Hunting for an Executive Role? You’ll Need to Overcome These Resume-Writing Challenges
In my work as a resume writing consultant with executive clients, I find these leaders understand intuitively that their resume must appeal to high-level recruiters, leaders in the C-Suite and sometimes Board Members. They also grasp that they must show how they can solve a company’s business problems.
Their biggest struggle? Addressing three top concerns voiced below using the techniques described. These will yield documents that showcase your value as an Executive (or potential Executive) – and open the door to your next opportunity.
I Don’t Sound “Executive” Enough
When targeting an executive role, your resume must scream “leadership,” not “worker bee.” In other words, an executive resume must show the reader you are ideally suited to lead a team, organization or initiative.
It starts with a headline just below your name and contact information. The purpose of this headline is to show the reader the kinds of roles you are targeting. Follow it up with a summary or branding paragraph immediately below that gives the reader a preview of how you have created and executed a winning strategy.
Headline + Branding Paragraph
Skip the generic language where you describe yourself as a “Seasoned Professional” or someone with a “strong track record of success,” and replace it with details unique to you.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE – CLOUD, MOBILE + SAAS
Strategies that Produce Game-Changing Multimillion-Dollar Solutions
Build and empower teams of 150+ top product management talent across 3 continents. Apply strategy and engineering acumen acquired designing and delivering solutions for IBM + VMWare in hyper-growth, startup environments.
When it comes to describing your roles – think “brochure,” not “blueprint.” Worker bee blueprint resumes often contain a laundry list of every responsibility you’ve had in each role., whereas executive brochures show the reader your accomplishments.
Examples of blueprint-like job description bullets:
- Spearheaded the initiatives to converge solutions to Cloud and to scale CRM Cloud business with the delivery of industry verticals.
- Defined a framework to assess and arrive at a comprehensive product portfolio for industry segments, based on market opportunities, existing install base and time to market as key drivers.
Aim for “brochure” bullets that show you understand the strategic impact of your efforts – and give the reader a sneak peek at what you could do for them.
Examples of brochure bullets:
- Led team of 120 that converged cloud and scaled CRM cloud businesses solutions with industry vertical delivery. Ensured that $48M in contract renewals, hinging on strategy success, came to fruition.
Upon skim and in-depth reads, a well-written executive resume spells out for the decision-maker what YOU can do for THEM by showing tangible examples of what you’ve done before.
I’m Good at What I Do – but Struggle to Say It on Paper
The adage “numbers speak louder than words” absolutely applies to executive resumes. To land an interview, you must present evidence that you add value – and can quantify it.
If your efforts resulted in revenue growth or boosted productivity – state how and by how much. If you are bound by confidentiality rules, convert dollar figures into percentages.
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