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Career Management Alliance Blog Career advice by job search experts, from our members’ blogs * Home * Member Programs * Find a Career Expert * Blog Home Recruiters Want to See More Clarity in Resumes From Quintessential Resumes and Cover Letters. Posted under Recruiters, Resumes on February 17th, 2011 This post is part of a series of excerpts from ExecuNet’s report, Making Your Résumé Recruiter Ready By ExecuNet contributing editor Marji McClure. You can download a free copy by going here. image_promolanding_resume_recruiter_ready.gif Search firm recruiters that ExecuNet surveyed indicated that executives don’t present a clear picture of their accomplishments and value proposition. Some recruiters said they would like to know more about the companies and industries in which you have worked. “I would like to see a brief description of what the companies they’ve worked for actually do,” said one recruiter, who suggests including a description like this: XYZ company is a developer and manufacturer of Class 2 medical devices. “It’s short and sweet, but very helpful as I’m going through the information on behalf my clients.” Continue Reading » Zero to Hired in 30 Days with Guerrilla Networking From Whos and Whats Concerning Your Career Blog by Resume to Referral. Posted under Job Search, Networking on February 17th, 2011 If you’re in the job market today, you know that the shortest route to employment is often . non-existent. You email your resume in response to a job posting. Then wait. Email to follow up. Wait. Get a phone interview. Wait to hear back from the employer. Etc. What a long, strange trip it can be — Continue Reading » It’s All About Powerful Keywords From Chapman Services. Posted under Resumes on February 17th, 2011 Keywords play an important role in your resume and profile and should be included in your career summary. Let’s take for instance you are an Operations Manager looking for a new position. You could say: “Operations Manager seeking position within an XYZ Corporation” but the only keyword in your summary is Operations Manager. Now, here is a powerful resume profile full of keywords: “Accomplished Operations Manager with documented history of leveraging expertise within _____ organizations. Noted success leading project teams to deliver on time and on budget while reducing 29% overhead costs and increasing service quality.“ Continue Reading » Executive Job Search: Are Your Target Employers on Twitter? From Executive Resume Branding Blog. Posted under Social Networking on February 17th, 2011 Twitter Wallpaper – Vector Redo Many top employers are busy on Twitter – posting jobs and real-time news about the company, people, products and services. Your target employers may be there. Want to find out the latest news about them, practically as it happens? For the past year or so, Susan P. Joyce of Job-Hunt.org, has been continuously updating her list of now 500+ employers recruiting on Twitter. Among the ranks you’ll find AT&T, EMC, Ernst & Young, IBM, Intel, Kroger, Mattel, Microsoft, Raytheon, Sodexo, UPS and Verizon. Continue Reading » Exec Branding Expert Offers Date Guidelines for Resumes From Quintessential Resumes and Cover Letters. Posted under Resumes on February 16th, 2011 This post is part of a series of excerpts from ExecuNet’s report, Making Your Résumé Recruiter Ready By ExecuNet contributing editor Marji McClure. You can download a free copy by going here. image_promolanding_resume_recruiter_ready.gif While some executives are apprehensive about including dates (including specific years of employment and college graduation dates) because they fear age bias, some recruiters say they want to see dates. Including such information makes recruiters feel candidates are being honest, and not hiding crucial information about their candidacy. “Put all of the information on. Don’t leave it off due to a fear of age discrimination,” says an executive recruiter. Another advises job seekers to include college graduation dates. If not mentioned, “it is clearly intended to hide information and gets us off on the wrong foot,” says the recruiter. Continue Reading » Expat Careers & Businesses: How To Stand Out in the Global Marketplace – Part 1 of 5 From Career By Choice. Posted under Branding, International, Online Identity on February 16th, 2011 The easiest and most satisfying path to professional or business success is using your unique value to meet the needs of your target employers or market. This is the reason why personal branding is at the core of my work. Personal branding is not about constructing an image that will appeal those you want to hire you. It’s about unearthing and communicating the unique combination of qualities, abilities and strengths that make you exceptional. The value that this combination can create will help you naturally stand out from them competition and attract those who need what you offer most Continue Reading » So, why should I be LinkedIn? From Sharon Graham. Posted under