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In today's economic environment it is important to keep your resume current and up-to-date -- "ready to go" when you need it. More importantly, your resume needs to "stand out from the crowd" given the fact that most resume reviewers spend less than 20 seconds reviewing a resume -- whether online or hard copy.
One way to help make your resume stand out is to include a compelling Headline. Headlines sell magazines, headlines sell newspapers and a great headline can compel a hiring manager to really give attention to your resume. Since hiring managers don't really read resumes but rather scan them for "fit", a headline can help make your value proposition, your area(s) of specialty and your personal branding elements much more obvious in a quick scan. Your headline can be changed, as needed, depending on the opportunity your are seeking.
There are three components to an highly effective headline:
A one-line description of your area of expertise (i.e., what you do)
A personal branding statement (i.e., who you are and what makes you different)
A single-sentence quote directly from you to the resume reader (i.e., a glimpse of your personality)
A couple of examples of resume headlines follow:
Organizational Change Management Expert
Fortune 100 Experience
5 Years, Top Consulting Firm
Frequently Requested Speaker
Co-Author, "The Complexities of Change"
Stanford University MBA, Top 5%
Willing to Travel 100%
"I have a passion for working with people and helping them navigate and ultimately embrace the process of organizational change. I thrive in complex and highly challenging situations, and love the management consulting profession."
Wealth Management Specialist
Wealth Management Practice Leader-5 Years
Top Sales Person-2008, 2007, 2006
Fully Licensed and Certified
Duke Fuqua School MBA
Financial Planning Expert
"I thrive on building long-term relationships with clients and consistently exceeding their service delivery expectations. I thoroughly enjoy the process of helping to enrich the lives of my clients. I love what I do for a living"
Place your headline directly beneath your name and contact information on the first page of your resume.
Additional Tip: Look for opportunities to use and display your headline in other places to create consistency of message and "gravity" -- in your email signature, prominent in your LinkedIn profile, prominent in your Facebook profile, on the back of your "personal calling card" (used in lieu of your business card), etc.
Yesterday, my Career Success Radio Show co-host, Carrie
Robinson, and I interviewed networking expert Liz Lynch.Liz writes frequently on the subject of
networking, she publishes a popular e-Newsletter, is a
frequent speaker at conferences and for major corporations and has been featured in a number of media interviews.Her latest book, “Smart Networking” has received
excellent reviews.She is the founder of
the Center for Networking Excellence which develops products, programs and
seminars that help entrepreneurs and professionals get clients, build their
businesses, and accelerate their careers through networking.
Liz had wonderful insights and tips that she shared with us
on how to effectively incorporate networking into your work life, career
management and job search.Her interview
will air on the Career Success Radio Show channel of Exceptional Wisdom Radio
in February.The Career Success Radio
Show launches officially in February with a great line up of excellent guests,
all of whom are experts in fields pertaining to career planning, career
development, career achievement, career management and career transition.
We strongly encourage you to visit Liz’s blog site – The Smart
Networking Blog, for excellent tips and to get the inside scoop on business
Liz’s book, “Smart Networking,” can be found at Amazon.com
by clicking through on the book cover below.
Special thanks to Liz from both Carrie and me for a wonderful, content-filled interview on the subject of networking.
Trust is a combination of the value that others perceive in you, and
their willingness to harmonize with and accept your advice to help them
succeed. It's people seeking and taking your advice both as a counselor
and a confidante. Someone who trusts you to a point where they call at
some critical stage, because they know you are the ONE who can help
them in a way that others cannot.
But how do you develop trust? Follow
the advice of Jeffrey Gitomer, bestselling author of the Little Books,
which have now sold more than two million copies worldwide.
From the Back Cover....
Trust is the basis for all relationships.
This book will help you:
Tell the truth. This is the number one element of trust AND relationships.
Do what you say you will do. This is a test for being trustworthy and reliable.
Communicate in a timely manner. This shows you are responsible, on top of it, and that you care.
Bring value beyond your product or service. What you do to help others be more successful is a true reflection of your character.
Be on time. Being on time shows you respect the other person’s time.
Be friendly. Smiling people are the gateway to open communication.
Be sincere. This can only come from belief in what you do, loving what you do, and caring for others.
Show and say genuine thanks. Be grateful for the opportunity to be of service.
Be consistent. I believe this element of trust is the most difficult to master because it combines all the other elements.
Give trust. You become trustworthy by giving trust.
Actively managing your career development and career planning is
absolutely critical to your career success. It is ultimately up to
each of us to take control
over our career direction and take personal responsibility for our
career success. Consider these excellent online resources dedicated to
helping you actively manage your career development and planning:
Online management, leadership & career training. Each year,
MindTools.com helps more than 6,700,000 visitors learn the essential
skills they need for an excellent career. Learn hundreds of essential
career skills, FREE of charge and develop yourself on an ongoing basis.
