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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…

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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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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.

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

The following are some effective ways you can use LinkedIn groups to your advantage:Continue Reading…

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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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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4 Quick Social Media Profile Fixes to Get You Hired

personal branding & social mediaYou’ve heard about personal branding and social media. You’ve also heard that companies are now using social media to screen candidates. Now you’re wondering how to ensure that all your social media platforms make you look good to an employer. While there is much to know, quick social media profile fixes can boost your online brand fast.

The biggest mistake job seekers make when dealing with their social media pages is not having them in sync with one another. Potential employers are experts in looking for details, as such you must make sure that all your social media profiles match up. The key is to employ easy social media profile tweaks that can have big results.

For instance, if your LinkedIn profile says one thing and your Twitter page says another, the prospective employer may be scratching their head wondering what the deal is with your identity. Below you’ll find some of the most common fixes you can make to ensure that all of your social media profiles are in sync with your brand.

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LinkedIn Activity Feed: Optimizing Your Exposure To Stay Top Of Mind

LinkedIn Activity FeedThe LinkedIn Activity Feed, that resides on the home page when a LinkedIn member logs into their account, is a treasure trove of information from their connections and followed companies. Posting information, via the update function for information to appear in the Activity Feed, is a great way for a LinkedIn member to stay top of mind to their connections. By posting interesting information of value on a regular basis to your LinkedIn Activity Feed, hiring managers and recruiters within your connection reach start to see you as a generous, knowledgeable resource to reach out for referrals and inquiries to when open roles are available.

Types of information that one can consider posting is:Continue Reading…

Quoted BBC: How to Get a Recruiter to Notice You on LinkedIn

BBC LogoLisa Rangel of Chameleon Resumes was quoted in the BBC Capital article, How to Get a Recruiter to Notice You on LinkedIn, in October 2013. We were thrilled to be included as a source for a few points in this article!  Thanks to Liz Garone, who walks the job seeker through the number of steps to take to help recruiters discover their profiles more readily and generate that coveted interview call.

Here is the article: How to Get a Recruiter to Notice You on LinkedIn

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7 Ways to Increase Responses to LinkedIn InMails

LinkedIn InMails, Expanding Your Network, Social Networking, Writing a Job Search Email, Exploratory Interview

Need help making the most of LinkedIn’s InMail Feature?

As one of the Moderators for Linkedin’s Premium Job Seeker Group, I offer this advice to executive and professional job seekers on how to optimize the use of LinkedIn’s InMail feature and increase the likelihood that your InMail will receive a response.Continue Reading…

Job Searching? 19 Creative Ways To Build Your Target Company List

As your job search consultant, I aim to provide you 19 creative ways to build your target company list, so you can find your own job leads. This way, you are taught how to fish and you are not be dependent on third party recruiters and job boards. Here, I expand on the target company list building examples I provided in my previous LinkedIn article (“How to Build A List of Target Companies” – Spring 2012), and outline additional, proven steps that you can use immediately. These tactics have been used to build target company lists for current job search practice clients and when I built a recruitment practice in my earlier career. Check out this list:Continue Reading…

How to Work Effectively With An Executive Recruiter

Working with an executive recruiter

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. Keep in mind these eight points when working with an executive recruiter:
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99 Top Twitter Resume, Job Search & Career Experts To Follow Now

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Never realized the gold mine of resume, job search and career information you can find on Twitter? Well, wait no more and follow the 99 Twitter Job Search Experts listed below to spice up your resume and professional-level job search and get results. Whether you are proactively or reactively tackling your job search, there is no time like the present to benefit from the flow of knowledge nuggets provided by my favorite Twitter job search experts listed below…Continue Reading…

Executive Job Search Checklist – What You Need Beyond Your Executive Resume

Executive Job Search ChecklistDeveloping Your Executive Job Search Checklist

Whether on your own, through an executive job search club or by hiring a professional executive resume writer and job search consultant, today’s executive job seeker must be prepared to capitalize on the wealth of opportunities before them in today’s competitive employment marketplace. There is opportunity, but you must be prepared to edge out your competition by presenting yourself in the best way possible. There are no second chances.

To ensure you develop the tools needed for your job search, below is a list, by no means exhaustive, that has been compiled to get you started to assemble the tools and resources you will need to conduct a successful job search.Continue Reading…

Top 1% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profile – Congratulations LinkedIn!!


