I will apply my skills as a
Certified Executive Resume Writer
International Job & Career Training Coach, and
Certified Social Media Career Strategist
to equip you with powerfully branded executive resumes and other
career management tools, and
winning employment search strategies
that yield interviews and job offers.
If you need a sizzling
executive resume, LinkedIn®* profile, executive bio, cover letter, or
or you need help getting the word out to recruiters and hiring
I can help.
A recognized industry
thought leader and true specialist in executive resumes,
I have been privileged to work with top-echelon rising executives
and senior/C-level executive candidates for over three decades
(*Did you know that over 95% of recruiters were using LinkedIn®
as a primary
recruiting resource as of 2014, making a brand-supporting,
keyword-rich LinkedIn profile
important as your executive resume?)
Whether you are an
executive who is in need of an executive resume, LinkedIn
profile, bio, or other career document because you are:
Looking for your first "job" after many years as entrepreneur or
Leaving government or military service and preparing to compete
in the corporate world,
Competing for a promotion with your current employer,
for a career change or move up in responsibility and
On the executive job market due to a recent downsizing, merger,
acquisition, restructuring, or major realignment of the
need of an executive resume and/or an executive bio crafted to
position you effectively for seats on advisory or director
You can relax now. You've
come to the right place.
To compete in
today's intensely competitive executive employment market, you need a
top-notch executive resume. You've
worked very hard to get where you are today. To continue on
your way to the top (or to stay there), you know you cannot afford to use executive resumes
produced by rote, from boilerplate, or using yesterday's
techniques. You realize that executive resume writing is a
specialized skill, and that you need to find among the many
executive resume writing services and executive resume writers an
executive job search expert
who will carefully craft
a marketing tool for you
with the impact to produce executive job interviews. You also need a well-planned and integrated
employment search campaign customized to your
three decades ago by executive resume writer Laurie Smith,
Creative Keystrokes™ Executive Resume Service specializes exclusively
in C-level and senior executive resume writing services and career
transition assistance. Laurie's extensive client base
spanning all populated continents includes numerous CEO, CTO, CIO, COO,
CFO, CMO, EVP, VP, and Director-level candidates spanning
start-up/entrepreneurial to Fortune 5 environments. Her highly individualized
and personalized employment search and executive resume services cater to exceptional candidates with
remarkable qualifications. Your executive resumes will be personally prepared by
Laurie Smith, a nationally recognized and certified executive resume
writing expert with more than three decades of
experience, more than double that of the majority of executive
TIP OF THE DAY:
We are the creative force of our life, and through our own
decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to
do certain things, we can accomplish our goals.
- Stephen Covey.
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is hot off the press. Contact me to learn how you can obtain a copy,
either separately or as part of my comprehensive LinkedIn Profile
Development & Optimization Service.
Few Favorites Among Client Comments:
comments, view the scrolling box to your right or go to our Testimonials Archive.)
"It looks really
good... I have no changes, it would be like putting a mustache on the
Mona Lisa.... a great piece of work, I really liked how you put it
~ President & COO ~
"I am very
impressed and very happy, this is really one of the best resume
preparations I've ever had, you did a great job of capturing what I
wanted to get across."
~ Managing Director
& General Counsel ~
"You should know
that your resumes have opened many doors for me, kudos to you"
~ CIO ~
fantastic! I wanted an executive resume that was in the top 1% of what
it could be and that is what you gave me. It should help tremendously in
this ultra-competitive job market. Thank you."
~ Chief Financial
"Your resumes are
so fantastic! I landed a job ... in Vancouver and [we] are moving to
Canada! We are thrilled! Thank you!"
~ Senior Global
Retail Executive ~
"I am so happy
with this, I love it! I could never have put this together myself and
see you crafted it with carefully woven information from my appraisals,
questionnaire, resume, and our phone conversation. I am extremely happy,
and can't thank you enough."
~ General Counsel &
Chief Risk Officer ~
"I received an
e-mail from one of my references that is the Chief HR officer for a
multi-billion dollar company. She loved the work you did."
~ President & CEO ~
impressed by how you condensed 14 pages into three while deciphering
(This was a military transition resume.)
~ General Management
Executive & Corporate Officer ~
"You helped me
with my resume a couple of years ago. I was very successful and have had
many compliments on your work, particularly my LinkedIn profile."
~ Global Vice
President of Marketing ~
"I've had so many people read my
resume/letter/bio. They are as blown away as I am by the quality of
work... Don't forget that you are doing God's work. Because of you,
people are able to increase their living, increase their confidence and
hopefully, live happier lives. What a wonderful gift He has given you.
Thank you for answering your calling."
Executive, Former TV News Anchor ~
"Oh my goodness,
seeing what you did - nothing short of miraculous! Amazing that you took
all the words into one beautiful, well written, concise document - it's
absolutely amazing! It's gorgeous!"
~ Senior Healthcare Executive ~
""I secured a
fabulous job...and I should thank you for creating such an awesome
marketing tool/resume and cover letter for me!"
