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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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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?

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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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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Do You Make Any of These Common Executive Job Search Mistakes?

There are many mistakes that are very easy to make in executive job search. Are you making any of these?

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Wall Street Journal: If You’re Ignoring LinkedIn, You’re Hurting Your Career

Networking3Still 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.

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How to Keep an Executive Job Search Secret from Your Employer

canstockphoto21081911You’ve decided that it’s time to move on to greener pastures where your talents will be fully utilized and appreciated… You’re ready and eager to take that next career step. You’ve assembled a job search toolkit including a powerful executive resume, LinkedIn profile, and executive bio, and you’re poised to get started….

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Your LinkedIn Contact Network: Build it Big for Maximum Career Benefits

LinkedIn 500 Plus ConnectionsBigger 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.”

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How to Get a Recruiter to Open Your Email (and Your Executive Resume)

You’ve put together a dynamite executive resume and are ready to dispatch it to a recruiter. Of course you’ve also included an attention-grabbing message in the body of your email.