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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…

Job Search Discrimination Against the Unemployed


job search discrimination against unemployedI had a year-long Triber ask me what I thought of an article about discrimination towards the unemployed.

He is a skilled, experienced tech person who has been unemployed for a year and curious as to what I thought about President Obama’s efforts to make the unemployed a protected class (which was successful in some capacity in some states in the US).

My answer?

I don’t pay attention to it and I think focusing on proving it or disproving it is a waste of time.

It won’t land a job seeker a job.

Look… Let’s say discrimination against the unemployed (not interviewing someone because they are currently not working because the employer assumes they have dated skills, are lazy or are unemployable in some way with out evaluating each person) is 100% real.

Let’s assume that we prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it exists and is the sole reason why this Triber is not employed right now.

What does that do? How does that help?Continue Reading…

Inspiration: Count All the Windows


count all windows of opportunityWhen I was a business development manager for a recruiting firm, I was responsible for finding job openings at companies that my recruiting firm could then fill for the company.

(Side Note: This is why we are so freaking good at teaching job seekers how to find openings – it was how I made my living!!)

My territory? New York City.

Yes, the city that never sleeps, naps or even blinks.

It’s on all.the.time.

Ruthless territory.

Competition never sleeps, naps or blinks either.Continue Reading…

Why You Can’t Hire a Recruiter to Find Your Next Job


can't hire a recruiterMany job seekers feel like ‘I am a slave to my job’ day in and day out.

The thought of finding time to look for a new job, when they don’t have time to breathe invokes many emotions and questions.

Some job seekers circle the drain and never get out of this “woe is me” phase to move forward in the search.

However, many of you, respond with, “This isn’t going to happen to me!!”

You are choosing to take proactive steps to own your career fate.


And then you get an awesome idea…Continue Reading…

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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3 Strategies to Help Combat Ageism in Your Job Search


combat ageismThe majority of job search clients we work with are between the ages of 45 and 65 years old.


We hear this word a couple of dozen times per week from clients. I hear it cited as a reason for job seekers experiencing no results or poor results in their job search as an Expert Moderator for LinkedIn’s Job Seeker Premium Group.

I hear the frustration and pain from experienced job seekers day in and day out:

“Employers want to hire a 20-something year old, with the experience of a 50-year old, at the price of an 18-year old.”

“45 is the new 65. And no one calls me because of it.”

“I can see the HR Manager’s shoulders slump down when I walk in, knowing they realized I’m older than I sounded on the phone interview.”

This pain is real.

Ageism (as sexism, racism, and other -isms) in the job search is real. And the age-related rejection, real or perceived, is debilitating otherwise competent job seekers across the globe.

What are you supposed to do if you believe ageism is a problem in your job search?Continue Reading…

12 Unspoken Reasons Why Recruiters Are Not Calling You Back


12 secrets getting recruiters call backI get constant inquiries about how to work with recruiters, as well as how to get recruiters to return my clients’ phone call.

At the beginning of your career, job opportunities likely came by interacting with a company’s Human Resources department directly… However, as you have worked your way up to the executive level, the process can often be a bit different. It’s not uncommon to start running into more agencies and headhunters than you did before.

When it comes to higher level positions, companies often outsource the task of hiring to external recruiters who get paid by the employer to find the best candidate for the job.

In response to the inquiries I have received, I’ve put together some tips to avoid misunderstandings during the hiring process, which may also even lead to your next great job opportunity.

Frustrated by search firm recruiters not calling you back when you have submitted your resume to them?

Feel you’re perfect for the job they posted, you know you can do it, but baffled by the fact they have not returned your call?

Effective executive recruiter relationships can play an instrumental part in career advances for the rising professional and the established executive. Whether you’ve worked with executive recruiters before or this is your first time, there is a lot to know about how to build effective working relationships with recruiters. To have an effective relationship with an executive recruiter, it is important to understand the business’s business model and role you play as a potential candidate represented by an executive recruiter. Job seekers that fail to recognize ‘how it works’ with an executive recruiter often find themselves frustrated and unrepresented.

Read on if you are open to honest, tough talk, you are serious about optimizing your job search time and you are prepared to do something about it.

Here are my top 3 (of 12) reasons for Why Recruiters Don’t Call You Back:Continue Reading…

#1 Foolish Mistake I See Smart Executives Make ALL.THE.TIME


foolish mistake smart execuitves makeAnd another one bites the dust….

Let’s call him Derek, changing the names to protect the fallen…

I spoke with Derek last week. He is a highly accomplished, promoted-or-recruited-every-3-to-4-years, finance executive who really knows his stuff.

He has made a ton of money for his clients and his employers. 

Recruiters, Managing Directors of other firms, and competitors always sought Derek out to explore the possibility that he might join their firms. 

Sometimes Derek had the chat….sometimes he just did not have time.  Continue Reading…

Better They Cry Than-A You Cry – Career Advice from My 75-Year Old Italian Nana


career advice from my 75-year old italian nanaWhen my daughter was born 14 years ago, my then 75-year old Italian Nana came to stay with me for 2 weeks to help me with the baby.

