4 Ways Distraction Threatens Your Career | Fight Back
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2014
Distracted? Never, you claim, always fully tuned in, just multitasking. It’s a popular self-deception. We’re all guilty to a degree. Research has long debunked the notion of multitasking, our claim of being engaged in multiple things (aided by our digital tools) at the same time. We’ve just become compulsive about requiring our brains to toggle between one thought or awareness and another. The faster we do it, the m...
6 Most Effective Ways to Customize Your Executive Resume – Part 1
by Lisa Rangel - Jun, 2014
In this two-part series, you will learn the six most effective ways to customize your executive resume and get the attention of any hiring manager. The first three steps are reviewed below. 1. Identify the Right Keywords Your resume needs to pass through an online application system before it will ever be seen by the recruiter or hiring manager. Online applications use specific searches to find applicable keywords t...
How to Recover from a Huge Career Set Back
by Debra Wheatman - Jun, 2014
If you’ve been a fan of AMC’s Mad Men, you’ve witnessed the rise, fall, and recovery of the ever-suave, Don Draper. It’s been a theme of the show from the start. The opening montage of the man falling with skyscrapers in the background forebodes what we can see through the seasons. But, will he hit the bottom? Will he rise? As we await the final episodes of this iconic series, there is only conjecture. More importantly, w...
How to Get Useful Resume Feedback
by Thea Kelley - Jun, 2014
How can you be sure your resume has the impact you intend? Recruiters are usually too busy to give detailed feedback on resumes, and the compliments you may get from hiring managers at interviews don't tell you much. Actually asking for resume feedback at an interview is a faux pas. The employer isn't there to help you with your next application! Some major job search websites give free resume reviews, which can...
What Red Flags Are In Your Career History And How Do You Manage Them?
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2014
Even executives are not above a few glitches in their career. These five things are challenges you may have encountered during your career. Recruiters can sometimes form biased opinions based on these issues. Here are some helpful tips to overcome the recruiter seeing “red flags.” Short-term jobs. Employers question executives who move around a little too often. Their concerns are whether you don’t know how to identify the...
4 Ways to Write an Achievement-Based Executive Resume
by Lisa Rangel - Jun, 2014
Here’s a pill that may be tough to swallow: most people have lackluster resumes. They tend to write extremely generic resumes that only showcase basic job duties. As a result, recruiters think they are dealing with someone who can only do the basics. Achievement based resumes, on the other hand, help you stand out from the crowd because they give concrete examples of what you can do on the job. Achievements are those thi...
How to Bounce Back from Getting Laid Off or Fired
by Michelle Kerrigan - Jun, 2014
Let’s face it—today’s business world is fickle. Just think of your smart phone as an example: the minute you fall in love with it, it’s altered completely or off the market. That’s how fast things change. So it can go with your career. Through no fault of your own, you can find yourself on the job hunt again. You cannot control what happens to you in this world of change. The only thing you can control is you—yo...
Is Your Job Hopping Habit a Recipe for Disaster?
by Adrienne Erin - Jun, 2014
The bad job – we’ve all been there. It might have been our own fault for not finding out enough about the position before we accepted it, or the job may have been misrepresented. Sometimes, it just turns out that we aren’t “clicking” with the job we thought would be perfect. There are almost always a half dozen reasons to quit any given job you have. However, if you’re the type of person who quits every job, all the time, y...
5 Powerful Ways to Incorporate Soft Skills Into Your Executive Resume
by Lisa Rangel - Jun, 2014
Up until relatively recently companies thought that hard skills are what would get them their bottom line. Now we’ve come to realize that soft skills are just as important when it comes to growing a company. Soft skills are considered to be behaviors and traits such as adaptability, critical thinking, people skills, likeability, time management and so forth. Essentially soft skills are those that aren’t as hard driving o...
Considering An Industry Change?
by Beverly Harvey - Jun, 2014
Whether you’re a one-industry career veteran whose industry recently succumbed to unfavorable economic conditions, or an executive who wants to or needs to change industries, there is a great deal of due diligence required for a successful transition. In our current economic environment where most employers are unwilling to take chances, executive candidates must have a thorough understanding of the industry they are pursu...
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