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Category: Working with Recruiters

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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Executive Job Search Tip: Want Good Answers? Ask the Right Questions.

Jason Alba has a great blog (and a career management website called JibberJobber that is worth looking into as well). In reading his latest post “I Broke My Ankle. Lessons Learned…,” I was nodding yes for two reasons:

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How to Modernize Your Executive Resume

product-boxes-canstockphotoWhich 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.

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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.

Avoiding Discrimination Based on Your Executive Resume

From the PeopleFlo blog, written by an executive recruiter, there are numerous ways in which you can be discriminated against, or as she cites the definition, have an “unjust or

Landed that Phone Interview? Here’s What to Do Before, During, and After

Blue phone handsetAll that hard work you did in preparing your executive resume and identifying companies to approach has paid off. You’ve got a phone interview scheduled with a company you’d like to work for and potentially the job of your dreams. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t blow it now.

Be Found on LinkedIn: Are You Eliminating Yourself from Consideration without Realizing It?

In completing another LinkedIn strategies seminar last week, I garnered numerous insights and takeaways. Following are a few standouts. There are five primary reasons that a candidate’s profile is either

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Executive Job Search Etiquette

A recent entry on U.S. News & World Report’s Careers Blog provides some excellent tips on how to enhance your reputation and professional image while conducting a job search, through

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate: Job Seekers and Recruiters

Social media guru Joshua Waldman featured a great infographic on his blog today. It explores vividly the disconnect between what recruiters say and job seekers hear. While the infographic was

A Few Quick Tips on Working with Recruiters

There some commonly held myths with regard to working with recruiters. Awareness of these can spare you some frustration and hopefully expedite your search for that new executive position. Some