By combining both online and offline skills you can create a killer job hunting strategy that covers all the basis. (more…)
By combining both online and offline skills you can create a killer job hunting strategy that covers all the basis. (more…)
Great 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. (more…)
[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. (more…)
The 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… (more…)
Job 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. (more…)
One 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. (more…)
One 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. (more…)
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. (more…)
How 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: (more…)
Many 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. (more…)
The 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. (more…)
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. (more…)
Optimizing 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. (more…)
Being 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.
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. (more…)
You may have logged into your LinkedIn account and seen advertisements for their upgraded programs. You may have even wondered if upgrading is worth the time, effort, and money associated with the Basic or Premium LinkedIn Membership.
The following breakdown of each LinkedIn upgrades will help you decide which version you need or if you even need to upgrade at all.
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?
The New Year is here! It is a pivotal time of year to get your resume and LinkedIn profile updated, in sync and given to the right contacts to land your next job faster for the New Year. Whether you are simply updating your achievements, landing a new job or switching careers, it is key to capitalize on this time of year to position yourself to thrive in 2014.
Here are 9 holiday resume and LinkedIn profile tips that you can do right now to get your profile and resume up to speed fast! (more…)
You found a great job you thought would be a perfect fit, but your application received either radio silence or one of those dreaded “We’re sorry, but you’re not a fit for us at this time” form letters. Think that’s the end of the road for you? Think again. While a rejection can be discouraging, it doesn’t necessarily signal a dead end for your job search. It could benefit you to reapply to the company, even after you’ve received a “no thank you.” Following are the answers to some common questions job seekers have when it comes to reapplying for a position for which they’ve previously been rejected. (more…)
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 always a “thanks for your time, but we’re not interested” or “you’re not the right fit for this role.” It can be frustrating and disheartening. And unless you know these 8 reasons why you didn’t get the job, you’re likely to keep receiving the same response.
Here are some of the most common reasons why you may have been passed over for a position. One or more of them may apply to you, so take the time to really ask yourself if any of these could fit you. (more…)
We are thrilled to announce that Lisa Rangel’s website, Chameleon Resumes, was named a Forbes Top 100 Career Website for its resume, job search and career advancement expert information that help executive and professional job seekers land their next position faster. We were humbled and honored to be elected to this prestigious list and truly appreciative of the over 300+ nominations we received by your clients, partners, team members and readers. (How do we know it was over 300? We tracked all of the emails of our clients / readers telling us they nominated us! Check out some below…..You are all truly amazing!) (more…)
I believe that a successful, well-balanced job search is more than successful strategies and tactical actions a job seeker can take to get closer to finding that right job. A successful job search offers well-balanced advice to address the mind, body, spirit and financial well-being of a person. A balanced job search prepares the job seeker to be in the right frame of mind and in good health to perform well throughout the entire job search process.
Here are suggested websites that enable a job seeker to take a balanced approach to their job search by shoring up on wellness, positive mindset, health, money, global business knowledge and efficient job search tactics action to help them be viewed as ‘in-demand’ by prospective employers. (more…)
Curious as to how you can make money doing what you love to do? LinkedIn hired me to write an article for their job seekers audience to explore how to turn your passion into a career using LinkedIn to help you with that research:
Asking for a salary increase properly is an art and a science. There are many tactics to do to receive the above average pay raise that you want. However, during my time as a recruiter and a manager, I have seen many things that an employee should absolutely not do when asking for a pay raise. I list some of them here and welcome your additional ideas in the comment section at the end of this article:
Understanding how to ask for a raise and negotiate a salary increase is a professional skill everyone needs to master. When you ask for a raise, there are many things you can do ahead of time to increase your odds of landing the salary increase you want.
