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    Job Search Guide - Turning the Entry-Level Resume Into One With Experience
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez and Tim Muma - Jul, 2014
Resumes are a popular topic on LJNRadio for good reason, and for this episode Tim Muma takes a slightly altered approach. He speaks with Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, who brings her experienced insights with her. The strategy she brings to this show is finding a way to take one's early resume - often short and light on experience - and finding ways to create a stronger, more professional...
 
  Top 10 Executive Resume Mistakes
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2014
Over the past several weeks, I’ve reviewed hundreds of executive resumes and I’ve seen the same resume mistakes over and over again. Executive resumes must be personally branded, persuasive, and impactful. They must also be laser-focused on what you have accomplished—and not just what you do. Here are the top ten resume mistakes I see on most executive resumes: Focusing on “Do” I get it; it’s hard to write about yourself...
 
  Why Your Job Search Needs Social Media
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2014
If you’re not using social media as part of your job search, you’re missing the boat. It’s so common now that if you don’t have a social media profile, you have no chance of successfully penetrating the hidden job market. Especially among the younger set, social media is being used as a means to network with people who could help them connect with desirable employers. LinkedIn Even if you’re highly resistant to using soc...
 
  Two Big Mistakes to Avoid on Your Executive-Level Job Search
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2014
When you are conducting an executive-level job search, competition is fierce, the jobs are few, and the candidates are many. This means taking the time to develop a compelling executive resume and cover letter. You need an executive resume that markets your value to a prospective employer. But it doesn't end there, especially if you get the interview. Here we will review two mistakes you absolutely do not want to make during a...
 
  Is Your LinkedIn Profile Hindering Your Executive Job Search?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2014
When it comes to executive-level positions, 94% of recruiters and HR professionals are using LinkedIn to find the best candidates for the job. If you've be submitting your resume to positions for which you should be a top candidate but just aren't seeing results, it might be time to take a look at your profile. LinkedIn is a critical business tool—and it is certainly a part of the hiring process that you cannot ignore. You...
 
  Making a Downward Shift from High-Ranking Executive
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - May, 2014
While career trajectories are almost always pointed upward, there can come a time, especially near the end of a long career, where life in the boss's seat just isn't where you want to be anymore. Maybe you miss interacting more directly with everyone, or perhaps you just want to take the weight of the business off of your shoulders and enjoy a nice career change before you retire. Whatever your reasons, you will still find tha...
 
  Why Your Executive Resume and LinkedIn Profile Should NOT Be Identical
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2014
It's such a commonplace mistake, and it is one that is incredibly easy for job seekers to make. After all, LinkedIn looks like a great site for inputting your resume data. Yet, if your LinkedIn page is just a copy of your resume, you are actually making a huge miscalculation. Your LinkedIn page is your opportunity to stand out to a recruiter who already has your resume in his or her hand. It's also a place to network with like...
 
  Why Your LinkedIn Profile Should Be More Than a Copy of Your Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2014
LinkedIn is a great tool for professionals. It offers the opportunity to network with others in your field, and it can be a great tool for finding job leads—and even getting hired. All too often, I see people who simply copy their resume information directly into their LinkedIn profile. This is absolutely the wrong approach for a few reasons, and if this is something that you are doing, it is definitely something you should fi...
 
  Top 10 Worst Words to Use on Your Resume.
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2014
Recruiters have confirmed my suspicions! Recently, a survey of more than 2,200 hiring managers revealed the worst words you can use on your resume. Below you’ll find the top 10 offenders: 1. Best of breed 2. Go-getter 3. Think outside of the box 4. Synergy 5. Go-to person 6. Thought leadership 7. Value add 8. Results-driven 9. Team player 10. Bottom-line 11. Hard worker A list made up mostly of soft skills t...
 
  7 Ways Your Resume Is Boring Just Like Everyone Else’s
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
The economy seems to be picking up a little, and more and more job seekers are coming to us and letting us know about internal opportunities within their organization they would like to apply to. But even as more opportunities open up, the competition is as strong—or stronger than ever before. That’s why your resume has to be perfect. Here are seven ways your resume isn’t quite cutting it. So, take it out, brush it off, and...
 
  Why Resume Templates Are Job Search Killers
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2014
There’s this wonderful illustration about nature I want to share in relation to the effectiveness of resume templates. Zebras have these great stripes that cause them to blend into their herds. It’s actually a lifesaving feature when being attacked by a predator. I equate resume templates to a Zebra’s stripes—really great for camouflage and blending into a “herd” of other job seekers. Not so great for standing out from the...
 
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