C-section kicked my butt. 

I was even more exhausted than the just-had-baby norm.

My grandmother was (and thankfully still is) a Godsend.

At one point during her stay with us, my newborn daughter was having a particularly ear-piercing fussy cry a few days into her new life.

And I was flustered, like a new mom should be.

How can I make her stop crying? Feeding….diaper change…wrap her in a baby blanket burrito….

Nothing was working. Continue Reading…

Things Crappy Job Search Coaches Say


job search coaches“It’s a full time job to look for a job!”

“Job searching is hard…I have amassed all the information I collected and started a job search coaching business, because I want to help people.” (Mind you, they never did find a job themselves…just created a resume writing / job search business after being unemployed for a year.)

“Make sure you write your resume to be digested properly by the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to get an interview…” (yet they wouldn’t know what an ATS looks like if it hit them like a line drive headed straight to their face)


Nothing pisses me off more than people who cannot find jobs or create opportunity for themselves trying to teach other people to do what they could not do…and charge money for it.

Let’s address each of these pet peeve quotes made by Crappy Job Search Coaches…This is going to be a fun #lisarantContinue Reading…

Should I Stay Employed or Resign During My Job Search? / How Long Should My Search Take?


stay-employed-or-resign-during-job-search“Should I stay or should I go now? ….” – The Clash

This is an age old question: Should I quit my job and then look for a job, or try to look while still employed?

Beware of anyone who gives advice on this question in a hard and fast rule format.

For most people, it is better to stay employed and look from a standpoint of being employed.

But it really comes down to what’s right for you.

I have seen people quit and dedicate 40-50 hours per week (as if it was a job) to job landing activities and land something within a couple of months.

However, it’s a risk.Continue Reading…

Top 5 Tips for Introverted Executive Job Seekers


introverted executive job seekersIf you consider yourself shy, or introverted, what can you do to help yourself land the job you want?

This is a comment I received recently:

“Reaching out for extroverts is easy…for us people who are socially awkward, it can be so painful to just say hello to someone. It’s worsened by the fact that I dread small talk more than anything else out there…”

If you are shy, or introverted, hear this message: you are not alone. I understand what you mean because I feel the same way you do.

Working as a recruiter, and now in my own business, I can tell you that a lot of people are uncomfortable reaching out to others, and many people dislike small talk. That said—outreach and social connection are an essential part of your job search. So what can you do?Continue Reading…

Seven Good Reasons for a Summertime Job Search


summertime job searchFor anyone considering a job shift, or currently seeking employment, there are some compelling reasons not to take the summer off. Dropping out of the market for two or three months leaves you out of the flow—and out of the running when new opportunities arise. Keep in mind that the slow-down of the summer holidays affects business, but not necessarily the hiring cycle.

Even six years after the end of the Great Recession, the job climate continues to rebound. Companies remain in flux—and layoffs such as those recently announced by Microsoft continue—but job creation continues as well. Make sure that your name is out there when new jobs open by staying active in your search all year round.

As a recruiter, I found my busiest seasons were often those you least expect—summer and the holidays. Consider these top tips for sticking with your employment search during the summer months:

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Experiencing a C-Suite Brownout? – Six Ways to Get Your Mojo Back


c-suite brownout“Brownouts” – or loss of that fire in the belly – are sidelining star performers like yourself. Brownouts are so scary because they overtake you slowly and subtly. However, the effects can be catastrophic, both to your career and the results your company produces. That’s why influential business media, ranging from the Harvard Business Review to Inc., are publishing articles about how to identify this syndrome and pull out of the slump.

With classic burnout, motivation collapses. That is obvious. Soon enough you figure you better resign or are terminated. Likely you can’t even focus enough to put together a job search.

Continuum of disengagement

With brownouts, there is a continuum of disengagement.

That might start when visiting your company’s store. You simply don’t see the potential of staging special events such as fashion shows. Then you ignore that recommendation at a meeting back in headquarters.

A few weeks later, you don’t accept an invitation to deliver a keynote speech on integrating retail channels.

During a plane trip you watch a movie, not browse industry journals.

Eventually, you are not excited when you wake up in the morning about what lies ahead at work. You used to play around with ideas for improving X or Y before you were even out of bed.

What’s putting out that fire in the belly?

The first step to getting your mojo back is fingering what’s triggering you to become less opportunistic. Here are the five major reasons:Continue Reading…

Top Blog Posts You Liked in 2014


top blog posts 2014You told us and we listened…here are the top blog posts of 2014 that you told us added the most value to your job search. Share them with your friends and colleagues as they prepare for the 2015 job search…or maybe some are new to you? Want to re-read your favs? Let us know your thoughts and if you agree with the rankings below.

We are so grateful for all your attention and feedback all year. Here is to a great 2015!Continue Reading…

Why Recruiters Ask For Desired Salary Early On (And What to Do About It)


desired salaryYou may have noticed on your job hunt that recruiters get down to business fast. In fact, you may be surprised that they are asking a candidate about their desired salary right off the bat. It may have even rubbed you the wrong way.

