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Filtering Resume Feedback: Who Should You Listen To and Who Should You Ignore


resume feedback listen ignore“Show your resume to 50 people and get 75 opinions”
~Lisa Rangel

Everyone has an opinion about your resume.

Yet all resume advice is not created equal.

Here are some points to use when evaluating solicited or unsolicited feedback on your resume. You will be surprised that some of the well-intentioned people you will ask, should not be offering advice:Continue Reading…

Combating Ageism: How Facebook Jealousy Taught Me to Network Better


combat-ageism-network-betterI once was feeling sorry for myself…

I was on Facebook one day and saw all of these pictures of people at parties where I wasn’t invited.

So I was feeling a little sorry for myself, and I told friend of mine about how I was feeling…

And she said to me…

“So when was the last time you had a party and invited people over?”

Me: “Well, um….never.”

My Friend: “So you are telling me, you never had a party. You never extend invites to people to come to your house. Yet, you are feeling bad that you don’t get invites?”Continue Reading…

Job Search Discrimination Against the Unemployed


job search discrimination against unemployedI had a year-long Triber ask me what I thought of an article about discrimination towards the unemployed.

He is a skilled, experienced tech person who has been unemployed for a year and curious as to what I thought about President Obama’s efforts to make the unemployed a protected class (which was successful in some capacity in some states in the US).

My answer?

I don’t pay attention to it and I think focusing on proving it or disproving it is a waste of time.

It won’t land a job seeker a job.

Look… Let’s say discrimination against the unemployed (not interviewing someone because they are currently not working because the employer assumes they have dated skills, are lazy or are unemployable in some way with out evaluating each person) is 100% real.

Let’s assume that we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it exists and is the sole reason why this Triber is not employed right now.

What does that do? How does that help?Continue Reading…

Martha Heller: Be the Business – CIOs in the New Era of IT

Martha Heller, of Heller Search Associates and Founder of the CIO Executive Council, continues to have her finger on the proverbial pulse of IT Leadership recruiting and has encapsulated what companies want and need in hiring effective CIOs in today’s modern, fast-moving, ever-changing marketplace. Her new book, Be The Business – CIOs in the New Era of IT  is a How-To-Be-A-Great-CIO Guide for experienced and on-the-rise CIOs to play a better game and be ahead of the needs of the entire business.Continue Reading…

3 Strategies for Answering the ‘Greatest Weakness’ Interview Question


answering greatest weakness interview questionRandom people on LinkedIn reach out to me via email to ask how to handle the ‘What is your greatest weakness?’ interview question.

Without knowing someone, this is virtually impossible to answer in an email.

Depending on what your actual weaknesses and target roles are, this answer can vary widely between people when it is an authentic answer.

However, here are some angles to take when formulating your answer:Continue Reading…

5 Strategies to Sync Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume for Optimal Impact


strategies sync linkedIn profile and resume optimal impactOne of the biggest mistakes I see executive job seekers make, is not properly synchronizing two of their most powerful job search tools: your LinkedIn profile and your resume.

Not only do job seekers fail to take advantage of syncing the two materials together to make each of them stronger on their own, they also don’t think about how NOT doing this can work against them.

Here are five ways to stand out among your competitors…Continue Reading…

The Perils of The Perfect Interview


perils perfect interviewThe paradox of the flawless record.

This was the title of Seth Godin’s Sunday (9/4/2016) blog post.

I am not even going to attempt to concisely summarize it’s precise meaning, so here you go:

The paradox of the flawless record

If your work has never been criticized, it’s unlikely you have any work.

Creating work is the point, though, which means that in order to do something that matters, you’re going to be criticized.

If your goal is to be universally liked and respected and understood, then, it must mean your goal is to not do something that matters.

Which requires hiding.

Hiding, of course, isn’t the point.

Hence the paradox. You don’t want to be criticized and you do want to matter.

The solution: Create work that gets criticized. AND, have the discernment to tell the difference between useful criticism (rare and precious) and the stuff worth ignoring (everything else).

Why is this important for you to read?Continue Reading…

The Most Comprehensive LinkedIn Profile Guide to Advance Your Career


linkedin profile guideUnderstanding the components of developing a robust LinkedIn Profile is a key piece of having success in your job search using LinkedIn. With the knowledge gained as professional resume writer and executive job search coach, and a former recruiter, I’ve created a comprehensive 22-point check list outlining the sections to complete for your LinkedIn profile and guidance on how to complete these sections with optimum results.

Adhering to these checklist items will enable you to have a keyword-optimized, achievement-laden profile that, when combined with the view-building activities, will increase the opportunities hiring managers will find you (and you finding hiring managers to contact) for the right job.

Let’s get started…Continue Reading…

September Job Search Kickstart Checklist


job search kickstart checklistWe are kicking into September, which means hiring season is upon us!

Are you ready?

Yes? ….Awesome!! Go you!

No?….well, are you ready to get ready?

No worries….You got this….

Where do you start?

Here are some actions you can take to get started and get your job landing mojo going (this list is by no means exhaustive, but it is a phenomenal start and massive action — bringing my inner Tony Robbins here with us today!):Continue Reading…

Executive Interview Mistake: Leading with the Achievement Chin


executive interview mistake leading achievement chinAfter I graduated Cornell in 1992, I interviewed with The Four Seasons Clift Hotel in San Francisco for an Assistant Restaurant Manager role.

I had made it through the interviews with the HR, F&B manager and Assistant General Manager.

I was to interview with the General Manager for the final interview.

I felt good going into the interview. I graduated from a great school with a hotel degree. I had strong internship experience at a Caribbean resort and work experience at other stateside hotels.

Specifically, I was proud of the work I did at the Caribbean resort where I had worked for over 2 summers. I created job descriptions, set up a performance appraisal system and also trained the management on how to apply the system.Continue Reading…

Inspiration: Count All the Windows


count all windows of opportunityWhen I was a business development manager for a recruiting firm, I was responsible for finding job openings at companies that my recruiting firm could then fill for the company.

(Side Note: This is why we are so freaking good at teaching job seekers how to find openings – it was how I made my living!!)

My territory? New York City.

Yes, the city that never sleeps, naps or even blinks.

It’s on all.the.time.

Ruthless territory.

Competition never sleeps, naps or blinks either.Continue Reading…

8 Essential Steps to Take for Effective Interview Follow Up


effective interview follow upImagine you finally get your resume into the right hands. Then, you finally get a chance to interview with key decision makers with the company of your dreams. Are you ready? Are you ready to make the right moves before the interview, during the interview, and after the interview to position yourself as the best candidate to be considered?

Savvy executives know that effective interview follow up continues well after the actual interview, whether you’re applying to a corporation or with a search firm. There are certain interview follow-up steps you must take to uphold the good first impression you made in the interview. Remember: The interview follow-up steps outlined below begin while you are still on the interview — not after it has ended!

I’m a big believer that how you conduct your search communicates to the employer how you will conduct yourself on the job, so you need to continue your follow-up appropriately and professionally to seal the deal. Keep these things in mind when following up after an interview:

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10 Proven Tactics for Getting Your Next Promotion Faster


getting your next promotion fasterIt’s important to know what to do to make sure you don’t get overlooked for a promotion when the opportunity presents itself. Our 10 tips featured here will put you on a path to getting your next promotion faster by highlighting strategies such as being proactive, displaying strong initiative to decision makers, and showcasing your leadership qualities.Continue Reading…

Why You Can’t Hire a Recruiter to Find Your Next Job


can't hire a recruiterMany job seekers feel like ‘I am a slave to my job’ day in and day out.

The thought of finding time to look for a new job, when they don’t have time to breathe invokes many emotions and questions.

Some job seekers circle the drain and never get out of this “woe is me” phase to move forward in the search.

However, many of you, respond with, “This isn’t going to happen to me!!”

You are choosing to take proactive steps to own your career fate.


And then you get an awesome idea…Continue Reading…

How to Effectively Tailor Your Resume

How To Effectively Tailor Your Resume

tailor resumeTailoring your resume to the specific type of position you are applying for is one of the most important things you will need to do for your job search. When your resume is broad and unfocused, you will likely be overlooked every time (sorry!). Customizing your executive resume will not only get the attention of any hiring manager, but it will increase your odds of being called for the interview.

Here are the six most effective ways to customize your executive resume:

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The Top 4 Executive Resume Examples Written by a Professional Recruiter

executive-resume-examplesIf you want to land an executive position, you need an executive resume written from a recruiter’s perspective who understands ATS systems and how hiring happens in order to stand out and accurately promote your strengths.

Your executive resume’s job is to land the interview.  Having an eye-catching, visually-captivating layout makes a powerful first impression with the hiring manager.  The highest level recruiters, CEOs, CFOs, and board members will call you for the interview when this is done properly. 

The following resume examples were written by a professional executive resume writer with years of experience in executive recruiting.

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Take note of the writing style and word choices that emphasize the candidate's professional achievements to stand out to recruiters. Keep your resume focused on executive and managerial achievements relevant to the targeted position.

Some examples of these achievements and activities are: creating new business opportunities, increasing ROI, business management, and sales generation. Other strong points to include are financial management, risk assessment, developing and implementing strategies, and providing leadership direction.

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Chief Financial Officer Resume Example – Senior Finance Executive

This two-page resume emphasizes achievements and bottom-line results. Results are demonstrated with the numerous examples of past proof of results, while highlighting leadership accomplishments.

The layout contributes to the readability of the executive resume.  The correct layout framework of the resume allows the reader to easily move their eye through the document, increasing probability of that interview call happening.

This executive resume focuses on accomplishments instead of simply listing job responsibilities and competencies. Demonstrating achievement at their job responsibilities in the executive resume is paramount to getting an interview.

Key Points

  • Leadership snapshot gives a quick idea of leadership strengths
  • Bullet point strengths at first glance of the resume
  • Easy readability from the layout and planning

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Chief Operations Officer (COO) - Global Operations Director Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a Global Head Of Operations.

When there are many equally good points to make immediately clear on your resume, a layout like the following is useful to make them all easy to find.

This resume sample has a clear headline and short summary that is led by powerful bullet points that make it quick to learn about the job seeker. This is an often overlooked point in resume writing, where the applicant will overwhelm the recruiter with too much irrelevant information that is difficult to read.

Key Points

  • Usage of graphs and charts to visualize ROI
  • Bold points with supporting relevant statements
  • Strong-colored backgrounds to accent specific sections

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Chief Marketing Officer Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a CMO or Chief Marketing Officer.

By addressing the relevant achievements important to the prospective employer, this executive resume stood out and landed interviews. We immediately listed several of the candidate’s achievements and relevant competencies. Recruiters called because it is bold, easy to read and relevant.

We provided a wealth of work experience, each providing easy to read bullet points to quickly see the job seeker's accomplishments at each position.

Key Points

  • Bold design and points stand out to the reader
  • Shows long work history with many accomplishments

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Human Resources Executive (Director/VP) Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a Senior Human Resources Executive.

The rich use of accented bullet points in the opening section makes this resume immediately eye-catching. It also makes use of a bold headline section, where the executive job seeker's targeted role is made clear.

Key Points

  • Distinct design layout and usage of color backgrounds
  • Bold and clear headlines for each section
  • Bullet-point layout of prior accomplishments and positions

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Why Successful Executives Should Continue Networking at the Top

executives find it lonelyMost executives, I have learned, don’t want to network.

I hear it directly and I hear it inferred over and over again…

This statement was from an interested job seeker who signed up with us last week – in a very spirited, frustrated voice (think, executive temper tantrum tone):

“I have worked my way up and been promoted, sought after, recruited… I never had to really LOOK for a job before…What do you mean I have to reach out to people to find my next job? I never had to do that before.”

I know…

I hear you…

You did do it before, but you stopped…

Here is the thing, you’ve heard the saying, “It’s lonely at the top” before, yes?

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5 Common Executive Resume Mistakes That Could Cost You an Interview

common executive resume mistakesNot knowing how to properly format your executive resume can easily cost you an interview. Simply put, at this stage in the game you should know how to write a killer resume, but there’s so much confusion out there that even the most experienced professionals fumble.

Five of the most common mistakes are: Including a photo, not having a title, not using numbers, using outdated formatting, and leaving out action verbs. Avoid those key mistakes by following the tips below for your executive resume and you’ll be way ahead of the game (and your competition!):
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3 Strategies to Help Combat Ageism in Your Job Search


combat ageismThe majority of job search clients we work with are between the ages of 45 and 65 years old.


We hear this word a couple of dozen times per week from clients. I hear it cited as a reason for job seekers experiencing no results or poor results in their job search as an Expert Moderator for LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Premium Group.

I hear the frustration and pain from experienced job seekers day in and day out:

“Employers want to hire a 20-something year old, with the experience of a 50-year old, at the price of an 18-year old.”

“45 is the new 65. And no one calls me because of it.”

“I can see the HR Manager’s shoulders slump down when I walk in, knowing they realized I’m older than I sounded on the phone interview.”

This pain is real.

Ageism (as sexism, racism, and other -isms) in the job search is real. And the age-related rejection, real or perceived, is debilitating otherwise competent job seekers across the globe.

What are you supposed to do if you believe ageism is a problem in your job search?Continue Reading…

99 Job Search Tips from an Executive Recruiter


job search tipsAs a former recruitment professional for over 13 years and LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Premium Group Moderator since 2012, I know first-hand which resumes and LinkedIn Profiles get a response from reviewing thousands of resumes profiles over the years and I understand what tactics recruiters use to find candidates. I have written resumes, prepared candidates for interviews and performed job search coaching for professionals ranging from executive to entry-level to returning to work in various disciplines spanning across a multitude of industries and corporate cultures.

I’ve taken all my years of experience and came up with this nitty-gritty, quick-reference list of 99 tips you can explore to land not only your next job, but your best job.

Discover the latest practices used by successful job seekers that cover social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Facebook), search engines, job boards, networking, and many, many more strategies for you to employ to find opportunity and get discovered.Continue Reading…

8 Proactive Moves to Protect Your Career


protect your careerMicrosoft’s recent $26.2 billion offer to purchase LinkedIn is one of the biggest acquisitions ever in the tech industry, according to ABC News. Similarly, last month, the BBC announced, as well as other news sources, that Bayer has made a $62 billion offer to buy Monsanto, making the joint venture the largest agricultural supplier in the world. 

Small or large, no company is immune to the merger and acquisition phenomenon. These changes are (obviously) happening all around us.

And no job is immune from the merger and acquisition phenomenon.

As the two companies become integrated, your career is in play.

Obviously, the impact of any merger or acquisition is bigger than simply your job.

Yet, at the end of the day, your job is all that matters to you… right? Your career? Yes…

So many scenarios are possible:Continue Reading…

Lame-O Excuse Makers Need Not Apply


excuse makers need not applyI’m pretty easy going.

