What’s Your Career’s Big Picture?
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Feb, 2014
I review executive resumes daily and nearly all of them lack context clues. Why is that a problem? Without context you cannot tell the whole story of your career, your individual roles, or any achievement. Context clues give your readers perspective to enable them to see the bigger picture. As Merriam-Webster notes, context is the “situation in which something happens” or the “interrelated conditions” in which somethin...
A Resume for Moms Returning to Work: Reentering Workforce After Kids
by Paul Freiberger - Feb, 2014
There is one career transition that has remained common through generations. It is the change for parents returning to work, going from full-time parent to employee. How do parenting skills help your career? What is an example of a good resume for a mom returning to the workforce like? There are many issues to address in the transition from full-time mom to employee, and from full-time dad to job seeker. There comes a time...
How Women Can Negotiate a Salary That Isn’t Half What Their Male Predecessor Earned
by Barbara Safani - Feb, 2014
Recent reports regarding GM CEO Mary Barra’s salary suggested she was earning half what her male predecessor, Dan Akerson earned. And while the latest reports note that GM has clarified that when Barra’s total compensation of base pay, short-term, and long-term compensation is disclosed later this year, the numbers will represent more equitable pay between the two, the incident has brought the issue of unequal pay for women to...
7 Things You Should Never Include on Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Feb, 2014
Let’s get right to the list so you can fix that resume and start getting interviews! Dates of employment more than 15 years ago Including more than 10-15 years of work experience is unnecessary. Most recruiters and employers consider only the past 10 years of experience the most relevant when evaluating your candidacy. An objective statement In its traditional format an objective is extremely vague and tells t...
Googled Yourself Lately? Why Your Online Image Is Critical To Your Job Search
by Michelle Dumas - Feb, 2014
Small business owners find Google search a fast free tool to check their job candidates. Most large businesses now require a search for the same reasons. Moreover, the Google search links to your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles (and more), so if you are involved in a job search, you need to see your social media life the way employers can and do. Googled yourself lately? Vanity searches occur regularly for so...
Why a LinkedIn Profile Does Not Replace the Resume
by Linda Dobogai - Feb, 2014
A few career management experts have predicted the demise of the resume in today’s world of fast-paced social media connections. This is based on an assumption that the LinkedIn profile will act as the replacement. However, there are several reasons why this assumption is incorrect. A LinkedIn profile provides background information. A resume also provides background information. Where they differ is in perspective and the a...
"What If" Scenarios Facing Job Seekers and Strategies That Help
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Feb, 2014
Dear Leah, This month, allow me to share with you an excerpt of a career planning book for which I am a contributing writer. The chapter I wrote was on the "What if" scenarios facing job seekers and strategies to help them work around those issues. The topic I choose for this newsletter is one that many people face - working with professionals from other generations as equals - or even superiors - in a job. After all, just...
3 Tips for a Standout Personal Brand Message in Your Cover Letter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
As a resume writer who frequently assists executives and senior-level professionals to create thoughtful cover letters, I enjoyed talking with Leslie Stevens-Huffman of Dice.com for her insightful article, 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter. As she notes, your job search can stall if your cover letter fails to show your value, or makes it obvious that you’re not taking the time to learn about the employer’s business....
5 Tips for Preventing Age Bias in Your Executive Resume & LinkedIn Profile
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
Back in the job market for an executive role? You may have encountered (or wondered about) potential age discrimination when putting yourself “out there” for an executive job search. If you find yourself experiencing rejection in your job applications, the possibility of age discrimination may seem all too real. Yet, it’s possible that you’re actually CALLING attention to your age – more so that your leadership qualif...
Biased Interviewers in a Job Search
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2014
All of us as human beings have biases. Some people just have more or stronger ones than others. That’s not always a problem. However, if you’re engaged in an active job search or planning one, biased interviewers can definitely pose a huge problem. Ways in Which Biased Interviewers Can Hurt You An article by Greg Moran on RecruitingTrends.com, “Three Tips for Managing Biases that Destroy the Interview Process,” points...
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