Information Technology Executive ~
"We worked on my
resume ~3 years ago. Since then I've been doing quite well with lot of
help from you. I'm currently President of [major mobile telecom
provider] ... I'm counting on you working the wonderful magic that you
did last time."
large number of executive resume writers and executive resume writing
services available, why do so many Fortune 500 executives count on
An industry pioneer and
leader in the executive resume writing field since 1976, Laurie Smith continually researches the
latest hiring and economic trends, recruiting techniques,
executive job search strategies, and employment search technologies, so that her
executive clients may
enjoy a competitive edge that leads to more interviews and
better job offers. Specializing exclusively in writing senior executive
to C-level executive resumes, your executive resume writer knows
the senior executive employment market and secrets of
crafting effective executive resumes that will help
position you as a top contender. Always on the leading edge
among executive resume services, Creative Keystrokes™
Executive Resume Service consistently delivers high impact,
customized executive employment search documents and search campaign strategies that
EXECUTIVE RESUME SAMPLES
you would like to see some examples of top-notch executive
resumes I have produced in the past, you can get a good idea of
what my work is like from documents I’ve written that are
featured in various publications. You will find multiple
examples of my work in Craig Rice's book, The $100,000 Resume
(New York: McGraw-Hill), where my sample resumes appear on pages
87, 111, 119, 126, 131, 136, 141, 147, 153, 161, 180, 182, 185,
and 196. Samples of my cover letter writing style appear in the
first, second, and third editions of the book Cover Letter Magic
(JISTWorks). Examples of my work are also featured in the book,
"Executive Job Search for $100,000 to $1 Million-Plus Jobs"
I do have available some "sanitized" examples of executive
resumes I have written which performed very well. As the work is
proprietary and to protect the investment of my clients, I have
not made it a practice to post executive resume samples on my
site or send them out before speaking with a prospective client
because the treatment for each person's career is unique, samples
can be misleading or even terribly inappropriate depending on the
situation, and in addition, broad dissemination, particularly on the
Web, is unfortunately subject to copying or other misuse.
After we have consulted briefly on the phone, I will be more than
happy to e-mail a couple of executive resume samples to you. I must
caution you that the format and content of these sample executive
resumes will not necessarily represent a blueprint for your resume,
as each situation requires different treatments and emphasis.
However, they will at least give you an idea of my general approach.
selection of complete or excerpted executive resumes, executive
bios, and cover letters that have been appropriately made anonymous
is currently in the conversion process, and will be posted soon on
my "in-development" Executive Resume Samples page.
like a free, no-obligation assessment of your current executive resume?
If your targeted compensation
is at the "six-figure" level, you qualify to receive a free
evaluation of your resume.
Upon request, I will provide a brief resume
critique and personal consultation, assessing the strengths and
weaknesses of your current resume, exploring your career goals and
target position, and suggesting strategies. To obtain this
complimentary, confidential service,
E-mail your executive resume to:
or fax it to:
Creative Keystrokes™ Executive Resume Service
Don't have a current resume but would like more information?
I will be happy
to provide complete details regarding our services, packages, and
fee structure. You will find my approach to be very low-key,
helpful, and cordial, and my fee structure to be very
straightforward. Simply inquire via the e-mail link above, or give me a
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Would you like
to keep up to date on trends in the executive employment
search marketplace? Would key strategies for your
executive resume and career transition from one of the
nation's premier executive resume writers be useful for you? If
so, you will want to visit Laurie's blog regularly:
Sample Blog Posts (click link above to see and browse all):
Is Your Ultimate Goal CEO? Pathways to Get There... "If
you are looking to position yourself for a CEO role, you'll
need to make sure that your executive resume and LinkedIn
profile emphasize the broad range of functional skills
listed in this infographic. "
Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Executive Job Search
Etiquette... "No matter how powerful your executive
resume and no matter how eminently qualified you may be for
a potential executive opportunity, putting forth a
less-than-totally professional or rude impression will
reduce or even possibly eliminate your chances of winning
the job offer. ..."
The Stealth Job Hunt and LinkedIn ... "After you
have a dynamite executive resume prepared, the next step is
of course to get visible out there so you can be easily
Executive Job Search and the Holidays ... "If you
totally quit researching companies, making recruiter
contacts, and sending out your executive resume from
Thanksgiving through the New Year, you could be doing
yourself a disservice..."
A Few Quick Tips on Working with Recruiters ... "There
some commonly held myths with regard to working with
recruiters. Awareness of these can spare you some
frustration and hopefully expedite your search for that new
Gender Bias and Your Executive Resume ... "Hays surveyed more than a thousand
hiring managers, asking them to evaluate an executive resume
and assess a potential candidate's likelihood to be
The Purpose and Value of an Executive Resume ...
"As I constantly tell my clients and prospective
clients, your resume is a self-marketing tool. It is
designed to effectively communicate to potential employers
or recruiters your proven ability to deliver substantial
business results ...."
Are Cover Letters Obsolete? ... "As a member of the
Career Thought Leaders Consortium, I have been following and
participating in an ongoing discussion of the obsolescence
or continuing relevance of cover letters ...."
Tips for Optimizing Your Online Resume ...
"A key consideration is now “ROSE,” “Resume Optimization for
Search Engines,” and it comes into play both in the massive
online resume databases of job sites as well as ...."
Is Your Executive Resume Keyword Optimized? ...
"You wisely put substantial effort into ensuring your
powerfully articulates your value proposition to potential
employers. But do you realize how critical it is that your
executive resume properly leverages the power of
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