I’m accepting of all kinds of people and walks of life.

I’m a “live and let live” kinda girl…

But nothing pisses me off more than a lame-o excuse maker playing a blame game.

I do my best to filter these people out and not let them hire us or buy my stuff.

Or even get my free materials.

Even the free stuff is deserving of worthy, hardworking, appreciative people who are going to put it to use.


I filter these people out since lame-o excuse makers don’t take action and blame everyone else for their lot in life.

And I don’t want to be next.Continue Reading…

7 Effective Tactics to Design Your Chief Marketing Executive Resume


chief marketing executive resumeAs a Chief Marketing Officer or an EVP of Marketing, it is important to show you are a marketshare acquisition strategist for new and existing products and services. Demonstrate how you gain and sustain new client relationships. Prove you can expand and nurture existing key client relationships. Attract the high caliber talent that you can train and develop to do the same activities.

Companies want marketers who are not only creative, but who demonstrate they understand the business of their marketing craft. Progressive companies want marketing leaders who showcase ROIs on their product launches, creative resources, and implemented trend observations on their marketing executive resume. Show these successes on your Marketing Executive Resume using these 7 tips and you can have companies knocking at your door to learn how you can do this work for them.Continue Reading…

6 Essentials to Creating an Interview-Producing CIO Executive Resume


CIO Executive ResumeMost high-performing CIOs have not kept up their resumes because, well, they are too busy being high-performing. As a result, their current resumes still reflect their years as tactical practitioners rather than their track records as leading IT executives.

As a CIO, or a rising information technology (IT) executive, properly crafting an interview-generating executive resume is still one of the most important steps for communicating your skills, promoting your achievements, confirming your abilities to work with technical and non-technical leadership and, ultimately, demonstrating how you are the best candidate for a coveted CIO role.

The key difference in creating an effective CIO executive resume versus a professional-level IT resume is the integration of human capital management skills and fiscal acumen with your technical qualifications throughout. An example of how this is done is outlined in this CIO Resume Sample.

Here is the bottom line: As an IT executive, you need to demonstrate how you have utilized human and technological resources to improve corporate profitability. Period.

Here are six ways to achieve this goal:Continue Reading…

3 Keys to Job Security for High-Performing Executives


job security for high-performing executivesOne day during my family’s recent Key West vacation, we went kayaking and snorkeling 7 miles off of Key West on the Florida Keys Reef.

Our boat was led by Captain Bethany, a 10-year Key West resident, who left a 12-hour-a-day consulting job in Washington, D.C. and never looked back.

When you are on a boat with someone for 5-6 hours, eventually you are asking about each other’s backgrounds and what led you to where you are at now…

Captain Bethany had, as she said, a common Key West transfer resident story:Continue Reading…

12 Unspoken Reasons Why Recruiters Are Not Calling You Back


12 secrets getting recruiters call backI get constant inquiries about how to work with recruiters, as well as how to get recruiters to return my clients’ phone call.

At the beginning of your career, job opportunities likely came by interacting with a company’s Human Resources department directly… However, as you have worked your way up to the executive level, the process can often be a bit different. It’s not uncommon to start running into more agencies and headhunters than you did before.

When it comes to higher level positions, companies often outsource the task of hiring to external recruiters who get paid by the employer to find the best candidate for the job.

In response to the inquiries I have received, I’ve put together some tips to avoid misunderstandings during the hiring process, which may also even lead to your next great job opportunity.

Frustrated by search firm recruiters not calling you back when you have submitted your resume to them?

Feel you’re perfect for the job they posted, you know you can do it, but baffled by the fact they have not returned your call?

Effective executive recruiter relationships can play an instrumental part in career advances for the rising professional and the established executive. Whether you’ve worked with executive recruiters before or this is your first time, there is a lot to know about how to build effective working relationships with recruiters. To have an effective relationship with an executive recruiter, it is important to understand the business’s business model and role you play as a potential candidate represented by an executive recruiter. Job seekers that fail to recognize ‘how it works’ with an executive recruiter often find themselves frustrated and unrepresented.

Read on if you are open to honest, tough talk, you are serious about optimizing your job search time and you are prepared to do something about it.

Here are my top 3 (of 12) reasons for Why Recruiters Don’t Call You Back:Continue Reading…

The Ultimate Self-Directed LinkedIn Profile Review (part 3 of 3)


The Ultimate Self-Directed LinkedIn Profile Review (part 3 of 3)

Lisa Rangel,


Welcome back! Lisa Rangel of, our Expert Moderator, continues with our 22-point check list on how to properly optimize your LinkedIn Profile. If you missed parts 1 and 2, you can check those out here:

Part 1:

Part 2:


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When I Realized I Had to Learn the Most Important Skill to Succeed


most important skill to succeedPeople don’t believe me when I tell them I was a quiet little workaholic in my 20’s.

Well, they believe the workaholic part…but never the quiet part.

I was afraid of everything.

And worked so hard to overcompensate for all these fears.

I worked the longest so no one would think I was lazy.

I worked the hardest so everyone would see me as a dependable “result dispenser”.

I made sure I always had a solution since I wanted you to always know that I worked smart.

But I never told anyone I worked the longest, or the hardest or the smartest.

I just did it.

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3 LinkedIn Hacks to Build Clout Within Your Company


linkedin hacks build clout companyAs an executive you have a lot of responsibilities within your company. Responsibilities, which if carried out properly, can help you build a lot of influence or power within an organization.

Fortunately LinkedIn has become a sort of one-stop-shop tool for executing many responsibilities an executive may face, from hiring the best talent to finding new vendors. Use the tips below to leverage LinkedIn and build clout within your organization.Continue Reading…

3 Trade Secrets to Make Yourself Look Fabulous on Your Resume


look fabulous on your resumeIt’s up to you to tell colleagues, managers and decision-makers the great job you have been doing.

It’s not their responsibility to notice or inquire.

Even if they should be noticing and inquiring.

Don’t depend on them to notice or ask.

Do you want to be right on principle or do you want to advance in your career?

Do you want to leave your career in your hands or someone else’s hands?

Writing an achievement-based resume focuses a hiring manager, boss or colleague on what you accomplished.

This type of resume gives concrete examples of what you can do for your next potential employer or next promotion.

Writing achievement-based bullets are a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of being called in for an interview. Use our tips below to make the most of your achievement-based executive resume bullets.Continue Reading…

How to Turn Your Passion into a Career


Turn Your Passion into a CareerToday’s economic times force you to look at where you are. Working for a sizable paycheck or for notable prestige isn’t fulfilling enough for most people during challenging times—or anytime for that matter.

We want…heck, we NEED to feel internally fueled by our work.

Turning your passion into an intrinsically rewarding and financially sustainable career is the dream of many, yet truly achieved by only a few.

Here are the steps you can take to put you on a path of turning your passion into your next career move – followed by the steps you need to take to make it happen:Continue Reading…

How Most People Interview All Wrong


people interview all wrong

Most people, when they prepare for the interview, dutifully research the company.

These are typically the two areas they cover in depth:

Company knowledge: Products, service lines, management, competition,growth trajectories, etc…

Self Knowledge: Resume details, CAR stories, work communication styles, and standard, behavioral and situational interview question preparation, etc….




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Networking When You Have a Job – What to Do…


networking when you have a jobOften I get asked the question:

“What do you do regarding networking when you’re working and you’re not looking for a job?”

To be more specific, a client who just started a new gig (yeah!), sent me the following e-mail:

“I’ve been neglecting my own network since I’ve started this new gig. It’s something that I told myself I’d never do, but I’ve put off going to meet ups, have not reached out to friends, and have missed golden opportunities to network. Reading your emails, you have provided me with that little kick in the pants I need to stop procrastinating and just bloody do it!

Here is where I struggle and could use your help. Once I’ve reached out, what do we talk about? I may have not spoken with this person in a while… we may not have had that tight of a connection… so here I am calling them outta the blue… what do I talk about? I certainly don’t want the conversation to be about me… and I’m not a big fan of the small talk. So what’s meaningful?  Also, how long is appropriate for this conversation to last? Finally, does reaching out include multiple communication methods?  i.e. email, Facebook, LinkedIn, phone call… etc?”Continue Reading…

6 Steps to Writing an Interview-Landing CFO Executive Resume


steps writing interview landing cfo executive resumeDesigning a crafted resume can improve your job search results to land that highly coveted Chief Financial Officer position.

Successful CFO’s use their executive resumes as marketing collateral to position themselves as engaging leaders that are ahead of the pack. Making your resume visually standout is the best way to make a strong initial first impression as an effective Chief Financial Officer. Harnessing the impact of visual impression, effective language and concrete fiscal achievements into a streamlined story told on a dynamic branded resume can increase the opportunities to land that coveted position, as seen here in this Chief Financial Officer – Senior Finance Executive Resume Sample and this CFO – Manufacturing Resume Sample. Here’s how to create an effective branded resume with the following six steps:

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Do You Have LinkedIn Change Resistance?


linkedin change resistanceMy 13-year old daughter has had a specific chore the past two years: Changing the litter in the cat box once per week.

Sounds like a crappy job (see what I did there), but it takes her 45 minutes and couple of other spot clean ups and she is done for the week.

This versus the chore my 12-year old son has: finish the family laundry over the weekend.

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#1 Foolish Mistake I See Smart Executives Make ALL.THE.TIME


foolish mistake smart execuitves makeAnd another one bites the dust….

Let’s call him Derek, changing the names to protect the fallen…

I spoke with Derek last week. He is a highly accomplished, promoted-or-recruited-every-3-to-4-years, finance executive who really knows his stuff.

He has made a ton of money for his clients and his employers. 

Recruiters, Managing Directors of other firms, and competitors always sought Derek out to explore the possibility that he might join their firms. 

Sometimes Derek had the chat….sometimes he just did not have time.  Continue Reading…

Better They Cry Than-A You Cry – Career Advice from My 75-Year Old Italian Nana


career advice from my 75-year old italian nanaWhen my daughter was born 14 years ago, my then 75-year old Italian Nana came to stay with me for 2 weeks to help me with the baby.

C-section kicked my butt. 

I was even more exhausted than the just-had-baby norm.

My grandmother was (and thankfully still is) a Godsend.

At one point during her stay with us, my newborn daughter was having a particularly ear-piercing fussy cry a few days into her new life.

And I was flustered, like a new mom should be.

How can I make her stop crying? Feeding….diaper change…wrap her in a baby blanket burrito….

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RIP Dos Equis Man


Dos Equis manEven the Dos Equis Man does not have job security with his amazing track record of success.

Heineken, parent company of Dos Equis beer, has announced that it is retiring the Dos Equis Man, aka “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” advertising campaign.

Here is the crazy thing….Heineken says they nearly tripled their business over the past 9 years since they started running “The Most Interesting Man in the World” ads.

In fact, they stated that in the past year alone they had a 10.2% increase in sales.Continue Reading…

7 Straightforward Reasons You Weren’t Hired


reasons you weren't hiredAm I overqualified?

Is it my age?

I get asked all of the time by job seekers why they weren’t hired for a job they applied for. I heard the story: You’ve been on a number of interviews and sent out more applications than you can count, but still no luck. If you hear back at all, it’s often a “thanks for your time, but we’re not interested” or “you’re not the right fit for this role.” I know that it can be frustrating and disheartening. While everyone’s situation is unique, I may be able to shed some light… Here are 7 reasons why you likely didn’t get the job, that you can examine, and – hopefully – turn your luck around so you don’t keep receiving the same response.Continue Reading…

Things Crappy Job Search Coaches Say


job search coaches“It’s a full time job to look for a job!”

“Job searching is hard…I have amassed all the information I collected and started a job search coaching business, because I want to help people.” (Mind you, they never did find a job themselves…just created a resume writing / job search business after being unemployed for a year.)

“Make sure you write your resume to be digested properly by the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to get an interview…” (yet they wouldn’t know what an ATS looks like if it hit them like a line drive headed straight to their face)


Nothing pisses me off more than people who cannot find jobs or create opportunity for themselves trying to teach other people to do what they could not do…and charge money for it.

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7 Ways an Effective LinkedIn Profile Will Improve Your Job Search


effective LinkedIn profileEven with the continual changes that LinkedIn makes to profile set-up and setting options, one thing hasn’t changed: to improve your odds of landing your executive dream job, you need an optimized LinkedIn profile. It is important to stay on top of ongoing changes that can affect job seekers in being found by recruiters who use LinkedIn to find talent. How your LinkedIn profile is written is as important as ever.

You can check out an example of LinkedIn’s profile setup, along with explanations of the various aspects, here:

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6 Executive Interview Points You Must Cover to Land an Offer


executive interview pointsWhether or not you are in a revenue producing role as an executive, to land an offer in today’s economy, you have to demonstrate how your function contributes to the top/bottom line either directly or indirectly.

Addressing these 6 points in your interview better than other fellow job seekers will significantly increase your ability to land the offer and beat your competition.

Be sure you have examples from your prior employers where you demonstrate how you:
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7 Lame Reasons HR May Not Call Back After You Rocked the Interview


reasons HR may not call backI receive emails almost daily from frustrated job seekers asking me what they should do when they don’t receive any follow up from potential employers after a job interview. Frustrated, mad, disappointed, offended, tired… can you relate to any of those feelings? Those sentiments often fill my inbox, along with the question, “What is happening when HR doesn’t call me back?”

When you send a resume through an impersonal job posting, you are generally more reasonable in that you do not expect a “no thanks” response. However, after going through several rounds of interviews (especially when you think you’ve nailed it!) only to receive an eerie silence with no subsequent follow-up, I imagine it leaves you feeling outraged and frustrated. I can’t say I blame you and it always makes me sad. As a former 3rd party recruiter, I did experience it, also. I had candidates go through the process and then the corporate recruiter would go silent.

Pulling from my 13 years of recruiting experience, I wanted to shed some light on what is actually happening behind the scenes when a recruiter drops the ball throughout the recruitment and interview process. While it has become a daunting task for employers to manage the communication process, that isn’t an excuse to fail to keep a candidate in progress informed.

Please know that I do not believe any of these explanations justify the behavior. But if you can have an inkling as to what goes on inside these processes, you can realize it is not personal and recruiters are not intentionally being sneaky. In most cases, it is just human nature, incompetence, being overwhelmed or lack of information that is the cause of the lack of response. I find knowing it is not personal can ease the frustration.

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Should I Stay Employed or Resign During My Job Search? / How Long Should My Search Take?


stay-employed-or-resign-during-job-search“Should I stay or should I go now? ….” – The Clash

This is an age old question: Should I quit my job and then look for a job, or try to look while still employed?

Beware of anyone who gives advice on this question in a hard and fast rule format.

