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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...
 
  REFERRALS: The New Currency in Job Search
by Louise Garver - May, 2014
It’s common knowledge that about an average of 75-150 executives apply for every job opening. It’s not a surprise that half of the people who apply for a job are not qualified. In the mind of the executive recruiter or hiring manager, a referral is more likely to be a qualified candidate. When it comes to choosing the final five candidates, typically two of those five were referred. In three to five years how many out o...
 
  6 Job Search Myths: To Believe or Not to Believe?
by Louise Garver - May, 2014
Executives that are actively in job search mode can be busy juggling the many tasks of daily living and keeping a current employer happy. Sometimes they lag behind in the job search process and wonder why they aren’t moving forward faster. Here’s a few common myths that often derail the success of a job hunt. MYTH 1: “I should get the interview because I’m qualified.” Many well-qualified executives end up in the rejection p...
 
  Don’t Accept a Job Offer Before Asking Yourself These 9 Questions!
by Louise Garver - May, 2014
It may have been a long road for you to get to this point in the job search process – the offer! Even if the time you invested in job search was short, you are more than likely ready to get settled into a new job. But, before you make that all-important decision have you asked yourself… 1. Will this job help me reach my short- or long-term career goals? Be honest—is this job to help you bridge a gap in positions (pay the b...
 
  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...
 
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