Recruiters, Social Networking on February 16th, 2011 When I tell six-figure professionals that LinkedIn has more than 85 million members – and that this covers 200+ countries in the world, I am often asked, “Then why should I bother? How is anyone going to find me in a membership field of that size?” The best reply is usually another question: “Executives from all Fortune 500 companies are LinkedIn. Shouldn’t you be, too?” Having said that, there are ways to optimize your presence and harness the power of this online networking tool. It’s a concept not unlike the power of having Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for a business website. Here are some ways you can do that. Continue Reading » Weighing College Majors and Career Choices From The Career Doctor Blog. Posted under Assessment, College/Education on February 16th, 2011 Stacy writes: I am currently attending community college to attain a transferable A.A. degree with plans to attend a four-year university. I am having quite a bit of trouble deciding on a direction for a major or career. I was hoping you would be able to offer me some guidance. I have a 3.85 GPA and feel that writing is my strong point academically although I have a strong interest in the social sciences. I have been employed at a local business for more than four years. I am a receptionist. I love working with our customers and feel that my verbal communication skills are above average. The business I work for is animal-related, and I also love working with them, but am not interested in veterinary medicine. Do you have any suggestions for me? Continue Reading » Strategy: Don’t Feed The Octopus From Tim Tyrell-Smith. Posted under Job Search on February 15th, 2011 job search objectives, job search, the octopus, human interest, feed, building, octopus, zoology, biology, objectives, feeding, strategy, confused, tentacles, people, singles Back in 2009 I wrote a post outlining two very different ways to look for a job. It was based on the old fable of the tortoise and the hare. The strategy they each used to race. And, yes, the tortoise won yet again. Today’s short post is about two new and equally dissimilar animals. The octopus and the elephant. I’m writing today to make a point about focus. About strategy. And about brand communication via your personal marketing materials. Continue Reading » Seven Things Not to Include in Your Resume From Quintessential Resumes and Cover Letters. Posted under Resumes on February 15th, 2011 A Guest Post by Nisa Chitakasem As a job-seeker, you probably know in your heart that the more concise and relevant a resume is, the more likely it is to hold the reader’s attention. And the more interested a recruiter is in your resume, the more likely they are to shortlist you for an interview. However, nowadays it seems that some people think resumes have to be all-singing, all-dancing multimedia presentations. It’s tempting to follow the crowd and join in. But before you start overloading your resume, read this list of things not to include. 1. A video — Embedding a video in your resume will probably have no effect except to take up space and potentially make the attachment difficult to download. 2. A photo — Unless you’re applying for a modeling or acting job, what you look like should be irrelevant when employers consider you as a job candidate. 3. 3. A “joke” — Save the jokes for your friends, not your potential employer. 4. Your age — If, for example, you put your age on a resume that you then forward to recruitment agencies to give to potential employers, some agencies will edit out this detail. This is so employers can’t discriminate against you on the basis of how old you are. 5. Any style font that isn’t Times New Roman — Times New Roman is the clearest font to read and people with bad eyesight can have trouble reading other fonts. As you don’t know if the person who’s going to be reading your resume has bad eyesight or not, it’s best to play it safe. [EDITOR’S NOTE: We disagree with this one. While fonts should be conservative, fonts other than Times New Roman are certainly acceptable.] 6. Any color font that isn’t black — Just as Times New Roman is the clearest font, black is the easiest color to read. 7. Anything that isn’t true — Don’t lie or fabricate on your resume, because you’ll be found out somewhere along the line. If not at interview, then when you’re doing the actual job. If, for instance, you’ve lied that you know how to use MS Access, what are you going to do when your boss asks you to enter data into it? Nisa Chitakasem is the founder of Position Ignition — a careers company dedicated to taking you to the next step in your career. Nisa is passionate about helping individuals find the right career path for them whether it involves finding a more rewarding career, making a career change, figuring out the right career plan or being creative about career directions. For free advice, guidance and information on careers visit the Position Ignition Career Blog or find Nisa on Twitter @PosIgnition or Facebook.