For most people, it is better to stay employed and look from a standpoint of being employed.

But it really comes down to what’s right for you.

I have seen people quit and dedicate 40-50 hours per week (as if it was a job) to job landing activities and land something within a couple of months.

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Don’t be Ignored! 7 Strategies to Increase LinkedIn InMail Replies


strategies increase linkedin inmail repliesAccording to LinkedIn, utilizing InMail is the most credible way to send a message to any LinkedIn member… Are you still looking for ways to make the most of the InMail Feature? And do it in an intentional way that is worthy of a response?

As a Moderator for LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Premium Group, I often share advice to executive and professional job seekers on the best ways to utilize LinkedIn’s InMail feature and increase the probability that your InMail will actually be responded to.

As a former executive recruiter, I used the InMail feature on a regular basis to reach out to candidates, and still – as a prolific networker and business owner – I use the InMail feature to reach out to new contacts.

Using InMail can help you reach contacts that you may have had difficulty reaching through other means. Don’t misread: It is not the magic elixir of communication and should not be the only means of contact. However, to help you optimize your InMails, consider the following tips:Continue Reading…

2 Things Most People Forget When Interviewing


forget while interviewingYou have an interview coming up.

Have the location noted… Check.

Researched the company… Check.

Researched the contacts and department where I will be working… Did that.

Suit ready to go.

Printed resumes to bring.

Studied interview questions and practiced my answers… Check.

Made sure I have stories for my resume bullets and know my resume inside and out…Check and check…

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The Problem with ATS-Formatted Resumes


problem with ats-formatted resumesHow should a resume be formatted to get through an applicant tracking system?

I’ll answer this question first, but then I’ll tell you the problem with ATS-formatted resumes.

If an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) asks for a .rtf or .txt document, the resume needs to be untreated font only (i.e. Courier). No bold, italics, underline, bullets, borders, colors, boxes, etc. are to be used – just text.

If the ATS accepts a .pdf, .doc or .docx document, then most borders and font treatment will be recognized by the system.Continue Reading…

16 Super Easy Actions to Take After a Networking Event


networking eventLet me ask you: Have you ever attended a networking event, met a new contact, enjoyed a really interesting conversation, exchanged business cards or contact information, and then … never followed through with reaching out the them after-the-fact, despite your best intentions? Is that you? Whether you are seeking a new job opportunity, career advancement, or growing a business, intentional and effective networking follow-up with help you succeed.

According to a study done by CareerXRoads, more than 27% of external hires in America are from referrals. In fact, it’s the top external source of hires today.

According to the New York Times, 65% of new business comes from referrals. A Nielsen Study cited clients are four times more likely to buy when being referred from someone they know and trust.

So we know why we network, but what do you do to follow up after a networking event? After all, it’s what you do AFTER the event that matters, as that is where the real work begins!  Here are some suggestions to help you achieve your goal:Continue Reading…

Election-Proof Your Career: 15 Ways to Win – No Matter Who Wins


election-proof your careerWorried about your job with the political jockeying and economic churning occurring each day?

Whatever happens in Washington or Wall Street over the next few months, the fact remains that the uncertainty posed by the election and global fiscal incidents have many people worried about how it will affect their job. 

Does this describe you? 

Executives are rumbling loudly about how the fiscal and electoral outcome can affect the workplace. 

Despite this growing concern, I believe you can triumph in this economic turmoil and political uncertainty.  

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One Career Mistake You Are Probably Making


career mistakeWhether you are happy in your job or looking for a job, I can assure
you there is one mistake you are probably making that is hurting your career.

It’s one of the most common career mistakes made.

Executives are no exception….and probably the worst offenders of
making this mistake.

It can often be disguised as loyalty, hard work or selflessness.

Which all sounds noble and strokes the ego.

But it may killing your career and your ability to land the new job,
to get promoted or to negotiate a higher salary.

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6 Things You Need to Stop Telling Yourself in 2016


things you need to stop telling yourself in 2016The negative self-talk I hear executives use to talk to themselves is often mentally destructive.

Most negative self-talk in the context of a job search comes in the following 6 forms:

* “He/she is too busy to talk to me.”

* “What I have done is not important enough to reach out.”

* “I have nothing to say on social media.”

* “My credentials should speak for themselves. I shouldn’t have to say it.”

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5 Signs You Might Be A Delusional Executive Job Seeker


delusional executive job seekerGet ready.

I’m going to vent.

Some of you may even remove me as a LinkedIn connection.

I’m ok with that.

I’m annoyed at the delusional expectations of some executive job seekers and the infectious negativity they spread by not accepting job-seeking life for what it is.

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Job Opening – Be Santa


job opening - be santa (bob's boxes)Today we are breaking away from the norm. I am asking you to apply for a job. 

Before I do that, first and foremost, Merry Christmas. No matter what your holiday is this time of year, I wish you the warm wishes of your holiday. Continue Reading…

How YOU Can Get Hired During the Holidays


get hired durig the holidaysDo companies hire during the holiday season?

You may be hearing, “People are busy,” “No one is in the office,” or “Companies are dealing with end of year taxes”.

But what if I told you that you can get hired during the Holidays?

Between business critical positions needing to be filled and the urgency of using up the company budget before the end of the fiscal year, there are plenty reasons why companies need to hire new staff in December. The key is to know how to use this time of year to your advantage.Continue Reading…

3 Ways I Know You May Be Lying On Your Resume


lying on your resumeI have spidey-senses that can tell me if someone is lying or fudging the truth on their resume. I mean if it doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t make sense and it’s probably false or fudged. It’s that simple to me.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are other signs, too. However, these are signs that almost 100% of the time are false….other signs are red flags and are not always indicative of a lie. I wanted to focus on the top three, in my experience:

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The One Bold Salary Negotiating Tactic Only High-Achievers Can Use


salary negotiating tacticMany popular job search coaches give the executive salary negotiation advice to hold out and not say a say range when asked. Well, this is great in an ideal world and in reality it works occasionally. Except I can tell you first hand, as a recruiter, many executive candidates I interviewed did not move on to the next step when they did not give me a salary range.

This is how that conversation between my recruiter-self and the executive job seeker would go:

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EXECUTIVE SKYPE INTERVIEWS: What You Need To Know To Connect With Your Interviewer


executive skype interviewsEmployers are using Skype for interviewing more than ever to save time and money. No need to fly candidates in or schedule all day interviews to capitalize on a candidate physically being in town. Also, with an increasing global workforce where teams work remotely, Skype interviewing helps to see how a candidate interfaces virtually as a precursor to how they will communicate virtually with a team.

Companies typically use Skype for the initial screening interview. However, I have seen entire hiring processes done virtually to make a hire. How Skype is used during the interview process depends on the structure of the company and what the company is trying to assess.Continue Reading…

Is Curiosity the Next C-Suite Driver?


is curiosity the next c-suite driverIf you are aiming for a C-Suite position, recognizing and navigating change should be at the top of your skills toolkit. How do you do that? With a healthy sense of curiosity.

In their 18th annual Global CEO Survey, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) took a hard look at the challenges facing the corporation—and the CEO—of the future. With rapid technological development, political flux, and global economic instability, the traits of future business leadership must adapt to change.

I work with executives and professionals looking for, and managing, job transition. A required quality for handling change—and an employment search—is strategic, curious thinking. According to PwC, these same characteristics are the kind that will get you ahead in the C-Suite of the future.

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2016 Executive Job Interview Trends


2016 executive job interview trendsWant to come across as a savvy executive interviewer on your next interview? As you are preparing your answers to interview questions, do not underestimate preparation for interview logistics. Many interview assessments are now done via video and Skype. Additionally, do not rely on your traditional negotiation tactics in answering questions. Boldly doing it differently will set you apart from the competition. Here are six tactics, stemming from trends we are seeing, you will want to use in your next interview:

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2016 Executive Job Search Trends – The R.O.T.H. Method


2016 executive job search trends - the r.o.t.h. methodEffective executive job search methods in today’s economy embrace both the use of technology and tried-in-true traditional methods. Identifying where your hiring manager audience congregates online and offline, then sending consistent, proactive messaging to those individuals in the audience, with or without a job posting present, gets serious interview traction for candidates at all levels. Use these 6 methods to be viewed in smaller, niche hiring manager populations to land interviews faster.

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2016 Executive Personal Branding Trends


2016 executive personal branding trends2016 Executive Personal Branding Trends #1: Mobile Branding

Making your resume mobile friendly does not end your mobile branding efforts. The information you use for your resume can be a springboard for creating your mobile-friendly LinkedIn Profile and your page, which feeds off your LinkedIn Profile content. Being mindful on how your information appears on mobile phones and tablets will ensure audiences see you as a detailed marketing-savvy exec, no matter what your discipline is.


2016 Executive Personal Branding Trends #2: Work/Life Melding

Making yourself attractive to employers online and marketing your company’s ability using, for example, your LinkedIn Profile is becoming one and the same and no longer compartmentalized tasks. Savvy executives know competitors are attracted to job search candidates that demonstrate the behavior they want to see in their own organization. Using your brand to include some aspects of your personal life in your online presence can be effective to getting staff to see the executive as a regular person, as well. The lines are blurring.


2016 Executive Personal Branding Trends #3: Relevant Digital Presence – Why are you on it?

Don’t be on a social media channel just to be on it. Ask yourself why you are on it? Who are you trying to attract? I often see busy executives on a social media channel that does not make any sense to me. Their target audience (i.e. hiring manager, recruiter, potential recruit, and prospect) does not hang out there, so why are they working to build a professional presence there? It is important to look at who you are trying to attract and know where they hang out…and then be there!


2016 Executive Personal Branding Trends #4: With all the new, do not forget the traditional.

Some have said to forget your resume. I say forget your resume and kill your career. Why? It’s the resume process, the process of vetting relevant achievements and developing one’s personal brand, which is the basis of all of these branding mediums and their elements. Even if you do not send the resume to everyone, doing the exercise gets challenges and achievements flushed out to focus on the relevant ones—enabling you to come across as a forward thinking executive and not simply a senior executive spewing their history to impress for no reason.


2016 Executive Personal Branding Trends #5: Giving and Receiving Engagement

If you are only putting content out there, then you are producing content. If you take the time to comment and share other’s content, then you are fostering engagement. Effective personal brands engage on other’s platforms, answer back comments on their own platforms and product content. Be aware of oversharing, yet being real is important. Being a one-way street content producer does not enhance a personal brand.


2016 Executive Personal Branding Trends #6: New Mediums to Explore

Many executive branding blogs talk about having an page, your own personal website and a personal blog, whether you do that on LinkedIn Publishing or your own URL Blog. Some of the newer mediums on the scene (or older mediums now becoming mainstream for executives to use) involve video, live streaming and more interconnected static pages such YouTube, Facebook Video, Blab, Periscope and pages. You may not need to be on all or any of these mediums. Being aware of the ways to reach your target audience though (candidates for hire, vendors, clients, prospects, employees, etc) will enable you to employ a tactic quickly when needed.

Looking to update your resume and LinkedIn profile? Not sure where to start, or maybe you feel you need a fresh set of eyes? Consider our Ultimate Resume and LinkedIn Profile Audit.


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2016 Executive LinkedIn Profile Trends


2016 executive linkedin profile trendsThe LinkedIn Profile and Usage trends for 2015 are still in effect, as it is still important to make your profile app friendly, capitalize on the multimedia features, start publishing on LinkedIn’s Pulse, and make your profile resume-like with personality. However, with the multitude of LinkedIn’s changes this year, it has cultivated a new crop of trends that will enable executive job seekers to get the most from their LinkedIn efforts. Here are the 6 Executive LinkedIn Profile Trends we are seeing:

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2016 Executive Resume Trends


2016 executive resume trendsJust like 2015, 2016 brings new and innovative ways to present resumes and tactics to utilize the information captured in the resume building process. In some cases the 2015 Trends are still very prevalent and still need to be incorporated into designing and writing a new executive resume document.

In addition to an eye-catching design layout, achievement-driven bullets and strong word choice to define your brand, as demonstrated in these executive resume samples, these 7 executive resume trends will help you ensure you are ahead of the competition and viewed as the leader of your field.

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Make Your Skeleton Dance to Nail Your Next Interview


make your skeleton dance nail your next interviewDo you fear being asked about the rocky performance you had in your last or current job on the next interview?

Did you have a less-than-favorable relationship with your CEO recently and you are dreading the interviewer asking the “tell me about how well you worked with your boss” question?

Unsure how to handle the skeletons in your closet?

I say take it out of the closet and make it dance….

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Executive Phone Interview? 10 Important Techniques to Land the Offer


executive-phone-interviewExecutive phone interviews are very different from an in-person or video interview and pose special challenges. When the job position you want is on the line, you need to know how to make the right impression.

Employment interviews take place in person, via webcam, and on the telephone. The big difference for a telephone interview is the lack of your ability to see, or telegraph, important nonverbal cues.

To some, a telephone interview is a comfortable alternative to the exposure of a video interview, or the intensity of an in-person interview. Interestingly, a survey by Software Advice found applicants who had experienced a video interview preferred video to a phone interview. A big reason for the preference is the ability to share nonverbal messaging.

When you have a phone interview for an executive position, how can you use that format to your advantage?

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LinkedIn Referrals: One More Reason to Properly Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile


linkedin referralsLinkedIn announced the rollout of LinkedIn Referrals this week. LinkedIn Referrals, which is being called the next generation of LinkedIn Recruiter, is where recruiters use profiles of their superstar managers and employees to find other applicants with similar traits and expertise to add to the rock star employee roster. So instead of trying to write a candidate profile or job description to capture the essence of that top notch employee to find another one, now a recruiter can use the profile content of the superstar employee, within the tools of LinkedIn Referrals, as the basis to find the next key hire.

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Top 5 Tips for Introverted Executive Job Seekers


introverted executive job seekersIf you consider yourself shy, or introverted, what can you do to help yourself land the job you want?

This is a comment I received recently:

“Reaching out for extroverts is easy…for us people who are socially awkward, it can be so painful to just say hello to someone. It’s worsened by the fact that I dread small talk more than anything else out there…”

If you are shy, or introverted, hear this message: you are not alone. I understand what you mean because I feel the same way you do.

Working as a recruiter, and now in my own business, I can tell you that a lot of people are uncomfortable reaching out to others, and many people dislike small talk. That said—outreach and social connection are an essential part of your job search. So what can you do?Continue Reading…

How Executives Use VUCA to Get Ahead


executives use vuca to get aheadBusiness instability thwarts the best laid plans. Yet volatile and dynamic market conditions offer executives the opportunity for game-changing achievement.

