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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…

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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The Ultimate Self-Directed LinkedIn Profile Review (part 2 of 3)


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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 part 1, you can check that out here:

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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…

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.

And it takes the whole weekend.

Every weekend.Continue Reading…

The Ultimate Self-Directed LinkedIn Profile Review (part 1 of 3)

By Lisa Rangel,


Congratulations on joining LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Premium Group to fortify your job search and get the results you want faster using the tools and group advice.  Most members upon joining, as the group to review their profile for feedback. While peer-reviews are important, The Job Seeker Premium Group wants to provide all members a 22-point check list outlining the sections to complete and guidance on how to complete these sections with optimum results. Since the list is comprehensive, we’ll be presenting it to you in 3 parts, with the intent to give you time to apply the various strategies to optimize your profile.Continue Reading…

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:

In terms of effectiveness for your job search, here are 7 ways optimizing your LinkedIn profile will improve your job search – dare I say?? – overnight:Continue Reading…

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…

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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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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 Profile Samples – LinkedIn Profile Example – LinkedIn Summary

Want a LinkedIn Profile written by a former recruiter/LinkedIn Moderator to attract recruiters?

Hire a former recruiter and LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Premium Group Moderator for the right keyword optimization, eye-catching content and triple your profile views to get the attention, calls and results you want! Check this profile out:Continue Reading…

9 Ways to Improve Your Resume & LinkedIn Profile For the New Year

Update Resume & Linked ProfileThe 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.

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!Continue Reading…

2014 Resume and Job Search Trends from Recruiters’ Perspectives

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I’ve always believed that if job seekers could only understand how recruiters work, they could model their job search after these methods and be found more easily, thus shortening their job hunt.

With that in mind, I’ve been reading a lot lately about the top recruiting trends projected for 2014, and I realized this could be a great opportunity to show you what’s going on in the recruiting industry. With this knowledge, you can reverse-engineer some strategies aimed at meeting recruiters where they are and boosting your job search repertoire.

So, here are eight of the big trends recruiters will be following in 2014, and how you can model your job search accordingly:

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LinkedIn Recruiter: 12 Insider Secrets You Need to Know For Your Job Search

LinkedIn RecruiterJob seekers have been hearing for years now that they need to be on LinkedIn to find a job and have professional validation. Well, if Jobvite’s recent statistic stating that 94% of recruiters see LinkedIn as the most popular place to vet candidates for their open positions is not reason enough for you to be on LinkedIn properly and professionally, let me give you one more: LinkedIn Recruiter.

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[Infographic] Should I Hire a Professional Resume Writer or Write My Resume Myself?

I was on the phone with a potential client this morning who was just starting a job search and he asked, “Should I hire a professional resume writer or write my resume myself?”

Now I am a big Do-It-Yourselfer in many areas of my life and in my business. I respect others who love doing things for themselves—including writing one’s own resume. Personally, I love learning new things and trying my skills at varied tasks and projects. In many areas, it has worked for me and I generated a considerable cost savings by keeping it simple and doing it myself. So reading this article, you will not hear from me that everyone needs to hire a resume professional. I promise…read on….Continue Reading…

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 Management Resume: 10 Current Trends All Executives Need to Know

executive resume trendsStaying current in 2014 on Executive Resume Trends can be a daunting task. However, we have used the proverbial crystal ball to research, identify and outline various trending items that today’s top executives need to know to stay ahead of their competition and optimize their compensation in today’s competitive landscape. Consider at the following executive management resume trends when writing your resume:

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3 Reasons Why Functional Resumes Suck

Chronological versus Functional Resumes


I was a search firm recruiter for 13 years and I can tell you that a reverse chronological resume is really the only way to go. Functional resumes suck.

I ran a consulting desk for the majority of the time I recruited and I still believe that a chronological resume is best for job seekers pursuing  either direct hire positions and consulting work. Functional resumes just don’t work.

This blog post initially ran as a Guest Blog Post by @LisaRangel on Tim’s Strategy. 

