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

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

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…

Turning Down a Job Without Burning a Bridge


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

How to Handle Multiple Job Offers as an Executive


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

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

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

Should I Put a Short Term Job on a Resume?


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

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

6 Signs You Are Suffering From Job Search Paralysis


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

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

5 Conference Attending Flubs That Executive Job Seekers Make


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

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

4 Ways Your Entrepreneurial Traits Can Land Your Next Executive Job


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Why You Should Be Blogging on the Job Hunt


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

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

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

What Every Executive Needs to Know About Handling A Layoff

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

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

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

Job Landing Action: Craft a Target Company List Using Twitter


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

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

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


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

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

Build Better Relationships to Land a Job

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

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

Ace a Panel Interview for an Executive Position


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

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

Use Marketing Techniques in Your Job Search


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

#neverstopstartingover – My New Mantra

#neverstopstartingoverI belong to an online fitness group and my super-in-shape friend, Kelly Welch, posed the question to the group, “What is your brand when it comes to fitness?” I was a little put off by the question. Here is where my head went: “A brand? Really? I am lucky I make it out each day to work out. I have had a few several-month-long spells over the last couple of years where I did not work out—Nada. Zilch. The walk from the bed down the stairs to the desk to the fridge to the car to pick up kids was as much movement as I had some days during this winter. So you want to know what my fitness brand is?”Continue Reading…

How Online Marketing Practices Can Boost Your Chances of Getting Hired

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

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

How to Make Competition Irrelevant

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

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

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

8 Ways to Increase Your LinkedIn Profile Views

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

3 LinkedIn Profile Bloopers to Avoid at All Costs

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

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

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

Expanded Must-Do LinkedIn Updates: Part 2

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

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

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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.

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

How to Make Sure Recruiters Contact You with New LinkedIn Design

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

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

LinkedIn Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making

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

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

DIY LinkedIn Profile Checklist – 10 Steps to Get You Started

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

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

Summer Time Job Search Success

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

3 Key Things Missing From Your Executive Resume

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

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

4 Ways to Write an Achievement-Based Executive Resume

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

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

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

Resume Fraud – Is It a Victimless Crime?

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

How Savvy Executives Use Twitter to Land Jobs Faster

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

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

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

How to Work Around HR Gatekeepers

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

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

Organize Your LinkedIn Usage So You’re Not Overwhelmed

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

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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Definitively Demonstrate Leadership Skills in an Executive Job Interview

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

6 Executive Job Search Apps for the Tech Savvy Exec

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why do Recruiters Post Fake Ads?

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

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

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

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

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What You Need to Know About Working with External Recruiters

working with external recruiters

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

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

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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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Overcoming the Fear of Hitting ‘Send’ in Your Job Search

Can't Send EmailsHave you had to send a job search email to reach out to people you don’t know? Make a request of your professional network to advance your job search? Ask your friends for career advice?  All of these job search activities can be overwhelming and can paralyze a new-to-the-job-search-game job seeker. It can be difficult overcoming the fear of  hitting ‘send’ in your job search.

Why is sending an email so hard? The act of clicking the mouse to send the electronic message into cyberspace can bring a myriad of opportunities to us. The potential we can capitalize on is infinite by simply reaching out to another from pressing that proverbial ‘send’ button–yet why don’t we do it more often as we should to advance our job search?Continue Reading…

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…

5 Simple Ways to Find 9 Hours of Job Search Time Per Week

Find Time For Your Job Search

Would you like to find 9 hours of job search time per week? Want more time to job search?Do you find yourself asking these questions:

“How am I supposed to look for a job, when I am employed?”

“Finding a job is a full-time job…and I already have a job. How am I supposed to do this?”

Sound familiar? I hear these questions from job seekers quite often. It is a perplexing dilemma in today’s world of over scheduling, multitasking and uber-achievement. These strategies and tools have been time-tested by me and my clients to generate at least 9 hours per week in time that can be used towards a job search, when these tactics are employed consistently and diligently.

Are you up for the challenge? Here goes:Continue Reading…

Review of The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz

Review of an Advanced Reader Copy by Lisa Rangel

Earlier this quarter, I received an advanced reader copy of The Pumpkin Plan, Mike Michalowicz’s latest book that is out on July 5th. I was excited to read it after learning quite a bit from his previous book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. I found The Pumpkin Plan came at the right time for me and does not disappoint for jobseekers looking to become an entrepreneur, the fledgling entrepreneur or the semi-successful entrepreneur that wants to take things to the next level.

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Five Ways to Use Job Boards Effectively that You Need to Start Doing NOW

Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer

Job boards don’t suck…however, how most job seekers use job boards to find a job does suck, to be blunt. I think job boards are a treasure trove of information that is consistently undiscovered and underutilized. Job boards receive a bad rap from most job seekers, since most job seekers are using them improperly. Most do not use job boards effectively. To be clear, there are five kinds of job listings, each listed with a few examples, and five ways are using job boards more effectively:Continue Reading…

So How Did 2011 Go? What Is Your Top Goal For 2012?

This time of year brings about that need to take inventory of what you did and where you want to go in the next year. Notice I did not say we need to take note of what we did not do. Focus on the positive. Focus on what you did accomplish in your career.

Be grateful and content. It is in the contentment and acceptance of where we are that allows us to have a foundation to build the dreams of where we want to go in the next year.

Use this time to REFLECT and not REGRET.

Then DESIGN your plan to ADVANCE your career.

Let’s close out 2011 and get revved up for 2012. Join me in doing this exercise:Continue Reading…

4 Career Skills to Teach Your Children Now for Future Professional Success

4 Career Skills to Teach Your Children Now for Future Professional Success

Children LearningAs a Job Search Coach and Career Development professional, I often get asked by well meaning parents if there is anything they can do to best prepare their teens and young children for the job market.  Or what are the best career options to pursue.   The latter question is best left to labor analysts and economists who  forecast what the domestic and international markets will require to determine which skill set will be in high demand over the next decades.

So what can parents do to best prepare their children to succeed within a chosen career? As a career professional, former recruiter, hiring manager and as a current parent myself, here are my suggestions of what parents can do outside the education system to best prepare their kids based on the clients I have worked with and prospects I have interviewed over my 16 year career: 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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