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How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Build a Valuable Personal Brand

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Writing a compelling LinkedIn profile is a must if you want to attract positive attention. Your profile is your face to the world of online networking, thus, it should be your primary means for introducing and promoting yourself.

Our aim here is to show you how you can develop a LinkedIn profile that will be an effective and career-enhancing networking tool. [Read more...]

How to Showcase Leadership in Your Resume

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Showcasing Your Leadership Skills

A Leadership Resume is for anyone who wants prospective employers to focus on their leadership skill set; this applies to any position from assistant manager to executive and every category in-between.

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Pull out your current resume right now. Now turn it over and write down what is memorable. Now ask yourself, would I hire me?

If your resume does not convey your strengths and competencies from the get go. What would compel a hiring manager to pick up the phone to call you for an interview?

In today’s aggressive job market, the tone and leadership message of your resume must be carefully crafted in order to generate a lasting impression. Five seconds is all you have; is your resume ready for it?

Check Your Resume Against these

Top 10 essentials for crafting Leadership into your resume:

Key Details Position the Key Details First – All too often, critical information is buried on the second page of a resume. Remember that the top half of the first page is prime real estate for your strongest credentials. Use a tightly worded summary that reflects your qualifications and is closely aligned to your job goal.
Branding Include a Branding Statement – A branding statement conveys what sets you apart from everyone else and makes you memorable and unique – your skills, abilities, personality traits. It is your marketing tagline and should be used at the forefront of the resume.
C-A-R Statements Use C-A-R Statements – Future employers want to see both the results of your work by looking at quantifiable figures and facts – but it’s the story BEHIND the accomplishment that really tells your personal branding story. Think of your past results and work style in terms of the situation you first encountered (the Challenge), what you did to address it (your Action), and what happened next (the Result).
Tech Savvy Be Tech Savvy – Provide links to any online industry relevant blogs or articles you have written, as well as a hyperlink to your LinkedIn Profile. This provides further insight to your experience and allows you to highlight your accomplishments in greater detail.
No Fluff Cut the fluff – Your resume should be clear and concise. Keep it clean, lean and mean.
Length Length – Keep it to two pages, three if you really must. A caveat, a longer resume just doesn’t hit the mark in today’s fast paced job market. A resume should reflect the last 10-15 years of experience in detail. This helps keep the resume length inline as well as showing the most current and relevant experience.
Testimonials Back Up Your Success with Testimonials – Use short testimonials on your resume as an endorsement. This information can be placed at the beginning or end of your professional profile for impact, or within a separate section on the front page.
Strong Verbs Weak verbs and no verbs – Do not use lackluster verb constructions as “was responsible for,” “provided” or “assisted with.” Or worse, no verbs at all! Use verbs instead of sentence fragments that omit them. Your resume will be more action-oriented and dynamic. Use action-oriented verbs such as “spearheaded,” “steered” or “influenced.”
White Space White Space is Important – A cluttered or chaotic resume is hard for the reader to peruse and is not inviting to read. Be consistent with your style. Keep fonts and font sizes the same throughout; use at least a half-inch margin and keep your wording clean, lean and mean. Cluttered and chaotic are two qualities that employers simply do not want.
Spell Check Spell check and have a human edit your resume – Spell check is great, but it doesn’t catch all grammatical and typographical errors. It’s helpful to have someone else review your resume. Ask for that person’s feedback on the style of your resume, readability, and content

Developing a masterpiece that gets attention from employers’ top-tier hiring managers requires a well thought-out resume strategy. Remember keep your wording strong, your content lean and your branding statement compelling and before you know it, hiring managers will be beating a path to your door.

If you need help crafting your resume, contact me at info@cosmiccoachingcentre.com.

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Job Seekers Over 40 are Gaining Success in the Job Marketplace!

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Fact, many workers near or over the age of 40 years old believe they are at a distinct disadvantage over younger job seekers.  True there are potential price tags in terms of salary, but the marketplace for “older” is shifting dramatically and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future if you are ready! [Read more...]

What it Takes to be Persuasive

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Even if your job is not to sell, there will come a time when you will have to persuade someone. Persuasion happens not only between salespeople and their potential customers. As a manager, for instance, you may need to persuade your subordinates to perform at a higher level. And if you think you have a brilliant project in mind, you should learn how to persuade your boss to take on it. Needless to say, the ability to persuade somebody is a desirable one, and something that you can actually learn and develop. What you will learn in this article are the things you should do to become persuasive. [Read more...]

Turn Frustration into Motivation

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Tune into Up Your Game Radio Show with our special guest Pauleanna Reid, Author of Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother

“I am a beauty (and a beast).”

“I fight for the things I love and I am unapologetic about who I am.” [Read more...]

Choose the Right Career Based On Your Values and Priorities

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Do you hate your job so much that you feel miserable already, but you don’t think you are ready to leave? Are you constantly wondering about your other career options but you still end up having the same job? If this is what you are going through, you are definitely stuck in your career. [Read more...]

Cut The Crap, Get A Job! With Dana Manciagli

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Dana Manciagli, called “a combination of Jillian Michaels and Suze Orman for careers,” is the author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job! A New Job Search Process for A New Era

Join us on Up Your Game Radio with Dana Manciagli, author, blogger, keynote speaker, career coach, and global career expert with over 30 years of experience as a corporate executive, employee hiring and management.   [Read more...]

How Your Personal Values Can Affect Your Life and Career

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It is very common to hear from career experts that you should define your values first before you could set your career path. This may sound easy, but you actually cannot define your values without knowing what they are actually.  [Read more...]

Self-Confidence; the Key to Success

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“Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.” ~Brian Tracy Some people are born with self-confidence; most of us have to work at it. In today’s world that so strongly emphasizes the importance of self-confidence; you have no choice but to spruce up your confidence level or you’ll be left far behind in the rat race and never be able to rise above it. [Read more...]

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence among Leaders

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When talking about a ‘perfect leader’, we easily think of someone who seems to be always in control. This person never allows his temper to overcome him no matter how difficult the situation is. You may also imagine a perfect leader in a person who is trusted by his staff because she is someone who knows how to listen to her subordinates and has the ability to make informed decisions. If you try to analyze such traits of a good leader, you will realize that it takes a high level of emotional intelligence to become a perfect leader.

This article will help you understand how important emotional intelligence is for leaders. As a leader, you will also learn here how you can improve your emotional intelligence to eventually become a perfect leader. [Read more...]

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