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Protect Your LinkedIn Profile from Plagiarism!

It appears that unless you proactively change some default settings on LinkedIn, you are now authorizing the Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word to access content such as work experience descriptions from your profile and display them as models to the Word user, which will facilitate plagiarism in their resumes or LinkedIn profiles by those so inclined! This is definitely NOT OK in my view!

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A Baker’s Dozen Items NOT to Include in Your Executive Resume

I’ve written a number of articles over the years about information that should appear in your executive resume.

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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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How to Write a WOW Executive Resume Work History

Do the work experiences on your executive resume read like a career obituary? Does reading about yourself make even YOU want to yawn?

Here are a few resume writing tips to help you avoid this response from your audience of executive recruiters and hiring managers.

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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?

Posted in Job Change Etiquette, Career Advice, Executive Job Search, Executive Resume Writing Tips, Executive Job Search & Career Management, Job Market Trends, Online Identity, Online Job Search, Executive Networking, LinkedIn, VIEW ALL POSTS

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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