Studies by management consulting firms show the average salary increase in 2012 will hover around a 3% salary raise. After reviewing research, I find using the following salary negotiation tactics can optimize your pay and maximize your raise, when done right: (more…)
Are you looking for the best inspirational videos and quotes for motivation? I stumbled upon this list of the most watched TED talks and found the motivation and inspiration I drew from watching these videos was amazing. What a list! There is so much inspirational mojo to be found on this list. I hope you enjoy this list as much as I have. Here is the post and the page link to the original link:
TED is dedicated to ideas worth spreading. And that leaves many wondering exactly which ideas have been spread the most widely in the six years that TEDTalks videos have been available online. Here, a list of the 20 most-watched talks on all the platforms we track: TED.com, YouTube, iTunes, embed and download, Hulu and more.
From education to brain function to inspiring messages to techno-possibilities, this list represents quite a breadth of topics. (more…)
Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer
Using LinkedIn to advance your job search and career prospects is a key component of an effective career management plan. “What do you say to a connection?” is what I am often asked by job seekers. Well, there is a great tool on LinkedIn (and now other related websites) that can help you track your contacts advancement and changes, which can give you great fodder to send that engaging email or make that captivating call. (more…)
“Follow Your Bliss” – Joseph Campbell
Changing careers can be a daunting task, but only if you are unsure how to capitalize on the skill set that you already have. Using LinkedIn’s Skills & Expertise Search function can help you identify new career path to pursue that enable you to leverage your current skill set, while allowing you to maximize your earning potential while doing something you love to do. This combination can help you be happier in your next job.
UTILIZE LINKEDIN’S SKILLS & EXPERTISE SEARCH FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY
For example, if you have exceptional Contract Negotiation skills and want to apply these skills to a different industry, here is how you can unearth targeted industries to utilize your skills in a new manner. Go to the LinkedIn Skills & Expertise Search page located here: http://ow.ly/bfCWg Type in “Contract Negotiations” into the search field, which will bring you to a landing page with a wealth of information to start your research on locating new areas to apply your Contract Negotiation skill set.
The information on this landing page will list Connections within your three degrees that have Contract Negotiation expertise, Related Companies that hire and have hired individuals with Contract Negotiation experience, Jobs that require Contract Negotiation skills, Groups that value Contract Negotiations abilities, and Related Skills that can help foster other career path ideas. Here is how you can use these five areas to identify your new career path. (more…)
LinkedIn hired me to write three articles for their job seekers audience to offer guidance on how to turn your passion into a career, then how to build a target company list for a job search and, lastly, locating the right contact at those companies to approach to start building your career. Here are the links to my articles published on LinkedIn.com: (more…)
Whatever your reason for embarking on your upcoming transition, whether it be a layoff, economic incentive, professional frustration, divorce, empty nest syndrome or you simply have a great business idea to put to market, realize that you are in an exciting position! Yes, you are.
This can be the beginning of what will become your Great Story. I can imagine that you may feel petrified about starting this process and overwhelmed about where or how to start. Don’t worry. It is this uncertainty that holds all the promise and possibility that lies before you. Embrace it and don’t fight it. Don’t believe me? Need proof? (more…)
This time of year brings about that need to take inventory of what you did and where you want to go in the next year. Notice I did not say we need to take note of what we did not do. Focus on the positive. Focus on what you did accomplish in your career.
Be grateful and content. It is in the contentment and acceptance of where we are that allows us to have a foundation to build the dreams of where we want to go in the next year.
Use this time to REFLECT and not REGRET.
Then DESIGN your plan to ADVANCE your career.
Let’s close out 2011 and get revved up for 2012. Join me in doing this exercise: (more…)
I’m the type of person who needs to be shown why it pays to be grateful, happy and optimistic. Are you like that? I hated to admit it, but it is true—and yet I am still an optimist and I think most people would say so. Why the change? I have learned the hard way over the years that my ability to find something that could go wrong with anything that crossed my desk, was in actuality, not an asset but a liability. Yes, being able to forecast numerous possible outcomes can enable a business to be prepared for various situations. But when it came to my personal and professional life, I was dragging myself down and paralyzing myself. Are you doing the same? (more…)
Read this U.S. News & World Report article where I am interviewed by Careers Expert Miriam Salpeter in her On Careers Column on 10/23/2011.
