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.

At Chameleon Resumes, we’re experts at a few things ourselves – helping you, our client, put your best face and foot forward as you transition to your next executive position; and knowing and leveraging the various skillsets necessary to help you shine in the marketplace. That’s what we do, and we’re proud to say we do it very well.

Today’s job market is more competitive than at any other time in the history of business.

Many people in marketplace compete for the attention of hiring managers. Unfortunately, companies spend time looking at job candidates who aren’t nearly as qualified as you. They become distractions that impede the process and your progress.

We’re here to help you excel despite those obstacles and to make your career achievements and skills stand out in an otherwise cluttered marketplace. We accomplish this arduous task through a cadre of professional services for executive job seekers.

Briefly, they are:

  • Your job search plan. Besides the job hunts you execute yourself using job-finding websites like Monster and Career Builder and Indeed, the plan Chameleon Resumes specifically develops for you will include working with social networking websites, company research, email and phone communications, and contact management with coaching – featuring our hand-picked job search consultants. We know you’re busy, so we pull some of your weight for you.
  • Executive resume writing services – resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters and bios. No matter how fast technology advances, the power of the written word is still supreme when it comes to conveying who you are and what you can do. Our trained writers are former recruiters themselves who know what today’s recruiters are looking for in executive candidates. Resume advice in the form of resume edits and creation as well as amped-up LinkedIn profiles and stellar cover letters and career bios will call forth your accomplishments with clarity and communicative finesse.
  • Job interview preparation. No matter how experienced and talented you are, it’s perfectly natural to become nervous before a big interview with your future company. Our team at Chameleon Resumes will help you prepare and research for the challenging questions likely to come your way, as well as help you to discover some questions of your own.
  • Salary negotiations. Working with one of our Certified Professionals in Human Resources, you’ll learn how to ask for the salary you deserve for the weight of the position you accept – and to understand ahead of time what that optimum compensation package should be.
  • Coaching & Support. Regardless of your level of experience as an executive, do you really want to deal with job transitions, gaps in employment, industry evolution and downsizings by yourself? We’re here to support and coach you through these scenarios and more.

Spearheaded by Lisa Rangel, managing director of Chameleon Resumes, we have become a Top 100 Career Websites as designated by Forbes.com. With a crew of professional writers and strategists – many of whom were professional recruiters themselves – Chameleon Resumes helps you to “transform” your current career brand into a more concise, clear, compelling picture of your executive accomplishments and capabilities. You can learn more about Lisa, author and conference speaker.

Are you ready to engage Chameleon Resumes for your next step in your professional career? Would you like to learn more about us, or see samples of our executive work?

You can examine our executive strategies blog here. Our Testimonials Page can tell you a great deal about what our many satisfied clients think of our campaigns. Lastly, please take a look at some of our samples created by our executive resume writers.

When you’re ready to begin your journey towards your future employment scenario, we hope you’ll partner with us. You can schedule a call with us to get started, or just to ask some questions. We’re available, always confidential and eager to share our knowledge.

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

6 Executive Job Search Apps for the Tech Savvy Exec

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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: (more…)

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

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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…)

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.


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). (more…)

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.


What You Need to Know About Working with External Recruiters

working with external recruiters

As you advanced your career you may have gotten 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.


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. (more…)