Perfectionism is an Excuse

Perfectionism is not something to take pride in. As an Executive Resume Writer, I’ve come across plenty of people who don’t want to sign off on a project. My process is pretty robust. The delivery of any career document includes a scheduled Delivery Call where we walk through materials line-by-line. This usually takes 60 minutes. […]

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Stop Networking

Networking and executive career management go hand-in-hand. I’ve told executives to network for years — it’s a key component of their career management and job search strategy. But most of us hear this advice and recoil. I know I do. This is why I’ve stopped networking and I advise you to do the same. At least […]

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An Executive Resume & What it’s Worth to Your Career

It never fails. A candidate for a highly sought after position comes to me at the 11th hour looking for an executive resume. The candidate, who wasn’t even looking for a new job, is approached by a recruiter or employer for the PERFECT opportunity, but a resume needs to be submitted the next day. These requests […]

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When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

“Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.” ― Winston S. Churchill Life and career management don’t always go as planned. The job we thought we’d have forever ends abruptly after a buyout. The interview we think we nailed never amounts to a cursory response from the hiring manager. […]

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Career Planning: An Introspective for Executives

Career planning and management isn’t something I only advocate to clients — the very advice I give is the advice I apply to myself as an executive resume writer and personal branding strategist. Throughout the year, I often like to have periods of retrospect where I revisit with clients I’ve worked with and use their […]

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Employee Motivation: A Model to Move Mountains

Employee motivation has become more and more of a challenge. We are a world of cynics. We don’t trust what we read, hear, or see. We tend to believe everyone has an ulterior motive. Bring this culture into the workplace and there are undoubtedly going to be issues when it comes to employee motivation. How do […]

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So You Say You are a Good Communicator…

Strategic communications come in many forms — one we all use is email. Email is a key strategic communications pathway to clients, business partners, vendors, and customers. When it comes to email, I feel your pain. Inboxes are flooded with unread, burdensome email demanding attention. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to handle […]

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Choose Pain in Career Management and in Life

Well that doesn’t sound like a very positive, up-lifting title, does it? Choosing pain? Considering how common wine-related memes are on the Internet, I’m pretty confident most of our lives are about making choices that help us escape pain, minimize confrontation, and maintain the appearance of control. This past weekend I heard a presentation from […]

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5 Articles I Loved This Week

I want to know more about what my audience is reading and I want you to know more about what’s inspiring me. Here are 5 articles I connected with this week. Network Events Not Your Thing, Try This! People hear the word “networking” and cringe. Those awkward conference rooms and unfamiliar faces can be painful. This […]

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Cover Letter

There’s a clear inclination to underestimate the power of a really great cover letter. I coach, I prod, I encourage executives to approach a cover letter (and resume!) like they would the discovery stage of a global go-to-market strategy. So often the very same executives, who would never rollout a new product or division by […]

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