The way we manage our careers is changing, due to the rise in
competition and the introduction of "Web 2.0." In order to extend our
reach, visibility and networking capabilities, we must turn to personal
branding as our savior. In the digital age, our name is our only
currency and by taking the first step reading this blog and consuming
the information provided, you will have a competitive advantage in the
The content on this blog includes podcasts, interviews
with experts, insightful articles, research reports, games and much
Topics covered reflect the Octopus Model of Brand Relevancy:
Career development, recruitment, marketing/branding, public relations,
social media, entrepreneurship, search engine optimization (SEO) and
The Smart Networking Blog
The key to unlimited opportunities for your career or business starts
with Smart Networking. Business strategist Liz Lynch demystifies the
process and offers excellent content for building connections and
opportunities 24/7-without the 24/7 effort.
Packed with powerful strategies, Smart Networking
describes how to integrate face-to-face techniques with a strong online
presence to expand your professional circle exponentially.
Learn how to:
Identify the gaps in your network and develop a plan to fill them
Tap into existing contacts and master the art of the ask
Increase visibility through speaking, e-zine publishing, and blogs
Expand your reach with social networking tools
Develop a winning mindset to guide all your networking activities
Whatever your profession, relationships are a key driver of your success. It's not too late to start networking smart.
Your network of business, professional and personal contacts is the
most valuable and transportable asset you have. A properly
nourished and up-to-date network can truly work wonders for your
career. It is
MUCH easier to maintain and nourish your network on an ongoing basis
rather than play "catch-up" when you find yourself in need of help from
LinkedIn.com is the leading web-based tool
for business network development and communication. LinkedIn is an
online network of more than 30 million experienced professionals from
around the world, representing 150 industries.
When you join LinkedIn, you create a profile that summarizes your
professional accomplishments, background and areas of specialty. Your
profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients, and
partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to
join LinkedIn and connect to you.
JibberJobber started out as a job search spreadsheet to track and
organize a job search, and quickly evolved into a long-term
relationship manager for your personal career management.
Whether you are looking for a job, working towards a
promotion, starting a business, or managing clients and gigs, it's all
The JibberJobber team has grown and includes experts that are dedicated to helping you make the most of your career.
All of us desire an exciting, fulfilling career that enables us to achieve alignment with our purpose, create value for others and provide us with a comfortable and prosperous lifestyle.
This blog is dedicated to YOU in your quest to take control of your career and drive the process of achieving incredible career success. We hope you find the information here relevant and useful in your own journey to career success.
BRANDING - "How to Wow" Others Visit Frances Cole Jone's blog site "How to Wow," which offers ongoing insights and proven strategies for presenting your ideas, persuading your audience, and perfecting your image. Her book "How to Wow" is a must read!
BRANDING - Personal Branding Blog The Personal Branding Blog is your #1 resource for personal branding online. The content provided on this blog includes podcasts, interviews with experts, insightful articles, research reports, games and much more, for all your personal branding needs.
CAREER ADVICE- Career Advice Blogs Career Advice Blogs.com delivers career, job-search and personal growth tips to you from the top experts -- updated every 15 minutes and available to you by RSS.
COMPENSATION - SalaryWizard Personalized salary data and tools plus other helpful resources from Salary.com for people at every money moment of their career.
JOB BOARDS - Niche Job Board Aggregator Visit one of the largest niche job board aggregation sites available online. JobTarget is quickly becoming the world's leading compendium of niche board career sites. Since 2001 JobTarget added nearly 1,000 career sites and niche job boards to their network.
NETWORKING - LinkedIn - Join Now A "must-have" in your career management arsenal. Over 30 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities. Stay informed about your contacts and industry; find the people and knowledge you need to achieve your goals; control your professional identity online.
NETWORKING - The Smart Networking Blog A Blog dedicated to helping you find networking inspiration in every day life...Go behind the scenes of business networking with Liz Lynch, Author, "Smart Networking" and Chief Networking Strategist and Founder of the Center for Networking Excellence
RELOCATION - Relocation Services An independent resource network that provides valuable tools such as city comparisons, salary calculators and moving timelines; informative articles on subjects such as moving with kids, selecting a realtor and obtaining a mortgage; and a large network of relocation services to choose from.
RESEARCH - Vault.com Career Center An indispensable provider of information and solutions for those pursuing and managing high-potential careers. Fortune magazine recently called Vault "The best place on the Web to prepare for a job search."
RESUME - Resume Experts @ Best Impressions With 20+ years' experience, extensive expertise working with executives in all industries, and a track record of success, Best Impression knows how to write resumes that get results and help executives advance their careers.
RESUME - VisualCV The VisualCV reinvents the resume. A better resume, online. Include video, pictures and a portfolio of your best work samples. Securely share different versions with employers, colleagues and friends, and control who sees what. And....it's free.
TOOLS - JibberJobber (A Really COOL Job Search Tool) So what is JibberJobber? Is it a job search tool? Is it a networking tool? It is more like a personal relationship manager that allows you to do everything you need to do to manage a job search and optimize your network relationships - for the duration of your career!
TOOLS - My Virtual Job Coach The best job searching tools on the web, together with tips and guidance all in one easy to use application.
* Write resumes and cover letters
* Find jobs
* Track saved jobs and target companies
* Manage your contacts
* Calendar and to-do lists
USA Job Online A compendium and job board aggregator. Search for thousands of available jobs from a single online porta.