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    Job Search Guide - Panel Interview Guidance
by Laura Smith-Proulx and Tim Muma - Jun, 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...
 
  How To Take Advantage Of LinkedIn College Alumni Pages
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Apr, 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....
 
  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...
 
  Do You Really Need a Cover Letter for Executive Jobs?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 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...
 
  Should You Use Your Resume or Profile When Applying to Jobs on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 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...
 
  Think You Can Make Your LinkedIn Profile Private? Think Again
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 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...
 
  Will Your Executive Resume Make the Grade?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 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...
 
  How to Answer the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 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...
 
  Top 10 Executive Resume Trends For 2014
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jan, 2014
Gearing up for your 2014 executive job search? One of your first tasks is probably polishing your resume… but oh, how the times have changed. The new reality in executive job hunting demands not only a powerful marketing package for your skills, but also a keen awareness of social media, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), recruiter preferences, and cutting-edge personal branding. Take stock of these 10 trends desti...
 
  10 Little Things That Make A Big Difference To Hiring Managers
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Dec, 2013
As a former hiring manager in several consulting firms, I often wondered if candidates were cognizant of the impression they made on employers. Even small things, such as the frown displayed by an applicant upon arriving at an interview, or the worn-out jeans on an applicant in a roomful of suits, gave me pause as I worked to screen candidates. Ironically, many of the issues I spotted were easily fixed by taking care...
 
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