Entries by Kelly Donovan

3 problems with advertised job postings

When I talk to job seekers who have been unemployed for a long time, they often tell me they have been finding advertised job openings online and applying for them as their primary job search strategy–sometimes the only strategy. Here are three problems I see with that. 1. The job you’re applying for might already […]

What style is best for the LinkedIn “About” section?

The LinkedIn section previously called the Summary is now called the About section, but that hasn’t changed one of the most common points of confusion for users: what style is best for writing this section? If you spend some time looking around LinkedIn, you’ll find that many executives and professionals use wording in the About […]

8 unexpected benefits of executive resume writing

Traditionally, the purpose of a resume has been to secure an interview. Today, the advantages extend beyond simply landing interviews–and there are also some bonuses to going through the resume writing process properly that don’t have anything to do with the resume itself! 5 advantages of a professionally written resume (beyond simply landing interviews!): It […]

Curated list of head shot photographers

A lot of my clients end up needing a new head shot while they’re working with me. Since I tend to have multiple clients in major metro areas around the U.S., I decided to start curating a list of head shot photographers who do good work for business head shots–including LinkedIn photos. The intent is […]

How to contact a hiring manager

Reaching out directly to a hiring manager when a company isn’t advertising an opening is a great way to network. You can position yourself as the candidate of choice for the company’s next opening. Also, if the hiring manager likes you, he can possibly create a job for you; this happens more often than you […]

How to avoid recruiter scams

Unfortunately, there are always going to be con artists who will try to prey on job seekers who are eager to land their dream jobs–and even the savviest of executives have been hoodwinked by slick, sophisticated recruitment cons. You’re probably wondering what someone’s motive would be for posing as a recruiter or employer. The motive […]

Am I the right fit for you?

One of the most important aspects of finding an executive resume writer, LinkedIn profile writer, and/or career coach is making sure that you and the provider are a good fit for each other. That will ensure that you both enjoy the experience and will greatly increase the chances of the outcome you’re hoping for.