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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…

2014 Resume and Job Search Trends from Recruiters’ Perspectives

115-recruiting resume job search trends for 2014

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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