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Add Sizzle to a Boring Cover Letter

Add Sizzle to Your Cover LettersCover letters can either excite a potential employer or bore him or her to tears.

A current executive resume writing client asked me for a few quick tips on adding some sizzle to his cover letters, and here is what I told him.

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Play Your Cards Close to the Vest When Employers Request Your Current Salary

There really is no good reason for prospective employers to insist you reveal your current salary (or past salaries) in order to be considered for hire. Any employer worth his/her salt knows that the salary offer should be based on a candidate’s value and reasonable market value of the position, completely independent of what their current or previous employers may have paid them.

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Is Keyword Testing of My Executive Resume Worthwhile?

Older ATS systems require that your resume contain the EXACT phrase and in the EXACT order it appears in the job posting in order to merit a high score.

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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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!

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.

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?