Q&A: Why Aren't My Application Materials Attracting More Attention?

Q&A: Why Aren’t My Application Materials Attracting More Attention?

Q:  I have submitted my materials to various international agencies and organizations for consideration at the senior level.  I have applied both in the United States and overseas, yet, I do not hear from the places that seem like perfect destinations for me.  What do you suggest I do? A:  I

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Q&A: How Do I

Q&A: How Do I “De-Age” My Resume?

Q: I have been in the workforce a number of years and want to “de-age” my resume. How do you suggest I go about achieving that? I am proud of my years of service and many accomplishments, so it feels strange to consider eliminating years of good work from my resume. Where do I start? A: The k

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Timeless Qualities of Career Building

Timeless Qualities of Career Building

Thanks to you, our readers, for all of your questions and comments throughout the years.  We appreciate interacting with you and receiving your input! As I look back, I am amazed at how skillfully many clients navigated ever-changing markets.  Last, year we worked with several executives who fo

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Q&A: Am I at a Disadvatange as an Out-Of-State Candidate?

Q&A: Am I at a Disadvatange as an Out-Of-State Candidate?

Q: I  am completing applications for senior leadership positions in both Los Angeles and San Diego. I used to live in LA, and I went to graduate school there. But, I currently reside in Oklahoma City. Which address, California or Oklahoma, should I use on my resume? A: When you use a non-loc

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Q&A: Do I Need To Revise My Resume Even When Requested?

Q&A: Do I Need To Revise My Resume Even When Requested?

Q: I now have five versions of my resume.  A prospective employer has requested yet another version with a different format and emphasis.  What should I do?  Do I submit my application with the existing version, or do I accommodate the request? A: You always have the option to do nothing. How

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Q&A: Should I Include Dates On My Resume?

Q&A: Should I Include Dates On My Resume?

Q:  I just eliminated all of the dates from my resume because I fear “age-ism” is playing a role in the low response rate I'm receiving.  What is your advice?  Should I keep the dates on? A:  This topic has definitely evolved in the employment world. It used to be that submitting a resu

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Q&A: How Do I Best Focus My Targeted Job Search?

Q&A: How Do I Best Focus My Targeted Job Search?

Q: I have been researching positions in the nonprofit field dealing with the growing economic and social concerns related to poverty, unemployment and hunger in the United States. Because these are particularly challenging times, it seems the focus of my application and candidacy should be on my le

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Q&A: Using Familiararity To Your Job-Seeking Advantage

Q&A: Using Familiararity To Your Job-Seeking Advantage

Q:   I am applying to an organization I know.  Grant procurement is a big piece of my job, and the organization is an upstream grantor organization. Do you have any tips about how to approach the group?  A:  This can be a tricky, yet wonderful, opportunity to showcase your knowledge of the o

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Q&A: How Do I Make My Internal Candidacy an Advantage?

Q&A: How Do I Make My Internal Candidacy an Advantage?

Q: I am an in-house candidate in a hot, national executive director search. I know everyone on the Search Committee as well as many of the key stakeholders. How can I competitively present myself? What steps should I take to have them take me seriously? A: Your immediate task is to have your peer

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Q&A: Do I Disclose My Birthplace In My Resume?

Q&A: Do I Disclose My Birthplace In My Resume?

Q: I was born outside the United States. Should I include this information on my resume? Should I talk about it in my cover letter? A: Unless the prospective job deals with your country or region of origin, avoid referencing it on your resume or in your cover letter. Because ethnicity/race/n

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