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June 29, 2011

Is Your Executive Resume Making This Fatal Mistake?

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Is Your Executive Resume Making This Fatal Mistake?

 

Sending out an executive or professional resume that you’ve invested significant time (or money) into, but still failing to get employers’ attention?

If your value proposition is buried under long, drawn-out sentences, your brand message may be lost—and your audience confused about why they should hire you for a leadership role.

Here are some tip-offs to a too-wordy resume that fails to distinguish your skills and kills your chances with recruiters:

– Your leadership resume easily exceeds the maximum 3 pages that recruiters will read

– The results of your work appear all the way at the end of each sentence—buried and hard to find among lengthy, drawn-out explanations

– You’ve started many phrases or sentences with the same word, which weakens your message

– Your bullet-point sentences are longer than 2 or 3 lines, which makes them nearly impossible to scan quickly

– You’ve added too many adjectives and adverbs, with every achievement noted as “outstanding,” “exceptional,” and worst of all, “successful.” (if your efforts weren’t successful, why would they appear on your resume?)

If any of these apply to your resume, it’s easy to trim excess words and get hiring managers to act on your qualifications. Here are 3 ways to cut to the bottom line on your leadership resume, quickly and efficiently:

1 – Skip the verbs and excess explanation for increased impact.

As a branded marketing document, your leadership resume can make use of sentence fragments that are concise and to the point. However, using too many words in these sentences—instead of focusing on results—can obscure the message in your resume, as evidenced by this example:

Original: “Led large-scale operations restructuring and expansion of call centers and company facilities, resulting in a 63% profit increase in just three years and the region’s lowest personnel costs.”

New: “63% profit increase in 3 years plus lowest per-employee expenses with enterprise-level operations restructuring and expansion.”

Here, the original sentence was condensed 37%–but it still conveys the same meaning. Now, imagine what cutting more than a third of the clutter could do for the clarity of YOUR executive resume!

To use this technique, make list of front-loaded results sentences like these, give this section a name (such as Selected Leadership Results), and then pop it on front page for maximum exposure.

2 – Take out your long and winding summary paragraph.

There’s no need to bore your reader with a lookalike resume summary or profile that states the obvious, such as:

“Accomplished professional with proven operations leadership, technology utilization, and marketing experience in the manufacturing industry. Skilled in leading projects in fast-paced settings, with excellent team-building and cross-functional communications skills.”

The problem with a paragraph like this isn’t the writing itself; it’s the fact that this description could apply to almost anyone!

What I recommend instead is a tight description that includes a description of your executive achievements—cutting down the volume of words while delivering a tightly branded message, as in these examples taken from leadership resumes:

“VP Technology attaining 99% over-goal performance by exceeding SLA requirements through strategic planning, cost containment, and contract negotiations.”

“Asset management executive and former CFO skilled in negotiating transactions with Fortune 100-1000 companies and improving profit potential through targeted risk assessment.”

3 – Learn to write a branding headline for yourself.

A trade secret among professional and executive resume writers, the headline is actually a tagline that allows you condense more data into a tight space. The best part? Your resume can use more than one headline to convey your strongest points.

Here are some examples of headlines that encapsulate value and position the applicant for a particular role:

“Senior pharmaceutical executive behind accelerated, multibillion-dollar product launches”

“Global growth for new-media marketing company achieving worldwide recognition”

“Investment expertise that promotes financial health through investment & capital planning”

A branding headline can quickly give employers the “big picture” of your achievements, without taking up precious space on your executive resume.

To create this statement, combine the position you seek with a major achievement from your career, showing the results of your work or the approach that you use. In fact, you can lift a success story directly from the body of your leadership resume and summarize it in this manner—allowing you to remove extraneous detail from elsewhere in your document.

As you continue to adjust your executive resume and tighten the language, be sure to show it to colleagues and others familiar with your work.

You might find that, even with excess words removed, that your resume still conveys your brand message—and faster to boot.

