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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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Wall Street Journal: If You’re Ignoring LinkedIn, You’re Hurting Your Career

Networking3Still scoffing about LinkedIn as not worth your time? WSJ author Joanna Stern aptly describes public perceptions of the social media landscape and LinkedIn’s place in it…. After all, a dynamite executive resume can’t do it all for you: It is critical to be actively building your network, improving your job skills, and increasing your industry knowledge.

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How to Keep an Executive Job Search Secret from Your Employer

canstockphoto21081911You’ve decided that it’s time to move on to greener pastures where your talents will be fully utilized and appreciated… You’re ready and eager to take that next career step. You’ve assembled a job search toolkit including a powerful executive resume, LinkedIn profile, and executive bio, and you’re poised to get started….

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Your LinkedIn Contact Network: Build it Big for Maximum Career Benefits

LinkedIn 500 Plus ConnectionsBigger isn’t always better, but in the case of LinkedIn networks it definitely is. Since LinkedIn’s inception in 2002 (Wow! Has it really been THAT long?), their advice and the advice of most career professionals was to focus on connecting with people you know, and eschew “open” networking (and the designation as a LION – LinkedIn Open Networker). Their original terms of service even warned to “Only connect with people you know.”

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What Should I Bring to the Executive-Level Job Interview?

keyboard and handshakehs3All of your hard work and persistence, a dynamite executive resume, and a successful phone screening have won you that coveted in-person interview with your target company.

The next question becomes: What do I bring to the interview? The last thing you want to do is be flailing around the morning of the interview, tossing things into your handbag or briefcase.

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I am a certified executive resume writer and career coach with more than two decades of success providing executive resume writing and career transition services to senior executives in industry and government (including numerous "C-level" Fortune 500 executives).

Serving two terms on PARW's Certification Board, I played an important role in setting standards for the industry. I have served as a judge for two international resume writing competitions, and on the Ethics and By-Laws Committee of the NRWA. My work has been published in a variety of career books.

In my ongoing quest to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and issues affecting executive employment and executive resume writing, I frequently encounter information and articles that I believe will be of interest to my clients, and executives and senior managers in general.

My “blog” (short for Web Log) or newsletter is where you will find links to timely articles and information, my comments on them, as well as reflections on various career topics from the perspective of a seasoned executive resume writer and career strategies coach. In addition to resume writing issues and techniques, the blog covers a broad spectrum of topics pertinent to executives in career transition.

I am confident you will find useful information and insights on my “Executive Resumes” blog that will better equip you for the challenges of planning and advancing your executive career.

I occasionally make recommendations for books, services, or products, and in some cases the link provided is an affiliate link. This means I may receive compensation when you take action on my recommendations. I only recommend products and services that I use, am personally familiar with, or have been recommended to me by people I trust.

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