While there are many reasons why a chronological resume is best, there are three main reasons why I (and most recruiters who won’t call you for an interview) dislike functional resumes and why you should consider not using one:Continue Reading…

Embracing Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) for Executive Job Search Victory

ATS - Applicant Tracking SystemsLet’s face it: executive job search candidates hate applicant tracking systems (ATS) as part of the job search process. As a former recruiter of finance and other corporate executives, I have used ATS systems (Taleo, Bullhorn, SAP, Bond Adapt, PeopleSoft and others) for a number of years and knew from the beginning that they were here to stay. After attending a recent Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) seminar on ATS Selection & Optimization, it is very apparent that this sentiment is still very strong and ATS systems are not going anywhere. In fact, it is the complete opposite: recruitment and talent management systems will continue to be embedded within the employment landscape…so what is an executive job seeker to do?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…

College Graduate Resume Samples and Job Search Services

College Graduate Resumes


Chameleon Resumes, the leading resume writing and job search consultancy featured on Top100 Career Websites list, has crafted specific packages that meet the needs of aspiring professionals who just graduated from college, have no more than a year of work experience and are about to establish the foundation to launch their careers. Time to make the most of your college investment by landing your next position fast and with the highest possible salary for your skills!

Review the college graduate resume samples below and then choose one of the packages below that offers Resume & Document Writing, Job Search Planning and Job Interview Coaching to help you land the job you have worked so hard in school to land. Continue Reading…

Executive Resume Writer Services – What You Should Expect

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The Executive Resume Writer you choose should be able to ensure you will drive through each phase of the job search successfully. There is more to a successful job search than just the executive resume. Consider the following services from your executive resume writing service provider to prepare yourself successfully for all aspects you will encounter in your job search:Continue Reading…

12 Executive Resume Myths from an Executive Resume Writer

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As you dust off your resume to start looking for a job, now that your bonus–or lack their of–has been paid, be on the look out that your resume does not house the following misconceptions. Removing these problems from your resume will  ensure your resume is not dismissed before it even gets read. Executive Resume Writer | Myths and Misconceptions to review here:

Misconception # 1: Executive summaries are overrated. Objectives are ok.
• Objectives only state what you want. Summaries outline how what you offer can meet the needs of the prospective employer. Simply put: nobody really cares what you want only.Continue Reading…

Choosing the Best Executive Resume Writer for You

how to choose the ideal executive resume writerIdentifying the best executive resume writer to design your resume and job search strategy can be a challenging task. How can you decide who is the best writer for your career goals? What criteria should you use in evaluating the writer’s talents, credentials and capabilities?

When researching and selecting the best professional resume writer for you, I suggest that you find an employment and job search expert with both practical recruiting experience and executive resume writing expertise. Real world hiring experience held by the resume contributed heavily to the job seeker’s success. Use the following criteria in hiring an executive resume writer:Continue Reading…

Performance Appraisal Time? Update Your Resume at the Same Time

Performance Review. Employee Performance Evaluation. Self-Assessment. It goes by many names, but that time of year to evaluate your performance has arrived. There are arguments made from two camps that justify and nullify the purpose of doing performance reviews, but I say there are two main purposes to capitalize on this corporate event:

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Seven Ways to Design an Effective CIO Executive Resume

CIO executive resume ideasDesigning a high-impact executive resume as a CIO, or if you are evolving to become an information technology (IT) executive, is one of the most effective means of communicating your skills, promoting your achievements and 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 to integrate human capital management skills and fiscal acumen abilities alongside with technical hardware, software and cloud solutions throughout the resume. An example of how this is done is outlined in this CIO Resume Sample. The bottom line is, as an IT executive, you need to demonstrate how you can utilize human and technological resources to improve corporate profitability. Period. Here are seven ways you can achieve this goal:Continue Reading…

Six Healthcare Executive Resume Tips to Land the Interviews You Want

learn how to prepare a healthcare executive resumeDeveloping a branded executive resume, that differs from the medical CV, can improve your job search results to help you land that coveted healthcare executive position in pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries. 

