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It’s Time To Write A Fresh Executive Branding Statement

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Writing your own executive resume can feel extremely intimidating if you’ve grown accustomed to having a professional do the work for you. But there’s something to be said about taking a look at yourself and finding the words to describe who you are and what you’ve accomplished.

One piece of your resume that does an amazing job of describing your accomplishments and potential value to a company is your branding statement. There are many examples out there that can help you write one, but none will help you deliver your message as authentically as when you craft your own fresh, high-quality branding statement.

The Quality Branding Statement

A quality branding statement accomplishes a number of goals. It shows prospective employers just how many qualities you bring to the table. Also, it provides examples of just how those qualities align you with the goals they hope to accomplish. In other words, your statement stands as a testament to exactly why you’re the right person for the job.

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Job Seekers, Beware! 7 Mistakes to Dodge At All Costs

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Are you in the process of searching for a new job but can’t seem to get the callbacks you want? It may be that you’re making some common yet avoidable mistakes along the way. Don’t continue your job searching without being sure. Take a look at the following seven job-seeking mistakes that you should dodge at all costs:

1. The Aimless Search

If you’re sending out resumes without knowing what your ideal job is, you’re wasting your valuable time. So before shipping off another application, be sure to sit down and define what type of job you’re looking for. This way, you’ll have a more focused search and can create a goal-oriented resume to match.

2. Bad Interviewing Habits

Do you have bad interviewing habits? In other words, do you assume you’re on a first-name basis with interviewers? Or do you slouch in your seat? If so, be sure to learn about appropriate body language and ways to address interviews so that you can always come across as a confident candidate with plenty to offer.

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Minnesota Recruiter Jobs

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5 Great Ways To Prepare For An Online Interview

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As many companies fine-tune their hiring processes, they are embracing alternative ways to conduct interviews with candidates who may not reside in the same city. One of the more recent options is the online interview.

Companies have long conducted telephone interviews in place of face-to-face interviews, when needed. But now, with technology such as Skype available, employers can get as close as possible to the in-person interview experience. So how can you as a candidate prepare for this unique interview?

1. Know How the Online Interview Works

In order to get the most out of your interview, you’ll want to make sure you know in advance how it is going to work. Make sure you have all of the proper software downloaded to your computer, that your camera and microphone are working properly, and that you know exactly how to navigate the system. If possible, request information days in advance about the software you’ll need so that you can take some time to learn it before the interview starts.

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Left Behind, Making Your Move In Your Job Search

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"Change before you have to." - Jack Welch

The other day I had to start my day in a different building for my company. While I've visited this building many times, I never started my day there. As luck would have it, the building is the same subway stop as my previous job (some 3 years ago).

So I headed directly to the corner coffee guy and, believe it or not, he not only remembered me from 3 years ago, but also remembered how I liked my coffee! We chatted for awhile and it was as if time was turned back to 3 years.

I then realized that, although I had moved to a new job and my little world changed, everything that existed in my previous routine continued on as if in some parallel universe.

So, I'm sure you are wondering, what's the point?

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Minnesota Recruiters Hiring And Jobs Survey | Spring 2012

 

What follows below are the results from our 7th   hiring and jobs survey.

Disclaimers:

- This is not a scientific survey but it does give a good read on what is going right now by folks who are recruiting

- This is a blind survey and no one (me included) gets to know who participated or what their answers were

Observations:

- The results are nearly identical to the Fall 2011 survey

- Hiring continues to be strongest with jobs requiring a 2 or 4 year degree

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Executive Resume Writing: Revealing Your Personal Brand

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Your executive personal brand is what defines you as a top candidate in your field—and it should be felt throughout every professional action you take, whether you’re networking or blogging.  Of course, when writing your resume, your executive brand is a major piece of the puzzle, as well.  This is why it’s important to take the steps necessary to reveal your personal brand before ever putting pen to paper.

1. Assess Your Top Brand Attributes

When thinking in terms of the value you offer to any role you might assume, as well as your field as a whole, what conclusions do you draw?  Come up with about three or four adjectives that best describe the value you offer, incorporating a few words that best describe your personality.

2. Define Your Vision and Purpose

Another important step in revealing your personal brand is defining your vision and purpose as an executive.  What goals do you hope to accomplish over the remainder of your career?  How do you think you make a difference in your field?  And how do you want to make changes that will improve any company you work for in the future?

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10 Jobs That Lead To Weight Gain

I had no idea what to title this blog post… not something I would usually write about. But because I have been trying to find ways to get/keep my body moving throughout the day this is on my mind.

I used to be a skinny guy. When I graduated from college in 1995 I was a very slim 150 lbs. I was in school during the day, playing basketball in the afternoon and a bartender at night.

I was always in motion.

By 2000 I was tipping the scale around 165 lbs. 2005 I was at 175 lbs. And for a few days after a Thanksgiving and spending a few days with Mom in 2009 I was 185 lbs.

NOT the trend one wants to have.

With some really basic changes in diet like trying not to eat after 7 pm, standing and walking while I am on the phone (all day), taking stairs versus elevators and other really simple behavior changes I dropped back to 175 lbs real quick.

The past 18 months I have been much more active with some light jogging, bike riding and infrequent trips to the gym. While not losing any weight I am down 2.5 notches on the belt.

A good problem to have… I need to take my suits to a tailor so they fit a slightly smaller me.

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How To Beat The 10-Second Resume Scan

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It’s hard enough to get past the ATS software scanning your resume for the right keywords, but if you can get past it and get an actual human to review your resume, then you have about 10 seconds (on average) to tell them what they want to hear. If you can get their attention during the first ten seconds, then you have a greater chance of them investing more time into reading your whole resume and getting a call for the interview. So what are some strategies you can employ to up your chances of successfully getting past the initial ten-second resume scan?

Use a job target/title

At the top of your resume utilize a bolded job target or title at the top of the resume. Here you use the exact title of the position you’re applying for; this tells the reader you have experience in that exact position and you’re qualified.

Create a keyword-rich branding statement

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