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What makes a resume written for those seeking Senior Management and Executive roles different from resumes written for mid-level professional positions?
One important resume writing rule across all career levels is to write your resume for the job you want. By focusing on a specific job goal, you’ll create a resume that aligns you with an employer’s qualifications for a specific position. Whether making a lateral or preparing to elevate your career into an executive or C-suite role, these tips can better position you as a highly qualified job candidate on paper.
Write a Branded Executive Summary
By now, you probably already know that objectives are considered outdated (except in rare circumstances). Compared to the resume objective written from the perspective of the job seeker, a qualitative summary’s purpose is to match your knowledge and expertise to the requirements of the job you are seeking.
While your resume is a technical document where the primary purpose is to show employers that you’re qualified for the job; but the summary is also where you can reveal who you are and the value you bring. Make it more interesting by weaving your story throughout – but remember to ALWAYs keep it relevant to your audience.
Show the Financial and Business Wins Under Your Leadership
A generic bullet on a resume that reads, “I have a record of success in increasing operational efficiencies,” is just not enough. Don’t hold back the information that really matters to employers. Instead say something like: “Increased overall plant performance from 86.1% to 97.1% in 6 months.” Sell your accomplishments as proof of your ability to get results.
Give Employers Information that Leads the Interview
Did you know that the information that you communicate on your resume can influence the way your interview is conducted? That’s because the information you provide has the potential to encourage and even prompt the interviewer to ask specific questions that provide opportunities for you to further expound on your experience, skills, credentials, education, training and more.
Include Any Relevant Add-Ons
By now, we all know basic components of a leadership resume are a branded summary, work experience, and education. However, if you’re a qualified candidate for a senior management or executive-level position, I’d wager there are likely even more professional jewels you could be sharing including: honors and awards, public speaking engagements, publications, teaching and training experience, committee/task force/board participation, professional affiliations, civic affiliations, technical competencies, community service, and volunteer experience. This information gives you a competitive-edge and distinguishes you from other job candidates.
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