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Apr 04, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on 8 Resume Rules to Live By

8 Resume Rules to Live By

1. Be beautiful. Nice formatting, fonts, appropriate use of bolding and colors (if you have to). Don’t let your resume look like a cheesy eBay offer. It should look like an Apple brochure. 2. If you go all ‘fancy pants’ on your resume and put it into a horizontal or

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Feb 03, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on OMG, He's Wearing a Hoodie!

OMG, He's Wearing a Hoodie!

This week, a local radio news station interviewed a professor who made basically one point about Mark Zuckerberg:  stuttering and spitting bullets, the academic basically tried to make the case that a CEO of a public company couldn’t possibly be one that wears a ‘hoodie.’  In a sarcastic parental tone, he

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Jan 17, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on How to Respond to a Recruiter

How to Respond to a Recruiter

It’s really in the candidate’s best interest to hear what a recruiter has to say before leading with money or title. I hear ‘I’m only interested in senior vp/director/grandpoobah’ too often. Titling can be something that’s negotiated sometimes, and can be deciving across industries. Everyone’s a VP at a bank

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Jan 12, 2012 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Sales DNA

The Sales DNA

I was talking to a consultant today who was being assessed for his ‘Sales DNA.’ It’s an important attribute, particularly to small companies always in search of new business. What is Sales DNA? If you have it, you are the type of person who scopes out the passengers on an airplane,

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Dec 15, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Portfolios

Portfolios

We’ve been working on a number of Creative Director type searches of late;  there’s been an interesting trend. For a long time, employers have been asking for portfolios of a candidate’s work.  Sites like Behance and Coroflo attempt to facilitate the creation and hosting of portfolios.  Suddenly, these sites seem so

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Nov 07, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Insight into UX Careers

Insight into UX Careers

One of the toughest searches we do is for exceptional designers...

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Oct 20, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Resumes for a Career Change

Resumes for a Career Change

http://www.fins.com/Finance/Articles/SBB0001424053111904332804576540560574814434/Ten-Things-Career-Changers-Need-on-Their-Resume A better resume will certainly help you if you are looking to change careers.  However, it’s my experience that changing careers is pretty difficult right now.  In today’s market, companies are under intense pressure to perform.  Bringing someone from outside may offer fresh perspectives but there will still be

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Oct 11, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on The Value of an MBA

The Value of an MBA

The Wall Street Journal asked students if an MBA is ‘worth it’. If they asked executive recruiters, I think they would find, that for people early to mid stage in their career, yes, the degree is definitely worth it. I guess I should add the disclaimer that I toiled through

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Oct 06, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on New Pressure Emerges in the Hunt for Talent

New Pressure Emerges in the Hunt for Talent

http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2011/09/30/the-daily-start-up-vcs-upping-hiring-pressure-on-start-ups/?mod=WSJ_article_onespot Excerpt: For months, Silicon Valley start-ups have had a tough time finding qualified employees–especially engineers. Now investors are adding to that pressure Founders who don’t have what investors consider to be a full team–or are unable to prove that they can hire one–could face extra hurdles raising money and even

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Sep 08, 2011 | Post by: Vikki Pachera Comments Off on Does Your Resume Need Botox?

Does Your Resume Need Botox?

As you might imagine, I am asked all the time for feedback on resumes.  It’s tough to coach friends and family in the first place but my friends over 40 are impossible.  Has to be one page.  I need to cite that I programmed in Fortran when reptiles roamed the earth. 

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