Dealing With and Preparing for Layoffs – 2023 Edition
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by Virginia Franco
1w ago
In an ideal world, layoffs are performed as part of a large-scale plan to eliminate the dead weight and retain top talent. As we saw just three years ago with COVID-19 and before that with the 2008 Financial Crisis and 9/11, and countless times during mergers, corporate takeovers, this isn’t always the case.  Instead, due to the pressures of having to make decisions rapidly and under stress, and because payroll and benefits account for a company’s largest expense, the majority of those laid off were doing their best work at the time they received their pink slip.  Whether you’ve lost ..read more
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3 Ways to Take Your Resume to the Next Level in 2023
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by Virginia Franco
1w ago
It seems the job search rollercoaster of 2022 – that began with the Great Resignation and ended with massive layoffs across big tech (that sent ripples into other industries) hasn’t come to an end. As a resume writing professional, I can attest to observing a small silver lining . . .  The same things you must do to stand out when everyone is “testing the waters” work when job hunting in a tight labor market.  Whether actively looking or preparing just in case things go south, I’ve outlined 3 ways to upgrade your resume in 2023.  #1 Be Targeted, Not Generic  As a resume wr ..read more
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6 Key Criteria for Figuring Out Your Next Best Career Move
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by Virginia Franco
1M ago
Consider this when you are thinking about making a career change: Every job you take is a step forward in your career. Or, a step back. If the thought of work makes you feel ill or if you’re sticking around strictly for the paycheck… If you find yourself daydreaming on the job more and more frequently, or if you find your confidence and motivation are rapidly on the decline… Then, you are experiencing one of many signs that your job may not be a great fit. If even 2 or 3 of these signs feels familiar, and you’ve determined it is indeed time for a change, identify and evaluate which ..read more
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4 Quick Fixes for Resume Don’ts
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by Virginia Franco
1M ago
I don’t know about you but when I try something for the first time and get it wrong, I need someone to point out what’s wrong AND tell me how to fix it! Hopefully, like minds will appreciate my quick fix list that includes common resume DON’Ts I often come across and some easy tips to turn them around:   TOO LONG: There’s a lot out there about the ideal resume length. My anecdotal experience tells me that in most cases three pages is just too long and will perceived as such. One page is great – but unless you’re new to the workforce or have been in the same role your whole career it’s jus ..read more
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Why Two Steps Forward and One Step Back Isn’t a Bad Thing
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by Virginia Franco
1M ago
Two steps forward, one step back. We use this phrase to express our frustration when our efforts aren’t yielding results or when any progress made feels heavy or taxing. While I understand the sentiment, I’ve never been a huge fan of this phrase, because, in my experience as an executive resume writer helping job seekers, it discourages action.  When it comes to setting a goal, forging a path or trying something new, I’ve long been in the camp that believes it’s better to take two steps forward and one step back than to never take any steps at all.  Why? A step forward — even with a ..read more
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Thinking About Hitting the Brakes on Your Job Search this Holiday Season? Think Again
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by Virginia Franco
2M ago
From now through New Years, calendars become filled with a combination of merriment, preparing for merriment and counting the days until we get a few days off from work. It’s natural that many consider this the ideal time to hit “pause” on the job search. As an executive resume writer, I get it — and understand the urge to hold off on plans until January. However, while the inclination to hit the brakes is natural, it is based on misinformation stemming from career myths. Here’s why a plan to resume your search in January may hurt you. MYTH ONE: No One Hires During the Holidays REALITY: T ..read more
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Why Now Is NOT the Time to Put Your Job Search on Pause
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by Virginia Franco
2M ago
Once the Thanksgiving tryptophans take over, it easy to consider taking the next few weeks off. In fact, many job seekers consider now the perfect time to hit “pause” on your job search. Even as we come out of the pandemic — from now through the New Year calendars become filled with a combination of merriment, preparing for merriment and counting the days until we get a few days off from work again. While the inclination to hit the brakes is natural, it is based on misinformation stemming from career myths. Here’s why a plan to restart your search after the holidays may hurt you. MYTH ONE: No ..read more
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How to Find a Job After a Startup or Self-Employment
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by Virginia Franco
2M ago
When running your own business or launching a startup doesn’t pan out, many people choose to return to a corporate job for more stability and a steady paycheck. As a resume specialist, I’ve learned first-hand that there are many reasons why startups fail, from breakups with co-founders to a lack of funding. And there are plenty of reasons why you might choose to leave your small business or startup behind even if you’ve been operating for a couple years or more. Whatever the case may be, when hunting post startup or self employment, you must showcase on your resume and LinkedIn the role you pl ..read more
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Don’t Let These 5 Job Search Myths Wreck Your Job Search
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by Virginia Franco
2M ago
At the time of this publication, there are almost 784,000,000 LinkedIn members who call themselves “career coaches.” Over 1.5 million users identify as “employment coaches,” and just over a million people describe themselves as “resume writers.” All of these people claim to be able to help you with your job search. Between the “experts” sharing advice and the anecdotal suggestions delivered by well-meaning friends, family, and colleagues, it’s no wonder jobseekers can feel confused. There’s a lot of misinformation that gets circulated daily. I’ve spent decades creating career marketing collate ..read more
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AI-Powered One-Way Video Interviewing – How to Put Your Best Foot Forward
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by Virginia Franco
2M ago
Along with everything else, the pandemic changed up interviewing. As a resume consultant, I noted the rise of AI-driven digital or virtual, on-demand video interview platforms a few years back when they first came on the scene. Post-COVID, these interviewing software platforms have gained traction because they allow en-masse interviewing and eliminate the need for multiple in-person interviews. For those new to this digital, one-way interviewing platform, here’s what you need to know as you encounter them in your job search. One-Way Video Interviewing 101 – A Career Search & Resume Consult ..read more
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