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  Why a LinkedIn Profile Does Not Replace the Resume
by Linda Dobogai - Feb, 2014
A few career management experts have predicted the demise of the resume in today’s world of fast-paced social media connections. This is based on an assumption that the LinkedIn profile will act as the replacement. However, there are several reasons why this assumption is incorrect. A LinkedIn profile provides background information. A resume also provides background information. Where they differ is in perspective and the a...
 
  "What If" Scenarios Facing Job Seekers and Strategies That Help
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Feb, 2014
Dear Leah, This month, allow me to share with you an excerpt of a career planning book for which I am a contributing writer. The chapter I wrote was on the "What if" scenarios facing job seekers and strategies to help them work around those issues. The topic I choose for this newsletter is one that many people face - working with professionals from other generations as equals - or even superiors - in a job. After all, just...
 
  3 Tips for a Standout Personal Brand Message in Your Cover Letter
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
As a resume writer who frequently assists executives and senior-level professionals to create thoughtful cover letters, I enjoyed talking with Leslie Stevens-Huffman of Dice.com for her insightful article, 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Cover Letter. As she notes, your job search can stall if your cover letter fails to show your value, or makes it obvious that you’re not taking the time to learn about the employer’s business....
 
  5 Tips for Preventing Age Bias in Your Executive Resume & LinkedIn Profile
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
Back in the job market for an executive role? You may have encountered (or wondered about) potential age discrimination when putting yourself “out there” for an executive job search. If you find yourself experiencing rejection in your job applications, the possibility of age discrimination may seem all too real. Yet, it’s possible that you’re actually CALLING attention to your age – more so that your leadership qualif...
 
  Biased Interviewers in a Job Search
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2014
All of us as human beings have biases. Some people just have more or stronger ones than others. That’s not always a problem. However, if you’re engaged in an active job search or planning one, biased interviewers can definitely pose a huge problem. Ways in Which Biased Interviewers Can Hurt You An article by Greg Moran on RecruitingTrends.com, “Three Tips for Managing Biases that Destroy the Interview Process,” points...
 
  Do You Really Need a Cover Letter for Executive Jobs?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Feb, 2014
Invariably, when job seekers try to figure out what’s going to help them stand out to an employer, the subject of cover letters comes up – followed by confusion. Do you really need a cover letter for each executive job application? How can you be sure that employers are actually reading the letter you’re so carefully crafting? Is it a myth that a cover letter can distinguish you in the executive job search? Here are...
 
  How To Care About The Bottom Line And Improve Company Culture
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Feb, 2014
A recent ERE.net article, “Helicopter Parents,” addresses the idea of companies “adjusting … business practices and offerings to meet [millennial generation] expectations.” The conversation around how employers should cultivate an enriching culture that indicates employers are going to mentor, coach and care about the advancement and overall career satisfaction of their employees is valid. This topic is well-covered publi...
 
  How to Look for a New Job on LinkedIn Without Everyone Knowing
by Barbara Safani - Feb, 2014
If you are currently employed, you may be concerned about using LinkedIn for your job search, since your activity could tip off certain people about your search who you would prefer to keep in the dark. But with a few minor adjustments, you can leverage LinkedIn’s robust network and data to create a stealth networking strategy and keep your intentions private. The key is to adjust your privacy settings, so certain information...
 
  Inside The Mind Of A Telecommuting Employer!
by Kevin Donlin - Feb, 2014
I recently had an employer advertise her job in my newsletter and it got me wondering what employers are thinking when the applicants start flooding in. After speaking with her I was able to get some really valuable feedback and I wanted to share that with you. “Avoid using abbreviations and acronyms in your cover letter and resume. Or at least spell it out in the first instance and give the abbreviation in parenthesis. F...
 
  LinkedIn & Your Confidential Job Search
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2014
Heads up, confidential job seekers! Your search might have become a lot less confidential than you thought, if you unintentionally selected having a “Job Seeker Badge” (briefcase icon) as part of your LinkedIn profile. What is a Job Seeker Badge? According to LinkedIn’s Help feature, here’s the basic answer: How do I show that I am looking for a job? A Job Seeker Badge (briefcase) can be displayed next to your n...
 
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