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  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - November 17, 2015
    Pursuing your next step up the career ladder as CFO or Controller? Your CFO resume must connect the dots from tactical details, such as financial reporting or systems, to strategic advisor and CEO partner. By showing examples of strategic decision-making and forecasting, IT oversight, performance recommendations, and Board influence, your CFO resume will position you to compete against other contenders for a C-suite role...
  • Panel Interview Guidance
    with Laura Smith-Proulx and Tim Muma - June 20, 2014
    The interview is the final step between you and the job you desire. However, many organizations have gone away from the one-on-one style of interview, instead opting for a panel. Laura Smith-Proulx, a multiple award-winning certified executive resume writer, describes to Tim Muma the pros and cons of a panel interview from the job seeker's point of view. She also offers her take on the most effective strategies to nail the int...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - April 15, 2014
    Want to network, but don’t know where to start? Wish you could use LinkedIn for something beyond connecting (and waiting for others to respond)? Meet LinkedIn’s College Alumni section (also accessible through the Education section), which will quickly become one of your greatest networking tools. If you haven’t already discovered this hidden gem on the site, you’ll be surprised at how powerful it can be in your job search....
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 5, 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....
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 5, 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...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 5, 2014
    Invariably, when job seekers try to figure out what’s going to help them stand out to an employer, the subject of cover letters comes up – followed by confusion. Do you really need a cover letter for each executive job application? How can you be sure that employers are actually reading the letter you’re so carefully crafting? Is it a myth that a cover letter can distinguish you in the executive job search? Here are...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 5, 2014
    Using LinkedIn’s Jobs feature as a job board for your search? A handy tool for job seekers, LinkedIn Jobs offers a “Apply with your Profile” option—allowing you to show your interest with just one click. You may have noticed, though, that a resume and cover letter can also be uploaded for your job application. So what should you do – include both items in your application? Is it really necessary to provide a resume when...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 5, 2014
    Trying to keep your LinkedIn Profile information hidden from the prying eyes of your boss or colleagues? To paraphrase an old advertising slogan: Sorry, Charlie. There’s no way to add information on LinkedIn and prevent it from being seen. The confusion arises when LinkedIn users see the option for a Public Profile and believe its purpose is to lock down information. (It’s actually a way to prevent access to your Profi...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - February 5, 2014
    As a writer who works with executives on a daily basis, I see many different types of “before” resumes – some good, some not so much. Invariably, the question arises as I talk to executive job hunters: Is my resume really THAT bad? Do I really need to work on it, or will it just need a few tweaks? As a writer who works with executives on a daily basis, I see many different types of “before” resumes – some good, some n...
  • by Laura Smith-Proulx - January 27, 2014
    Among the top interview questions you must be prepared to answer, “Tell me about yourself” strikes dread in the hearts of most job seekers. Whether you’ve been on a leadership job hunt for some time, or this is your first job search effort in years, this query can throw you for a loop while you try to figure out the best response. If this question always catches you by surprise, consider preparing for your interview...