When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to fall into the trap of applying and waiting to hear from an employer to see if you won a chance to interview. What’s the problem with this “apply only” strategy (also known as “spray and pray”)? It puts too much power into other people’s hands. Job seekers who seize control of their searches have a much better chance of landing opportunities than those who spend all of their time looking for open opportunities and applying. Lisa Rangel is managing director of Chameleon Resumes, contributor to Michelle A. Riklan and David Riklan’s, 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career, and author of the ebook, The Do-It-Yourself Branded Resume Kit.
As a search firm recruitment leader for over 13 years who partnered with Fortune 500 and boutique firms to source top talent, she sat on the proverbial “other side of the desk,” hiring people to fill clients’ positions. She advises job seekers to take steps to ensure it’s easy to find them for the jobs they want. “Posting an ad to recruit for an open position is one of the last tactics a recruiter wants to use,” Rangel says. Once a position is available online, many recruiters receive a plethora of ill-qualified applicants. [See The 50 Best Careers for 2011.]
Rangel advises candidates to distinguish themselves from the rest of the applicant pool using these techniques: (more…)
I attended the Career Directors International Summit led by Laura DeCarlo (@careerhero) this past week held in the colorful Savannah, Georgia. What a week it was! The general theme validated for me was that having a self-made or professionally done resume is not the sole magic elixir to landing your next job. It is a component, not the only step needed to be taken.
So what else is needed, you ask? Job seekers today need to approach their search with the hiring manager’s mind set in hand. It is no mistake that this year’s conference featured Martin Yates, the author of the highly successful Knock ‘Em Dead career books and former recruiter, and Shally Steckerl, the sourcing and recruiting industry rockstar. These two gentleman punctuated job seekers need to think creatively when approaching and being discovered by hiring decision makers. Here are a few ways how: (more…)
As a Job Search Coach and Career Development professional, I often get asked by well meaning parents if there is anything they can do to best prepare their teens and young children for the job market. Or what are the best career options to pursue. The latter question is best left to labor analysts and economists who forecast what the domestic and international markets will require to determine which skill set will be in high demand over the next decades.
So what can parents do to best prepare their children to succeed within a chosen career? As a career professional, former recruiter, hiring manager and as a current parent myself, here are my suggestions of what parents can do outside the education system to best prepare their kids based on the clients I have worked with and prospects I have interviewed over my 16 year career: (more…)
The cardinal rule of interviewing seems to be “never say anything negative on an interview.” But that does not mean the hiring manager will not ask you about the blemish, challenge or failure in your past that you would prefer not to talk about, if given the choice. Despite your best efforts, the interviewer will find a way to ask you about your unreasonable boss, the company that went bankrupt, your layoff, the sales plan you missed, the budget you exceeded, the gap in your resume or your nutty co-workers. Or maybe you were fired—<gasp>. How do you diplomatically and confidently discuss these issues with a prospective employer, when what you really want to do is hide in the nearest corner when they arise? (more…)
(1) Go into a new field without major research
(2) Send the same thank you note to all interviewers
(3) Think they have to have 100% clarity as to what they want before they start to look
(4) Only submit to job postings and never reach out to people at companies directly
(5) Assume the tactics that worked for their job search three years ago will work for them now (more…)
Your head tells you, “No one is hiring.” I am here to tell you that it is not true –I have had two clients land and start positions in December. This is actually the time we get to have fun with this process! The holidays can present many leads to pursue and an abundance of opportunities to expand your network. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, here are practices you can do to make job searching and holiday networking easier for you during this season: (more…)
People want to feel good and look good at work—I am sure you are no exception. Being happy in your current job has to be paramount, since looking for a new job is not the right decision for everyone. If I can give you a suggestion to use that has a positive ROI that is both measurable and invaluable, that can provide positive corporate public relations and, in some cases, that can have new business ideas evolve by bringing together employees that don’t normally work together, you would want it, yes? Well, here you go…. (more…)
