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    Job Search Guide - Branded Resumes
by Louise Garver and Tim Muma - May, 2013
The topic of resumes up for discussion on a consistent basis, particularly figuring out how to stand out and highlight your qualifications among all the other candidates. Award-winning, certified resume writer and executive career coach, Louise Garver, is the President of Career Directions LLC, and she breaks down the key aspects of the branded resume. Louise describes to Tim Muma how these can stand out and grab the attention...
 
  Make LinkedIn References Count
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2014
Sometime during the job search process, every executive is asked for references from a potential employer. Before 2004ish employers asked for references from the executive at the end of the interview and before extending an employment offer. Fast-forward 10 years—today references may be checked before an interview. LinkedIn Reference feature makes this easy for a recruiter or hiring manager to see what people are saying about...
 
  Interview questions are dramatically changing. Do you know how to respond?
by Louise Garver - Mar, 2014
Executives are well aware that they need to be prepared to answer the typical questions during an interview such as: What is your greatest strength? Where do you see yourself in five years? What these types of interview questions don’t reveal is how good an executive will perform in the position, and isn’t that really what an employer wants to know? Major companies are moving away from the traditional interview questions t...
 
  Positive Job Forecast for Executives in 2014
by Louise Garver - Mar, 2014
Have you ever wished you had a crystal ball to help you see into the future? There are two reports regarding the global executive outlook for 2014 (Executive Search Industry Global Outlook Report and BlueSteps Global Executive Outlook) that are the next best thing. These reports cover the executive search industry outlook, business performance, senior talent shortage, and more. Some of the findings include: Retained s...
 
  LinkedIn: Confusion or Conquest? Part 2 of 2
by Louise Garver - Mar, 2014
Still confused by LinkedIn and how it fits into your job search strategies? Last week I shared the typical LinkedIn concerns voiced by executive job seekers, as well as strategies and tools to help executives better leverage LinkedIn for their job search. LinkedIn: Confusion or Conquest? Here are nine more strategies that are sure to elevate your LinkedIn profile to executive status and improve the chances of recruiters an...
 
  LinkedIn: Confusion or Conquest? Part 1 of 2
by Louise Garver - Feb, 2014
The ultimate goal of an executive LinkedIn profile is to attract the right people to it, engage them with your content, and generate a call to action. As with any effective marketing tool, it needs continual refinement to keep it up-to-date to improve impact and reach. Typical concerns: Are you struggling with knowing there is more to LinkedIn, but you don’t know how to access it? Have you exhausted the strategi...
 
  Unemployed? How Do You Show Your Value to a Potential Employer?
by Louise Garver - Feb, 2014
The number one question an unemployed executive will be asked in an interview is “What have you been doing while unemployed?” Companies want to hire executives who have up-to-date skills and are current in their industry. They often think of the unemployed as losing touch with current issues and unable to maintain the sharp edge needed to be part of an executive team. How can you show a potential employer you have contin...
 
  Recruiters Debate Resumes – What Every Executive Needs to Know
by Louise Garver - Feb, 2014
When you sit down to write your resume, the upper most thought in your mind should be: “What does a recruiter want to see in my resume that will convince him or her that I am the perfect candidate for the job?” But before that question is answered a flood of other questions enter into the dilemma: Should the resume be one page? Should the format be traditional, functional, or a combination of both styles? Should you stick...
 
  What NOT to Say on an Interview
by Louise Garver - Feb, 2014
Even an executive can be nervous on a job interview. On the other hand, the interviewer has the stress of making sure they hire the right person. So what responses will get you eliminated for consideration of the job? These are the top 5 dumbest things to say: I just need a job. Even if this is true, don’t tell the interviewer! Employers hire executives that want to work for their company, who will embrace the challenge...
 
  Executive Compensation Packages—Are you Negotiating Everything?
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2014
Knowing how to negotiate and maximize your compensation is critical to getting what you’re worth going into a new position. Do you know what to negotiate beyond the base salary? The standard benefits that most executives negotiate besides salary are health care coverage, life insurance, retirement savings, and vacation. Consider these additional benefits that could be part of the negotiations conversation. Flex-time....
 
  Career Stalled? 5 Tips to Get It Moving Forward
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2014
At some point in your career you may experience dissatisfaction with your job or where your career is headed. Whether you are bored with your current job, didn’t get the promotion you deserved, or no longer think there is a good fit with your current employer—it may be time to consider what’s next in your career. If you ask 20 people what steps you should take to move your career forward, they will probably give you 20 dif...
 
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