Where Your Resume and Your LinkedIn Profile Should Differ

I’ve worked with dozens of professionals on improving their resumes, and LinkedIn profiles, during career transitions (and, at times, in advance of potential career transitions). And here’s one question I get all the time: how do I handle my self-presentation on LinkedIn and on resumes? One of the most important parts of your professional self-presentation […]

Career-Transition-Ready is The New Black

How many people do you know that have been with the same company for for 20+ years? Probably very few – right? I’m always amazed when I find someone that’s been in one place for 15 years or more. In fact, how many job roles have you had? How long have you spent at any one company? […]

Are You “Results-Oriented”? Don’t Be…

Have you read any LinkedIn profiles lately? I have, and I’m astonished by how many people are “results-oriented.” I mean, it’s the very first phrase on about 83.2% of all LinkedIn summaries. I made that number up. Because I’m results-oriented, and needed a statistic quickly. What does that phrase even mean? That when you do your […]

How (NOT) to Fail at LinkedIn: Your Photo

I use LinkedIn quite heavily as a way to build and maintain my network, and I must admit that I am continually appalled at many of the profiles I see. It’s almost as if they were designed to fail. Then, there’s the occasional exception – clear wording, attractive picture, succinct purpose statements. With my career clarity […]

Good is Good, but Best is Better

Some people are too good for their own good. What I mean by that is, some people are so capable, so competent, that they can take on almost any task and do it well. Don’t you hate those people? ;>} Whether it’s a broad spread of natural abilities, or sheer drive to perform, or a […]

Please – Any Job Will Do

From a LinkedIn profile I came across last week: “I am a qualified professional with a diversified skill set seeking employment that will allow further career enhancement and personal growth. I am highly adaptable with excellent communication skills. I am able to develop and implement project plans with attention to detail to ensure timely project […]

Sold on You

You have something vitally important to sell. You. We’ve all heard that familiar expression, “we’re all in sales.” And it’s true. While we may not have the title “Sales Representative” on our business card, and a sell sheet for some product or service we’re pushing, we’re still responsible for selling our most important asset. Ourselves. Your resume (and/or […]

Searching For A New Job? Define Your Bullseye

It’s a great idea to define your own professional “sweet spot“ when looking for a new job. But don’t stop there – also define a best-fit target role and company. Talking to a friend this week about his job search, it became clear rather quickly what his sweet spot is: he’s a deeply experienced IT infrastructure manager. […]

What’s The Point?

I was contemplating an impressive LinkedIn profile recently. Loads of great bragging points. Awards, titles, all that jazz. Maybe 99 points out of 100 on the impressive scale. But that one missing point…that was the biggest of all. I couldn’t tell what the person was after. There was no why. There was no WIIFM. No […]

A LinkedIn Summary to Love

I had the privilege of meeting Dawn Kristy at the SOBCon conference a few weeks back, and we had a long talk about her career (and life) path. Turns out that Dawn is quite a writer, and I love what she did recently with her LinkedIn summary: Here’s what I like about Dawn’s approach: Excellent […]