Top 1% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles
Top 1% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles

Congratulations LinkedIn on surpassing 200,000,000 members today!  To celebrate, I received an email this morning with this infographic congratulating me on being on of the Top 1% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles. I was very excited…and then realized I probably needed to get out more. <blush> But I was still excited.

Yes, many people were sent these email today. About 2,000,000 people received the 1% designation. I know others that received the 5% accolades and the 10% reward. I find it to be a very inclusive public relations move on LinkedIn’s part. Continue Reading…

Cleaning Up & Polishing Your Online Image

Online ImageEmployers do check the social media presence of job applicants at some point in the interview process. Some check upon stumbling onto your background when searching for talent on LinkedIn, others right before the interview and other employers do a thorough investigation before extending an offer. No matter what the employer’s process is, you have to assume, people will want to check you out online during the recruitment process.

 Here are some ways to not only clean up your online image, but put forth a positive image that will leave employers wanting you on their team:Continue Reading…

10 Easy Job Search Tips to Do NOW

Hiring and recruiting during holiday seasons often brings up multiple opinions of its effectiveness by job seekers, recruiters, human resources managers and hiring managers from the field. As a former recruiter,  my stand is unless you are mentally burned out  and need a break, have volumes of family members visiting or simply have to travel often during the holidays, there is every reason to keep job searching during the holidays. Don’t stop the job search just because it is December. Here’s a few reasons why and what to do about it now in December:Continue Reading…

How Will the Election Results Affect Your Job Search?


Clearly after this election, there were some happy and not-so-happy people stemming from these election results. If your candidate won, you may be thinking, “Things will pick up now…I can feel it in my bones that I will find the job I want soon.” If your candidate was not elected, you have a tendency to ponder, “We are now on the wrong track. I am afraid I will never find the job I want.”  Here is the good news and the bad news…both of these people are right….and very wrong.

After speaking with job seekers, recruiters, business leaders and human resources managers this past week, the bottom line is this: if you think you will or will not find a job, you are right. A variation of the infamous Henry Ford quote, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you‘re right.” Finding a job is more about the actions you take each and every day and less about who is residing in the White House. While those who are happy about who is in office may benefit in the short term because of a positive attitude, the reality is these people will only find a job if they take proactive action to network and contact people to advance their job search. Any success they see will because of actions they take, not because their guy won. So then the good news for those whose guy didn’t win is positive job search results have nothing to do with who is in office, as well.

Regardless of your political persuasion, here are some tactics you can use TODAY to help jump start your job search and generate the results you seek:Continue Reading…

How the New LinkedIn Profile Can Affect Your Job Search


New changes to your LinkedIn profile are coming soon. Invites to receive the new profile have been issued in a beta test (I received invitation early last week—so I am now waiting for the profile switch.)  I received some information from my contacts at LinkedIn that have started to shed some light on how these changes can affect job seekers in being found by recruiters who use LinkedIn to find talent. How your LinkedIn profile is written has never been more important:Continue Reading…

One Great Tool to Expand and Enrich Your Career Network

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.Continue Reading…

Ignore Social Media at Your Own Job Search Risk – 2012 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey


Job seek­ers can no longer ignore their online pres­ence, according to the 2012 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey. Job seekers who are not present online, do so at their own peril. Those who are not on LinkedIn are vir­tu­ally invis­i­ble to employ­ers. Hiring managers and third party recruiters are enamored with the easy access to talent afford to them by social net­works. Social net­work­ing is simply pre­ferred by recruiters and employ­ers as a tool to acquire talent. If you don’t believe these state­ments just look at results of the newly released 2012 Job­vite Social Recruit­ing Sur­vey

  • 92% of com­pa­nies will recruit in social net­works this year. (Up from 89% in 2011)
  • 43% of recruiters who use social recruit­ing saw an increase in can­di­date qual­ity this year.
  • 73% of com­pa­nies have suc­cess­fully hired a can­di­date through social media.

In addi­tion, LinkedIn has become nearly uni­ver­sal with 93% of com­pa­nies using the site for recruiting and…Continue Reading…

How To Follow Up After A Networking Event

Have you ever connected with a new contact at a networking event, had an interesting chat, shared contact information, and had the best of intentions to follow up with each other, but never did? Has this happened to you? Whether you are looking for a new job or growing your business or both, effective networking follow-up is a skill that can help you achieve your goals.

