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  Eight Cover Letter Don'ts
by Caitlin McNally - May, 2011
Many companies will not even look at your resume if you don't include a cover letter. Writing a cover letter will show the company that you really want the position and will allow you to show why you are a good fit for the job. Here are eight cover letter "faux pas" that you will want to avoid when composing a cover letter. 1.) Don’t address the wrong person or company in your cover letter. This will likely disqualify you f...
 
  7 Ways Employees Hold You Hostage | Overcoming Resistance
by Dawn Lennon - May, 2011
Ever feel like your hands are tied? That your best efforts are getting you nowhere? If so, it’s time to look closely at what’s going on around you. Whether you’re a supervisor, a team leader, or a coworker, you need the cooperation of others to get your work done. There’s always information, a decision, a deliverable, or a resource needed to bring an assignment to closure. The employee who controls any one of them h...
 
  3 Easy Ways to Overcome the Challenge of Resume Writing
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Trying to get your job search off to a strong start – only to be hampered by the resume-writing process? Do you struggle to articulate the high points of your career and brand - or to sum up the reasons you should be considered over others? If so, you have plenty of company, especially if your career is at the executive or senior professional level. Many leaders have discovered that it’s easier to actually drive change,...
 
  Are Career Objectives on Résumés History?
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2011
Dear Deb, Q. I have been looking at résumé samples on the internet and many of them have Objectives. I was told that Objectives are no longer used on résumés. Now I am confused. Is it true that Career Objectives are history? - D.P, Los Angeles, CA A. While there are times that a candidate will want to convey specific information about what he is seeking in a job, it is definitely better to keep the focus on what the co...
 
  CIO Resumes: Mining IT Projects for Strategic Benefit
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Are you a rising star in the IT world eager for a shot at the CIO role? Ascending from IT Director or VP takes more than just showing how you’ve leveraged the technology itself: you’ll need to first put yourself in the C-suite on paper. As described by my recent article in ComputerWorld, most would-be technology executives stumble when it comes to resume writing at the CIO level. Transitioning your value proposition to...
 
  Résumé Help - Information Technology Manager
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2011
Today our Résumé Help reviews the résumé of a candidate in the Information Technology space. George is a strong candidate; and some of the information on his résumé is quite compelling. George has overused bullets throughout the document. This detracts from the readability. Most hiring managers and recruiters will skip bullets beyond a certain point. George also uses the first person, which is not appropriate for a résumé...
 
  Résumé Help – Business Management Candidate
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2011
Today we are showcasing the résumé of candidate who does not have a clear path in terms of his work history. He included a summary, which I omitted so we can focus on the Experience section of his résumé. He neglected to create a concise headline and the summary he has written does not steer the reader in any specific direction. As a result, I am left wondering what this candidate is interested in doing. He put his Educatio...
 
  Want That Executive Job? Don't Write Your Own Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Here’s a common refrain that I’ve heard from budding C-level executives: “I wrote my own resume a few years back, but I can see that it’s just not working now. I can't get anyone to respond at the right level!" An overwhelming majority of aspiring and current executive job hunters (and I mean literally 80%+ of the people that I talk with) cannot position themselves properly in a resume, and here’s why: Buzzwords and pro...
 
  3 Simple Ways to Make Your Resume and Cover Letter Work Together
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2011
When writing a resume, your job is not just to write an amazing document but also create an amazing component known as the cover letter. Sometimes job seekers forget that these two documents work together, especially if they’ve written a resume, and are then told at the last minute they need a cover letter. Because the two are intertwined it’s a good idea to make sure that they are indeed working well together. Here are s...
 
  4 Executive Resume Mistakes You Want to Avoid
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2011
Working at the executive level doesn’t mean you’re exempt from making mistakes when writing your resume. As a matter of fact, you’re sometimes more likely to make mistakes than lower-level professionals because the executive job search arena can be very different from the professional-level job search. Of course, executives are not allowed to make resume mistakes. It simply cannot happen. So to help you out, take a look...
 
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