Here are a few really simple tips that will help you position yourself well.
The writing process to produce a compelling resume is difficult for many people. Most of the time we don’t know where to start, what to include, and what to omit. How do we highlight our accomplishments without sounding boastful? Will we undersell our capabilities?
It’s doubly hard if you’re an executive or if you’re applying for a higher level because your resume must live up to your position.
The Muse listed some Resume Tips for Senior-Level Jobs:
Create an Executive Summary
Resume Objectives are out, and the Executive Summary is in. Your summary should position you for the role.
For instance, if you’re gunning for a COO role within the manufacturing sector, you certainly may benefit from positioning yourself as an expert in agile methodology and one who has driven significant growth or revenue results. Or, if you know the organisation you’re eyeing is struggling, you may want to position yourself as a turnaround specialist (assuming you are one).
Show Financial and Business Impact, Fast
Create a “Key Accomplishments” or “Key Highlights” section for each job position you held. Bold the most impressive quantitative results and figures. This way, you are able to show concrete proof that you can drive growth or money for the company you’re applying to.
Include a Core Proficiencies Section (That Screams “Executive”)
Write an “Areas of Expertise” or “Core Proficiencies” section under your executive summary. Highlight your employee development, P & L, change management, mergers and acquisitions, process re-engineering, and global strategy. Add technical skills that are relevant to the job position.
Choose Highlights That Align With Your Target Role
Market your career highlights that are relevant to what the job role specifically required. Use keywords that directly match the job advertisement. Avoid stuffing your resume with unnecessary information.
To guide you further in writing your CEO-level resume, Envato Tutorials differentiated the resume entries between Junior-Level and Executive-Level employees.
The table below summarises resume tips for senior-level jobs and junior-level roles.
|Junior Employee||Managers and Executives|
|Summary||Lists accomplishments and skills related to your target job, including academic studies and internships.||An executive summary shows your contribution to related jobs in a leadership capacity. Show them how you made an impact as a boss, not as a team member.|
|Education||Employees with a few years of experience still list their alma mater, but not their GPA and coursework.
This section also lists continuing education from their employers.
|Education is often listed at the bottom of an executive resume.
While education is an important part of an executive’s career, the people reading their resume are more interested in what they learned on the job.
|Work History||A mixture of employment details from various positions and industries.||Shows an abridged version of the applicant’s career. It highlights their progress from junior employee to management.
For experienced managers and executives, it shows their achievements from one leadership role to another.