How to annoy recruiters in your job search.

5 Ways to Annoy Recruiters: Don’t Make These Job Search Mistakes

There are a few people that you should make every effort to please. Corporate recruiters fall into this category. After all, they do hold a lot of influence over your career. All too often, job seekers engage in activities that drive recruiters up the wall. In some cases, these are clueless mistakes. In others, they […]

How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job: A Great Profile Is Not Enough

There’s an old saying that goes something like, “A great website that is not promoted is like a billboard stored in your basement.” This sentiment reminds me of LinkedIn members who have strong profiles but are invisible. For those figuring out how to use LinkedIn to find a job, they must consider what a successful […]

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9 Things Recruiters Expect from Your LinkedIn Profile

It’s not enough to throw together a LinkedIn profile, paste in some resume info, then leave it alone to somehow work its magic. You have to think about an important group of people using LinkedIn on a daily basis: Recruiters. 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to screen job candidates. This is what they expect when […]

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ)

How to Write Strong Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ)

Thinking about what to write for your executive core qualifications (ECQ) sets your nerves on edge. You want to represent your best professional self in your narratives, and the key to doing this is outlining your most significant accomplishments in specific, yet concise detail. What are Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ)? ECQs consist of the following: […]

Understanding the recruitment process.

Understanding the Recruitment Process: The Key to a Successful Job Search

While every company approaches recruiting somewhat uniquely, there are certain challenges all recruiters face. There are also processes that nearly all follow to some extent. As a job seeker, understanding these is key. The more you know about what recruiters are looking for at any point in the recruitment process, the better you can meet […]

Communications Coach: 3 Things To Do Before an Interview

If you’re in the job market, chances are you’ve come across a multitude of articles on the importance of making a positive first impression while networking or in a job interview. And for good reason: You send a message about your competence and likeability long before you open your mouth. Therefore, you’re supposed to dress […]

How to answer the interview question about your salary expectations.

How to Answer: What Are Your Salary Expectations?

Answering the interview question “What are your salary expectations?” is usually the most complex “dance” in the whole interviewing process. It can also be the most dangerous. The best strategy is to do your research in advance, know the minimum you can accept (your “walk away” number when the job is not worth it for […]

How to identify achievements for your executive resume.

The Simple Formula for Identifying Your Key Achievements on an Executive Resume

As an executive, your resume (and LinkedIn profile) should be so much more than an overview of all the jobs you’ve had throughout your career. Ideally, your executive resume will tell a compelling story of your career trajectory while highlighting your most impressive achievements and illustrating your value as a leader. Key achievements are an […]

How to make executive recruiters your ally in an executive job search.

6 Ways to Turn Executive Recruiters into your Biggest Job Search Allies

Executive recruiters can be one of your biggest assets in an executive job search if you know how to grab their attention. After years working as an Executive Recruiter, I’m going to show you how to get noticed by top recruiters and how to choose the right recruiter to help you find your next leadership […]

How to write a headline, summary, and achievements sections for executive resumes.

Executive Resumes: What Matters Most Must Appear First

Savvy executives don’t beat around the bush. They want straight facts, fast. When it comes to their executive resumes, this same strategy must apply. Often, executive resumes are written with a text-heavy approach. Copious amounts of content with detailed work histories from the past 20 to 30 years in excruciatingly dry and dull verbiage are […]

5 New Career Networking Tools to Boost Your Job Search

Networking is one of the most effective ways to land a new job or continue to move upward and onward professionally. But for many people, networking ends up last on the to-do list. Like any good habit, effective networking is tied to regularity rather than with infrequent bursts of effort. Think of it as running […]

Headhunters and Executive Recruiters

The Best Executive Resumes According to Executive Recruiters

Like any resume, executive resumes should quickly tell a candidate’s story. But for an executive resume to stand out, it also needs to quickly show leadership capabilities and how the candidate has solved problems throughout his or her career, says Mike Assaad of Robert Half Finance and Accounting staffing and recruitment agency in Chicago. “In a […]

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Don’t Be a S-A-P: Your Job Search is Not a Numbers Game

Job postings have become less effective for recruiters in the last few years because of the “spray-and-pray” (or “S-A-P”) approach many use when applying for jobs. This theory is that if a job seeker applies for as many jobs as possible, sooner or later, they’ll win the lottery and land a job. Unfortunately, that’s just […]

How to write an executive resume summary

How to Write a Compelling Executive Resume Summary

Updating your resume as an executive can be uniquely challenging. How on earth are you supposed to capture the full breadth of your value as a leader in a single document? Enter the executive resume summary. When done right, a compelling executive summary near the top of your resume will serve as your sales pitch. […]