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3 Strategies for Answering the ‘Greatest Weakness’ Interview Question


answering greatest weakness interview questionRandom people on LinkedIn reach out to me via email to ask how to handle the ‘What is your greatest weakness?’ interview question.

Without knowing someone, this is virtually impossible to answer in an email.

Depending on what your actual weaknesses and target roles are, this answer can vary widely between people when it is an authentic answer.

However, here are some angles to take when formulating your answer:Continue Reading…

8 Essential Steps to Take for Effective Interview Follow Up


effective interview follow upImagine you finally get your resume into the right hands. Then, you finally get a chance to interview with key decision makers with the company of your dreams. Are you ready? Are you ready to make the right moves before the interview, during the interview, and after the interview to position yourself as the best candidate to be considered?

Savvy executives know that effective interview follow up continues well after the actual interview, whether you’re applying to a corporation or with a search firm. There are certain interview follow-up steps you must take to uphold the good first impression you made in the interview. Remember: The interview follow-up steps outlined below begin while you are still on the interview — not after it has ended!

I’m a big believer that how you conduct your search communicates to the employer how you will conduct yourself on the job, so you need to continue your follow-up appropriately and professionally to seal the deal. Keep these things in mind when following up after an interview:

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3 LinkedIn Hacks to Build Clout Within Your Company


linkedin hacks build clout companyAs an executive you have a lot of responsibilities within your company. Responsibilities, which if carried out properly, can help you build a lot of influence or power within an organization.

Fortunately LinkedIn has become a sort of one-stop-shop tool for executing many responsibilities an executive may face, from hiring the best talent to finding new vendors. Use the tips below to leverage LinkedIn and build clout within your organization.Continue Reading…

How to Job Search When You Don’t Know Anyone


how to job search when you don't know anyoneWe have all heard that old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” and in many things in this life that saying does turn out to be true. When it comes to the job search, how many times have you gained an “in” with a company because you are good friends with someone who works there or know a family member of someone who works there?

Well, what do you do if you find yourself in a situation where you need to find a job but don’t know anyone? There are many reasons why this could happen. Whatever the reason, don’t believe your job search is hopeless. Here is where you can start:Continue Reading…

6 Habit-Making Ways to Make Networking Easy and Automatic


Make Networking Easy and AutomaticMost things in life are a habit. Essentially we have to train ourselves to take certain actions each day until it becomes like second nature.

Networking is one of those job search actions that need to become a habit in order for it to be truly successful.

By making job search networking a habit, you not only increase your chances of finding a job, you’ll also start to feel like networking is more natural to you. Use these tips to help you create this new habit on your job search.Continue Reading…

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…

When Online Job Ads Request Salary Numbers – 4 Options to Consider


online job ads request salary numbersThe January jobs report, with its 257,000 new jobs, confirmed that the recovery has traction.

However, you realize there is still stiff competition for executive level positions. In many fields there remains a talent glut. Of course, you want to do everything right in applying for jobs.

Now, online ads ask for salary numbers

That’s why you become uneasy as more and more online help-wanted ads request you put in black and white your compensation expectation. In addition, they might require a salary history. .

This is the new reality. Recruiters are getting “down to business” fast. That’s because they do not want to invest time vetting applicants whose compensation requirements turn out to be beyond their budgets. The hiring process is expensive.

On the one hand, you fear that your number will be beyond what the job pays. That means your application will be tossed. Or, on the other hand, you could underprice yourself. Research and experience show that it takes about 2 years to renegotiate compensation. During that time, you lose financial ground.

4 Options to Consider

Well, in this turbulent marketplace for talent there are no longer absolute right answers. However, there are 4 options which successful job applicants can leverage to navigate and negotiate the compensation issue.Continue Reading…

Why Ageism Isn’t Your Real Problem

ageism isn't your real problemAgeism as a challenge gets thrown around a lot in the executive recruiting world. There is this false assumption that because you’re a certain age that you won’t get the job. The reality is there are plenty of companies who will hire you for your expertise regardless of your age if you can properly convey your value.

Yet many executives looking for work still cite ageism as their main challenge in landing the job. Pardon the bluntness, but perhaps “ageism” isn’t the real problem here. In fact, it’s very likely that perhaps you’re making some mistakes that portray you as dated, inflexible and victimized – characteristics that are unattractive at any age.