Executive resume writer Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CIC, TCCS is an award-winning Executive Resume Writer and former recruiter who has achieved a 98% success rate opening doors to prestigious jobs through personal branding techniques. The Executive Director of An Expert Resume, she partners exclusively with CIO, CTO, COO, CEO, CMO, CNO, SVP, VP, and Director-level candidates.

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June 27, 2011

Professional Resume Writing Services: The Ugly (Part III)

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Professional Resume Writing Services: The Ugly (Part III)

Article by Stephen Van Vreede

 

This article represents my third installment of a three-part series on professional resume-writing services. The first part dealt with the “good” aspects of the industry and the myriad ways that resume writers have benefited both job seekers as well as hiring managers and recruiters. The second part focused on some of the “bad” or negative issues that plague the industry and how both resume writers and job seekers can overcome them.

In this discussion, I will focus on the “ugly” parts of the resume-writing industry, looking at how a few bad apples have caused job seekers and industry analysts to question the legitimacy of the industry as a whole.

As a resume writer myself, here are some of the worst issues that I have to face when addressing concerns from worried job seekers who, understandably, don’t want to make a poor investment:

1.Overselling the product. I’ll be honest. This issue drives me crazy even though I grasp perfectly how it happens. Selling a resume, particularly online, like most Internet services is based 80% on pure emotion. Sure, the job seeker needs a resume and starts looking for a writer. But job seeking and resume preparation are emotional things, no matter whether you are currently employed, recently laid off, looking to change careers, or re-entering the workforce. Everyone is nervous. So, resume writers naturally often end up being part writer and part counselor to their clients. That in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing; however, on the sales side, sometimes it can lead to “selling the farm” as a way of soothing the fears of potential clients and getting them to put their trust in your services.

The biggest way that happens is by making promises or guarantees that no writer can be 100% sure of. The second way is by misrepresenting the role of the resume. A resume does NOT get you a job. You do! A resume is a tool. And like any tool, the more well made it is, the better results it will produce for the hand that wields it.

Although the resume-writing industry has done remarkably well at selling job seekers on the need for a well-made resume, it has not done so well at also selling them on the idea that they need to learn how to use it. Most job seekers lack proficient job hunting skills, thinking that a flashy resume and the Internet are all they need.

I look at it this way: I want to make a cabinet, so I buy the nicest saw there is. I can read all the product instructions. Peruse consumer reports. Watch demos. But unless I learn how to actually use my fantastic saw, chances are my cabinet will either not get made or turn out poorly. Why? Because I expected the saw to do all the work. Listen. Everyone wants the dream job, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to land it. Many expect the resume to do all the work.

2.Using tactics that disparage other writers. It has become common practice with many resume-writing services, especially large ones, to offer free resume critiques to potential clients. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this practice and is often useful to job seekers as a way to test out the communication and expertise of a firm. The problem comes when these firms are so desperate for a sale that they take to tearing apart the work of other professional writers. It’s usually pretty obvious to anyone with resume-writing experience when a resume has been professionally done. Certainly the person performing a critique is well within his or her rights to offer up suggestions and recommendations, but knowingly trashing another professional’s work in order to make a sale is unethical and a disservice to the job seeker.

3.Job seekers who get in the way. One of the biggest obstacles to resume writers is the fact that many candidates think they know something about preparing resumes. They’ve read up on it. They’ve spoken to their colleagues. They fancy themselves as grammarians. Now I am in no way insinuating that job seekers shouldn’t ask lots of questions or become knowledgeable on the subject. But please don’t hire a professional to write your document and then proceed to argue with everything he or she does. I’ve seen many resume writers reduced down to nothing more than typists.

Recognize the fact that like other professional services you may employ, you do so because it is not your full-time job and you are not an expert. If you want to get the most out of your resume-writing service, don’t just get a resume, take advantage of the expert advice of your writer.

