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  Executive Bios: The Top 10 Ways to Use One
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Sep, 2014
Do you have an executive bio? And do you know how best to use one? Bios have been around for decades and are often used by senior executives. In fact, recruiters and employers tend to assume that if you are a senior executive, you already have one. Useful for reminding your network what you bring to the table and introducing your background to prospective contacts, your bio also presents key details about you to recruiters,...
 
  The Top 10 Reasons You Need a Career Journal
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Sep, 2014
By the time you sit down to update your resume or finally hire a professional to write it for you it’s already too late — too late to clarify your brand, achievements, and goals in the time available before you complete the project. The time to start all of these activities is long before you need them. In other words, now. A career journal can help you to jumpstart the process in a gentle way. Unlike a regular journal, a c...
 
  Update Your Resume Month
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Aug, 2014
Is your resume ready for that next great opportunity? If a recruiter or prospective employer called with an interesting opening, would you be poised to seize the moment? You can answer “yes” to these questions ONLY if your resume is already in great shape and simply needs a quick update with your latest achievements. In other words, the time to get a resume update is when you DON”T yet need one. If you wait until you...
 
  Makeover Your Resume Achievements
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Aug, 2014
One of the key principles I am constantly preaching to my clients is that when it comes to resumes and LinkedIn profiles, more is not really more. Less is emphatically more in these arenas. You can see this clearly in the resume achievement makeovers below. I’ve pulled resume bullets and paragraphs from random resumes and revamped each one in turn. In this first example the bullet is too long and too vague to impr...
 
  How to Build Strong Relationships with Recruiters, Hiring Executives & Key Influencers
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Jul, 2014
Ultimately, a job search is all about relationships – building meaningful connections with retained recruiters, hiring managers/executives, and key industry influencers. But how do you do that in world of information overload? The approach I recommend is to give before you seek to receive from these important connections. Everyone else is bombarding them with requests from the get-go; if you take a different approach...
 
  10 Ways to Leverage LinkedIn Company Pages
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Mar, 2014
Company pages on LinkedIn are a great resource of business intelligence for savvy users in search of new career opportunities. Whether you’re in active or passive search or seeking to optimize your career growth long-term, check out these 10 ways to take full advantage of the 3M company pages available on LinkedIn. About Us This quick overview section may contain valuable cultural information about the company such...
 
  What’s Your Career’s Big Picture?
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Feb, 2014
I review executive resumes daily and nearly all of them lack context clues. Why is that a problem? Without context you cannot tell the whole story of your career, your individual roles, or any achievement. Context clues give your readers perspective to enable them to see the bigger picture. As Merriam-Webster notes, context is the “situation in which something happens” or the “interrelated conditions” in which somethin...
 
  Executive Job Interviews & Networking: Improve Yours
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Jan, 2014
If you haven’t been on an executive-level job interview in awhile you may want to consider evaluating your performance during your first few forays to uncover needed improvements. And if you’re conducting a series of networking discussions, this same approach will help you to bolster your performance and your results. I’ve listed a series of self-coaching questions here for your consideration. My suggestion would be to...
 
  7 Ways A Guerilla Job Search Produces Great Results
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Jun, 2007
Is your job search producing lackluster results? Don’t settle for a job search that just creeps along! Instead, consider a job search makeover to take fuller advantage of high performing guerrilla job search tactics. If you’re not familiar with the term “guerrilla,” you need to know that guerrilla job search techniques are unconventional, often radical, and always strategic. Guerrilla job search tactics outperform traditio...
 
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