  • According to the latest study from 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 of what to do:Continue Reading…

What Should the Subject Line Say for Job Search Emails?

Savvy job seekers are sending email correspondence directly to new and existing contacts to follow up on job postings, to ask for job lead referrals and to inquire about exploratory job interviews. Normally, job seekers know what they want to say and get to the point in the body of the email on the email’s purpose. But then they get to the subject line…..”What do I write in the subject line?” is the question I am often asked.  After all, it is the email’s first impression—it is critical to get it right! Well, here are a few ways to successfully tackle this head scratcher of a dilemma. NOTE: no tactic will work each and every time, but using your judgment to choose which tactic can work best to capture the reader’s attention can improve the odds that your email is read.Continue Reading…

Three Career, Job Search & Resume Strategies from Experts at Career Directors International

Laura Decarlo and Lisa Rangel Chameleon ResumesI 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: Continue Reading…

6 Questions to Ask Yourself to Effectively Audit Your Job Search

Job Search Audit



The job search is not yielding what you have hoped up to this point. You feel stale, uninspired and ineffective. Or maybe you are happy with your initial results, but now the activity has weaned a bit and you want to step up your game? Below is a short list of questions to quickly assess the quality of the quantity of your job search activities to help you determine (1) Am I doing the right activities? and (2) Am I doing enough of the right activities? Take this job search audit quiz now and be honest with yourself…it will help you identify the activities that will get your results and ensure you drop the activities that are dragging you down: Here we go:

  1. How many hours are you spending on job boards?
  2. How much time are you spending tweaking your resumes and cover letters?
  3. How much time are you spending researching companies to apply to?
  4. How many companies do you add/modify/delete from your target list each month?
  5. How many hiring managers, line managers or knowledge resources are you speaking to each week?
  6. How many outbound emails are you sending to targeted decision makers or knowledge sources each week?

What does it mean?

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14 Tips for Successful Holiday Job Searching & Holiday Networking

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: Continue Reading…

4 Reasons Why Social Media Profiles Are The New Resume

Creating a social media profile is a business necessity in today’s job search marketplace. We are not only talking about Linkedin, but also Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, and other niche sites. According to the most recent issue of HR Magazine issued by The Society of Human Resources Management, 78% of companies are using LinkedIn for recruiting, 54% are using Facebook, 44% are using Twitter and 18% are using blog searches. There were even some cited as using YouTube and MySpace for recruiting. So why is this important? Bottom line is if you are doing a job search and you are not on most of these mediums, you will be at a serious disadvantage in landing your next role. Here are four reasons why:Continue Reading…

How I Landed An Interview…Without Even Trying…

How I Landed An Interview... Without

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. Continue Reading…

Three Things You Can Do TODAY To Move Your Passive Job Search Forward

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:Continue Reading…

11 Reasons Why Recruiters Don’t Call You Back & 5 Things You Can Do About It

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? Well, I have some answers for you and outline a few things you can do about it. 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 goes:Continue Reading…

3 Ways to Help People Help You

How toHelp PeopleHelp You

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:Continue Reading…

Effective Job Search Strategy-Go to the Beach in the Fall & Avoid the Herd

A good friend of mine posted on Facebook over the weekend, she had perfect hooded sweatshirt weather at the beach. Truly one of my favorite times during the year.

Picturing this tranquil beach sparsely populated by hooded beachgoers due to the chill in the air, somehow led me to think of email inboxes. It made me think of the fact that successful job seekers go where the herd does not go. (Really. It did. I know I need to get out more…but that is another post on a much different type of blog.)

Think about it:Continue Reading…

12 Places Corporate Recruiters Look For Their Next Hire–Are You There?

I did an informal survey of approximately 20 corporate recruiters asking which sources they use to find qualified candidates. Although an unscientific poll, the results were still reflective of the shift occurring in the job search landscape. For each source on this list, ask yourself:Continue Reading…

Best Job Search Advice I Ever Received? Pretend You’re Fired Today….

Best Job Search Advice? You're Fired!
Best Job Search Advice? You’re Fired!

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.Continue Reading…

How To Have The Right Job Find You

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 Continue Reading…