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Virginia Franco

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Founder of Virginia Franco Resumes, I provide customized Executive Resumes and LinkedIn profile writing services for the 21st century job seeker. Interviews guaranteed in less than 60 days. CONTACT INFO: Virginia Franco | vfranco@carolina.rr.com | 704-771-8572
Quick Fixes for Resume Don’ts

Quick Fixes for Resume Don’ts

I don’t know about you but when I try something for the first time and get it wrong, I need someone to point out...
5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Persuasive LinkedIn Summary Section

5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Persuasive LinkedIn Summary...

Did you know that after the headline section LinkedIn is the second most widely-read section on your profile? Furthermore, studies show readers spend more...
The Biggest Resume Killer? Ignoring Lessons from News Writing

The Biggest Resume Killer? Ignoring Lessons from News Writing

Journalists refer to the “lead” as the first few sentences that quickly tell the reader what the story is about.  The phrase “never bury...
What Recruiters Need Answered on LinkedIn

What Recruiters Need Answered on LinkedIn

It’s been said before. Recruiters and decision makers are leveraging social media, particularly LinkedIn, when searching and vetting candidates. At the end of the day...
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things . . . on LinkedIn

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things . . ....

On the networking and job searching front, what used to transpire via rolodexes and phone calls from initial outreach to first-step networking to reconnecting...
Jobseeker’s Guide to the Job Search After 50

Jobseeker’s Guide to the Job Search After 50

One of the biggest mistakes jobseekers over 50 make is thinking the job search process hasn’t changed much. It has.   On the other hand, some...
Positioning a Failed Startup into a Winning Experience During Your Job Search

Positioning a Failed Startup into a Winning Experience During Your Job...

Many of my clients come to me because their startup endeavors didn’t pan out, and are hoping a return to Corporate America will provide...
Make Sure your Resume Doesn’t Read like a Carbon Copy of your Resume

Make Sure your Resume Doesn’t Read like a Carbon Copy of...

When LinkedIn first got its start, with just 4500 members according to LinkedIn’s About Us page, all you needed to appear cutting-edge was a...
Five Steps to Deep Dive Company Research

Five Steps to Deep Dive Company Research

Whether identifying companies to target or preparing for an interview, research is a critical component to any successful career strategy. Most career coaches and interviewing...
Paid v. Free LinkedIn – Which Option Makes Sense for Me?

Paid v. Free LinkedIn – Which Option Makes Sense for Me?

As LinkedIn continues to grow and expand, it’s account offerings continue to evolve. As has always been the case, members still have free and...
Six Steps to Giving Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

Six Steps to Giving Your Resume a 21st Century Facelift

No one looks for jobs in the paper anymore. Why use a resume designed for that era? A resume up-to-date in terms of career history...
Four Easy Ways to Increase Your Profile Views on LinkedIn

Four Easy Ways to Increase Your Profile Views on LinkedIn

If your goal is to generate attention (particularly from recruiters), a stagnant LinkedIn profile or one merely up to date is not likely to...
5 Online Tools for a Quick, Targeted Job Search

5 Online Tools for a Quick, Targeted Job Search

Shorten Your Job Search by Leveraging these Internet Tools to their Fullest Targeted research can offer a tremendous advantage when it comes to executing a...
Five Steps to Getting the Skinny on a Company Worth Targeting

Five Steps to Getting the Skinny on a Company Worth Targeting

Whether identifying companies to target or preparing for an interview, research is a critical component to any successful career strategy.   Most career coaches and interviewing...
Six Steps to a Successful Career Change

Six Steps to a Successful Career Change

Changing industries can be challenging. Changing careers even more so as you are going up against others with years in the role and/or industry. With...
How to Write a Compelling Cover Letter for a Career Transition

How to Write a Compelling Cover Letter for a Career Transition

Career transitions can be daunting in today’s market where hiring managers expect to immediately see how you are a perfect fit for the position...
All I Ever Needed to Know About Job Searching I Learned in Kindergarten

All I Ever Needed to Know About Job Searching I Learned...

There’s a lot out there when it comes to job searching advice – from the ins and outs of applicant tracking software to navigating...
5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Compelling LinkedIn Summary Section

5 Tips to Hook Your Reader with a Compelling LinkedIn Summary...

Did you know that after the headline section LinkedIn is the second most widely-read section on your profile? Furthermore, studies show readers spend more...
Five Quick Fixes for Resume Don’ts

Five Quick Fixes for Resume Don’ts

As a resume writer, the majority of resumes that come my way are out of date from a formatting perspective and are tough to...
Positioning a Failed Startup into a Winning Experience on your Resume

Positioning a Failed Startup into a Winning Experience on your Resume

Many of my clients come to me because their startup endeavors didn’t pan out, and they are hoping a return to Corporate America will...

Q: Why is My Resume Being Ignored? A: It Must Answer...

It’s been said before – your resume has between six and 20 seconds to get past that initial skim read and into the “keep”...

Resume in a Black Hole? Perhaps it is Not Answering 3...

It’s been said before – your resume has between six and 20 seconds to get past that initial skim read and into the “keep”...

Steps Big and Small to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone...

The idea of being active on LinkedIn strikes fear into the hearts of those who view anything other than owning a completed LinkedIn profile...

4 Steps to Camouflaging a Gap in Employment

Overcoming a gap in employment can be overwhelming. Whether you left the job market by choice or otherwise – after working with hundreds of unemployed...

Print Reading is Dead – Is Your Resume Ready for it’s...

It’s been said before – your resume must impress in record time – a matter of seconds. What many don’t realize, however, is that...

How to Move Up the Ladder When You Don’t Have Leadership...

The phrase “moving up the corporate ladder” should more accurately be rephrased “moving up the corporate pyramid.” Let’s face it – there are fewer...

Three Steps to a Successful Career Change

Career changes are challenging in today’s market where hiring managers expect to understand immediately how you are a perfect fit for the role at hand. Strong...

HOW TO

A Supercar for Mortals The 2017 Audi R8

Developed with input from the Audi Sport team that has dominated the 24 Hours of Le Mans for much of the past 15 years,...
A Few Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

A Few Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

In the game of business, you either win or you live to see your brand die a harrowing, untimely death. As an up-and-coming business...

Friendships in the Workplace

I have noticed that many people in business, both employee or management, have spoken openly about their hesitation in forming friendships in the workplace....
Achieve It

Redefining Success – in 7 Dimensions

Money, status, assets, power!  They’re the markers of success, right? Certainly that’s how I measured success for a long time.  I had a successful business...
3 Must-Have LinkedIn Tools To Attract More Clients

3 Must-Have LinkedIn Tools To Attract More Clients

  With over 35% of users accessing LinkedIn every day and 25 million profiles viewed on a daily basis, LinkedIn is the most effective B2B...