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Effective Executive Resume Writing Strategies

by Kim on May 24, 2017

While there are generally no “rules” in resume writing as long as your resume is informative, achievement-driven and well written, there are still a few important aspects to keep in mind.

Before composing your executive resume, you need to understand who your audience is, even if you are targeting different positions. It’s best to have one “main” resume that you can target for specific roles merely by highlighting specific accomplishments, responsibilities and areas of expertise depending on the position.

You also need to clarify what your role was/is for each position; you don’t have to list every single activity, but readers need to have an understanding what your objectives are in terms of primary duties, whether it be increasing sales, improving profitability, managing teams, creating marketing plans, trimming costs or leading change management initiatives.

As for formatting, I’ve found that bullet points work best when highlighting your accomplishments because they will be clear to readers vs. having them hunt through a long, drawn-out paragraph. Obviously, you’ll want to highlight the most important points first such as directing a successful turnaround, doubling sales, revitalizing a stagnant division, etc. The goal here is to clearly direct readers to your most valuable contributions.

Your job titles are important as well with a bit of creativity that doesn’t overstep your job title. For example, let’s say you are an Accounting Manager. You wouldn’t merely say that “Accounting” was your title, though I’ve seen many resumes with one word descriptors when two or three could generate a bit more interest as long as they don’t oversell what you actually are charged with doing.

Including your skills is also vital on any executive resume. However, it’s best to ensure that those skills are “backed up” within the resume itself to give those skills more credibility. If marketing is a huge component of your job, yet you only list the word marketing in a skills section without having any true marketing achievements, then you really aren’t selling that expertise well.

You also don’t need to include information that is redundant such as an objective statement like “Seeking a valuable opportunity….” or something just as vague. You also don’t need to put “References Available” or “Available for Interviews.” Clearly, you are sending a resume because you WANT interviews.

These are just a few basic ideas to keep in mind while composing your executive resume. Again, the purpose of your resume is to generate interviews, not be overlooked because you didn’t take the time to think about the reader and what he/she may want to see.

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