Use our tips to make sure you aren’t coming off this way in your job hunt.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…

3 Ways to Use the “Alumni Connection” On LinkedIn


use the alumni connection on linkedinIt is often said that in order to advance in your career it’s not really what you know but rather who you know. One such case in which this adage is true is when you leverage your alma mater’s alumni network to find a job.

Let’s face it, people do have a tendency to help out fellow alumni if they can. It’s a point of pride for many and a great way for them to give back to their alma mater. If you were in a position to help someone from your alma mater you would probably do it in a heartbeat too, so why not tap into your college’s network to help you advance your career?

Fortunately LinkedIn has made it easier for you. Read on to learn about LinkedIn’s alumni features and how you can use them to advance your career.Continue Reading…

You Are the CMO of Your Job Search


cmo of your job searchHow people market themselves directly impacts their job search because it’s no longer just about being qualified. The fact that you are qualified is a given at the executive stage, otherwise you wouldn’t have even made it so far.

That’s why executives are now required to go above and beyond their qualifications and begin marketing themselves as viable candidates for the job.

Unfortunately, even after being told about record numbers of recruiters using social media to find candidates, many executives still resist the idea of marketing themselves.
For example, CFOs are really good at numbers but are notoriously known for not being so good at marketing themselves.

And it’s not just CFOs. Many other types of executives also struggle with the idea of marketing to get a job.

That’s why it’s time to start seeing yourself as the Chief Marketing Officer of your job search. Simply put, no one can possibly market you as well you can market yourself. No one also cares as much as you do.

In order to take on your new role as the CMO of your job search it’s imperative that you start thinking like a marketer. Use our tips below to help you out.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…

2015 Job Interview Trends


2015 job interview trendsIf you’ve been following the Chameleon Resumes blog lately then you know we’ve been covering the latest trends in job hunting, LinkedIn and resumes for the new year. Of course, an overview of trends for an upcoming year wouldn’t be complete without mentioning interviews!

We’ve curated a list of what to expect in the coming year – from new trends to old methods that are making a comeback.Continue Reading…

Are you giving up too soon in your executive job hunt?


executive job hunt Have you already given up on your executive job hunt because you got rejected?

It’s alright if you did. You certainly wouldn’t be the first or the last.

But what if we told you that looking for a job is kind of a numbers game?

Furthermore, what if we told you that you actually gave up way too soon?

You may roll your eyes in disbelief. You may think, “I already got rejected once. This must be indicative of how this job hunt will go for me.” Fortunately for you, this couldn’t be further from the truth – and we’ve got numbers to prove it.Continue Reading…

2015 Executive Job Search Trends


2015 executive job search trendsThe past few years have seen a major shift in the use of digital tactics and online tools when it comes getting results in the executive job search. While this shift has been occurring in some capacity over past 10 to 15 years, we are now starting to see just how much these web-based products have infiltrated the executive job search and affected the job search results of executive job seekers globally.

The good news is that the internet and other web-based tools (New School Tools), when incorporated with more traditional tactics (Old School Tools), have made it much easier to find a job. The bad news I saw in 2014 is now job seekers make one of two mistakes consistently: either they are making the mistake of thinking that their job search only happens online and abandoning the old school tactics they are familiar with or they do not embrace these amazing online resources at their disposal and only focus on the old school tactics that used to work for them (but they will soon find out will not work as well as they once did on their own).

As such, 2015 will be the year of mixing new school job search techniques with old school methodology in a proactive manner to get faster job search results.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…

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…

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…

Be Bold with Interview: How to Act Like You Have the Job to Land the Job

Act Like You Have the Job to Land the JobBeing interview ready, means more than showing up with your resume materials in-hands. It’s about showing the hiring manager how prepared you are for their role, and how easily you will be able to step into their open position. At the end of the day, the hiring manager wants to know how easy or difficult it will be to transition you onto their team.

When you interview, you need to be bold and act like you have the job to land the job you are after. And to do that, you need to make an impact during your in-person interviews. Creating a 30, 60, and 90 day plan of action using the steps below shows not only initiative, but that you are ready to be a candidate of action.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…

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…

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…

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…