 The following healthcare resume and job search tips, as demonstrated in this Chief Medical Officer Resume Sample – Medical Affairs, will help you obtain the results you seek:

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How to Write a COO Executive Resume to Achieve Success

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Crafting a targeted executive resume can improve your job search results to land that plum Chief Operating Officer position.

Effective Chief Operating Officer (COO) Executive Resumes use their resumes to market themselves as cross-functional leaders that make an impact across many aspects of the business. As outlined in this Chief Operating Officer (COO) Resume Sample, a successful COO resume will utilize visual impact, robust content and measurable operational achievements to tell a concise, dynamic story on your executive resume can increase the opportunities to land that desired role. Here’s how to create an impactful branded resume with the following six steps:

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Six Tips for Writing a Powerful CFO Executive Resume

cfo executive resume tipsDesigning 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 (CFO) Resume Sample – VP Finance Executive Resume. Here’s how to create an effective branded resume with the following six steps:

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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…

Branding for Executive Resumes: What It Is and What It Is Not

Executive Resume Branding is the way to stand out among your peers, whether you are a Chief Financial Officer, Senior Marketing Director or General Manager of your organization. The competition at the top has never been more fierce and utilizing executive resume branding when writing your resume is essential for communicating to hiring managers that you are the one to select for the coveted interview. Here are four ways to incorporate executive resume branding into your executive resume:Continue Reading…

Executive Resumes: 5 More Ways to Ensure Your Executive Resume Is Trashed

The lists of Do’s and Don’ts for writing your executive resume, whether you are a financial executive, marketing leader, corporate attorney, information technology director or C-level officer an organization, are well published. You have seen many lists that tell you the obvious points not to do in your executive resume: no spelling or grammar errors, no abbreviations, no color paper and not too long, to name just a few.  As a former recruiter and hiring manager, I outline these five additional ways you can ensure that your executive resume will end up in the trash:Continue Reading…

6 Ways to Ensure The Cover Letter You Write Is Read

Writing a great cover letter that is specific to each job search application is a must in today’s career marketplace. Using a one-size-fits-all, general cover letter for all your applications and communications is not an effective means to uniquely presenting yourself in a job search. The following six cover letter tips will help you write a concise, impactful cover letter that will improve your chances of getting noticed and receiving that call for the coveted interview:Continue Reading…

What Recruiters Look For On Your Resume in 15 Seconds

As a former search firm recruiter, I am often asked “How long do you take to screen a resume and what do you look for when reading resume?” There is the first incorrect assumption: Resumes are not read by most recruiters. They are scanned the way most of us scan websites looking for information. Think about the last time you looked at a website: We don’t read websites, we scan them looking for specific keywords and phrases and assessing the visual feel to decide if we should keep clicking through the website or move on to the next search result. If we don’t see words we like/need or we don’t like the visual feel of the website, we move on to the next result happily provided by your search engine. That process can take most of us as little as 15 seconds.Continue Reading…

The 4 Job Search Tools You Need (But Did Not Know About) On

One of the best online sites for jobseekers is Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 60 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searches across more than 50 countries each month. I recommend it to my clients and use it in my job search coaching process. Indeed lists jobs from a huge assortment of job boards and company listings, so rather than visit all the popular job boards and employers’ websites one by one, you can “one stop shop” at Indeed. It can save precious time that you can use to contact people directly—a key activity of a successful job search. You can set up Job Alerts from Indeed with pre-determined, filtered job searches of jobs you want to be emailed to you. And best of all, it’s all free. But many jobseekers don’t take advantage of all the capabilities that Indeed has to offer. Here are a few that can help you take your job search to the next level:

1. Indeed Resume – Indeed has over 60 million visitors each month. Millions of job seekers have created a Indeed Resume. Creating an Indeed Resume is an extremely easy way to help you get noticed, as simple as uploading your existing resume to your profile. “Because Indeed Resume is open to all companies and free to search, your resume can be found by many more employers than would be possible with a traditional job board’s resume database,” says Sophie Beaurpere, Director of Communications for the company. And another bonus, she adds, is that “you can also use your resume to apply to jobs directly through Indeed.”Continue Reading…

Is Your Resume Ready for Mobile Recruiting?

