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Category: Executive Job Search & Career Management

2018 Top Companies to Work For

LinkedIn has an updated list of the top companies to work for in 2018, along with a lot of information about each company.

These companies are where LinkedIn has concluded that professionals most want to work — based on the actions of 546 million LinkedIn members throughout the world, 146 million just in the U.S.

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Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 8 Ways Your Cover Letter Could be Sabotaging You

It has unfortunately been my experience with a few executive clients that they take the high-impact executive resume we developed and send it out “bare” to a potential employer–without a customized cover letter. This comprises the first, and often fatal cover letter self-sabotage.

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10 Considerations When You Have a Job Offer on the Table

You just got the call and a prospective employer wants you to come on board! The very first thing to consider is whether the salary and compensation package are what you could reasonably expect and be happy with. The financial aspect is critical, because the most wonderful work environment, challenging and satisfying role, and great work culture are not worth much if you can’t live comfortably on your salary or are feeling resentful that you are underpaid from day one.

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What Can I Say if My Boss Notices I’ve Updated My LinkedIn Profile?

Oops! You recently made some changes or updates to your LinkedIn profile content and your boss or colleagues have noticed that and are asking you about it, or have expressed disapproval or alarm. As an executive resume writer who is often asked by my executive clients for executive resume writing tips, I have found that I am frequently approached for advice as well on how to effectively and safely create visibility on LinkedIn.

So what to do?

Be Mindful: Recruiters ARE LOOKING at Your Social Media Activity

Did you know that a full 87 PERCENT of recruiters use LinkedIn to reach out to candidates? And that the vast majority of employers weigh your positive or negative presence in social media heavily in making hiring decisions?

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Executive Job Search Using Job Search Engines

Once you’ve got a dynamite executive resume together, the next step is to plan and start a comprehensive job search campaign. A truly effective campaign will utilize more than one resource…

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How to Write a Keyword Rich Executive Resume – with Examples

By now virtually everyone who is or has been recently in the job market is likely aware of the importance of keywords in career communications, whether it be your executive resume, your LinkedIn profile, or the cover letter you send along with your resume. See strategies and samples in this article.

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What You Need to Know About the Big Changes LinkedIn is Deploying

LinkedIn is currently rolling out what is being called the “new desktop experience.” Every two years or so, LinkedIn makes significant changes to the design and content of its website. The latest update — launched in late 2016/early 2017 — is designed to align the LinkedIn desktop experience with what users of the LinkedIn mobile app have seen for quite some time.

Ryan Roslansky, Vice President for Product at LinkedIn, said in a blog post in September 2016 that “this is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception, and it’s the foundation for our future.”

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Privacy Considerations on LinkedIn

Strategies regarding public profile visibility and whether to allow LinkedIn to publicize changes made and activities engaged in (such as acquiring new connections)… If currently employed and wary of your employer or colleagues becoming aware you may be looking, you may want to heavily restrict profile change and activity updates to your connections. If not currently employed or in a situation where everyone is aware you are looking anyway, you may want to leave all of your content and activities open to the world.

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Executive Resumes: Hard Skills Are Great But Don’t Forget the Soft Skills!

Soft Skills in Executive ResumesSome careers professionals have said a lot over the years about so-called “soft” skills being fluff and unnecessary to feature in your executive resume. Your “hard” skills (e.g., project management, P&L management, sales force management, logistics and supply chain, sales and marketing–whatever is relevant for your functional role) are certainly paramount. However, if you neglect to let your readers know you also possess great “soft” skills

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