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How to impress a recruiter with your resume

Simple and straight to the point, this article from Susie Timli from Hays, lists a few simple points not to miss on one's resume.

On the same article, don't miss a list of valuable resources at the end including a heat map based on an eye-tracking study of recruiters, so you can see exactly what part of a CV recruiters prioritize.

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Memorable presentations

Nowadays PowerPoint is one of the most used productivity tools in companies, either internally with colleagues or externally with partners.

Unfortunately the quality of presentations isn’t growing at the same pace, as most of them are monotonous and packed with irrelevant information so one forgets them ten minutes after.

Nancy Duarte suggests that for a presentation to be memorable it must have strong contrasts:

  • Visually – choose strong images and charts to explain an idea
  • Verbally – change the voice tone according to the message’s importance
  • Physically – complement the presentation with some action and interactivity

Source: Be Dramatic, Be Memorable

Resume tips for executive-level job seekers

Crafting a killer resume is hard for most of us!

Talking about ourselves in a robust, compelling manner tends to make us feel like cocky braggarts, so we often undersell our capabilities. We get tangled up in the so-called structural rules. We hear that we need to include “the right” key words, but what are they? Who decides which words are the rightest, and which ones are flat-out wrong?

If you’re an executive (or striving to become one), you’ve got one additional level of complexity, and it’s not a small one: You’ve got to make your resume “executive-y” enough so that you can play ball with the big dogs.

It’s not an easy task, but if you’re heading for the C-suite, this article contains four reasonably simple tips that will help you position yourself well:

  • Create an executive summary
  • Show financial and business impact, fast
  • Include a core proficiencies section (that screams “executive”)
  • Choose highlights that align with your target role

Source: 4 resume tips for executive-level job seekers.

Angela Ahrendts on job interviews

A few guidelines on soft questions by Angela Ahrendts.

Source: How I Hire: My Guiding Principles

When to Present and When to Converse

Most of us, especially salesman, like to talk… a lot! But when you face complex projects that require other’s inputs, a presentation might not be the best way to approach a meeting.

Nancy Duarte suggests a simple guide to decide when to build a presentation and when to go for a conversation.

Source: Meetings: When to Present and When to Converse.

The world of infographics

Everybody knows that a single image is worth 1,000 words, or better said, an infographic is worth more than 1,000 charts!

Infographics have an emotional power because they can show you an idea, a relationship, or how something works very quickly. A persuasive infographic surprises the viewer. It moves them in some way and makes them want to keep looking at it or show it to other people.

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Most common resume mistakes

A Resume is much more than a tool to hire and get hired.

It is a real piece of personal marketing, where one can highlight his main skills, competencies and experiences.

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Slidedocs: the new presentation format

Slidedocs help you spread your smart thinking by combining visual communications with short chunks of written copy. Their scannable nature makes them great pre-read, reference, and leave-behind materials. Their modularity makes it easy for people to incorporate your ideas into their own communications. And these features together make slidedocs the perfect companion to both written documents and presentations.

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How to write a successful cover letter

Great list compiled by Amy Gallo on how to build successful cover letter that causes a good first impression and really shows one skills and competences for the job.

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Top ten most dynamic economies


The World’s Top Ten Most Dynamic Economies

According to Grant Thornton’s 2013 Global Dynamism Index (GDI) of 50 countries, Australia ranks number one followed by Chile and China while the US stays out of the top ten.

This model analyzes several indicators on:

  • Business operating environment
  • Science & technology
  • Labor and human capital
  • Financing environment
  • Economics & growth

Summary of final report

Global Dynamism Index (GDI) data visualisation tool

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