best practices for writing a killer executive resume for managers and senior-level positions

 
executive resume tips
 

A common problem a lot of high-level executives and senior level management have when applying for a new job, is that they’ve never had to write a resume before.

No matter what level you’re applying for, starting a resume from scratch is a daunting task and today’s modern market, no matter the position,  require resumes for all consideration.

 

What’s the difference between a Junior and Executive-level resume?

It makes sense for there to be differences between a Junior and an Executive-level candidate. One is typically entering the job market and the other has been a leader in the industry.


One of the most notable differences in formatting begins with where you list Education including advanced degrees and any additional training in the field. While a junior might have their Education listed at the top of the resume, Executives should save this section for the end.


Executive-level resumes save Education for the bottom of the document, because hiring managers are more interested in what you’ve learned and contributed in your career. They say practice is the best teacher, after all.  

The work history will be different. An Executive’s resume will be an condensed version of the candidate’s career—making sure to include positions from even years back that are relevant to the current role that you’re applying for.

Highlight your capability to achieve measurable results and any milestones of accomplishments.

 

know your audience

A ‘universal’ resume hardly ever works even in entry-level positions. Put the effort in and customise your resumes to suit the roles you’re applying for.

If your resume is lacking the skills that will help them solve a current problem within the company, you’re not likely to hear a call back. Think about your previous roles and how you’ve implemented a new system, tackled the employee turnover rate, or saved the company money.

 

what makes you stand out?

What are some traits you have been complimented on about your work? There is so much more to you than the skill sets you have listed on a resume, and personal branding will help you stand out from other applicants.

Your personal brand should be evident throughout your marketing materials (social media, resume, cover letter, personal website, etc…). Hiring managers are interested in the personality they’re hiring for the role and what the ROI the employer will get from hiring you.

 

Gather statistics

Lend as much detail as you can about your role in the company and the value of your work. Executive resumes should have a consistent message about the skills you provide your employer.

  • Describe your company size, value of accounts, clients served

  • Why were you hired? Did you solve any problems?

  • How much money did you make/ save the company?

 

the debate of resume lengths…

This is one of the largely debated topics in the recruitment world. How long should a resume be?

We’ve found that length isn’t an issue as long as the information on the resume is relevant to the position.

 

No matter what role you’re applying for, it’s best to start with the basics and keep it simple. Often times, it’s helpful to get a colleague to review your resume with a fine-tooth comb.

They’ll also be able to flesh out any unclear bullet points or shine a light on past accomplishments you might have skipped over.