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Category: Executive Resume Strategy

How to Write a Keyword Rich Executive Resume – with Examples

By now virtually everyone who is or has been recently in the job market is likely aware of the importance of keywords in career communications, whether it be your executive resume, your LinkedIn profile, or the cover letter you send along with your resume. See strategies and samples in this article.

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Executive Resumes: Hard Skills Are Great But Don’t Forget the Soft Skills!

Soft Skills in Executive ResumesSome careers professionals have said a lot over the years about so-called “soft” skills being fluff and unnecessary to feature in your executive resume. Your “hard” skills (e.g., project management, P&L management, sales force management, logistics and supply chain, sales and marketing–whatever is relevant for your functional role) are certainly paramount. However, if you neglect to let your readers know you also possess great “soft” skills

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Avoid Making Any of These Executive Job Interview Mistakes

After you worked so diligently to land an interview with your dream company, you do not want to negate your efforts by making surprisingly common interviewing mistakes. Alison Doyle published a great article on this on December 9, well worth a read.

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How to Modernize Your Executive Resume

product-boxes-canstockphotoWhich box do you pick up first when browsing store shelves? The plain one or the one with compelling colors and graphics?

Lucky for us, the resume of today has moved far beyond those boring, monochromatic career obituaries of times past. We are free to tastefully use color, graphics, charts, tables, and images to enhance the content.

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Are You Using a “Jurassic Era” Section on Your Executive Resume?

Dinosaur canstockphoto3575905I still receive inquiries from executives regarding whether to include/not include an objective on their resumes. When I ran across a colleague’s post today about the use of an “Objective” section in today’s resumes, I just had to put my two cents in on this.

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Why Can’t I List References on My Executive Resume?

canstockphoto16793760Back in the Stone Age of resume writing, it was not uncommon to see listings of a candidate’s professional references at the end of the document, including full contact information. Then in the Bronze Age, we advanced to a simple statement “References Available Upon Request” at the bottom of the last page.

Today, you are showing your age or that you are out of step with current practices if you do either of the above. Take a look at any site displaying sample executive resumes, and you will see that listing your references on the resume is not accepted practice. This alone is enough reason to avoid including references on your executive resume, but here are a few others:

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How to Write a Dynamite Executive Resume – With Samples

ResumeNeed help writing your executive resume? Would you like to view some samples? In order to win a coveted executive position whether it be at Director/VP level or Chief Executive Officer, you MUST have an executive resume that presents a compelling synopsis of your value proposition to that potential employer. Your executive resume needs to provide a powerful answer to the reader’s question, “What’s in it for me if I hire this person?” (known as WIFM).

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What To Do Before Leaving a Job

3businesspeopleIf you are leaving with a new job landed, remember to be humble. If you are leaving voluntarily without a new job landed, figure out your finances and make a budget beforehand. If you are leaving involuntarily, be sure to expedite preparation or updating of your executive resume and LinkedIn profile.

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Avoiding Discrimination Based on Your Executive Resume

From the PeopleFlo blog, written by an executive recruiter, there are numerous ways in which you can be discriminated against, or as she cites the definition, have an “unjust or

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What NOT to Include on Your Executive Resume

Alison Doyle writes some very insightful and savvy articles about different aspects of job search, and one she penned last month about The Top 15 Things Not to Include in

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