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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...
 
  How does knowing your “WHY” help you in your career?
by Louise Garver - Aug, 2014
You may have heard of Simon Sinek, the author of “Start With Why.” His message in this book is focused on how great leaders inspire everyone to take action. So how does knowing more about your “why” help you? The why I am referring to here isn’t “why should I get up and go to work today?” It is an outlook on life, work and how you want to make a difference—in essence, it’s your purpose, cause or belief behind what and how y...
 
  Why Recruiters Ignore Your Resume
by Louise Garver - Jul, 2014
A recruiter has asked you to submit your resume for a search assignment they are trying to fill. Then silence. You may think your resume landed in the black hole, but actually, these factors may have negatively influenced the recruiter. 1. You don’t have a gmail email address. Executives are thought of as movers and shakers, people with forward thinking. Those are the types of executives that recruiters are looking for...
 
  How Do Recruiters Read An Executive Resume?
by Louise Garver - Jul, 2014
Wouldn’t you like to know how recruiters read your resume? If you did know, you could leverage that knowledge to incorporate the right strategies into your resume, right? Believe it or not, recruiters are trained how to grab the most information in the least amount of time. By last count, they have shaved the time down from 10 seconds to 6 seconds, so you know your resume needs to be sharp to capture their interest. Jennife...
 
  Got a Job Offer? Now What?
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2014
Congratulate yourself! You aced the interviews and just received a job offer. Now all you have to do is accept it. But wait – it’s not always that easy. Accepting an offer of a job is an important step in any executive’s career. You may encounter one or more of these scenarios: What if two companies offer you a job? It can be a difficult decision if you like both companies. It may be necessary to review the pros and cons of...
 
  What Red Flags Are In Your Career History And How Do You Manage Them?
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2014
Even executives are not above a few glitches in their career. These five things are challenges you may have encountered during your career. Recruiters can sometimes form biased opinions based on these issues. Here are some helpful tips to overcome the recruiter seeing “red flags.” Short-term jobs. Employers question executives who move around a little too often. Their concerns are whether you don’t know how to identify the...
 
  Hidden Job Market – So Secret You Can’t Find It?
by Louise Garver - Jun, 2014
The hidden job market is often described as the jobs that aren’t publicly announced or viewable on a company’s website or listed in other common areas where job opportunities exist. Some experts proclaim that this hidden job market constitutes up to 80% of the available jobs. So how do executives tap into this vast pool of opportunities? Network & Timing. Before a job goes “public” there can be 20 or more people in differen...
 
  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...
 
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