Can your resume ready be viewed on a smart phone? Your resume and job search has to now contend with smart phones, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries and every other type of old and new tech device in between. The job search and the recruitment model is going mobile like the rest of business and every other industry—if they are smart and want to stay ahead of the competition. So how can job seekers be ready for these technological adjustments and what should they expect?Continue Reading…

6 Ways to Jump Start & Step Up Your Job Search

New Year. New Job. New Opportunities. “But I have been looking for a job, Lisa, so searching for a job is not new for me. I need to recharge my efforts to get results…where do I start?” If this is you, I empathize. For some, this is a new year that brings new perspective. For others, it is just another day in a life that has been focused on looking for a new position. If you need to pump some new mojo and energy into your search to get results that you want and land that next job faster, here are the six things you can do today…or even this week: Continue Reading…

September is International Update Your Resume Month

Brought to you EXCLUSIVELY by Career Directors International (CDI)


Is it time to update your resume? If you are not sure, take this short quiz:

1.  Does your resume have an objective statement?

2.  Do you believe a resume must be one page?

3.  Have you used a wide, left-margin format?

4.  Is your resume missing a core competency section?

5.  Are your job responsibilities mixed in with your accomplishments?

6.  Does your experience go back to 1990?

7.  Is your entire resume a list of bullets or a bunch of densely-worded paragraphs?

8.  Did you complete your resume with “References Available Upon Request?”


If you have answered “yes” to any of the following questions, consider the fact that it is time to update your resume on your own with The Do-It-Yourself Branded Resume Kit or utilizing Chameleon Resumes to create the update for you.

Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer

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How to Make Your Email Address Work (And Not Work) for You

Make Your Email AddressWork For You

Much a buzz about email addresses on resumes. The email provider listed in your email address can have positive, neutral or negative effects on how a hiring manager starts to read your resume. After all, the email address is placed right under your name in the top third of your document—the prime real estate spot on your resume.  How do I know this matters? As a search firm recruiter for 13 years and having the input from a robust network of recruiter friends, I can tell you how this small piece of information can possibly set the stage for your first impression and how your information gets read by recruiters. Here’s how you can make your email address matter: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…

Are You Too Private? If You Don’t Want People To Find You, They Won’t.

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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.”Continue Reading…

13 Ways To Ensure You Are Ready For Job Hunting Season

It’s hiring season! Are you ready? In addition to the summer being over and kids going back to school, it is the time of year where employers hire talent to create and/or implement strategic plans that will ensure next year exceeds expectations. Good companies are gearing up, hiring the right people and allocating resources to capitalize on the opportunities presented in the current market. Yes, there are opportunities. Are you ready to be snapped up? Here are steps to ensure you are positioned to make your next move:Continue Reading…

Is Your Resume Idiot-Proof? Why Being Qualified Is Not Enough…

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.Continue Reading…

Resume Transparency – Telling the Truth to Land Your Next Job – Tools to Help

I had a client ask me, “I have a 3+ year gap on my resume where I left a stable, awesome Corporate America job to pursue freelance work and to research starting my own business. I discovered I want to go back to a position at a firm versus be on my own. I recently had a recruiter tell me to find a friend who is a small business owner that will vouch for my gap saying I did my previous profession at their firm, so I have continuity. He said it will be difficult for you to find a job having done your own thing. Should I lie?”Continue Reading…

Yes, The Traditional Resume Is DEAD

This is an answer I provided to a question recently posed to me by a client. What? Huh? Yes, I am a Resume Writer and Job Search Coach and I am telling you the traditional resume is dead. He had a beautifully written, task-oriented, result deficient, non-branded, visually uninspiring resume that was completely devoid of technical search terms and vibrant character that would allow him to be found by a hiring manager who would beContinue Reading…