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) are here to stay. Once considered a cyclical process, technical and financial expansion—and contraction—cause ripples of change on a weekly basis throughout global economies. If you are an executive, or seeking a job shift, how can you use unpredictability to your advantage?

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How to Job Search When You Don’t Know Anyone


how to job search when you don't know anyoneWe have all heard that old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” and in many things in this life that saying does turn out to be true. When it comes to the job search, how many times have you gained an “in” with a company because you are good friends with someone who works there or know a family member of someone who works there?

Well, what do you do if you find yourself in a situation where you need to find a job but don’t know anyone? There are many reasons why this could happen. Whatever the reason, don’t believe your job search is hopeless. Here is where you can start:Continue Reading…

Dealing with Monkey-Mind during a Job Interview or Work Day


Dealing with Monkey-Mind during a Job Interview or Work DayStressful meetings, negotiations and complex projects fracture the perspective of many job candidates and executives. If nerves are draining your confidence, there are strategies you can use to succeed.

The impact of acute or chronic stress on the human body is well-documented. While rapid release of cortisol and adrenaline may save your life in an emergency, the continued release of these stress hormones may damage your health—and career opportunities.Continue Reading…

Strength Of Weak Ties – Seven Ways To Connect For Your Job Search

Strength Of Weak TiesThe strategy known as “the strength of weak ties” could be the secret sauce in your job search. Essentially, it entails reaching beyond your traditional networks to casual contacts. The latter know of job openings your colleagues don’t. This article describes seven simple ways to make those connections with weak ties.Continue Reading…

Being Forced Out of Your Executive Job? 8 Things to Do Right Now


Forced Out of Your Executive JobYou may sense that you are being forced to quit—see the signs below that it is happening to you. Or your superiors might already have told you they want your resignation. You probably are unhinged. The good news is that there are 8 things you can do right now to manage the situation. Those best practices will reduce or even prevent damage to your career and give you a competitive advantage in what you choose next.


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Is Resistance Killing Your Job Search? – 6 Job Search Mindset Killing Mistakes


job search mindset killing mistakesEveryone knows that the job search can be a stressful time marked by hopeful ups and defeating downs. You get excited about new leads and suffer disappointments on your hunt for that perfect job that can become the next step in a successful career. This is normal. However, during your job search, you could be your own worst enemy by not accepting this is normal and, instead, taking it personally. Without even knowing it, you could be throwing up resistance and making mistakes that will kill your job hunt success from the start and throughout the process. These mistakes can be both physical and even emotional and will hamper your ability to land that great new job.

Whether you are top level executive looking for that next big advancement in an already successful career or you are a recent college graduate seeking that first job to kick off your career, you could be guilty of throwing up emotional roadblocks or making common mistakes that will stop you in your tracks from ever setting foot in the door of many companies.Continue Reading…

On-Demand Economy Executives – 6 Tactics To Land Lucrative Assignments


On-Demand-Economy-Executives The Economist reports that the On-Demand Economy in the U.S. currently employs 53 million free agents. A growing number of those free agent consultants are executives. The odds are that you will be among them, as a bridge to your next full-time job or as a new career path.

Fewer Executive-Level Openings Projected

From 2010 until 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall full-time jobs will grow about 14 percent. However, top executive positions are only projected to increase 5 percent. It’s in your professional self-interest to learn how to be hired for the plum executive-level contract assignments.

If your first choice is to land a direct hire role, then don’t give up on searching for a permanent position. However, rejection might be the way the marketplace is telling you to do course correction in how you are going about the process and expand your options on where you look for work.Continue Reading…

All the Right Moves: New Report Details Strategies on Reaching the C-Suite


strategies on reaching the c-suiteA new report offers statistics and suggestions on successfully transitioning to the C-suite. For executives positioning themselves to make a corporate level move, this is news you can use.

I work with professionals and executives looking to make their best career transition. One way I help my clients stand out is by helping them understand what they need to rise to the top—and stay there. A new survey by McKinsey and Company offers some key insights into achieving a C-level position.Continue Reading…

Seven Good Reasons for a Summertime Job Search


summertime job searchFor anyone considering a job shift, or currently seeking employment, there are some compelling reasons not to take the summer off. Dropping out of the market for two or three months leaves you out of the flow—and out of the running when new opportunities arise. Keep in mind that the slow-down of the summer holidays affects business, but not necessarily the hiring cycle.

Even six years after the end of the Great Recession, the job climate continues to rebound. Companies remain in flux—and layoffs such as those recently announced by Microsoft continue—but job creation continues as well. Make sure that your name is out there when new jobs open by staying active in your search all year round.

As a recruiter, I found my busiest seasons were often those you least expect—summer and the holidays. Consider these top tips for sticking with your employment search during the summer months:

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7 Must Have Components for an Eye Catching Executive Resume Summary


eye catching executive resumeSo it’s time to craft the perfect resume that you hope will land you your next big interview and opportunity. That’s great. A new job can bring new experiences and opportunities for you to grow while you help lead another company to success. However, getting your foot in the door can be the hardest part about the job search.

Today, hiring managers are increasingly pressed for time as they scan hundreds of resumes looking for the perfect candidate. Resume summaries can be the key to having your resume examined versus just being tossed into the trash. However, in order to be successful, they need to be written with great care. Today, we look at seven must have components that you should have in your executive resume summary so your resume stands out above the rest.Continue Reading…

How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume? 4 Rarely-Discussed Strategies


how far back should i go on my executive resumeAs with most tactical executive resume development questions, the question “How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume?” is no exception in receiving the “It depends” answer. However, these are the X guidelines we use in making decisions on how much do we include and how far do we go back on resumes for executive-level clients with 15 to 35 years of work experience.

Generally speaking, we recommend focusing on the most recent 15 years of work experience, but this answer can vary based on each person. The nature of the experience, and the various forms it can take, when compared to the target positions is the main factor in determining if we will consider using the earlier information on a resume:Continue Reading…

Gluten-Free Resumes: Is Your Pursuit of the New Eroding your Resume Common Sense?


gluten free resumesGluten-free resumes the new fad for designing your resume….sounds ridiculous, right? Well, because it is. However, even the most accomplished executives can let the next new thing get in the way of basic common sense when crafting a resume.

I had a client who had viewed one of my resume webinars. Less than 30 minutes after downloading the webinar, despite it being a 61 minute webinar, I got a call from him, saying that he found nothing new in the webinar. In looking over his resume, I noticed that at least six of the key 14 essential points covered in the webinar were nowhere to be found on his resume. Although he lacked a clear summary, proper keywords for his target roles, and measurable achievements, my client was looking for something new before attending to basic resume essentials.

Like the trend toward finding health benefits in gluten-free food, it is important to cover all your resume basics (and food and exercise foundations) before reaching out for the next new buzzword, recruiting trend—or miracle diet.Continue Reading…

6 Event Networking Habits Healthcare Executives Should Have


Networking-Habits-Healthcare-Executives-Should-HaveNo matter what business you are in, you need to develop strong networking skills. In the medical industry, it is important to continue to foster relationships with other executives and even the doctors in the medical field. These contacts could help you recruit better talent to your company or solve problems you are facing. They could even help you move up the medical corporate ladder down the road as well. Developing these networking habits can put you on the right track to foster meaningful relationships across the medical industry.Continue Reading…

Experiencing a C-Suite Brownout? – Six Ways to Get Your Mojo Back


c-suite brownout“Brownouts” – or loss of that fire in the belly – are sidelining star performers like yourself. Brownouts are so scary because they overtake you slowly and subtly. However, the effects can be catastrophic, both to your career and the results your company produces. That’s why influential business media, ranging from the Harvard Business Review to Inc., are publishing articles about how to identify this syndrome and pull out of the slump.

With classic burnout, motivation collapses. That is obvious. Soon enough you figure you better resign or are terminated. Likely you can’t even focus enough to put together a job search.

Continuum of disengagement

With brownouts, there is a continuum of disengagement.

That might start when visiting your company’s store. You simply don’t see the potential of staging special events such as fashion shows. Then you ignore that recommendation at a meeting back in headquarters.

A few weeks later, you don’t accept an invitation to deliver a keynote speech on integrating retail channels.

During a plane trip you watch a movie, not browse industry journals.

Eventually, you are not excited when you wake up in the morning about what lies ahead at work. You used to play around with ideas for improving X or Y before you were even out of bed.

What’s putting out that fire in the belly?

The first step to getting your mojo back is fingering what’s triggering you to become less opportunistic. Here are the five major reasons:Continue Reading…

8 Actions to Take If You Don’t Get the Job


actions to take if you don't get the job“Thank you for your interest, but…” Your third interview with the company included senior members of the executive team. You thought the position was yours. The polite telephone call you just received, that began in this manner, let you know otherwise. After you graciously respond and end the call, you are, frankly, stunned.

You did not get the job—what next?

Almost everyone interviews for jobs they do not get. Finding and achieving the position you want is an often painful process. At the executive level, the air is rarified and the competition is stiff.

No one is happy about missing the mark on a job they want. But along with disappointment and dismay, it is essential to mine the experience for hidden value.

Know how to respond

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6 Habit-Making Ways to Make Networking Easy and Automatic


Make Networking Easy and AutomaticMost things in life are a habit. Essentially we have to train ourselves to take certain actions each day until it becomes like second nature.

Networking is one of those job search actions that need to become a habit in order for it to be truly successful.

By making job search networking a habit, you not only increase your chances of finding a job, you’ll also start to feel like networking is more natural to you. Use these tips to help you create this new habit on your job search.Continue Reading…

Career Acceleration Formula Review


Career Acceleration Formula

When I was working as a search firm recruiter, I was always asking myself, “How do I get promoted more quickly?” And when I was working as a search firm recruiter, candidates were always asking me, “How can I land the next level position? How do I get promoted?” It always had me wondering and observing, why is it that some people get ahead fast while others fail to progress their careers for years?

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5 Common Resume Mistakes Made by Health Care Executives


resume mistakes made by health care executivesNo matter what position you are looking for in the health care field, the industry can be very competitive. Hiring managers are actively searching for the best candidates that can fill the positions and add real value to their business. Unfortunately, many health care professionals make seemingly simple mistakes that can cost them the opportunity for a new position. Using a few of our resume tips and avoiding these common errors can help you get past the automated resume checks and get noticed by the hiring manager.Continue Reading…

7 Moves to Protect Yourself During a Merger Or Takeover


protect yourself during a mergerLast year, Investor Place reports, the deal volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) was the highest since the financial crisis. The pace in 2015 is supposed to top that. This reflects the drive to enhance competitiveness. Those strategies could include adding new product lines, increasing market share, gaining access to proprietary technology and/or reducing costs.

It’s not about just your job

As the two companies become integrated, your career is in play. That’s what you have to pay attention to. The impacts of any M&A are bigger than simply your job.

So many scenarios are possible.

• There could be redundancies in manpower in functions ranging from law to marketing. That means your job could be eliminated. That could happen whether your company has been acquired or it’s the one initiating the takeover.
• You could remain employed. However, your job is changed significantly. You have to make the decision to adjust or begin a search for a position outside the company.
• Maybe the emerging organizational culture is no longer a good fit for you. Staying there could damage your personal branding. You must leave.

Here are 7 moves on how to protect your overall career:Continue Reading…

7 Steps to Take Now When Your Boss Might Be Fired


boss might be firedYour boss might be fired. That’s the rumor in the grapevine. Or there’s the confidential information credible source shared with you. Your department is now holding its breath. Your boss might wind up terminated.

What’s at stake?

How that actually plays out is irrelevant, right now. What counts is that in the period of uncertainty, there are 7 things you should be doing. Your objective has to be to protect your own job, reputation, emotional balance and future career, within or outside the company.

Those 7 must-dos:Continue Reading…

Navigating the Reputation Economy: Lies Do Count


reputation economyWhether achievements are listed on your resume or you are communicating accomplishments for a performance review on the job, truth-in-advertising is paramount.

A Walmart executive claimed to have an arts degree, but he did not. A dean at MIT with multiple university degrees turned out to have none. More recently, a story told about a wild helicopter ride taken by a Nightly News anchor in 2003 was grounded. These stories have two things in common—deception and discovery.Continue Reading…

Exploratory Interviews: How to Land Them and Make Them Work for You


exploratory interviewsQuestion: When is a job interview not a job interview?
Answer: When it is an exploratory (or informational) interview.

Exploratory interviews are a high-value way to network, obtain information and leave a good impression in a workplace that might interest you. Whether you seek a position, or desire a transition, an IEJI can bridge the distance between where you are in your career and where you want to be.

Even without a current job opening, company management often welcomes these conversations with high-caliber talent as a proactive way to procure talent for the next open position. You can access their expertise and investigate your options by arranging an exploratory or informational executive job interview (IEJI).Continue Reading…

6 Strategies on How to Use Conflict as a Powerful Career Tool


use conflict as a powerful career toolConflict is one of the most underutilized career tools. When conflict presents itself, you want to run, but I suggest that you don’t.

Many professionals go to great lengths to duck conflict. That’s because, as Peter T. Colemen and Robert Ferguson explain in the book “Making Conflict Work,” it “elicits anxiety.” Yet, managing conflict is absolutely necessary for achieving your own professional as well as the organization’s goals. Those could include getting a raise, remaining within budget by reducing employee benefits and acquiring a company to fill a gap in your product line.

Here are 6 tips for how to leverage conflict as a powerful tool in the workplace:Continue Reading…

Unemployed? 3 Suggestions for a Powerful Executive LinkedIn Profile


powerful executive linkedin profileHow to handle your employment status on your LinkedIn profile when you are unemployed is a question many executives ask when they are in between positions.

One major issue you may run into is that your status may drop when you do not have a “to present” position listed on your profile. For example, if you have an end date for your last position on your LinkedIn profile and you do not have a current position, your status may drop from “All Star” status to “Expert” status. This can make it more challenging for your profile to be ranked higher in search results and for people to find you.

The question then becomes, how do you keep a high status and preferred search result ranking while remaining truthful about your employment situation?

However, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure your profile is being viewed as much as possible.Continue Reading…

How Exercise Can Enhance Your Job Performance


exercise can enhance job performanceExercise has many more benefits than enhancing what you see in the mirror. Yes, it can help you get in shape so you look your best, but there are many more benefits to exercise and studies have even shown that it can help you perform better while you are at work.

There are many benefits to exercising regularly. Once you get into a good workout routine, you will soon begin to feel better and you will have more energy. At night, it will be easier to sleep and those long sleepless nights will become a thing of the past. Your physical appearance will begin to improve as your body begins to get in shape increasing your confidence in all aspects of your life.

