Executive Resumes & Career Transition Strategies Blog
Reflections of an Executive Resume Writer
Welcome to this newsletter or "blog," your source for authoritative and creative executive resume writing tips and samples, as well as career transition strategies. Here you will find timely articles and insightful commentary on the latest executive resume writing and executive job search issues and trends, with examples and important do's and don'ts.
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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.
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?
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.”
A common myth is that companies do not hire during the holidays. Despite being common, this idea is just that… a myth. Just ask your fellow executive who was offered a job on Black Friday. Or the one who was invited in for a second interview two days before Christmas.
Putting your job search on hold between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Which box do you pick up first when browsing store shelves? The plain one or the one with compelling colors and graphics?
Lucky for us, the resume of today has moved far beyond those boring, monochromatic career obituaries of times past. We are free to tastefully use color, graphics, charts, tables, and images to enhance the content.
Back 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:
All 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…
Still 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.
Bigger 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.”
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 executive resume samples have been published in a variety of career books.
About This Blog
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, techniques, and samples, 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.
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