The Top 10 Executive Resume Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
by Louise Fletcher - Feb, 2015
I have been looking at executive resumes for years, first as an HR VP managing the recruitment process and then more recently in my role as President of Blue Sky Resumes. Over the years, I’ve seen executive candidates make many of the same mistakes over and over again, mistakes that cost them great opportunities, and yet are easily rectified. I’ve boiled the list down to my top 10 and I hope it helps you to refine your own...
4 Resume Mistakes No One Mentions: Format
by Robin Schlinger - Feb, 2015
Last week’s blog addressed four common content mistakes that you should avoid. This week, I focus on format mistakes. You probably already know to avoid elaborate formatting which wastes space and also confuses electronic applicant tracking systems. Here are four additional format mistakes that are often overlooked: Resume Mistake #1. Creating a second or third page that has only one or two lines of content. A multi-page r...
How CFO’s Can Avoid Looking Overqualified on Their Resume
by Lisa Rangel - Feb, 2015
One struggle that many CFOs face when looking for a new position is representing themselves as overqualified on their resume. Common advice suggests hiding some of your accomplishments and job history. But the reality is trying not to look overqualified can sometimes lead to a slippery slope as well. After all, you don’t want to accidentally sell yourself short either. Use our tips to ensure your CFO resume not only showcases...
Perfectionism Part II: 5 Strategies To Overcome It in Life and Career
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Feb, 2015
If you’ve ever struggled with perfectionism, you’re not alone. I’ve talked to countless women, through my coaching and travels, who’ve set the bar so high, in terms of their goals and aspirations, that they’re afraid to make any move at all. Author, Elizabeth Gilbert, calls perfectionism “…fear in really good shoes”. This fear that is perfectionism can often be traced back to early childhood messages – being valued purely f...
It’s My Prerogative
by Connie Pheiff - Feb, 2015
I’m working with a new client that reminded me our emotions could quickly and easily derail our goals. Mix your emotions together and you come up with a lethal cocktail. “There are four emotions sure to undermine our goals: fear, uncertainty, doubt, and shame.” ~Michael Hyatt Seasons of life change often. Each season of life brings new events. Such as job change, divorce, sickness, or something else. Our emotions a...
Stuck in lots of meetings? Make good use of that time.
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2015
Sharon wanted the chance to lead a team. But Jenny, her mentor, warned that some senior colleagues felt she wasn't ready to be a manager. Sharon complained, "If I didn't have to waste so much time sitting in their useless meetings I could really show them what I can do." Jenny countered, "You can't get out of those meetings, so why not make better use of them? That's where people see you in action, so think of those se...
Interviewing is not all about you
by Sherri Edwards - Feb, 2015
It is surprising that many people still rely on their resume to tell their story for them and spend little time preparing for an interview. The old-school thinking that “the resume will get me in the door and, once there, I’ll wing it” is no longer effective. Preparing your answers for the most frequently asked interview questions is a good start, but if you don’t know the context of the role you are vying for, or are unawa...
4 Reasons Why Your Resume Isn't an Effective Networking Tool
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Feb, 2015
Once upon a time all you had to do to land your next job was share your resume with your network. Sadly, those days are mostly gone. Your Networkingresume can no longer serve you as an effective networking tool – here are 4 reasons why. Resumes are too focused to work for networking purposes. The best networking tool these days is one that gives your readers a big picture perspective of your strengths and experiences. Whil...
The Problem With the “Can You Take a Quick Look at My Profile” Request
by Lisa Rangel - Feb, 2015
At least 4-5 times per week, I’m asked by new LinkedIn connections, and other people I don’t know, to take a quick peek at their profile and let the requestor know if I have any suggestions on improvements they can make. Unfortunately, this isn’t so easy. In fact, there are several problems that can occur from such requests and it can actually be a great disservice to job seekers. Even worse, if you ask inexperienced job se...
College Students Have Many Obligations
by Bob Roth - Feb, 2015
To be successful, every college student has a long list of obligations that he or she must be willing to fulfill. Since these obligations are not always made clear to students, many end up falling short in several important areas. Students must be aware of the following obligations and stay on top of their performance and progress, as they move through college. Student obligations include: 1. Financial Obligations - Co...
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