If these benefits weren’t enough, your mind emotional wellness also receives a much-needed boost from regular exercise. People who exercise find it easier to concentrate and show improved memory, they learn faster and are more creative. On top of that, stress levels in people who exercise are often much lower and their overall attitude is also much more pleasant as they are generally happier when compared to people who avoid exercise.Continue Reading…

7 Ways to Self-Promote at Work with Grace


self promote at workYou don’t have to be an aggressive attention-seeker to get ahead at work. In fact, the less obnoxious you are, the better.

Instead, build positive relationships with everyone you can, both inside and outside your organization. Get ahead by helping others succeed, improving their perceptions of you, and doing the marketing legwork required to stay visible.

This way, when opportunities come along for promotions, you’ll be on the radar.

Here are some specific tips for self-promotion:Continue Reading…

Many Interviews, Zero Offers – 5 Ways to Audit Your Interview Performance


audit your interview performanceYou might have had a few interviews. But, no offers. That could mean the competition was significantly more qualified than you were. Or that you could improve how you interview.

Doing an Executive Interview Audit

However, if you’ve had many interviews and zero offers, then it makes common sense to do an audit of what has transpired during past interviews to see what can be modified to improve performance. Just as in accounting, an audit on your interviews is conducted to uncover possible problems. Regular audits make good financial sense in business and they could make a difference in the outcomes of your interviews.

Essentially there are 5 major areas to check over.Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Master the “Why Should We Hire You?” Interview Question


master why should we hire you interview questionInterviewing can be stressful – especially if it’s been awhile since you last did it. You prepare ahead of time by researching the company, the position, the contacts with whom you will interview and the challenges the company may be experiencing. You rehearse answers to expected interview questions outlining your accomplishments and the stories behind them. You are ready to knock them dead for your upcoming executive interview!

Even with research, preparation and rehearsal, some questions can take you off guard. My favorite recent example being, “If you were a part of a cheeseburger, which part would you be?” Best answer, in my opinion, “Umm, yeah – the cheese, of course!”

Silly questions aside, the question “Why should we hire you?” or “Why do you want this job?” will surface often and can put even the most prepared job seeker on edge. Expect it to come and prepare for it. It’s best not to have a generic answer.

But what makes a good answer? Here are three tips to keep in mind as you formulate your own response.Continue Reading…

When Online Job Ads Request Salary Numbers – 4 Options to Consider


online job ads request salary numbersThe January jobs report, with its 257,000 new jobs, confirmed that the recovery has traction.

However, you realize there is still stiff competition for executive level positions. In many fields there remains a talent glut. Of course, you want to do everything right in applying for jobs.

Now, online ads ask for salary numbers

That’s why you become uneasy as more and more online help-wanted ads request you put in black and white your compensation expectation. In addition, they might require a salary history. .

This is the new reality. Recruiters are getting “down to business” fast. That’s because they do not want to invest time vetting applicants whose compensation requirements turn out to be beyond their budgets. The hiring process is expensive.

On the one hand, you fear that your number will be beyond what the job pays. That means your application will be tossed. Or, on the other hand, you could underprice yourself. Research and experience show that it takes about 2 years to renegotiate compensation. During that time, you lose financial ground.

4 Options to Consider

Well, in this turbulent marketplace for talent there are no longer absolute right answers. However, there are 4 options which successful job applicants can leverage to navigate and negotiate the compensation issue.Continue Reading…

Why Ageism Isn’t Your Real Problem

ageism isn't your real problemAgeism as a challenge gets thrown around a lot in the executive recruiting world. There is this false assumption that because you’re a certain age that you won’t get the job. The reality is there are plenty of companies who will hire you for your expertise regardless of your age if you can properly convey your value.

Yet many executives looking for work still cite ageism as their main challenge in landing the job. Pardon the bluntness, but perhaps “ageism” isn’t the real problem here. In fact, it’s very likely that perhaps you’re making some mistakes that portray you as dated, inflexible and victimized – characteristics that are unattractive at any age.

Use our tips to make sure you aren’t coming off this way in your job hunt.Continue Reading…

5 Ways You Can Successfully Move From Being a Business Owner to an Executive


business owner to executiveBusiness owners typically have the skills they need to be an executive for another company. They have most likely been involved in every area of their business, know about their particular expertise and can lead a group of people.

However, moving from a business owner to an executive for another company is not the easiest transition to make. Whereas many executives have been climbing up the traditional career ladder for decades, business owners essentially created their own career ladder which presents some unique challenges.Continue Reading…

How Introverts Can Show Passion During a Job Interview


introverts can show passion during a job interviewThe challenges of introverts in the work force have been well documented in research studies, articles and surveys. After all, it would seem that in order to succeed in your career you would need to be an extravert.

One such challenge many introverts face is that of showing passion during a job interview. In particular, it can be difficult for an introvert to talk about themselves or think on their feet because by nature they take their time to really listen and are more deliberate about responses.

So how can an introvert overcome this challenge to show passion and enthusiasm?Continue Reading…

7 Logical Reasons Why You Have Zero Results From Your Job Hunt


reasons why you have zero results from your job huntIt’s the most frustrating scenario an executive can experience. You’ve spruced up your resume, sent it off to open jobs and after a few weeks you are still hearing crickets. Nothing seems to work and trying to get a hold of HR has been useless.

You scratch your head wondering what could possibly be wrong. After all, you’ve got great experience! Could you be overqualified? Did you format your resume incorrectly? Did you not use enough keywords?

It’s probably none of the above. In fact, if you’re still getting zero results from your job hunting efforts it’s because you may be making one of these all too common mistakes.Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Make Your Resume Mobile Friendly


make your resume mobile friendlyOne of the job hunting trends we’re seeing in 2015 is the rise of mobile recruiting. While moving in the direction of mobile has been going on for some time, a 2014 LinkedIn report suggests that because candidates have become so keen on looking for jobs on their phones that companies are starting to put forth more effort in their mobile recruiting efforts.

What does this mean for you? The bad news is if you aren’t already using your phone to look for a job then you’re behind. The good news is that companies are just starting to get the ball rolling with their mobile recruiting campaigns, so you still have time to make your resume mobile friendly.Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Use the “Alumni Connection” On LinkedIn


use the alumni connection on linkedinIt is often said that in order to advance in your career it’s not really what you know but rather who you know. One such case in which this adage is true is when you leverage your alma mater’s alumni network to find a job.

Let’s face it, people do have a tendency to help out fellow alumni if they can. It’s a point of pride for many and a great way for them to give back to their alma mater. If you were in a position to help someone from your alma mater you would probably do it in a heartbeat too, so why not tap into your college’s network to help you advance your career?

Fortunately LinkedIn has made it easier for you. Read on to learn about LinkedIn’s alumni features and how you can use them to advance your career.Continue Reading…

4 Executive Resume Rules You Should Break


executive-resume-rules-you-should-breakWe’ve recently talked about how to qualify job search advice online. While most of it is written with good intentions, not all of it should be taken into account.

One such example is when blogs and articles talk about common “rules” you should follow on your resume in order to get an executive position. You know which rules we’re talking about – keep it to one page, stretch the dates of employment if you were without work, leave out certain jobs, etc.

While these rules may work for some people, sometimes executives need to break them in order to get ahead. Read on to find out why.Continue Reading…

You Are the CMO of Your Job Search


cmo of your job searchHow people market themselves directly impacts their job search because it’s no longer just about being qualified. The fact that you are qualified is a given at the executive stage, otherwise you wouldn’t have even made it so far.

That’s why executives are now required to go above and beyond their qualifications and begin marketing themselves as viable candidates for the job.

Unfortunately, even after being told about record numbers of recruiters using social media to find candidates, many executives still resist the idea of marketing themselves.
For example, CFOs are really good at numbers but are notoriously known for not being so good at marketing themselves.

And it’s not just CFOs. Many other types of executives also struggle with the idea of marketing to get a job.

That’s why it’s time to start seeing yourself as the Chief Marketing Officer of your job search. Simply put, no one can possibly market you as well you can market yourself. No one also cares as much as you do.

In order to take on your new role as the CMO of your job search it’s imperative that you start thinking like a marketer. Use our tips below to help you out.Continue Reading…

How CFO’s Can Avoid Looking Overqualified on Their Resume

cfos avoid looking overqualified resumeOne struggle that many CFOs face when looking for a new position is representing themselves as overqualified on their resume. Common advice suggests hiding some of your accomplishments and job history. But the reality is trying not to look overqualified can sometimes lead to a slippery slope as well. After all, you don’t want to accidentally sell yourself short either. Use our tips to ensure your CFO resume not only showcases your talents, but also adds a buffer so you don’t look like you’re overqualified for the job.Continue Reading…

The Problem With the “Can You Take a Quick Look at My Profile” Request


take quick look profile requestAt least 4-5 times per week, I’m asked by new LinkedIn connections, and other people I don’t know, to take a quick peek at their profile and let the requestor know if I have any suggestions on improvements they can make.

Unfortunately, this isn’t so easy. In fact, there are several problems that can occur from such requests and it can actually be a great disservice to job seekers. Even worse, if you ask inexperienced job seekers to take a look at your resume you may just be shooting yourself in the foot.

Here’s why you shouldn’t be asking people to take a quick look at your LinkedIn Profile and make suggestions:Continue Reading…

6 Tactics to Maximize Your College Grad’s First Salary


maximize college grads first salaryIt’s no secret that college grads today are entering a job market that looks nothing like it did when you were just out of school. The economic landscape has drastically changed for this generation and many parents are worried and frustrated that their kids’ future may not be as bright as their own.

The good news is that if they are able to maximize their first salary then they will be just fine. The amount of money your child makes in their first salary can drastically affect how much money they make throughout their entire career.

Let’s say they are able to get an extra $5,000 in their first salary. If they work for the next 30 years then that’s an additional $150,000 they would have missed out on otherwise. Of course, this is excluding raises or salaries at different jobs which are heavily based on how much money a person has made in the past.

In other words, the higher the salary your college grad can start off with, the more money they will make over time. Not just because they are making more money off the bat, but because that figure will allow them to make even more money later on when they negotiate raises or find other jobs.

Unfortunately, our colleges aren’t doing a very good job of teaching graduates how to find a job or make money. In fact, many of them are still shelling out the same advice they did in the 90s.

As such it’s imperative that your college grad gets advice from someone who has experience in building a career – you.Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Make 2015 Great for Your Executive Career


make 2015 great for your executive careerAlthough you can decide to make a turning point in your career any day of the year, January presents a good opportunity for us to create a new direction.

Perhaps it’s because January seems like an extremely optimistic time. Or maybe it’s because we want to jump on New Year’s Resolutions. Whatever the case may be, there’s no time like January to plan your best year ever.Continue Reading…

How To Qualify and Apply Free Job Search Advice To Your Situation


free job search adviceThere is a lot of job search advice online. Unfortunately, not all of it is created equal. In fact, if you don’t learn how to qualify job search advice you find online you could be shooting yourself in the foot.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that all job search advice online is bad. Chances are whoever wrote it had good intentions. This just means you need to look for a few things to make sure it applies to your specific situation.

Below you’ll find some ways to qualify free job search advice so you’ll know whether or not you should apply it in your own search.Continue Reading…

The Right Way to Use Overused Words In Your Resume


overused words in your resumeWhile researching how to write a good resume or LinkedIn profile you often times run into the advice of using certain words like “creative” or “efficient.” The problem here is that anyone who knows how to use Google is probably using all the same buzz words in their resume as well.

Over time this leads to an apparent overuse of words that recruiters and hiring managers can spot in a heartbeat. As such, a word that was once a great way to stand out in your resume is reduced to fluff.

This doesn’t mean that certain buzz words aren’t still great for your resume. The key is to use them effectively so your resume doesn’t sound like everyone else’s.Continue Reading…

5 Tips for Getting Your Resume to the Hiring Manager’s Desk


getting resume hiring managers deskGetting your resume to the hiring manager’s desk is a modern day, professional equivalent of the quest for the Holy Grail (interview) to some. However, when you follow these 5 tips to improve your ability to get your resume in the hands of a hiring manager, you will see light at the end of the tunnel and the dream job interview within your reach.Continue Reading…

2015 Job Interview Trends


2015 job interview trendsIf you’ve been following the Chameleon Resumes blog lately then you know we’ve been covering the latest trends in job hunting, LinkedIn and resumes for the new year. Of course, an overview of trends for an upcoming year wouldn’t be complete without mentioning interviews!

We’ve curated a list of what to expect in the coming year – from new trends to old methods that are making a comeback.Continue Reading…

3 Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Promotion


getting promotionPromotions at an executive level present a couple of unique problems. First, the jobs are few and far between. This isn’t because of a bad economy, it’s just that the higher level the job the less positions for said job. Second, the competition is fierce.

That’s why it’s important to do what you can to make sure you don’t get turned down for a promotion. Use our tips below to better your chances of getting a promotion when you ask for it.Continue Reading…

Top Blog Posts You Liked in 2014


top blog posts 2014You told us and we listened…here are the top blog posts of 2014 that you told us added the most value to your job search. Share them with your friends and colleagues as they prepare for the 2015 job search…or maybe some are new to you? Want to re-read your favs? Let us know your thoughts and if you agree with the rankings below.

We are so grateful for all your attention and feedback all year. Here is to a great 2015!Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Move from an Executive to C-Level Role


executive to c-level roleThe higher level the job, the more risk a company assumes. At this point the job is less about generic qualifications and more about your people skills and leadership qualities.

This terrain can be tricky because it’s more subjective. However, by implementing some of our tips you’ll better your chances of moving from an executive to C-level role within the organization.Continue Reading…

Are you ruining your chances of getting a raise?


getting raiseWith January just around the corner you’re probably already thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. I’m willing to bet that “make more money” is toward the top of your list.

But before you walk into your boss’ office asking for a raise you may want to check yourself. The truth is you could easily ruin your chances of getting a raise if you aren’t careful.

If you’re exhibiting any of the following signs or behaviors you may have some work to do before you can ease your chances of getting that raise.Continue Reading…

3 Psychological Hacks to Give You an Upper Hand When Asking for a Raise


asking raiseChances are that you already know that psychology goes a long way in sales. You may have also heard how psychology helps when you’re networking. But did you know that you can also use psychology to better your chances of getting a raise?

A quick note here, knowing about psychology is not about manipulating the other person into get what you want. It’s about knowing how the mind works so that you can ease situations that can cause a lot of anxiety while getting others to collaborate with you.

Use our tips below to give yourself an upper hand when asking for a raise.Continue Reading…

Are you giving up too soon in your executive job hunt?


executive job hunt Have you already given up on your executive job hunt because you got rejected?

It’s alright if you did. You certainly wouldn’t be the first or the last.

But what if we told you that looking for a job is kind of a numbers game?

Furthermore, what if we told you that you actually gave up way too soon?