About the Author

My company is called No Stone Unturned, and I am an MBA and certified professional résumé writer (CPRW). Feel free to give me a call toll-free at 1-866-755-9800 or sign up to receive my free Job Search Advice eGuide today. In February 2009, I am launching a new group job hunting networking site called Noddle Place. Check it out at http://www.noddleplace.com.

 

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June 26, 2011

How To Create Resume For A Military Career

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How To Create Resume For A Military Career

 

The importance of a good military resume cannot be underestimated in any of the circumstances and especially in this time of recession when you need to be ahead of everyone else in order to grab a good offer. Competition is high for every position including the entry level as well and thus a well written resume will surely be an added advantage for the same. All the job seekers need to have a good resume which can disclose an individual’s qualifications, accomplishments and admissions committee.

Since writing a resume is not a cakewalk thus it is always better to outsource this service to a professional. There are numerous service providers who can offer you this service as per your needs and requirements at an affordable price. No matter whatever type of resume you may require be it related to entry level, professional level, federal, military, executive or any other, these numerous service providers are there for you.

If you are willing to make a rapid shift from military to civilian work then these resumes proves to be the best option. The service providers helping you out with these resume makes sure to mention the experience and skills which are highly in demand. A well written military resume will mention all the military accomplishments which can successfully apply in the corporate atmosphere as well.

It is very essential for a military resume to be convincing so that the hiring manager gets rest assured that the applicant can very well meet up with all the demands which exists in the civilian organization. These resumes should demonstrate your potential contribution and ability to overcome various challenges. All these services can be very well provided by a good service provider.

Good service providers are experienced in translating the military experience into phrases and terms which can match up with the recruitment technology which is used commonly. Availing the services from these professional and experienced writers will definitely help you to compete with the other applicants and in getting the promising positions.

A well drafted military resume by a good service provider will ensure that the recruiter will understand what the applicant has achieved till now and can contribute further to the civilian organization. These resume will demonstrate the complete potential of the applicant which will mainly focus on the quality of the accomplishments instead of the quantity. A good resume will show the training, motivation and dedication of the applicant which he is ready to take in order to overcome all the new challenges and hurdles. This ways recruiter will see your resume as a potential investment to the organization and will surely hire you for a good position. Thus getting a well written resume is not an easy task and it is always better to hire a professional person for the same. These professional service providers offer their services as per your requirements and that too for an affordable price. So now even if you plan to make a rapid transition to civilian work from your military background, there is nothing to worry about, as experienced resume service providers are there for you.

The author has wide experience in providing good resume writing service. The Military Resume will surely help you to grab a good offer and get an opportunity to prove your potential

 

June 25, 2011

Resume Services are available online

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Resume Services are available online

 

Resume Services are very much effective for the job seekers. Basically when an advertisement is published it is the normal trend that there are thousands of applications along with the resumes. It is a tough task for the recruiters to shortlist the resumes for the interview. The resume services are there to make professional resumes so that they will get shortlisted easily among thousands of applications and the resumes. They have enough potential to bear a difference from the other resumes. Thus they get shortlisted for the interview easily. They reflect a candidate very well for the convenience of the employer. The employer is very much impressed to get such a resume. Resume services are very much popular due to their effectiveness.

Resume Services provide useful services to the jobseekers. They make very attractive resumes. The jobseekers can make their resumes professional with the resume services. They can be appeared in the interview with a professional resume confidently. They feel very much confident as they possess a good quality resume. A good quality resume is informative enough for expressing a candidate very well before the recruiters. The recruiters feel happy to shortlist the right candidates. They can easily shortlist the right candidates for the interview. A right resume should contains the qualification, experience, achievements and administrative power in vivid. There should be the details of career goal or the career motto of the candidates.

Resume services provide the assistance to make a good quality resume for the jobseekers. The jobseekers are very much grateful to the resume services. Nowadays resume services is very much important service. It helps to get a chance for an interview. Resume services helps the jobseekers in many ways. Editing the existing resume is also possible here.

