CVs and Resumes: Differences, Similarities, and Content

While it is every candidate's dream to receive more than one job offer, the situation can also be somewhat disconcerting if the candidate is not knowledgeable of how to handle the situation well and to his/her best advantage.  Doing so can lead to higher salary, better title and other benefits.

Details on how to go beyond a ho-hum expression of interest to a persuasive, powerful synopsis of accomplishments and skills.  The presentation reviews format suggestions, key words and phrases that capture attention, and uncommon ways to market yourself within the letter.

Developing an Impressive LinkedIn Profile

Our career curriculum was designed with an eye towards the needs of professionals at various stages of their careers and from a wide range of industries.  Below is a synopsis of topics available for live online programming under our Core Package.  Programs are slightly customized based on the feedback of college/university staff as well as the results of the Baseline Alumni Survey.  Colleges and universities may choose to upgrade from the Standard Annual Package to fully customized content for their alumni to address specific topics and specific industries.

Maplewood Standard Career Curriculum

Strategic coaching on how facilitate reference relationships that endure over time and which references to include on applications given the option of choosing among several. 

Mid-career professional sometimes find themselves reassessing their career choices sometimes as much as professionals who are early in their careers.  That is a valid, even if daunting, endeavor.  This program will present Maplewood's proprietary advice on career exploration and clarification: Articulation of Professional Interests, Prioritization of Interests, Career Path Research (Multi-Month Process), and Goal/Interest Reassessment (Year-Long Process).

Creating Convincing Cover Letters

From researching the backgrounds of interviewers to reviewing media reports of the hiring organization, every detail of the interview preparation process is important.  Equally important is post-interview follow-up that reinforces interest in the position and your standout qualities as a candidate. This presentation presents an overview of these important details as well as ways to customize your interactions so that they stand out from others.

This presentation is an overview of the most challenging interview questions that candidates face and how best to navigate them.  The webinar covers both standard and behavioral interview questions as well as ways to best handle panel interviews, group interviews, and other formats.

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful networking and job search tools available today.  While some individuals utilize it well to enhance the power of their professional network, a large number of alumni are unaware of how to make the most of their LinkedIn profile.  This presentation teaches them how.

This two-part program is designed for professionals who are interested in creating a customized position within an organization.  This is most often true of individuals who have amassed a unique blend of skills not typically found in an existing job category and would like to make the case for a new type of position.  Part 2 presumes the individual has already determined the specific role and organization.   Program content covers:

  • The (Persuasive) Introductory Cover Letter
  • The Tailored CV
  • Networking/Talking to the Right People
  • Mastering the Elevator Pitch

Salary Research and Negotiation

Some people mistakenly believe that mentor relationships are only beneficial to individuals in the early stages of their career.  This is a false perception that can lead to missed opportunities and stymied professional growth.  At any stage of one's career, regardless of his/her industry or role, it is beneficial to not only have a mentor relationship but to have several.   This program discusses the benefits of mentor relationships, how to develop them, and how to make the most of them once established. 

Interviews, Part 1:  Preparation Then Post-Interview Follow-Up

Managing Multiple Interview Processes

Program Topics

Lack of knowledge of salary ranges within your given industry or position can cost a candidates thousands of dollars during a negotiation process. Learn the best ways to ascertain salary information and how to use it to your advantage during a salary negotiation.  

Establishment of Five Professional Mentor Relationships

The expert execution of multiple interview processes can make a candidate more attractive in the eyes of each of the potential employers.  However, if handled incorrectly, the interview processes can become unwieldy.  Learn how to handle multiple interviews with grace and to maximum effect.

Interviews, Part 2:  How To Navigate Tough Interview Questions

Choosing References and Developing Reference Lists

This two-part program is designed for professionals who are interested in creating a customized position within an organization.  This is most often true of individuals who have amassed a unique blend of skills not typically found in an existing job category and would like to make the case for a new type of position.  Part 1 presumes the individual has not finalized the details of the role and organization, and is seeking to do so.  Program content covers:

  • What You Bring to the Table – And Why You’re Worth the Money
  • Identifying institutions to approach
    • Type of Role
    • Type of Institution
    • Geography
    • Salary Expectation
    • Timeframe of search

Career Goal Exploration and Clarification (For All Career Levels)

Steps to Creating a Custom Position Within an Organization, Part 1

Steps to Creating a Custom Position Within an Organization, Part 2

An overview of the differences and similarities between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume, and the situations in which each should be used. The program provides details on how to properly construct each.

How To Manage Multiple Job Offers