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    Job Search Guide - Turning the Entry-Level Resume Into One With Experience
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez and Tim Muma - Apr, 2016
Resumes are a popular topic on LJNRadio for good reason, and for this episode Tim Muma takes a slightly altered approach. He speaks with Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, who brings her experienced insights with her. The strategy she brings to this show is finding a way to take one's early resume - often short and light on experience - and finding ways to create a stronger, more professional...
 
  How Should I Represent My Education on My Resume?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
It is important to include your education on your resume, even if you have none. Now, how did that statement even make sense? Well, having no formal education doesn’t mean that you have never learned anything during your lifetime. There has to be something in your background that is relevant to the position you want. You just have to make it fit your resume. Where Do I Put My Education? Okay, the good thing about e...
 
  Why & How to Quantify Information and Use Numbers in Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
Why is it important to use numbers on your resume? It’s simple. Numbers tell your potential employer where, how, and why you have succeeded. You can always make general statements. For instance, I could say “I have helped a lot of people create resumes that got them interviews and jobs.” Is that quantifiable? No, it is not. But if I say: “Of 1,000 clients who came to me for assistance, 85% had multiple interviews in under t...
 
  Creating A Brand-Driven Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
Creating A Brand-Driven Resume Is your resume brand-driven? In other words, does it market you as a brand, in the same way that companies market a product or service? A brand-driven resume will make it easy for an employer to see the differences between you and another candidate. Types of Personal Branding Communicating your personal brand can be accomplished three ways; visually, verbally, or through strategic, targe...
 
  Write A Resume That Positions You as the Perfect Fit
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2016
In today’s job market employers want specialists—industry experts—instead of “generalists”. The burden is on the candidate’s shoulders to convince the employer they’re the best choice. How can you do that, though, when what one company resume writing 2016is seeking varies from another or when the positions you want are not the same? Employers want to see that you’re the best fit—and you can show them you are by making connec...
 
  2016 Cover Letter Tips
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2015
In May Microsoft published an interesting study detailing research on the changes in our attention spans over the last several years. From 2000 to 2013 our attention spans dropped from 12 seconds to a mere eight seconds. We now have an attention span one second shorter than that of a goldfish. Let that sink in for a minute … Which makes me wonder … What effect does dwindling attention span have on our job searches—and our cove...
 
  Top 10 Executive Resume Mistakes
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2014
Over the past several weeks, I’ve reviewed hundreds of executive resumes and I’ve seen the same resume mistakes over and over again. Executive resumes must be personally branded, persuasive, and impactful. They must also be laser-focused on what you have accomplished—and not just what you do. Here are the top ten resume mistakes I see on most executive resumes: Focusing on “Do” I get it; it’s hard to write about yourself...
 
  Why Your Job Search Needs Social Media
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2014
If you’re not using social media as part of your job search, you’re missing the boat. It’s so common now that if you don’t have a social media profile, you have no chance of successfully penetrating the hidden job market. Especially among the younger set, social media is being used as a means to network with people who could help them connect with desirable employers. LinkedIn Even if you’re highly resistant to using soc...
 
  Two Big Mistakes to Avoid on Your Executive-Level Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2014
When you are conducting an executive-level job search, competition is fierce, the jobs are few, and the candidates are many. This means taking the time to develop a compelling executive resume and cover letter. You need an executive resume that markets your value to a prospective employer. But it doesn't end there, especially if you get the interview. Here we will review two mistakes you absolutely do not want to make during a...
 
  Is Your LinkedIn Profile Hindering Your Executive Job Search?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2014
When it comes to executive-level positions, 94% of recruiters and HR professionals are using LinkedIn to find the best candidates for the job. If you've be submitting your resume to positions for which you should be a top candidate but just aren't seeing results, it might be time to take a look at your profile. LinkedIn is a critical business tool—and it is certainly a part of the hiring process that you cannot ignore. You...
 
  Making a Downward Shift from High-Ranking Executive
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2014
While career trajectories are almost always pointed upward, there can come a time, especially near the end of a long career, where life in the boss's seat just isn't where you want to be anymore. Maybe you miss interacting more directly with everyone, or perhaps you just want to take the weight of the business off of your shoulders and enjoy a nice career change before you retire. Whatever your reasons, you will still find tha...
 
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