Resume Services are available online. There are many resume writers in the internet. They make the professional resume for the jobseekers. They are well experienced, well qualified and well trained. They are in the same profession for many years. Usually they are charging some amount from the candidates for resume making.

With years of experience, Christian Correa is best known for providing the information on a wide range of online firms which have a team of trained and well-experienced resume writers who create compelling resumes that command the attention of hiring managers, Resume Services.

 

June 24, 2011

Avoiding Resume Elimination at the Initial Scanning Scan is Vital

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Avoiding Resume Elimination at the Initial Scanning Scan is Vital

 

The popularity of the book “Blink” underscores the importance of first impressions in any business dealing. The premise of the book is that many decisions are, in fact, snap judgments—but that those judgments often hold true. Given this fact of modern business life, you’ll want to do everything possible not to torpedo your job application from the start.

Obviously, the first step in any successful job hunt is sending a resume—either by e-mail or by snail-mail. You want a resume that is complete, yet concise…factual and not fraudulent…impressive and not insufferable. In addition, you’ll want to craft a resume that will not end up in the reject pile as soon as it lands on an executive’s desk.

It is critical that you compose a resume that can withstand an initial “scan,” whether that scan is by human eyes or electronic ones. While it may not be possible to make your resume “scan-proof,” you can certainly increase your chances of getting your resume past the initial scan.

The Importance of the Scan

As a job seeker, you might be wondering why so much emphasis is placed on resume scanning to begin with. In order to understand this, you must place yourself in the role of the employer or recruiting manager. He or she has to work through a pile of resumes that may be 300 resumes-high. Filling a particular position may be just one of dozens of other things on the daily to-do list. As a result, time is precious to the hiring executive, and he or she must do everything possible to make the process as time-efficient as possible.

The First Look

While you may have poured your heart and soul into your resume…working for hours to perfect it…you need to understand that an employer will spend little time scanning it. In fact, he or she will probably spend only about ten seconds looking at your resume!

During that incredibly short period of time, it’s important that you grab his or her attention. In many cases, that means clearly stating your career objective at the beginning of your resume…making your applicable job skills stand out from the text…providing a coherent history of your experience, along with any special honors you have received. Keep in mind that the employer is looking for those positions you’ve held and those job skills you’ve acquired that are directly relevant to the position being offered. If you fill your resume with inconsequential material…information that doesn’t have anything to do with your qualifications for a specific job…your resume will, in all likelihood, be quickly discarded to make room for those resumes that fit the bill.

If your resume is long and wieldy…if it is difficult to read and nearly impossible to follow…if it is poorly formatted…or if it contains spelling errors and grammatical mistakes…it will not survive this initial scan.

The Finer Points

In addition to these general considerations, there are some finer points that need to be considered when you draft your resume. For instance, you have to consider the fact that a recruiter will be looking at your resume to see if your latest work experience matches the type of work you’d be doing in the position that’s advertised. If you are applying for a job as a television producer and you have not produced a show in ten years, you’ll probably have trouble winning that coveted TV news producing job.

Next, the hiring manager will also look to see what kinds of companies you’ve worked for. In other words, if your resume reflects a history of working for Fortune 500 companies, you have a greater chance of landing another Fortune 500 job. Like attracts like—and if you’ve been working for major corporations, the hiring manager at a large company is far more likely to hire you.

The recruiter will also look to see if you have a demonstrated record of achievement. For instance, does your resume show a history of promotions? Has your work won prestigious awards, either at the local or national level? Has your work been recognized for special honors at your current place of employment? The more honors you list in your resume, the more likely it will pass through that initial scan with ease.

Finally, a number of employers are greatly interested in where you received your education. An Ivy League credential can work magic during the job application process. In some cases, an employer may be more inclined to invite you in for an interview if you both attended the same college or completed the same graduate degree program. While experience usually trumps education during the initial scan, that’s not to say that the education section of your resume is not important.