You may roll your eyes in disbelief. You may think, “I already got rejected once. This must be indicative of how this job hunt will go for me.” Fortunately for you, this couldn’t be further from the truth – and we’ve got numbers to prove it.Continue Reading…

Why You CAN Get Hired During the Holidays (and How)


get hired during the holidaysYou may have heard a million times that no one ever hires during the holiday season.
Excuses like “People are busy,” “No one is in the office,” or “Companies are dealing with end of year taxes,” run rampant through the job market this time of year.

But what if I told you that you can get hired during the Holidays?

Between business critical positions needing to be filled and the urgency of using up the company budget before the end of the fiscal year, there are plenty reasons why companies need to hire new staff in December. The key is to know how to use this time of year to your advantage.Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Break the Ice at Holiday Networking Events


holiday networking eventsHoliday season is upon us which means you’ll likely be attending a lot of events.
Not just your family events, but events at your job and any associations you may be a part of.

While advancing your career may not be the point of these events, they do present the perfect opportunity to get a little networking in. Simply put, no one is expecting you to vie for a job at a holiday party like you would at more professional events.

Holiday parties also typically aren’t forced social situations which is what can make more professional networking events so uncomfortable.

Use our tips below to break the ice at holiday parties so you can get some networking done and grow your list of contacts.Continue Reading…

2015 Executive Job Search Trends


2015 executive job search trendsThe past few years have seen a major shift in the use of digital tactics and online tools when it comes getting results in the executive job search. While this shift has been occurring in some capacity over past 10 to 15 years, we are now starting to see just how much these web-based products have infiltrated the executive job search and affected the job search results of executive job seekers globally.

The good news is that the internet and other web-based tools (New School Tools), when incorporated with more traditional tactics (Old School Tools), have made it much easier to find a job. The bad news I saw in 2014 is now job seekers make one of two mistakes consistently: either they are making the mistake of thinking that their job search only happens online and abandoning the old school tactics they are familiar with or they do not embrace these amazing online resources at their disposal and only focus on the old school tactics that used to work for them (but they will soon find out will not work as well as they once did on their own).

As such, 2015 will be the year of mixing new school job search techniques with old school methodology in a proactive manner to get faster job search results.Continue Reading…

Executive LinkedIn Profile & Usage Trends for 2015


executive linkedin profile & usage trends for 2015It’s no secret that LinkedIn is always rolling out new features to make their platform easier to use and more effective for finding work. Next year is already shaping up to be a major year for job seekers on the platform thanks to apps and resume trends.

While it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes, we’ve got you covered. We curated some of the most-talked about LinkedIn trends for 2015.Continue Reading…

Does your executive resume say you’ll sink or swim?


executive resume sink or swimAccording to an article on LinkedIn by Lou Adler, the well-known performance-based recruitment evangelist, an old recruiting method is making a comeback. The method, referred to by Adler as “throw people in over their heads and see if they sink or swim,” is a theory that believes the best people will rise to the top, quickly learn new skills and gain the confidence to take on more responsibility.

This concept isn’t new at all. According to Adler’s article, the biggest names in business were very well known for this back in the day including Pepsi, Mattel and Disney. However, there was a change for many years where recruiters and hiring managers would hire individuals who fit into a certain box of qualifications.

If the individual was good at a particular skill and had a certain kind of experience, the hiring manager would select a candidate based on that.

Unfortunately this led to some stagnation within companies as employees would have a difficult time acting outside of that particular role or skill set.

As a result, companies are reverting back to the “sink or swim” method. This begs the question, is your resume ready for this and does it say you will sink or swim?Continue Reading…

Should You Go Back to School for Your Master’s Degree? 5 Points to Consider


master's degreeAfter being on the job hunt for a while with no prospective offers or interviews on the horizon, executives often times wonder whether or not they should go back to school to obtain an advanced degree. Same conundrum can happen to recent college graduates when they struggle to find a suitable first job. Job seekers from both demographics feel that perhaps a Master’s Degree (or any advanced degree) will improve their chances of getting hired.

While this method may work for some, and I am a huge fan of lifelong learning in general, the bottom line is going back to school as a job landing tactic is often not a wise-move. There are many considerations to evaluate before deciding to go back to school as a tactic for landing a new or better position. Below you’ll find some key points that may help you make the best decision for you.Continue Reading…

Numbers Talk: Why You Must Use Social Media in Your Job Search


must use social media in your job searchYou have read so many articles like “14 Ways to Use Twitter to Land a Job” or “8 Ways to Get Recruiters to Find You on LinkedIn.” You may have
read many of ours giving this type of premier advice…but here is the million dollar question…

Are you doing it? Any of It? Even a little bit of it?

You know the answer to that…

I have to believe you do not need any more convincing as to why you must use social media in your job search…but in case you do here are some numbers to consider.Continue Reading…

2015 Healthcare Executive Resume Trends


2015 healthcare executive resume trendsThe American Hospital Association recently published their 2015 Environmental Scan which outlines many of the changes and challenges facing the healthcare industry in the coming year.

From hospital mergers to new laws going into effect and affecting the environment, this sheds an interesting light on what healthcare executives need to know in order to prepare their resumes.Continue Reading…

Does Your Resume Look like Tom Brady’s College Grad Resume from 1999?


does your resume look like tom brady's college grad resumeA few weeks ago football star Tom Brady posted his resume, from when he graduated college, on Facebook. The resume dated back to 1999 just before he’d been picked up in the NFL draft and would go on to make history. I was asked to provide commentary on the resume by eFinancialCareers immediately after it was posted.

What immediately struck me as I looked at Brady’s resume from back then, is that unfortunately college career center resumes still look the same! I see week after week, my clients send me their college child’s resumes from respectable schools, and they resumes still look like Brady’s from 1999. In fact, they haven’t changed much in 15 years! These young adults are entering the job market with outdated resumes and it is contributing to them being under- and unemployed, which adversely affects their lifetime earnings….Tragic!

I share this story because it brings up another observation…I have working professionals and executives send me their resumes for review on a regular basis. More often than not, my first comment is, “Is this the resume you had from graduating college and you have just added your experience to it?” And the answer is often, “yes.”

You must update your resume periodically. What worked for you 10 – 20 years ago isn’t going work now. Times change and the same applies for resumes. Below you’ll find some reasons why it’s time to update your resume to a progressive style and/or arm your college grad child with the most effective career marketing documents to ensure their lifetime earnings potential has the strongest start.Continue Reading…

2015 Marketing Executive Resume Trends


2015 marketing executive resume trendsMarketing is undergoing an evolution. It seems that the days of mass appeal communication are long gone an instead being replaced with niche, individual dialogue. Additionally, technology is changing the game when it comes to when consumers digest this custom information and where permission is given to receive it.

For a marketing executive in the market for a new job, it’s imperative to keep a few trends in mind when crafting your new resume. The marketing game has changed and your resume needs to keep stay ahead of the curve.Continue Reading…

Why Recruiters Ask For Desired Salary Early On (And What to Do About It)


desired salaryYou may have noticed on your job hunt that recruiters get down to business fast. In fact, you may be surprised that they are asking a candidate about their desired salary right off the bat. It may have even rubbed you the wrong way.

The truth is that this practice isn’t going anywhere. Below you’ll find out why and how to handle the question when it comes up.Continue Reading…

Turning Down a Job Without Burning a Bridge


turning down a job without burning a bridgeSometimes we get job offers we don’t want. Or, maybe we got multiple offers and need to turn down the ones that aren’t the best fit.

This can lead to a very awkward situation. We need to say no, but at the same time we don’t want to burn a bridge. After all, you never know when you’ll need the connection.

Use our tips to help you turn down a job offer while still keeping a door open.Continue Reading…

8 Places You Didn’t Think to Look for a Job


places you didnt think to look for a jobWhen people are on the job hunt they often make the mistake of assuming that all the jobs that are available to them are on giant job boards. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, speaking as a recruiter, I can tell you from firsthand experience that spending all your time on job boards is a waste of time. The big ones in particular have less lenient rules for job postings so you may find yourself spending a lot of time wading through less than spectacular job opportunities.

The good news is that there are a ton of other places to look for work. Use our list below of places you didn’t think to look for a job to help you expand your search.Continue Reading…

3 Trade Secrets on How to Write an Achievement-Based Executive Resume Bullet


achievement based executive resumeAchievement-based resumes are those that focus on what you accomplished while at your previous jobs. Ideally, this type of resume gives concrete examples of what you can do for your potential employer.

Writing achievement-based bullets are a sure-fire way to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of being called in for an interview. Use our tips below to make the most of your achievement-based executive resume bullets.Continue Reading…

How to Handle Multiple Job Offers as an Executive


handle multiple job offersIt’s an executive’s dream come true! You’ve got multiple job offers on the table with some really great companies! There’s only one problem. Now you have to actually choose which job to take.

This can lead to a flurry of questions and self-doubt. Will I make the right decision? Should I just go for the highest salary? What if I make a mistake?

Use our guide below to help you handle multiple job offers and how to choose the job that’s best for you.Continue Reading…

Should I Put a Short Term Job on a Resume?


short term job on a resumeIt used to be that you could get away with not putting a short term job on a resume. After all, they are technically frowned upon. However, in this digital age with extensive job search you may actually hurt yourself more if you don’t put the job on the resume.

This begs the question, how do you approach it? You don’t want to come off as irresponsible but you also don’t want to lie. Use our tips below to help you address a short term job on your resume.Continue Reading…

6 Signs You Are Suffering From Job Search Paralysis


job search paralysisWhether it has been 10 years or 10 months since you have looked for a new executive position, you are finding it to be a much different and much harder experience than the last time you looked for a new job. You’ve done everything in your power to learn about social media and the online job hunt. Unfortunately, you’re still hearing crickets and you are getting nervous.

Use our guide below to determine whether or not you’re suffering from job search paralysis.Continue Reading…

5 Conference Attending Flubs That Executive Job Seekers Make


conference attending flubsConferences are a great way to make connections and find work. They are also wonderful for getting press, talent attraction and making a name for yourself.

Unfortunately many executives flub at conferences leaving them with few viable job prospects and a bunch of business cards. Below you’ll find some of the top offenses so you can make the most out of your next conference.Continue Reading…

4 Ways Your Entrepreneurial Traits Can Land Your Next Executive Job


entrepreneurial traitsMost people think that entrepreneurial traits only apply to the success of business owners. The reality is that thinking like an entrepreneur can go a really long way in any situation, especially when vying for high level jobs with high level problems.

Bringing forth your entrepreneurial side will take you far on the job hunt. Follow our guide to find out how.Continue Reading…

4 Blog Building Strategies to Get You Noticed and Get You Hired


blog building strategiesIn a previous article we laid out all the reasons why an executive should keep a blog while on the job hunt. We covered everything from showcasing your skill set to expanding your network.

This time we’re going to walk you through some blog building strategies so that you get noticed and get hired. Use our tips below to grow your blog’s audience, make new important connections and get the attention of recruiters.Continue Reading…

4 Ways Your Executive Arrogance is Keeping You From Getting Hired


executive arroganceOne pet peeve that really irritates a recruiter or potential employer is when a candidate shows even a little bit of executive arrogance. If you do come off as arrogant the chances of being hired decrease significantly. Simply put, people only hire people they like.

Chances are that you may not be conscious when you’re coming off as arrogant. In fact, you may not even think you are being arrogant, but it could very possibly be a different case from the recruiter’s perspective.

Below you’ll find four ways that you may be unknowingly sabotaging the job opportunity with some executive arrogance.Continue Reading…

3 Little Known Ways to Conduct a Long-Distance Job Search (Relocation)


conduct a long distance job searchSometimes the perfect executive level job for you just doesn’t seem to exist in your area. You resolve to looking for jobs that require you to relocate thinking this will help expand your job search.

While this may be true, you soon realize there’s a special set of challenges that present themselves when trying to conduct a job search that requires relocation. Use the tips below to show recruiters that you are serious about relocating for the job.Continue Reading…

4 Secrets to Formatting Your Resume for a Long-Distance Job Hunt


formatting your resume for a long distance job huntWhile most people cannot succeed in a job hunt that would require relocation, the good news is that executives have an edge: good executives are hard to come by.

As a result, long distance recruiters may be willing to hear you out if you present yourself properly. Use the tips below to improve your long-distance resume.Continue Reading…

Why You Should Be Blogging on the Job Hunt


blogging on the job huntWhile blogging as a platform has been around for a while, it wasn’t until relatively recently when job seekers started using this social media tool to help them find their next job.

Since recruiters are already using social media sites like Twitter and LinkedIn to find candidates you can also bet that they are looking through candidate blogs. In other words, if you don’t have one yet you may be missing out on some great job opportunities.

Below you’ll find a list of benefits that explain why you should start a blog to help you expand your job hunt.Continue Reading…

What Every Executive Needs to Know About Handling A Layoff

handling a layoffAlthough we may like to think that we are always in control of our careers, sometimes unforeseen circumstances take us for a loop. One such circumstance is that of an executive layoff. The good news is, in most cases, you should know ahead of time that you are on the executive layoff list. This gives you time to plan your next moves as an executive who now finds themselves on the job hunt. The bad news is this presents a set of challenges you were not expecting. Use our tips on handling a layoff to make this transition as smooth as possible.Continue Reading…

Using Google+ to Create a Target Company List for your Job Search

target company list using google plusCreating a target list can help you find leads for jobs and meet valuable contacts. Thanks to social media you’re no longer just limited to your local community or live networking events. The rise of websites like Google+ make it easier than ever to create target lists for your job search. Use the following tips to effectively use Google+ to leverage social media on the job hunt.Continue Reading…

Job Landing Action: Craft a Target Company List Using Twitter


target company list using twitterWith the rise of social media it’s become apparent that connecting with other professionals online can lead to tremendous opportunities. Furthermore, companies are also using social media to post jobs and Twitter is no exception.

Creating a targeted Twitter list can help you keep potential job contacts and opportunities all in one place. This makes it much easier than searching through your endless Twitter feed on your homepage. Below you’ll find how to create a Twitter list for your job search.Continue Reading…

4 Tips for Nailing the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question


tell me about yourselfIt doesn’t matter how far you’ve climbed up the ladder. Everyone hates to be asked the interview question, “So, tell me about yourself.” How a candidate reacts and answers this simple interview question can be extremely telling of a candidate’s viability for an executive role, so it’s important to bring your A game to this challenge.

While this popular interviewing question does pose a lot of potential land mines, you can avoid them by following some tips.Continue Reading…

Build Better Relationships to Land a Job

build better relationshipsGreat salespeople know that they key to making a sale is building a relationship with someone. When you’re looking for a job it’s the same thing because you’re essentially selling yourself. This is especially true at higher levels because the market is very competitive.