Yes, I landed what I would call an interview a couple of weeks ago without looking for a job or to work for an outside company. How did it happen? I was reading a blog post from a fellow career services professional who runs a group at a large career management firm. This person made a great point in how successful job seekers at all levels (in their particular case they cater to the executive job seeker) are repackaging their skill sets to reinvent themselves within their existing profession or an entirely new profession. (more…)
“Should I look for a job during or after the holidays?” “Should I wait until I things pick up? It seems like no one is hiring…”
I fielded questions like these over the last two weeks. Timing the employment market is like timing the stock market. You may get lucky – the type of luck it takes to win the lottery – and find something amazing if you start because you think the timing is right. More often than not, finding a job is related to the tortoise and the hare story—slow and steady (and mindful) wins the race. (more…)
Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer
Feeling like you want to see what opportunity is out there in the marketplace? Not sure what to do to get it going or if you even want to look for a job? Well, start your own research tour. Learn about what you think you may want to do next. You do not need to start with your resume, if you do not know where you want to go yet. To help you get that direction, here are three things you can do today to begin assembling information to help you: (more…)
I have a friend, a high level executive, who is uses Facebook only for personal stuff, is barely present on Linkedin and sees no value in Twitter. Now I know having a vibrant presence on social media tools is not a requirement to live fully in this world, except that he is eager to find a job. He is looking diligently and working his network strategically to no avail. As his friend, I explain how it is unfathomable to me in this day and age to conduct a job search without using these social media tools more robustly. He replies, “Well, I want to maintain my privacy.” My reply? “Well, it seems to be working. No one is finding you.” (more…)
Recent work with my clients made me realize that very competent people often have trouble asking for help or they do not know how to ask for help effectively. I have outlined 3 ways you can clearly articulate what you are looking for in a position when networking with trusted sources.
Here are the ways you can get others to help you more effectively: (more…)
I mean no offense to my recruiting brethren with my title heading. (I am a former recruiter for those who do not know.) We are certainly not idiots. Just overwhelmed. Job seekers need to know that corporate and search firm recruiters are overwhelmed with resumes and communications from candidates who are earnestly seeking their next position (sometimes using guidance from job search coaches like me ).
Knowing this fact, I tell my clients that being qualified is not enough!! Those that are qualified will rise to the top of the pile and have her resume read ONLY if their resume is idiot-proof. (more…)
Few years ago, a good friend of mine gave me this piece of advice after she had been released from a position unexpectedly. Senior managers can get let go if they do not share in the management philosophy leadership promotes or believe in the plans the company is implementing to grow. Being fired is not only related to poor performance, which is something I have learned from working with candidates over the years. It can take one by surprise.
So back to the advice. She told me, “The best thing you can do, Lisa, is pretend you were fired today. You would start to make a list of all the activities you would do to land your next job. (more…)
Make no mistake. Being found by the right job is not a passive job search tactic. Eliminate from your mind the vision of a job seeker sipping margaritas on the deck waiting for recruiters to call. There is a lot of work and thought that the job seeker must do to ensure she/he is a part of communities where hiring managers source for viable candidates.
There is much written about how to find the right job. One of the most overlooked items in a strategic job search plan is (more…)
(1) I submitted to the job posting online and they must not be interested.
They may not be. But my money is on the fact they probably never read it, given the volume of resumes received. Do not assume you have been rejected. To be rejected, your resume has to read, evaluated, then rejected. In most cases, this did not happen if you applied through a job posting. What you can learn from this? (more…)
Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer
Thank you for reading my blog. I debated whether to make this my first blog post, but I strongly feel sharing this experience will help someone else. That is this only reason I started to write this blog: to help someone else.
I started working with a new job search client a few weeks whom seemed very overwhelmed—more than the norm that I see in my work. She was thinking of (more…)