When Computers Do the Scanning

In this technological age, it is highly important that you produce a resume that can withstand high-tech scrutiny. Since a number of employers rely on specialized software that screens resumes for specific words and phrases, you want to customize your resume as much as possible to the position you’re applying for. If the position is in sales and you’ve had extensive sales experience, be sure to mention the word “sales” throughout your resume. If the advertised job involves supervising other employees, make sure that your supervisory experience is indicated extensively within the text of your work history. Before you write your resume, you may want to brainstorm, producing a list of words and phrases that would be associated with the position you’re seeking. That way, you can be sure to insert all relevant words into the text of your resume, increasing the chances that you will be called in for an interview.

Put Your Resume to the Scan Test

If you are not sure how your resume would survive a scan, it’s a good idea to test it with one of your colleagues. Have an associate whose opinion you value take a ten-second look at your resume. In all likelihood, any missteps you’ve made will literally jump off the page, giving you all the information you need for a quick and effective rewrite.

 

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June 23, 2011

Professional Resume Writing Services: The Ugly (Part III)

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Professional Resume Writing Services: The Ugly (Part III)

 

This article represents my third installment of a three-part series on professional resume-writing services. The first part dealt with the “good” aspects of the industry and the myriad ways that resume writers have benefited both job seekers as well as hiring managers and recruiters. The second part focused on some of the “bad” or negative issues that plague the industry and how both resume writers and job seekers can overcome them.

In this discussion, I will focus on the “ugly” parts of the resume-writing industry, looking at how a few bad apples have caused job seekers and industry analysts to question the legitimacy of the industry as a whole.

As a resume writer myself, here are some of the worst issues that I have to face when addressing concerns from worried job seekers who, understandably, don’t want to make a poor investment:

1.Overselling the product. I’ll be honest. This issue drives me crazy even though I grasp perfectly how it happens. Selling a resume, particularly online, like most Internet services is based 80% on pure emotion. Sure, the job seeker needs a resume and starts looking for a writer. But job seeking and resume preparation are emotional things, no matter whether you are currently employed, recently laid off, looking to change careers, or re-entering the workforce. Everyone is nervous. So, resume writers naturally often end up being part writer and part counselor to their clients. That in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing; however, on the sales side, sometimes it can lead to “selling the farm” as a way of soothing the fears of potential clients and getting them to put their trust in your services.

The biggest way that happens is by making promises or guarantees that no writer can be 100% sure of. The second way is by misrepresenting the role of the resume. A resume does NOT get you a job. You do! A resume is a tool. And like any tool, the more well made it is, the better results it will produce for the hand that wields it.

Although the resume-writing industry has done remarkably well at selling job seekers on the need for a well-made resume, it has not done so well at also selling them on the idea that they need to learn how to use it. Most job seekers lack proficient job hunting skills, thinking that a flashy resume and the Internet are all they need.

I look at it this way: I want to make a cabinet, so I buy the nicest saw there is. I can read all the product instructions. Peruse consumer reports. Watch demos. But unless I learn how to actually use my fantastic saw, chances are my cabinet will either not get made or turn out poorly. Why? Because I expected the saw to do all the work. Listen. Everyone wants the dream job, but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to land it. Many expect the resume to do all the work.

2.Using tactics that disparage other writers. It has become common practice with many resume-writing services, especially large ones, to offer free resume critiques to potential clients. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this practice and is often useful to job seekers as a way to test out the communication and expertise of a firm. The problem comes when these firms are so desperate for a sale that they take to tearing apart the work of other professional writers. It’s usually pretty obvious to anyone with resume-writing experience when a resume has been professionally done. Certainly the person performing a critique is well within his or her rights to offer up suggestions and recommendations, but knowingly trashing another professional’s work in order to make a sale is unethical and a disservice to the job seeker.

