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What I Have Learned From (Not) Reading 50,000 CVs

In my career, I have received approximately 50,000 resumes (obviously I did not read them. Otherwise I would have no time to write this posting!). The reality is that I take less than 1 minute on the resumes I receive. And I am in good company: Research says that the average recruiter spends 6.25 seconds per CV before deciding “this one is not for me”. The CV is thus the worst ROI in your job search strat
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Will An Open Application With A Headhunter Work? Be Resilient And Creative!

Is it worthwhile to send an open application to a headhunter? Will I stand out to be invited to an interview with an Executive Search Firm? Here at Kennedy Executive Search The Netherlands/ Lens & Partners, we are currently doing two Executive Searches at present. Different roles: a Finance Manager and a Manager Category Management. The positions have been presented, without mentioning the clients name, through d
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Six Reasons Your CV Is Not Good Enough

As executive recruiter many people have asked me, if I could check their Curriculum Vitae (CV or “resume”). I get requests from top executives to specialists. Not surprising as everyone has their own opinion about structure, number of pages, design, etc. Over the last 8 years I have seen thousands of CVs and every time I am surprised with the enormous amount of differences. But what is the best CV? What s
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How To Stand Out And Find A Job Through Personal Branding

This is a post by Alessandra Salimbene, a Personal Branding, digital marketing & CRM specialist at The Personal Branding Coach: “Since the advent of the Internet, email and the web, we have seen changes in business practices, staff recruitment and communication within and between companies. The last two years have been marked by another revolution, that of social media. This has once again changed the criteria of
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Why Getting Hired Is Not Good Enough

This is a post by my good virtual friends Neil Patrick from 40pluscareerguru and Marcia LaReau from Forward Motion about the question why getting hired is not good enough today. Also check out their career blogs who are two of the three finest career blogs on this planet. “Big data and technology are accelerating the workplace to warp-speeds. Businesses are rising and falling faster than ever. The jobs outlook
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Right Or Wrong: “Recruiters Advertise Fake Jobs”

Often right – though it is illegal to do so in some countries. Yet some recruiters advertise fake jobs, completely made up and neither the job nor the company exist (this is valid for recruiters who work on success fees and who have to build a “candidate pool”). For the last 13 years since I started in this profession, I heard over and over again candidates who complained that when they met their re
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5 Reasons Your Application Gets Ignored

Are you sending tons of CVs but only 10% are responded to? Here are the top 5 reasons your application gets ignored. You have no time to be inefficient and neither do we. In a world of information that is omnipresent and difficult to digest, everything must go fast. If you are not able to convince within 6.25 seconds that you are the right candidate, your resume will be put on “nope” pile and my own exper
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Easter Special: The 6 Best Ways To Find The Next Job @Forbes

Oldies are goldies – and classics are timeless: This week is about the best way to find the next job (my post on Forbes with 115k views so far). And guess what? Actually, your next job is not as far away from you as you think: Just as the easter eggs when you were a kid! Remember when you ran into your parent’s garden xyz years ago? You know the chocolate eggs were there but you did not know where! Findin
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Online Application: 4 Dos And 4 Don’ts

In 99% of any given application process, the online contact will be step 1 – may it be via email, social media or as a response to a job ad. What are the absolute MUST criteria of an online application that will get you the first interview? When I did my research on this topic, the career advice I found says more or less the same. I have a slightly different point of view and structured my posting in “The Art a
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The Most Important Rule For The Job Interview

Having been working in professional recruitment for more than a decade, I have been preparing all my candidates thoroughly for their job interviews. Over the years, this briefing became more and more sophisticated but I was still looking for the “holy grail”, the number 1 key learning that won’t get forgotten and enables candidates running for jobs but also for professionals managing their career to get it all right.
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