Top Pay

Hiring in the private sector is continuing its strong run and exceeded estimates with 222,000 jobs added in June alone. Despite a strong hiring market, however, wage growth grew a modest 2.5% — a rate unchanged from last year and still 1% below the pre-recession 3.6% average. Top resume companies and recruiters know this means competition is steeper than ever for top pay. Here’s how:…

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Why You Can’t Skip Out on Online Branding During your Job Search

Why You Can’t Skip Out on Online Branding During your Job Search

Targeting that executive and C-suite role often requires a solid online reputation. Why? Many recruiters now use social media to find and vet candidates, and decision makers often scour the web for proof that you are who you say you are, and know what you say you know. Building a personal brand takes time and a bit of patience. An online brand should supplement any…

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Resume Specialist reminds job seekers that much of what they need to land a role they learned back in kindergarten

All I Ever Needed to Know About Job Searching I Learned in Kindergarten

There’s a lot out there when it comes to job searching advice. As someone who pays their bills as a job search and resume specialist, I should know! From the ins and outs of applicant tracking software to navigating today’s online networking, today’s job hunting skills require an acceptance of technology’s prominent role throughout the process. Overwhelming? For many – YES. . . but I…

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