Eclipse your competition in a competitive 21st Century executive job market with
Personalized, Comprehensive, Turnkey
Executive Resume Writing Services &
Executive Career Transition Assistance
Multi-Certified C-Level Executive Resume Writer
Laurie J. Smith, CPRW, JCTC, CSMCS
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 documents, 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 other career marketing collateral, or you need help getting the word out to recruiters and hiring companies, 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 as 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 business owner,
Leaving government or military service and preparing to compete in the corporate world,
Competing for a promotion with your current employer,
Ready for a career change or move up in responsibility and compensation,
On the executive job market due to a recent downsizing, merger, acquisition, restructuring, or major realignment of the management team,
In need of an executive resume and/or an executive bio crafted to position you effectively for seats on advisory or director boards …
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 very 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 requirements.
Founded over 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 resume writers.
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.
ALL-NEW FOR 2015:
The 4th Edition of my LinkedIn Guide for Executives 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.
A Few Favorites Among Client Comments:
(For more comments, view the scrolling box to your right or go to our
“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 together.”
~ 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 ~
“These look 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 Officer ~
“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 ~
“I’m greatly impressed by how you condensed 14 pages into three while deciphering jargon!”
(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.”
~ Communications 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!”
~ International 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.”
~ Corporate President ~
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 get results.
EXECUTIVE RESUME SAMPLES
If you would like to see some examples of top-notch executive resumes I have developed, 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 executive resume examples 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). Sample executive resumes are also featured in the book, Executive Job Search for $100,000 to $1 Million-Plus Jobs(Impact Publications).
In response to popular demand, a selection of executive resumes, executive bios, and cover letters that have been made appropriately anonymous is currently in the conversion process to be web-ready. Several have been posted on my “in-development” Executive Resume Samples page (see navigation menu).To protect this proprietary material, the resume examples will consist primarily of representative excerpts, in order to demonstrate the style and quality of content while protecting the confidentiality and investment of clients.
Would you 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:
ljsmith -at- creativekeystrokes -dot- com
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
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.”
Infographic Vividly Shows Stats and Consequences of Lying on Resumes… “Remember always that it is legitimate to effectively communicate your capabilities and achievements on your executive resume, but is definitely not OK to lie!”
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. …”
Don’t Let the Background Check Be a Stumbling Block to Your Job… “Even some of the most successful executives may have one or more mistakes in their pasts that create problems…”
Start 2015 Out Right with the Power of LinkedIn Endorsements… “You may have worked hard on creating compelling and engaging content for your executive resume and LinkedIn profile, but you considered how important verifying your skill sets by accumulating LinkedIn endorsements is? …”
Dreaming of a New Job in 2014? Great Place to Work’s Top 25… “Have you begun polishing up your executive resume with your sights set on a new and challenging position for 2014? …”
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 found …”
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…”
What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate … “Job seekers and recruiters… the disconnect between what recruiters say and job seekers hear…”
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 executive position….”
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 interviewed….”
Some Surprising Things That Affect Employers’ Hiring Decisions … “Do create a powerful executive resume that communicates your brand and unique value proposition, and do carry that image over into your LinkedIn profile…”
Which Are More Important: Verbs or Nouns in Your Executive Resume? … “With the increasing prevalence of ATS systems, some are now saying that nouns (as to be found in job announcements/job descriptions) are more important than verbs for your online resume…”
LinkedIn: What to Enter for “Current Position” When You’re Unemployed … “Without a “current” entry, ranking in LinkedIn search results is penalized, and you can appear multiple pages lower in search results than you would have otherwise…”
Ready to Relocate? Ten Tips for Finding a Job in Another State … “With the dramatic increase in the average time it takes to land a new job in the “post-recession” economy, it is not surprising that many job seekers have taken their searches beyond the local level, ….”
Privacy Considerations in Managing Your LinkedIn Presence … “Here are some considerations and how-to’s for controlling who can see what on your profile and who is/is not notified of changes you may make to your profile content or your connections ….”
Some Major Mistakes Seen on Executive Resumes … “There are so many mistakes and “no-no’s” on executive resumes that a Top 5, Top 10, or even Top 20 list couldn’t adequately cover them all ….”
What Executives Can Learn from the Use of Social Media in the 2012 Election …”Virtually all career experts now acknowledge the rapidly emerging importance of social media in job search ….”
Top Executive Search Firms Ranked for 2012-13 …”The site topexecutivesearchfirms.com ranks retained executive search firms based on a complex algorithmic model using proprietary weighting of the following criteria ….”
Improve Your Job Prospects with 82% of Recruiters …”A whopping 82% of recruiters say positive information found about you online will improve your prospects ….”
Five Tips for Working with Executive Recruiters in Senior Executive Job Search … “One of the most misunderstood aspects of executive job search among my executive clients seems to be the nature of recruiting firms and how they operate ….”
Executive Skills Most Sought-After by Employers …”Here are the characteristics and abilities most sought-after by today’s employers, as found by survey ….”
Don’t Miss Out on Opportunities Due to an Incomplete LinkedIn Profile! …”According to LinkedIn, profiles considered “complete” by LinkedIn’s standards receive 40 times more “opportunities” (contacts from prospective hiring managers and recruiters) ….”
Are Many Executive Jobs Actually Landed Through LinkedIn? …”641 votes and counting… That’s how many have been received in response to a survey ….”
Could Putting Hyperlinks in Your Resume Backfire? …”Some automatic systems may eliminate a document with hyperlinks in it due to legitimate fears of where they could go ….”
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 ….”
Recruiters and Job Boards: Are They Worth an Executive’s Time? … “Regarding the efficacy of contacting recruiters or using recruiter sites and job boards in general, ….”
Should I Be Using Twitter in My Executive Job Search? …”If you’re not a “Tweeple” (someone who posts “tweets” on Twitter.com), you may wish consider becoming one …”
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 ….”
Should an Executive Write His or Her Own Resume? …”… some perspective on the subject for any of you wrestling with whether to write your own executive resume ….”
Do Your Homework Before That Executive Job Interview …”Consider the following executive interview disaster scenario ….”
What Is the Best Executive Resume Style? …”…regarding the pros and cons of chronological versus functional executive resumes ….”
Should You List Your Street Address on Your Executive Resume? …”Is it advisable to list or to exclude your street address on a resume, particularly one that is going to be posted to the Web on job or recruiter sites?” ….
Executive Job Interview Landmines …”I find it particularly amazing that anyone would actually DO pet peeve #11: “Candidate trashes former employers” ….
Still Not on the Social Media Bandwagon? … “Could be a big mistake!”….
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 ….”
Virtual Versus Real World Job Search … “Recent Weddles research has found that more than 25% of all jobs are now filled over the Internet ….”
Ways That Recruiters Leverage Online Networks to Source Candidates …”A recent ExecuNet newsletter discussed the results of recent research that indicates executive recruiters are making more extensive use every day of both social and professional networks such as LinkedIn….”
Don’t Expect an Executive Recruiter to “Market” You …”One of the most misunderstood aspects of executive job search among executive candidates seems to be the nature of recruiting firms and how they operate….”
Does Your Cover Letter Come Across as Pompous?… “The fact that many job seekers compose cover letters (and resumes, for that matter) that come across as pretentious and verbose is something that I witness every single day….”
What File Format Should I Send my Executive Resume? …”Should I send my resume to recruiters and companies as a file, text document, or PDF?….”
Insider Tips on Working with Executive Recruiters …”Here are some points that executives in career transition will want to keep in mind….”
Is Your Executive Resume Keyword Optimized? … “You wisely put substantial effort into ensuring your executive resume 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 keywords?…”
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