The truth is that this practice isn’t going anywhere. Below you’ll find out why and how to handle the question when it comes up.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…

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…

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…

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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Are You Tracking the Most Important Activity of Your Job Search?

Job Search Activity Tracking


With all the job search activities a job seeker has to do in this employment marketplace to conduct a successful job search, it can easily become overwhelming.

Submitting resumes to job postings, going to networking events, reaching out to your contacts and introducing yourself to new people at target companies—and we have not even included social media interactions, interview preparation and many other actions. It’s enough to make your head spin, if you let it.

Through my years of recruiting and job search consulting, I have boiled all of the activity down to one real job search activity metric that needs to be tracked. Tracking this metric each week provide a litmus test for you to determine if all of your social media interactions, in-person venues, online research time and phone activity is purposefully focused or just plain busy work. You ask, “What is this one metric, Lisa?”Continue Reading…

Using your Job Skills to Forge a New Career

“Follow Your Bliss” – Joseph Campbell

Changing careers can be a daunting task, but only if you are unsure how to capitalize on the skill set that you already have. Using LinkedIn’s Skills & Expertise Search function can help you identify new career path to pursue that enable you to leverage your current skill set, while allowing you to maximize your earning potential while doing something you love to do. This combination can help you be happier in your next job.


For example, if you have exceptional Contract Negotiation skills and want to apply these skills to a different industry, here is how you can unearth targeted industries to utilize your skills in a new manner. Go to the LinkedIn Skills & Expertise Search page located here: Type in “Contract Negotiations” into the search field, which will bring you to a landing page with a wealth of information to start your research on locating new areas to apply your Contract Negotiation skill set.
The information on this landing page will list Connections within your three degrees that have Contract Negotiation expertise, Related Companies that hire and have hired individuals with Contract Negotiation experience, Jobs that require Contract Negotiation skills, Groups that value Contract Negotiations abilities, and Related Skills that can help foster other career path ideas. Here is how you can use these five areas to identify your new career path.Continue Reading…

My Articles On LinkedIn: Finding Target Company Lists & Contacts

LinkedIn hired me to write three articles for their job seekers audience to offer guidance on how to turn your passion into a career, then how to build a target company list for a job search and, lastly, locating the right contact at those companies to approach to start building your career.  Here are the links to my articles published  on 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…

3 Ways Having Gratitude Improves Your Job Search Results

I’m the type of person who needs to be shown why it pays to be grateful, happy and optimistic. Are you like that? I hated to admit it, but it is true—and yet I am still an optimist and I think most people would say so.  Why the change? I have learned the hard way over the years that my ability to find something that could go wrong with anything that crossed my desk, was in actuality, not an asset but a liability. Yes, being able to forecast numerous possible outcomes can enable a business to be prepared for various situations. But when it came to my personal and professional life, I was dragging myself down and paralyzing myself. Are you doing the same?Continue Reading…

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

Laura Decarlo and Lisa Rangel Chameleon ResumesI attended the Career Directors International Summit led by Laura DeCarlo (@careerhero) this past week held in the colorful Savannah, Georgia. What a week it was! The general theme validated for me was that having a self-made or professionally done resume is not the sole magic elixir to landing your next job. It is a component, not the only step needed to be taken.

So what else is needed, you ask?  Job seekers today need to approach their search with the hiring manager’s mind set in hand. It is no mistake that this year’s conference featured Martin Yates, the author of the highly successful Knock ‘Em Dead career books and former recruiter, and Shally Steckerl, the sourcing and recruiting industry rockstar. These two gentleman punctuated job seekers need to think creatively when approaching and being discovered by hiring decision makers.  Here are a few ways how: Continue Reading…

41 Mistakes that Job Seekers Make which Kill Their Career Prospects and Sabotage Their Job Search

Struggling with your job search? Not seeing results that you want, but not sure why? Review this list and if you 10 or more of these reasons resonate with you, then we need to chat about what you can fix to get results (you can sign up for a call on the right):

(1) Go into a new field without major research
(2) Send the same thank you note to all interviewers
(3) Think they have to have 100% clarity as to what they want before they start to look
(4) Only submit to job postings and never reach out to people at companies directly
(5) Assume the tactics that worked for their job search three years ago will work for them nowContinue Reading…

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

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

How To Have The Right Job Find You

Make no mistake. Being found by the right job is not a passive job search tactic. Eliminate from your mind the vision of a job seeker sipping margaritas on the deck waiting for recruiters to call. There is a lot of work and thought that the job seeker must do to ensure she/he is a part of communities where hiring managers source for viable candidates.

There is much written about how to find the right job. One of the most overlooked items in a strategic job search plan is Continue Reading…

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…

Building on Small Victories

Written by Lisa Rangel, Executive Resume Writer

Thank you for reading my blog. I debated whether to make this my first blog post, but I strongly feel sharing this experience will help someone else. That is this only reason I started to write this blog: to help someone else.

I started working with a new job search client a few weeks whom seemed very overwhelmed—more than the norm that I see in my work. She was thinking of Continue Reading…