I am sitting here, spending quality time with my mother and craving something sweet, like really sweet...alas, I will have to wait until this weekend to indulge. So, I will stay focused and make sure that you are staying focused as well.
Just to make sure that you are up to speed, we are now on Day 7 and you should have completed ALL the earlier steps mentioned below:
Great...now that you are confident about yourself and your career story, it's time to move the message beyond your resume.
On the 7th day of the holidays, my career coach said to me:
Beef up your online presence and get your "voice" heard
Try this exercise - "Google" yourself and evaluate the results that come up - does the information about you fit your personal brand, is it accurate and most importantly, is it positive and supportive to your career advancement goals?
Understand this, beyond what is represented on your executive resume and career marketing documents, potential employers, hiring managers, and recruiters are eager to see what is behind the scenes.
They will conduct online research to get the real scoop on you, learn more about what you have to offer and carefully read others' comments on your abilities and past performance. Get over your technology phobia and Internet phobia and accept that a strong online presence is simply essential in today's job search and should remain as part of your ongoing career management strategy.
-- Start off by developing a complete, branded profile (with solid achievements and recommendations) on LinkedIn, Zoominfo, Ziggs, Google and Jigsaw.
-- Get fancy and create a web-based portfolio that can house your career-related articles, videos, blog posts, etc. Try Weebly.com and purchase your own URL (in your personal name) if you want to upgrade to an actual website at a later point.
-- Share your thought leadership - if you enjoy writing articles or brief columns, submit your work frequently to free websites like selfgrowth.com, ezinearticles.com and articlestreet.com.
-- Join the conversations online with smaller, targeted groups and forums specialty Yahoo and Google) (where you can openly share your opinion on industry trends, offer advice to colleagues and invite meaningful discussions among the group members.
-- Get active on Twitter by identifying and following the trend setters and thought leaders in your target industry, but be a giver and receiver of information.
These strategies are not all inclusive, but they are enough to get you started and comfortable with the process....still not convinced? See what comes up when my name (Abby Locke) is "Googled". You want the same results when employers do an online search for you.
About Abby, Executive Career Architect, Job Search Expert, Master Resume Writer
-- Does your executive resume accurately describe your management style and leadership capabilities?
-- Is your executive resume rich with compelling Challenge-Action-Results success stories that indicate your value contribution?
-- Does your executive resume convey enthusiasm or energy motivating employers to contact you?
-- Has your executive resume been generating a stream of employer responses for the right jobs?
If you have answered no to any of these questions, you should be talking to Abby Locke. She is an executive resume writer helps senior-level executives to achieve career success through cutting-edge, brand-focused career documents and proactive career management strategies.
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