It is getting more and more difficult to get a decent job today. There are several reasons for that; some of the factors depend on the job-seekers themselves, while other reasons have nothing to do with what a candidate can offer. There is no point in discussing factors we cannot influence; however, it makes sense if we concentrate our efforts on something we can change – our resume. This is especially true of executive resumes. Some job seekers make a deadly mistake when they assume that it makes no difference between writing an entry-level and professional resume. Nothing can be further from the truth. In this article, we would like to address the challenges of writing an effective executive level resume. There are three major points one has to pay attention to when developing an executive resume.
- Objective-out/summary-in. If you are an accomplished executive then stating that you are “a professional looking for a management position within a reputable company” at the beginning of your resume is not enough. Instead, use a summary type of section where you will be able to list important information and evidence of your success. It will help HR authorities define whether your resume is worth reading. Check our article on how to develop an effective summary for more insight.
- Experience in the context. Don’t assume that people who are going to read and evaluate your resume will know the context of your experience by default. It is vitally important that you put everything into the context of what, when, where, how, and how long. Very often people assume that there is no reason to say anything about the companies they have worked for. However, the opposite is true. Few lines of information about your previous employers will help in understanding your past environment.
- Resume Space. If you are targeting for an executive position, you will likely go over one page. And that is absolutely fine – there is no reason to worry about that. However, it is very important that when a hiring authority looks at the first page of your resume, he/she will be able to capture your personal information, contact details, an overview of qualifications (usually referred as a summary), and the most relevant detail of what you have accomplished in past 5-7 years. Usually, writing this type of resume is more challenging and takes more time. But there is no other way around it. You either work hard on your application documents and get results or you do it as fast as you can and hope to get good luck.
As we have mentioned before, not everything depends on you. But today an efficient job seeking process boils down to minimizing risks. And when you work hard on your resume, the chances are that you will be through to the next stage – interview. Your resume is only good for granting you an interview stage, but from there on you have to do your homework again in order to demonstrate your professionalism to an interviewing authority. You can always order our writing service or do the work on your own.
To understand the difference between a professional and executive level, check this article of ours.