About Louise Garver

Louise Garver, CMP, CPRW, JCTC, CEIP, MCDP, has assisted senior executives and management clients worldwide in all aspects of job search, interviewing and negotiations, development of resume and marketing letters, career transition and career management since 1985. President of Career Directions, LLC, she is an award-winning, published and certified career coach, professional resume writer, outplacement consultant and former corporate recruiter. For help in winning the career your deserve, visit http://www.resumeimpact.com.

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Do You Have the Competitive Advantage to Succeed in Todays Job Market?

Remember the good old days when recruiters contacted you about job leads and answering ads drew enough interviews to keep your search days at a minimum? At one time you may have been a highly sought-after commodity. However, it’s far from the reality of today’s shrinking job market for most job seekers.

What Hiring Managers Really Look For In Resumes And Cover Letters

“There has also been a lot of spin about how long or short a resume should be. From my perspective as a recruiter, a resume should be as long as necessary. For example, a candidate with five years’ experience should not require a 3-page resume. Or, a candidate with 18 years’ experience should not be reduced to a 1-page resume. Length of resume depends entirely on each individual situation. There is no formula or rule etched in stone. If a recruiter is working with a Ph.D. candidate, then a resume may be 3, 4 or 5 pages, or even longer. So be it. If it’s relevant, promote it. If you’re pontificating, don’t.”
-Tim Dermady, President, ExecutiveFit Recruitment

Learn the Warning Signs of Potential Job Loss

Shock. Surprise. Bewilderment. Denial. Confusion. Paralysis. Anger. Depression.

The words represent just a few of the emotions you may feel when you lose your job. Even though others may know your fate, you’re not likely to hear about it. Or, if the handwriting is on the wall about your department’s elimination, the news may not actually sink in because we have an amazing ability to disregard unpleasant facts. We define ourselves and others by the jobs we hold no matter what our level. Any change is likely to be threatening since our real fear is economic. How will we and our families survive?

Resume Optimization: Think Like A Hiring Manager

I have a couple questions for you. I have never had a problem getting a job I have applied for IF I get an interview! I interview very well and (without sounding like I have an ego problem), I am also a very hard worker with the skills, competency and drive to do my job. The problem I always have is getting the interview! I usually have to send out so many resume’s before I even get one single one!

Unhappy With Your Job? When To Call It Quits

As the new year approaches, some of us turn to thoughts of change in our lives. The new year is symbolic with new resolutions and sometimes new beginnings. If one of the changes you’re entertaining involves new employment, consider the following.

Stock Options vs. 401(k): Which Should You Choose?

Dear Louise,
Which is the better compensation benefit for me when I am negotiating a new salary: stock options or a generous 401(k) match?

New Managers: When To Start Your Reorganization

Dear Louise,
How soon after I start a new position is it acceptable to begin evaluating, reassigning and, if necessary, removing members of a new staff? I just started a new job and feel a number of changes are due, but don’t want to ruin morale or jeopardize my leadership by appearing ruthless.

The Annual Career Check-Up

As we are all aware, technical innovations, the globalization of the marketplace, increased competition and demands from consumers have all contributed to the necessity for flexibility and focus in meeting the needs of the rapidly changing, fast-paced workplace. Terms like “change management”, “life-long learning”, “multi-tasking” and “cross functional skill sets” echo these new demands made on employees at all levels.

Get The Raise Or Promotion You Deserve

Do your annual performance reviews come and go with no particular recognition of the contributions to your organization? Start a work journal to track your performance. It’s similar to a diary in that you must keep it faithfully, week-by-week, if it’s to have any value to your career. It can be a comprehensive record of your achievements on the job as a paid employee and also your non-paid activities at work. It should be detailed enough to record your contributions to progress, productivity, efficiency, cost cutting, problem solving, etc.

Interview Techniques For Frequent Job Changers

Since 1997 I have had several job changes as a result of downsizings, market crashes or company foldings. During some of the breaks in employment I worked as an independent consultant. Prior to that I had a fairly stable employment history. This recent spate of job changes usually comes up at interviews. Usually I demonstrate the most of the changes are the result of conditions beyond my control. What would be an effective strategy when presenting your employment history?

Choosing Your References Wisely

Dear Louise,
What is more important when supplying references; a reference with an impressive title or high-level connection in the industry, or a friend or co-worker who knows me better?

From Non-Profit to For-Profit: Tips For Transition

I have worked in the non-for-profit sector for many years and am now looking to transition to a publicly-owned company. What suggestions do you have for countering the false perceptions of recruiters and employers that not-for-profits are not as professionally challenging and that the pace of work is not as demanding as in for-profit companies?

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Is your job search stalled? Is your resume closing doors instead of opening them? Are you landing interviews, but failing to get the offer? Is your job unfulfilling? Do you know how to recession-proof your career? Louise Garver can help. Send her your career questions today!