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Executives: Don’t Lose All Your Hard Work on Your LinkedIn Profile!

linkedin-profile-screenshotIn September 2016, LinkedIn announced a redesign of its desktop (non-app) user interface. The announcement noted, “This is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception.” The design update is expected to bring the desktop experience closer to what users of the LinkedIn mobile app are used to seeing.

More important than how LinkedIn will look once the redesign is rolled out is what features will — or won’t — still be included.

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Have You Been Asked Any of These Awful Job Interview Questions?

interview-canstockphotoA post I wrote recently on LinkedIn about How to Respond to Illegal Interview Questions generated quite a bit of interest and inquiries. Here is a sampling of just a few of the verboten questions or inappropriate statements interviewees have run into:

  • Are you dating someone?
  • How old are you? You are young enough to be my daughter.
  • Do you have any problems going out drinking with the office on Fridays?
  • How would your husband feel about you relocating for work?
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How to Modernize Your Executive Resume

product-boxes-canstockphotoWhich box do you pick up first when browsing store shelves? The plain one or the one with compelling colors and graphics?

Lucky for us, the resume of today has moved far beyond those boring, monochromatic career obituaries of times past. We are free to tastefully use color, graphics, charts, tables, and images to enhance the content.

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Wonderful Career Advice from Successful Leaders

Need Some Advice 8006468This morning I was delighted to run across a great compilation of advice from people who have been successful in diverse areas of life and business.

Their callings in life span a wide gamut of areas including corporate business, entrepreneurial enterprises, business consulting, higher education, venture capital investment, and even entertainment.

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Are You Using a “Jurassic Era” Section on Your Executive Resume?

Dinosaur canstockphoto3575905I still receive inquiries from executives regarding whether to include/not include an objective on their resumes. When I ran across a colleague’s post today about the use of an “Objective” section in today’s resumes, I just had to put my two cents in on this.

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Why Can’t I List References on My Executive Resume?

canstockphoto16793760Back in the Stone Age of resume writing, it was not uncommon to see listings of a candidate’s professional references at the end of the document, including full contact information. Then in the Bronze Age, we advanced to a simple statement “References Available Upon Request” at the bottom of the last page.

Today, you are showing your age or that you are out of step with current practices if you do either of the above. Take a look at any site displaying sample executive resumes, and you will see that listing your references on the resume is not accepted practice. This alone is enough reason to avoid including references on your executive resume, but here are a few others:

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After the Executive Job Interview: Be Sure to Send a Thank-You Letter!

Thank You KeyboardcanstockphotoOne of the first things your parents taught you as a toddler was to say “please” and “thank you.” For some reason, as adults some tend to forget the power of “Thank You” in cementing good social and professional relations, let alone making a favorable impression with potential employers.

Once you’ve won that coveted first or second interview, don’t forget that it is critical to thank EVERYONE you interviewed with, and also the recruiter who may have helped you to make that connection.

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Remembering “The Greatest”–Muhammad Ali

Muhammad-AliKnown for his passion for boxing, his wit and eloquence, and his involvement in social issues, I remember Ali as a prominent figure as I was growing up. I decided that his passing deserved note on my Executive Resumes Blog, because of the determination, ambition, perseverance, philanthropy, and unmitigated success of his career—things to which most executives would aspire.

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Giving Notice When You’ve Accepted a New Executive Position

handshakeAll of your hard work searching out opportunities for your next career step–researching companies, putting together a powerful executive resume, preparing for interviews, etc.–has paid off. You have the job offer of your dreams…

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How to Write a Dynamite Executive Resume – With Samples

ResumeNeed help writing your executive resume? Would you like to view some samples? In order to win a coveted executive position whether it be at Director/VP level or Chief Executive Officer, you MUST have an executive resume that presents a compelling synopsis of your value proposition to that potential employer. Your executive resume needs to provide a powerful answer to the reader’s question, “What’s in it for me if I hire this person?” (known as WIFM).

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