Laura Smith-Proulx, award-winning executive resume writer and founder of An Expert Resume, is a former recruiter who partners with CIO, CFO, CCO, COO, CTO, CEO, SVP, and Director candidates to win top jobs at Fortune-ranked corporations. A credentialed Professional Resume Writer, Career Management Coach, Interview Coach, Social Networking (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) Career Strategist, and Personal Branding Analyst, she is the author of How to Get Hired Faster: 60+ Proven Tips & Resources to Access the Hidden Job Market, with work featured in 8 career bestsellers. She serves as a media source to Wall Street Journal FINS,,,, and other outlets.


Services & Offerings:

Executive resume services (personal branding, LinkedIn Profile writing, executive job search coaching, executive biographies, cover letters, social media coaching, executive resume distribution to recruiters and investors, executive portfolio development)

Why I Serve Careerists & Job Seekers:

Employers have become more selective than ever, and job seekers need realistic, tactical advice to help them succeed! As a former hiring manager and corporate project manager, I’ve had the opportunity to sit on both sides of the hiring table. Now, as an Executive Resume Writer and job search coach, I’m intent on sharing what I’ve learned – putting job hunters in an optimum position to be recruited, leverage social media, and maximize their time in the job search.


3 Shortcuts to Better LinkedIn Traffic From Keywords

LinkedIn Traffic

Boosting your findability and presence on LinkedIn has never been more important in your job search. After all, you can build your Profile, but unless it’s keyword-optimized to draw traffic, it will be the proverbial tree falling in the forest (with no one to witness your great skills). To get interest from employers, your Profile [...]

5 Tips for Preventing Age Bias in Your Executive Resume & LinkedIn Profile


Back in the job market for an executive role? You may have encountered (or wondered about) potential age discrimination when putting yourself “out there” for an executive job search. If you find yourself experiencing rejection in your job applications, the possibility of age discrimination may seem all too real. Yet, it’s possible that you’re actually [...]

Stop! Don’t Update Your LinkedIn Profile Without This Step

Stop LinkedIn

Applying for jobs on LinkedIn, but no one is biting? What could be wrong? You might have missed the critical step of putting your LinkedIn Profile into a Word document first, and then running spell check! Before you start thinking this isn’t important, consider the following Profile errors that I’ve seen in the past 10 [...]

3 Reasons Your Job Application Didn’t Get a Response (And What You Can Do About It)

No Response

Eagerly sending your resume to the perfect job posting or trying to contact recruiters – but not getting a response? If you’re wondering whether your application traveled into a black hole, you have plenty of company. Many job seekers report similar experiences, with reactions ranging from despair to frustration with employers. Can’t they at least [...]

2014 Resume & Job Search Trends for Executives

Executive Job Search Trends

Planning to launch your executive job search in earnest in 2014? You’ll need to be armed and ready for the new reality in job hunting. Far from the days where you could send off a quick reply to a job ad, today’s job search requires you to map out a strategic plan, with a personal [...]

Should You Use Your Resume or Profile When Applying to Jobs on LinkedIn?

linkedin or resume

Using LinkedIn’s Jobs feature as a job board for your search? A handy tool for job seekers, LinkedIn Jobs offers a “Apply with your Profile” option—allowing you to show your interest with just one click. You may have noticed, though, that a resume and cover letter can also be uploaded for your job application. So [...]

Why Your LinkedIn Profile Will Never Be Private

Peeping Tom

Trying to keep your LinkedIn Profile information hidden from the prying eyes of your boss or colleagues? To paraphrase an old advertising slogan:  Sorry, Charlie. There’s no way to add information on LinkedIn and prevent it from being seen. The confusion arises when LinkedIn users see the option for a Public Profile and believe its purpose is [...]

Trying to Run a Covert Job Search on LinkedIn? Pay Attention to These Settings

Covert LinkedIn Job Search

Want to ensure your LinkedIn activity is as covert as possible? You MUST understand the site’s broadcast message types, Activity Broadcasts and Activity Feed, and the differences between them. Often confused with each other, these controls allow messages to be widely distributed to other LinkedIn users, informing them of your activity (and basically prompting them to look at [...]

Should You Hire an Executive Resume Writer?

Executive Resume

Seeking your next executive role, or trying to move up to the corner office? You’ve probably realized that you’re up against intensive competition from candidates with a wealth of experience. But will you need a professionally written executive resume to compete at this level? Does every executive outsource this part of the job search – [...]

Should You Add a “Current” Job on LinkedIn When You’re Unemployed?

LinkedIn Unemployed

Newly unemployed – and considering whether you should add a “current” job to your LinkedIn Profile as a cover story? You’ve probably heard you won’t rank in LinkedIn search results without a current job, or that you must attain a 100% complete Profile to be findable online. However, there’s no need to panic or become [...]