3.Job seekers who get in the way. One of the biggest obstacles to resume writers is the fact that many candidates think they know something about preparing resumes. They’ve read up on it. They’ve spoken to their colleagues. They fancy themselves as grammarians. Now I am in no way insinuating that job seekers shouldn’t ask lots of questions or become knowledgeable on the subject. But please don’t hire a professional to write your document and then proceed to argue with everything he or she does. I’ve seen many resume writers reduced down to nothing more than typists.

Recognize the fact that like other professional services you may employ, you do so because it is not your full-time job and you are not an expert. If you want to get the most out of your resume-writing service, don’t just get a resume, take advantage of the expert advice of your writer.

My company is called No Stone Unturned, and I am an MBA and certified professional résumé writer (CPRW). Feel free to give me a call toll-free at 1-866-755-9800 or sign up to receive my free Job Search Advice eGuide today. In February 2009, I am launching a new group job hunting networking site called Noddle Place. Check it out at http://www.noddleplace.com.

June 22, 2011

A Advanced Resume Service Provides Outstanding Executive Resume Service

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A Advanced Resume Service Provides Outstanding Executive Resume Service

 

In the highly competitive job market, A Advanced Resume Service [AARS] provides outstanding executive resume service to give the professional the career edge. An executive who wish to advance his/her career will naturally be communicating with other executives to explore opportunities. A strategically designed and well written resume is vital to the success of the executive in initiating discussions with other top-level executives and boards of directors to fill a key leadership position and this where AARS performs a critical role. AARS provides four Executive Resume Service packages to suit the needs of the executive wishing to advance his or her career: the Basic Resume Package includes Resume Only [7], the Premium Resume Package includes Resume and Cover Letter [7], the Elite Resume Package includes Resume, Cover Letter, Thank you letter, Follow-up Letter and E-Resume [7] and the top of the line Platinum Resume Package consisting of Resume, Cover Letter, Thank you letter, Follow-up Letter, E-Resume, PDF and Distribution.

AARS has distinctive strengths designed to give the ambitious executive the key advantage in the highly competitive executive job market. AARS has worked effectively with hundreds of individuals at the executive level to develop resumes and other career marketing materials that get noticed and get interviews. From a compelling, succinct and dynamic portrayal of the client’s key talents and accomplishments to highly focused presentation material outlining his/her career progression, AARS professionals have been recognized by clients for enabling them to secure top level interviews in highly competitive fields. From format to function to finished product, an AARS executive resume is designed to differentiate the client and illustrate his/her unique value to an organization while setting him/her apart from the competition. An AARS executive resume answers the all important questions, “Why you?” and “Why now?” long before traditional resumes even get started. As a result, the client is able to illustrate his/her value in both of these areas and secure interviews where other candidates do not. An AARS resume is tailored to the client’s objectives and the needs of the target organization. It is written by professional writers who take the time to understand the client’s experience. AARS professionals work in close collaboration with the client to produce documents worthy of the client’s unqualified endorsement and approval, and, most importantly, the approval of the target audience. In order to stand out from everyone else, take the time to have your resume reviewed by AARS professionals so you are properly marketed and find the job you always wanted.

AARS is a nationwide career services firm that provides high-impact resumes developed by Certified Writers who collectively have more than 50 years industry experience. AARS is led by President and Owner, Richard P. McDonald, CPRW, CEIP. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Management, and certification as a Business IT Manager, Richard is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Employment Interview Professional. He brings two decades of leadership experience to executive career building.

For more information on the outstanding executive resume service of AARS call directly toll free [877] RES.REVIEW [877]737-7384, Fax 630-517-1126 or email/visit the AARS website at Topsecretresumes

AARS is led by President and Owner, Richard P. McDonald, CPRW, CEIP. For more information on AARS call directly toll free [877] RES.REVIEW [877]737-7384, Fax 630-517-1126 or email/visit the AARS website at www.topsecretresumes.com.

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