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    Job Search Guide - Branded Resumes
by Louise Garver and Tim Muma - May, 2013
The topic of resumes up for discussion on a consistent basis, particularly figuring out how to stand out and highlight your qualifications among all the other candidates. Award-winning, certified resume writer and executive career coach, Louise Garver, is the President of Career Directions LLC, and she breaks down the key aspects of the branded resume. Louise describes to Tim Muma how these can stand out and grab the attention...
  5 Key Tips to Wow Recruiters
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2015
Companies are awash in resumes, even at the executive level. Somehow you have to find that special angle – or, more realistically, a collection of angles – to set yourself apart. What does it take? Here’s what recruiters recommend. Professional presentation Let’s start with the obvious… your physical appearance. Are you wearing something appropriate to interviews and networking meetings? Even the range of colors on your...
  Ace the Recruitment Process With These Active Listening Tips
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2015
As an executive and leader, the art of listening is a key component in every aspect of your communications. It’s especially important when it comes to navigating your executive job search – whether you’re talking to a recruiter or a company insider. Judith Glaser of Benchmark Communications writes about navigational listening: “the style of listening that makes us better executives. It accepts that listening is not an end...
  Recruiter’s Radar–Be On It!
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2015
As an executive, whether you’re trying to advance in your career, find a seat on the board, or transition to another new position, knowing how to capture the attention of executive recruiters is an important part of your search strategy. Executive search firms often receive hundreds of CVs and resumes for every vacancy they have on file, so how you prepare is very important. Bear in in mind that their primary obligation...
  Don’t forget these 5 important job search strategies!
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2015
You’ve been down this road before – looking for a new job. Whether it’s been years or fairly recent that you’ve looked for a job, you think you have it covered – updated resume, cover letter, and executive bio (check), refreshed online profiles (check), and reconnected with priority individuals in your network (check). But there’s that little uncertainty, almost panic in the back of your mind that you are missing something in...
  What’s holding you back in your job search? 4 revealing strategies
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2015
Job search has changed over the years almost as much as technology. We’re no longer lugging around a cell phone the size of a large sub sandwich or using an electric typewriter. So why are executives relying on ancient techniques to conduct job search? 1.Social media. So many executives are reluctant to embrace social media, especially during job search. And yes, there is a real concern that a current boss or peers might c...
  Do you know the secret behind successful networking?
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2015
Job listings are up by 10% says ExecuNet, one of the leading executive and leadership online resources. Maybe like thousands of other executives you refreshed your career documents and online profiles in January in hopes of tapping into the opportunities that become available in the first quarter of the year. How are things going for you in the second quarter of the year? Have recruiters and hiring managers reached out t...
  What Recruiters Are Looking For In An Executive LinkedIn Profile
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2015
LinkedIn statistics reveal that there are 347 million users as of February, 2015 with a geographical reach to 200 countries and territories. A LinkedIn statistics report also said that about 40% of these users check LinkedIn daily, with 30 million views of LinkedIn member pages. Whether you are an executive job seeker or a recruiter, that’s a pretty big social media pool to tap. Even if you are not actively looking for you...
  7 Most Common Types of Executive Interviews
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2015
The key to executive interview success is preparation. Interviewing methods differ between companies and people. Are you prepared for a non-traditional interview? Phone Interview A phone interview is often one of the first interviews an executive will encounter. Some call this a pre-screen interview when an executive recruiter picks up the phone and calls a candidate – typically to screen them out. This unexpected call c...
  What are you NOT telling a future employer that could be damaging to you?
by Louise Garver - Feb, 2015
This may seem obvious, but it bears repeating – honesty is the best policy. The executive job search process is difficult enough – you don’t want to get inches away from an offer, only to miss out on the role of a lifetime. Below are some of the factors you should consider when deciding what should and shouldn’t be disclosed to a potential employer. Negative Behavior or Debt Show Up During a Background Check Most employm...
  Beat Your Competition With These 5 Tips
by Louise Garver - Feb, 2015
A recent poll from Right Management reveals that only about 5% of employees today intend to stay in their current positions until the end of 2015 and that 80% of all U.S. employees are actively looking for a job or are open to offers. While this data applies to the job search market as a whole and not specifically to the executive sector, it still can have a huge impact on your job search strategies and success. You can loo...
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