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Reflections of an Executive Resume Writer
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Out of Work? Chin Up! All It Takes is One ‘Yes’

I find my work helping clients put their best foot forward with compelling executive resumes very rewarding in general, but it can also be distressing to see people suffering from

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. The overwhelming

The Purpose and Value of an Executive Resume

A recent article in the PARWCC (Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches) monthly newsletter discussed the definition of a resume, and some of the key benefits of creating

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Recruiters and Job Boards: Are They Worth an Executive’s Time?

I had yet another client ask me this question today. Here are my thoughts: Regarding the efficacy of contacting recruiters or using recruiter sites and job boards in general, I

Executives Plan to Delay Retirement

According to a Society for Human Resource Management report (no longer available as of 2019), 68% of human resource professionals have observed an increase in employees extending their planned retirement

Tips for Executives Looking to Serve on Boards

A new book by Jim Brown entitled The Imperfect Board Member is getting raves from a variety of reviewers, including Ken Blanchard (co-author of the classic, The One-Minute Manager). The

CEOs: VC-backed Tech Firm Sector on Road to Recovery

Business Week’s CEO Guide to the Tech-Job Outlook raises hopes for an industry turnaround by 2010, with senior executives reporting that hiring at small, VC-funded firms is increasing. According to

Should an Executive Write His or Her Own Resume?

I wrote the following as part of a Career Thought Leaders Consortium discussion that is ongoing regarding “Can You/Must You Write Your Own Resume.” Hopefully my observations will provide some

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Should I Be Using Twitter in My Executive Job Search?

If you’re not a “Tweeple” yet (someone who posts “tweets” on Twitter.com), you may wish consider becoming one. As you probably know, Twitter is one of the many social networking

Costly Executive Job Search Mistakes

A survey conducted recently for The Ladders job site of 500 executive recruiters reveals what recruiters consider to be the three greatest mistakes made by job seekers in these tough