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Skills make you Retrievable and Recommendations make you Believable

When you want to be found by recruiters and hiring managers on LinkedIn remember that Skills = Keywords and play a significant role in matching you to what a prospective employer is looking for. So, make sure you are taking advantage of all 50 Skills slots on your LinkedIn Profile and that your Skills are targeted to the positions you want to be found for. Like the breadcrumbs left by Hansel and Gretel in the classic Brothers Grimm story, they are the path for finding your way to your next opportunity. Continue reading Skills make you Retrievable and Recommendations make you Believable

Know Your Job Candidate Value and Keep It “Above the Fold”

Job security is not a “thing.” It’s a person: YOU. And your experience and achievements are your brand story that your resume needs to convey. It should answer the hiring manager’s question, “Why is this candidate the ideal person I’m looking for and how can she or he solve the challenge I have?” 
Don’t get bogged down with creating a laundry list of “stuff” you’ve done. Focus on achievements, promotions, accomplishments, take charge opportunities you seized upon, skills, education, and certifications relevant to the position and industry you want to go after. And, quantify them whenever possible. In the early days of publishing, ‘above the fold’ was a term used for content that appeared on the top half of the front page of a newspaper. The same positioning applies to resumes. Be brief. Recruiters average 6-11 seconds looking at a resume so make sure your value is communicated “above the fold.”

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Prepare for Your Video Job Interview

Video interviews have become an increasingly common part of the hiring process. With the transformational influence of COVID-19 on the job market and economy, video interviewing is already an all-pervasive social distancing and interview engagement tool. Here are 10 tips to quickly help you master the medium. Read the full article Continue reading Prepare for Your Video Job Interview

Job Searching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While the world comes to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, the job search landscape is being redefined and redrafted in real time. There’s no YouTube “how-to” manual for dealing with this all pervasive new challenge as it impacts your career search. However, I can offer you some constructive feedback from my most recent conversations with hiring managers and recruiters. Read the article here.

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International success at 46 is no “Fiction”

Samuel Leroy Jackson grew up as an only child in Tennessee, the son of an alcoholic father who lived away from the family. He was raised by his mother, a factory worker and supplies buyer for a mental institution. During childhood, he had a stuttering problem but eventually learned to “pretend to be other people who didn’t stutter.” Continue reading International success at 46 is no “Fiction”