A great way to set yourself apart from the others is to build solid relationships with prospects, employers and contacts. Trust goes a long way and people hire people they like more than they hire people with killer skills.Continue Reading…

Ace a Panel Interview for an Executive Position


ace a panel interviewPanel interviews are becoming increasingly popular because it streamlines the hiring process for the company. Instead of the candidate interviewing with one person at a time they meet everyone involved in the hiring decision at the same time.

As a result panel interviews can also be extra nerve wrecking for the candidate. Use our tips to make sure you ace a panel interview.Continue Reading…

Use Marketing Techniques in Your Job Search


[Guest Post] When marketing a product or corporate brand, you need to identify your different audiences, segment them and craft messages for them. These things also apply to job hunting—which is really nothing more than a sales process, except you’re selling your own qualifications and skills instead of a company’s product or service. Here’s how to use marketing techniques in your job search.Continue Reading…

10 Ways to Reach Out to Hiring Managers

ways to reach out to hiring managersThe best way to advance your job search is to talk to people. The number of conversations you have in a week is the ultimate metric you should track to get results from your job search. Well, how do I find people to talk to in this social media/email/hide-behind-the-computer era? Great question. A combination of new school tactics (technology, social media) and old school activities (phone, in-person, snail mail) are the best way to start conversations with people. And ultimately, people hire people…Continue Reading…

How Online Marketing Practices Can Boost Your Chances of Getting Hired

online marketing practices boost chances of getting hiredOne may not think that online marketing and the hunt for a traditional job are related, but the truth is that everything is online these days. In fact, more and more recruiters are relying on online searches to help them find candidates.

As a result it would be helpful to know some online marketing practices that could help get you hired. While it may be true that these practices are generally used for businesses, there’s a lot job hunters can use as well.Continue Reading…

How to Make Competition Irrelevant

make competition irrelevantJob candidates at every level worry a lot about what other candidates are saying during interviews. Oftentimes they are also worried about credentials, status and experience. In other words, they’re worried about the competition.

While it’s completely normal to be a little concerned about your competition, the reality is this can actually make you fumble during job interviews. If you’re stressed about what other people are doing it will undoubtedly affect your own performance.

That being said, there are ways to become more confident in your own abilities while making the competition irrelevant. Below you’ll find just a few examples.Continue Reading…

8 Ways to Increase Your LinkedIn Profile Views

Increase Your LinkedIn Profile ViewsDo you rank in the Top 1% for LinkedIn Profile Views – I do. Here are 8 ways I increase LinkedIn profile views for myself and for clients. When you go to your “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” section on your LinkedIn profile, there is an option called “How you rank for profile views.” Click on it to get your basis point. Here is what mine says:Continue Reading…

3 LinkedIn Profile Bloopers to Avoid at All Costs

LinkedIn Profile BloopersWe are all human and humans make mistakes…even on LinkedIn. However, all errors are not created equal, in my opinion. Some gaffes are outright hysterical and can be elevated to blooper status. Steve Levy (@levyrecruits) brought some of these bloopers to me attention during a day I was so lucky to spend with him discussing all things recruiting. He generously shared these LinkedIn profile mishaps and made me giggle…a lot. Take a look below…Identities (Photos and identifying employment information in the bloopers below have been blurred to protect the offender, despite us–and now you–having a laugh at their anonymous expense.)

(Full disclosure, I have made these errors on occasion myself, as I am human. I either caught them early in process, my proofreader caught them or I had someone lovingly make me aware of them before any real damage was done or blooper status was reached. As a result, I pay it forward wherever and whenever I can.)

Below you’ll find three LinkedIn profile bloopers you should avoid at all costs. Clearly spelling errors of any kind, anywhere in the profile are bad—but when these types of errors are found in the prominent title or tagline area, it makes these errors extra special.Continue Reading…

Expanded Must-Do LinkedIn Updates: Part 2

Must-Do LinkedIn UpdatesIn this two-part series, you will learn how to customize in-depth, the 10 DIY Steps to Customize Your LinkedIn Profile. This is for intermediate and advanced LinkedIn users. Check out Part 1 here.

As you know, your LinkedIn profile is one of the most important resources you have to reinforce your personal brand and candidate appeal. Now that you have the working elements in place, it’s time to make your profile even stronger so it stands out against the competition.

Part 2: Must-Do LinkedIn Updates, Steps 6-10Continue Reading…

Expanded Must-Do LinkedIn Updates: Part 1

Must-Do LinkedIn UpdatesIn this two-part series, you will learn how to customize in-depth, the 10 DIY Steps to Customize Your LinkedIn Profile. This is for intermediate and advanced LinkedIn users.

As you know, your LinkedIn profile is one of the most important resources you have to reinforce your personal brand and candidate appeal. Now that you have the working elements in place, it’s time to make your profile even stronger so it stands out against the competition.

Part 1: Must-Do LinkedIn Updates, Steps 1-5Continue Reading…

How to Make Sure Recruiters Contact You with New LinkedIn Design

New LinkedIn DesignLinkedIn recently rolled out a new profile design for Premium members. In a few months time all LinkedIn members will have the new design which includes a larger profile picture and customizable header image.

This may present new challenges in terms of people contacting you. After all, new changes means new features to keep up with. If you’d like to make sure recruiters are contacting you on LinkedIn:Continue Reading…

LinkedIn Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

LinkedIn MistakesSome people mistakenly assume that LinkedIn requires a minimum setup while they sit back and wait for recruiters to contact them. Others assume that they’ve got LinkedIn in the bag. They’ve got everything filled out and a great photo, but they are still hearing crickets.

The reality is that LinkedIn takes a bit more effort in order for it to be really effective for the executive job hunt. Below you’ll find some LinkedIn mistakes you probably didn’t know you were making (and how to avoid them).Continue Reading…

DIY LinkedIn Profile Checklist – 10 Steps to Get You Started

DIY LinkedIn Profile ChecklistYour LinkedIn profile is one of the most important resources you have to reinforce your personal brand and candidate appeal. It should not only reinforce your key accomplishments you include in your resume and cover letter, but also provides you with an opportunity to deliver even more information about who you are and your capabilities.

Here are 10 Steps to get your LinkedIn profile in working order. Look for expanded information about what to include in each step, in an upcoming series.Continue Reading…

Summer Time Job Search Success

summer time job search successThink the summer is a bad time for job searching? Think again! Break out the BBQ, grab a cocktail and have some fun doing your job search. For some reason, we have always been told that searching for a job during the summer months, is a bad idea – and dare I say, a long road. Luckily for you, that is just a myth! The summer time is a great opportunity to start your new job search and find the perfect role for you. Continue Reading…

Midyear Goal Review – How far along are you?

Midyear goal reviewWe are officially half-way through 2016 – and as always, time has flown by. Today is a great opportunity to check-in with the job-related goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year to see how you are doing and what needs improvement.

Time for your midyear goal review. Maybe your career goal was to transition into a more fulfilling executive role, or perhaps you wanted to position yourself for a promotion. Now is the time to get real about the progress you have made, and make a plan to achieve these goals in the second part of 2016. Check your midyear goals using these steps:Continue Reading…

Finance Executive Resume Tips

finance-executive-resumeFrom Finance Directors to Chief Financial Officers, a Finance Executive keeps the business world running in the black by managing the green – what every company needs and expects.

No matter how successful a company can become with great products and services, business growth can be slow, thwarted or even shrunk by having second-rate financial leadership in place. Top-caliber financial executives are in demand! What makes a top-tier Financial Executive Resume? The following Finance Executive resume tips will help you showcase your excellent track record when you are ready to make the next career move:Continue Reading…

Controller Resume Tips for Success

controller-executive-resumeRegardless of whether you’re a business or financial Controller, your job deals with profits and losses, the balance sheet, financial operations processes, cost-saving measures, and financial systems.

The Controller must demonstrate that he/she is at the top of his/her game to keep the business running soundly and position the company to remain solvent in the future. When you’re in the market for a new Controller position, apply the following Controller resume tips to make your resume top-notch and really communicate, not only your skills and abilities, but also past accomplishments to show how you will excel in the new role.Continue Reading…

3 Key Things Missing From Your Executive Resume

key things missing from your executive resumeHave you ever scratched your head wondering why you’re not getting callbacks after submitting your resume? Have you ever been concerned that perhaps your resume is a bit cliché or vanilla?

You’re not alone. In fact, when writing resumes execs often times leave out some key things that will help them grab the recruiter’s attention: technology expertise, talent attraction and profit sharing stories. Use these three keys to take your executive resume from vague to irresistible.Continue Reading…

Effective Sales Executive Resume Tips To Land Interviews

sales-executive-resumeAs a Sales Executive that a company may hire, your job will be to demonstrate how you will bring new business and attract sales talent to their organization.

In addition to driving sales, identifying new markets and expanding business with existing clients, you may be leading the sales force driving sales activity, delegating new client leads, assigning sales regions to your sales force, and/or providing ongoing training to Business Development Managers to keep them engaged and motivated.

You’ll need to convey to the human resources contact, C-level executive and other executives involved in the hiring process who will receive your Sales Executive resume that you have demonstrated achievement in the areas of expertise they seek for their open Sales Executive role. Here are four Sales Executive Resume tips to consider as you shape your executive resume for a potential position.Continue Reading…

Chief Marketing Executive Resume Tips

Chief Marketing Officer StrategyAs a Chief Marketing Officer or an EVP of Marketing, it is important to show you are a marketshare acquisition strategist for new and existing products and services. Demonstrate how you gain and sustain new client relationships. Prove you can expand and nurture existing key client relationships. Attract the high caliber talent that you can train and develop to do the same activities.

Companies want marketers who are not only creative, but who emulate they understand the business of their marketing craft. Progressive companies want marketing leaders who showcase on the marketing executive resume ROIs on their product launches, creative resources, and implemented trend observations. Show these successes on your Marketing Executive Resume using these 7 marketing executive resume tips and you can have companies knocking at your door to learn how you can do this work for them.Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Write an Achievement-Based Executive Resume

write an achievement-based resumeHere’s a pill that may be tough to swallow: most people have lackluster resumes. They tend to write extremely generic resumes that only showcase basic job duties. As a result, recruiters think they are dealing with someone who can only do the basics.

Achievement based resumes, on the other hand, help you stand out from the crowd because they give concrete examples of what you can do on the job.

Achievements are those things that made a lasting impact on the company or the client. Below you’ll find some tips on how to write an achievement-based executive resume.Continue Reading…

5 Powerful Ways to Incorporate Soft Skills Into Your Executive Resume

incorporate soft skills into your executive resumeUp until relatively recently companies thought that hard skills are what would get them their bottom line.

Now we’ve come to realize that soft skills are just as important when it comes to growing a company. Soft skills are considered to be behaviors and traits such as adaptability, critical thinking, people skills, likeability, time management and so forth.

Essentially soft skills are those that aren’t as hard driving or as up front. Often times they are skills that have more to do with your personality, making them slightly more difficult to put on paper. That’s why how you present them is crucial in whether or not you’ll get the job. The following are some ways to effectively & strategically incorporate soft skills into your executive resume.Continue Reading…

Resume Fraud – Is It a Victimless Crime?

resume fraudI was honored to be asked by David B. Weisenfeld, Legal Editor of XpertHR, to participate in his podcast commenting on Resume Fraud as an Executive Resume Expert. Clearly, misleading hiring managers and lying on your resume is not acceptable and we talk about high-profile situations where fraudulent resumes surfaced with various types of situational consequences.Continue Reading…

LinkedIn Profile Checklist – 10 Steps to Get You Started

linkedin profile checklistYour LinkedIn profile is one of the most important resources you have to reinforce your personal brand and candidate appeal. Use this LinkedIn Profile Checklist to reinforce your key accomplishments in your resume and cover letter and to deliver even more information about who you are and your capabilities to hiring managers reading your LinkedIn profile.Continue Reading…

How Savvy Executives Use Twitter to Land Jobs Faster

Executives Use Twitter to Land Jobs
Executives Use Twitter to Land Jobs Faster

Twitter seems to be a “love it” or “hate it” kind of platform. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on one thing remains certain: Twitter is a powerful tool that can help you build your own personal brand and expertise. It’s also a gold mine of job opportunities.

Using Twitter effectively involves a lot more than just sharing random status updates. Use these tips on how savvy executives use Twitter to land jobs faster and start building clout within your own social media accounts.Continue Reading…

How to Look For a Job If It’s Been 10+ Years Since You’ve Had To

How to Look for a Job If It's Been a Long TimeIf you’re a very experienced professional it may have been a while since the last time you looked for a job.

If you were lucky you got swooped up out of college and have been with the same company ever since. Now you’re starting to notice that being employed by the same company for life is a thing of the past. You may have noticed that even executives are changing jobs.

You’ve realized that it’s time to move on to bigger and better things, but you feel overwhelmed by all the changes that have happened since you last had to look. Use this handy guide to help you get back in the game.Continue Reading…

How to Work Around HR Gatekeepers

Work Around HR GatekeepersWhen dealing with high level positions the barrier of entry for reaching the appropriate contacts is practically iron-clad thanks to gatekeepers. You may also notice that the HR department is of little help in these cases.

Use these tips to help work around HR gatekeepers and get in front of important contacts.Continue Reading…

What to Do When You Don’t Get the Job

Job Rejection and ApprovalOne unique challenge executives face on the job hunt is that high caliber positions are few and far between. Add the fact that there’s also a pool of fierce competition and sometimes this means you won’t get the job you’re looking for right away.

This is the part where it’s easy to give up or let emotions take over. Rather than throwing in the towel use this guide to help you get back on the saddle.Continue Reading…

How To Get The Job As An Outsider

Get the Job as an OutsiderIt’s no secret that executive level positions are often times given to internal employees. They’ve been with the company a while, they know how it works and the company already feels comfortable with them.

This can present some unique obstacles to an outsider trying to get in. However, it’s not impossible to make a move to an executive level position in another company. All it requires is learning how to leverage the obstacles to your advantage.Continue Reading…

Organize Your LinkedIn Usage So You’re Not Overwhelmed

organize your LinkedIn usageOne of the biggest deterrents people have about learning how to use LinkedIn is how much time it takes. Between profile keywords, groups and all the new features they are always rolling out it can be overwhelming. The good news is you don’t have to learn everything all at once in order to use LinkedIn effectively. Here’s our guide on how to organize your LinkedIn usage so you don’t feel overwhelmed.Continue Reading…

De-mystifying LinkedIn Keywords

LinkedIn KeywordsIf you want to get found by recruiters on LinkedIn you have to know a thing or two about using keywords.

Keywords are relevant terms found within your profile that will make it easy for recruiters to find you when they are searching for certain words or phrases. Think of it as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for LinkedIn.

Some really effective places for LinkedIn keywords are within the headline, in job descriptions and under interests. These not only help with profile traffic, they also look good to employers who are looking for certain terms.

