Most people are usually well aware of the fact that having a high-quality, well-written resume is the best way you can go about getting the job of your dreams. There are loads of ways in which you can make sure that your resume has the ideal layout and wording to help you land a job, however, it is also important to make sure that your resume is suited to the position you’re applying for.
When it comes to applying for executive-level jobs, you’re going to find a job hunt much more effective if your resume is written to match specific job descriptions. Your experience and skills listed on your resume should coincide with the qualifications listed in the job description, otherwise, potential employers may write you off at the first hurdle.
However, if you are applying for a job that is much grander and in essence a better job, then it makes sense that your resume needs to step up to the mark. If you are going for a higher-paying job, and one that gives you a much better chance of career progression, then you need to ensure that your best career achievements and leadership skills are highlighted in your resume. You also need to ensure that you have a targeted career summary at the beginning of your resume that will entice readers to want to learn more about you and the value you can offer in an executive-level position. Executive-level hiring managers and recruiters expect to see quantifiable achievements on your resume. They want to know if sales goals were met, cost reductions achieved, and finally, the overall impact you made on the company/organizations. Even in a non-finance resume, numbers speak volumes for executive-level candidates.
If this sounds like you and you want to make sure that you can go for a promotion, or higher-level position, then you may need to look at having an executive resume created. This goes above and beyond a standard resume and is essential if you are going for any type of executive or c-level (President, CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CTO) positions. Speak with a colleague or a friend who has achieved an executive-level status and find out what worked for them on their resume. Be sure your information is factual, and while there is a need to include your biggest achievements on your resume, telling white lies or over-inflating your achievements are big resume no-nos.
An executive resume must be powerful and have a “wow” factor that will attract employers looking for executive-level candidates.
Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CERM, CEMC, CPRW, is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant and President of Professional Resume Services, Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 14 best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.