Executive Resumes & Career Transition Strategies Blog
Reflections of an Executive Resume Writer
Welcome to this newsletter or "blog," your source for authoritative and creative executive resume writing tips and samples, as well as career transition strategies. Here you will find timely articles and insightful commentary on the latest executive resume writing and executive job search issues and trends, with examples and important do's and don'ts.
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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.
Some 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
Which 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.
I 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.
Back 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:
Need 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).
If 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.
The answer to that question is unfortunately, “Yes,” Especially in an “employer’s job market” where there are hundreds if not thousands of applicants for every available spot, recruiters and employers can be extremely picky. That little typo on your executive resume, cover letter, or application can mean you don’t get that interview–impressive as your documentation may have been otherwise.
I am a certified executive resume writer and career coach with more than two decades of success providing executive resume writing and career transition services to senior executives in industry and government (including numerous "C-level" Fortune 500 executives).
Serving two terms on PARW's Certification Board, I played an important role in setting standards for the industry. I have served as a judge for two international resume writing competitions, and on the Ethics and By-Laws Committee of the NRWA. My executive resume samples have been published in a variety of career books.
About This Blog
In my ongoing quest to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and issues affecting executive employment and executive resume writing, I frequently encounter information and articles that I believe will be of interest to my clients, and executives and senior managers in general.
My “blog” (short for Web Log) or newsletter is where you will find links to timely articles and information, my comments on them, as well as reflections on various career topics from the perspective of a seasoned executive resume writer and career strategies coach. In addition to resume writing issues, techniques, and samples, the blog covers a broad spectrum of topics pertinent to executives in career transition.
I am confident you will find useful information and insights on my “Executive Resumes” blog that will better equip you for the challenges of planning and advancing your executive career.
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