Below you’ll find some tips on how to find the right keywords for your LinkedIn profile.Continue Reading…

The Guide to Being Bold at Work for the Fabulously Average

Fabulously AverageThe reality is most managers and employees are not subject matter experts, leaders in their field, self-appointed visionaries, innovators or game changers. Not everyone can be or even wants to be.

We need all kinds of people in the work force, including the fabulously average. These hard-working people go to work reliably, fix problems, anticipate needs to their clients and fellow co-workers, and receive positive performance reviews consistently.

These people are fabulous, yet average. How is the fabulously average professional supposed to be bold in the workplace? Here is how:Continue Reading…

Leverage the Power and Reach of Your LinkedIn Profile for Executive Advancement

LinkedIn Images blog picJust as few businesses had websites at the dawning of the Internet age, few executives were savvy about LinkedIn when THE social media site for business took to the Web. This was in the spring of 2003, and just 4500 members had signed-up at that point to promulgate their skills and expertise to other companies and recruiters. Now of course, all businesses have websites and work hard to keep their digital presence updated.

In the same way, most connected men and women know the reach and value of LinkedIn, which is why the membership on the site has grown to a whopping 300 million in early 2014. That’s a tremendous amount of growth – and 600 million eyes scouring the site, looking for executives and professionals with skills and acumen needed to help take their companies to the next level of success and development.

The question then is simple – is your LinkedIn profile all it should be to get the attention you deserve for your years of hard work and experience?Continue Reading…

Executive Resume Advice & Writing, Job Interviews and Services for Executive Job Seekers

executive-interviews-job-seekersIn the Information Age, everyone has already become or is on their way towards becoming an expert in something – IT infrastructure, psychological motivation in the workplace, reputation management, corporate branding.

You name it, and inevitably there will be several leading experts. We think this is a good thing because it fosters both diversification and specialization in the workplace.Continue Reading…

Global Resumes, LinkedIn Profiles and Career Documents for Global Employment

global-careers-linkedin-profileIf you’re a professional or executive working in the international market, or if you’d like your next employment situation to be outside of your current country, Chameleon Resumes wants to help you take your career to the next level. Specializing in career search strategies, job interview techniques & practice, compensation guidance, social media branding tactics, executive resumes and other career documents such as biographies and cover letters, Managing Director Lisa Rangel and her team of executive resume writers and job search consultants are dedicated to the executive and his or her search for a new position in a rewarding industry. We’ve even been selected as a Top 100 Career Website by illustrious and influential Reading…

Negotiating an Executive Level Salary

negotiating an executive salaryYou got your foot in the door of that executive level position you were eyeing, you nailed the interview, and you’ve been told that you’re at the top of the list of qualifying candidates. Congrats!

Then, the interviewer asks that dreaded question, “What kind of compensation are you looking for?”

Most job hunters tend to freeze up here, but for execs it can be particularly frightening. Big positions tend to equal big money – money a company is shelling out – so the stakes are higher for candidates seeking this kind of position. Below you’ll find some tips on negotiating an executive level salary in addition to how to answer the above question.Continue Reading…

Small (But Important) Resume Mistakes All Execs Should Avoid

Resume Mistakes All Execs Should AvoidResume faux pas can really cost an executive the interview. Simply put, at this stage in the game you should know how to write a killer resume, but there’s so much confusion out there that even the most experienced professionals fumble.

Avoid the following executive resume mistakes and you’ll be way ahead of the game.Continue Reading…

Eating Lunch at Your Desk Can Hurt Your Job Promotion Potential

Eating Lunch at Your Desk Can Hurt Your Job Promotion PotentialHow often do you find yourself eating lunch at your desk? If you decide to work through lunch you could be hurting your chances for growth opportunity. Not just because companies are now looking for balanced employees, but perhaps because you may be missing out on opportunities to network with other people.

Oftentimes people assume that networking has to involve big formal (and let’s face it, sometimes stuffy) events. For some this can be a really overwhelming situation where they find it difficult to connect with others. The good news is that using lunch hour to network and advance your career can be as simple as effectively applying the following tips:Continue Reading…

How Having Life-Work Balance Can Help Advance Your Career

life-work balance can help advance careerMany people assume that companies couldn’t care less about life-work balance. On the contrary, many companies are now trying to make sure their employees are healthy, happy, and balanced. As a result, they want to make sure that any new employees they take on (or anyone they promote) embody these same characteristics. The reality is only by being a balanced employee can you attract a truly balanced employer. (Note: We call it life-work balance, as we believe only by putting life first, can you start to have life-work balance.) Below you’ll find some reasons why companies want balanced employees as well as how life-work balance can help advance your career. These are all ideas you can implement at the office and at home.Continue Reading…

3 Clout-Building LinkedIn Techniques for Advancing Executives

clout-building LinkedIn techniques As an executive you have a lot of responsibilities within the company. Responsibilities, which if carried out properly, can help you build a lot of influence or power within an organization.

Fortunately LinkedIn has become a sort of one-stop-shop for many responsibilities an executive may face, from hiring the best talent to finding new vendors. Use the tips below, inspired by LinkedIn’s 2014 company presentation, to leverage LinkedIn and build clout within your organization.Continue Reading…

Be Bold with Interview: How to Act Like You Have the Job to Land the Job

Act Like You Have the Job to Land the JobBeing interview ready, means more than showing up with your resume materials in-hands. It’s about showing the hiring manager how prepared you are for their role, and how easily you will be able to step into their open position. At the end of the day, the hiring manager wants to know how easy or difficult it will be to transition you onto their team.

When you interview, you need to be bold and act like you have the job to land the job you are after. And to do that, you need to make an impact during your in-person interviews. Creating a 30, 60, and 90 day plan of action using the steps below shows not only initiative, but that you are ready to be a candidate of action.Continue Reading…

Landing Executive Jobs in the Middle East Region – Dubai and Qatar

landing executive jobs in the middle eastThe Middle East region, Dubai and Qatar in particular, is experiencing high-growth job rates particularly in areas that are impacted by the upcoming World Expo in 2020 in United Arab Emirates (UAE). With this expansion comes a need for highly trained white-collar executives and professionals from other parts of the world, the U.S. and Europe in particular, to keep up with the job growth.

Getting a job in this region is vastly different than landing an expat position in other countries. There are a few things outside of the normal U.S. job search process you will need to consider before your search as well as some variables that could impact your overall success in a position.Continue Reading…

Who, What, Where, How – Four Keys to Crafting a Winning Executive Resume

keys to crafting a winning executive resume Employment for life is increasingly a thing of the past – even at the executive levels, according to a study recently published in the Harvard Business Review. Executives are switching jobs more frequently – on average every four to five years.

If you’re looking to take the next step in your executive leadership career, here are some guidelines and keys to crafting a winning executive resume that’ll make you stand out as a candidate, whether you’re in the public, private or non-profit sector. Continue Reading…

How to Definitively Demonstrate Leadership Skills in an Executive Job Interview

executive job interview When looking for an executive level position, you have to specifically show the employer with concrete examples that you can lead others—you can’t just say you have led teams and assume the executive recruiter will understand how.  Unfortunately, this seems to be an area where many executive job seekers tend to fumble.  Do you feel this describes you? As an accomplished, powerful executive, you have to outline to the potential employer that you are just as good in person as you are on paper. This often times requires you to explicitly state why you’re such a good leader which can feel somewhat uncomfortable. Below you’ll find some tips for overcoming any blocks you may have about showing your leadership qualities.Continue Reading…

6 Executive Job Search Apps for the Tech Savvy Exec

executive job search appsWhile there’s nothing quite like meeting people in person, the frank truth is that everything is becoming digital these days and the executive job search is no exception.

You can increase the likelihood of success by having certain resources at your fingertips, including those of a digital nature. Fortunately there are several executive job search apps that will make your job hunting a whole lot easier. The following are 6 of the best:Continue Reading…

4 Must-Have Executive Job Search Tools Job Seekers Should Always Have at Their Disposal

must-have executive job search tools that job seekers should always have at their disposalImagine being on the job hunt and always knowing what to say and when. Imagine what it would be like to show up to networking events and know exactly what you need to do.

Often times executive positions will slip through a candidate’s fingers because they weren’t prepared to answer a question on the spot or they forgot who they met at a networking event. With these tools you’ll be able to avoid these faux pas and better your chances of landing an executive position.Continue Reading…

6 Iron-Clad Ways To Find Keywords To Optimize Your Executive Resume

search engine optimization for resumesOptimizing your executive resume means your executive resume must be “SEO friendly” to be found by recruiters looking for candidates like you. More specifically, this means that it has to be rich in keywords that are relevant to the position you are applying to, in order to get past the online screening process and the human being reading/scanning your resume. There is a very fine line, however, between having the right number of keywords to get you through to the next level, and matching the job description so closely that the system will think you are a spammer.

Here are six ways to find keywords to optimize your executive resume, and how to ensure your resume gets passed on to recruiters. Continue Reading…

5 Steps to Get a Job Assignment in China (ExPat)

get a job assignment in ChinaBeing able to get a job assignment in China or different areas around the world and produce profitable results, significantly increases your stock as a global executive. International companies are always looking for ways to have their top leadership spread their knowledge, deliver best practices, and adapt new practices throughout their multicultural organizations.

Global leadership assignments are not for the faint of heart – you will be living in a new country, be involved with a different culture, and interacting with new colleagues. However, if you can see past the obstacles, there can be a huge payoff for your executive career trajectory.

As indicated in this Bloomberg article, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein indicates China is one market that is extremely popular and can provide you with an enriching experience. Being a growing market, you have the unique experience to not only work in a global assignment, but you also have the opportunity to develop long-lasting strategy and connections for your company.

But rotational assignments in China don’t just happen – you have to position yourself correctly to be chosen for these types of assignments. Here are five ways to set yourself up for success.

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Why do Recruiters Post Fake Ads?

Do Recuiters Post Fake Ads? “Why do recruiters post fake ads?” I receive this question from executive job seekers on a pretty regular basis through direct emails, on job search coaching calls and through the LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker Group that I moderate. Job seekers are perplexed by corporate and third-party recruiters will post “fake ads” – ads that do not seem to be for real, open jobs. Well, I can assure you the ads are not fake—ads cost money. Ad money is not being spent to play with the hearts and minds of executive and professional job seekers. Given that third-party recruiters often have to pay for ads before receiving a fee, they are most often being posted with purpose and not to waste your time. However, I know that it definitely does not reduce your frustration. So I was hoping to shed light on what may be happening. (FYI: I was a 3rd party recruiter for 13 years).Continue Reading…

What You Need to Know About How Recruiters Get Paid (And How It May Affect Your Job Hunt)

How Recruiters Get Paid and How It May Effect Your Job SearchThere is some confusion out there as to how recruiters get paid for their contracted job placement services. Furthermore, there seems to be even more confusion about how a recruiter’s contract with an employer may affect job seekers.

External Recruiters are contracted by companies to find them the best candidate for an open position. The contract between an employer and the recruiter is usually done in one of three ways: on a retained basis, a contingency basis or a contained basis. Below you’ll find a breakdown of these methods and what they mean for you as a job seeker.

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What You Need to Know About Working with External Recruiters

working with external recruiters

When you started your career, you may have received new job opportunities by dealing with a company’s Human Resources department directly. Now that you’ve reached an executive level, you’re starting to realize that the process may be a bit different. Simply put, you may be running into more agencies and headhunters than ever before.

When it comes to higher level positions, companies often times outsource the task to external recruiters. These recruiters get paid by the employer to find the best candidate for the job. The information that follows will help you to understand how external recruiters operate, how to avoid misunderstandings during the hiring process and may even lead to your next great job opportunity.

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7 Tactics to Keep Your Job Search Confidential

How to Keep Your Job Search ConfidentialLooking for a new job is scary enough. Being worried that your current boss or colleagues can see you gearing up for a job search can easily stop your efforts before you get started.

Here are several ways to ensure you keep your job search confidential until you are ready to announce to your current employer that you’ve landed a new role. Continue Reading…

How to Use LinkedIn Groups

Networking with LinkedIn groupsWhen it comes to networking on LinkedIn professionals have to do way more than just setting up a profile. Users must engage with each other, share content, and take action in order to get the most out of this social media platform. Fortunately, LinkedIn groups let you do all of that and more.

According to the LinkedIn website, these groups are like online forums where professionals in the same industry (or with similar interests) can connect with each other, share content, and position themselves as experts within their field.

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5 Effective LinkedIn Features You Probably Don’t Know About

effective LinkedIn featuresYou probably know the basics of making your LinkedIn profile work for you, but did you know that LinkedIn has tons of new features that will help your job hunt?

LinkedIn has come a long way in streamlining the job search process and adding amazing features to their interface. The problem is that often times these features aren’t really announced (unless you read the LinkedIn blog) or they get lost in the shuffle.

Below you’ll find some effective LinkedIn features you should be using, but probably didn’t know about.

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3 LinkedIn Tips for Executives to Make the Most of LinkedIn

LinkedIn TipsIt’s easy to dismiss the latest social network as a fleeting fad or a waste of time. Facebook is for fun, while Twitter moves at lightning speed. LinkedIn, on the other hand, is where it’s at for those serious about furthering their careers. Follow these 3 LinkedIn Tips for Executives to make the most out of LinkedIn.

Fortune 100 companies from Intuit to Kraft use LinkedIn to recruit, and a quarter of members are senior executives. The average LinkedIn member is a college-educated 43-year-old earning over $100,000. With a reputation to uphold, here’s what executive-level candidates should consider when using LinkedIn:

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4 Interviewing Truths Learned from the NJ (not NY) Super Bowl 2014

125 - superbowlLiving 2.5 miles from Metlife stadium located in East Rutherford, NJ, I found it odd watching the Super Bowl to see all of the New York location wannabe references to an actual New Jersey-based event. It seems the NFL put a lot of effort into making the Super Bowl seem like it was in NY and not in NJ, where it was actually help.

It got me thinking. Things just do not go smoothly when we are pretending to be something we are not, no matter what the context. In the same weekend, I had two events happen:Continue Reading…

7 LinkedIn Mistakes That Make You Look Like An Amateur

LinkedIn mistakesDo you only ever log on to LinkedIn when a connection request comes through? Did you barely copy and paste basic resume details into your profile after signing up, then forget about it altogether?

While a great LinkedIn profile can get you noticed by recruiters and employers, having a lackluster profile can actually hurt your professional image. When someone views your page for the first time, you want them to be wowed by your skills and experience–not turned off by an incomplete or dull profile. Unfortunately, many people don’t put in the time to really make their LinkedIn profile shine. Are you making any of these common LinkedIn mistakes?

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