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What Makes a Great Executive Resume?

An executive resume has an impressive work experience, qualifications among other skills in common. So, even if you do manage to secure an interview at the executive level, there are a number of people who are called and considered just as suitable for the position apart from yourself.

Which brings us to the point that while a good resume can get you a number of interviews, a great one can actually get you the job that you want. In other words, make your profile stand out among a list of candidates that are just as, if not more, accomplished.

So, is there any way by which one can differentiate between a good and great resume?

Yes, there is and this involves analysing all the sections of your executive resume in detail.

3 Aspects of an Executive Resume to Consider

1: Design

Most people pick up whatever template is available over the internet and create their resume assuming that design is probably not the most important aspect of an executive resume. But no matter how you see it, a resume is a marketing document and which is why “packaging” is just as important. While this might be true, what sets these resumes apart from a great resume is a distinct and unique design that is created just for one particular resume itself. Not only is a personal style but fonts are also used too.

In other words, you don’ t allow the template to decide how you are going to bold a title but instead base on how you can communicate a stronger message with these elements.

2: Summary

While a number of good resumes highlight who the candidate is, great resumes only focus on what makes their candidature unique. This is very good given that recruiters spend only six seconds on an executive resume. Specific areas of work experience, qualifications, achievements and expertise relevant to their goals in the summary section can turn a good resume to great given that it uses this ‘ real estate’ as effectively as possible.

In other words, instead of using phrases that are cliches in resume writing and have been seen by recruiters all too often, focus on using that space to present your strengths in the best possible way.

3: Work experience

A lot of executives list quantifiable achievements as expected but it is usually after their responsibilities. Since most executives competing for the same positions (and with similar work experience) have the same responsibilities, this won’ t really matter given that there will be little or nothing between them, in terms of what their day-to-day responsibilities.

A great executive resume will definitely focus on responsibilities but they will specific about the scope of responsibility such as budget, areas and team size yet are very concise in nature. Keeping reader focus is definitely one thing they keep in mind. One way or the other, the great resume always keeps length in mind, whether it is the overall resume or that of the paragraphs and bullet points that they are decide to list. Less is definitely more, in this case as well.

In Closing…

It goes without saying that most senior managers have reached the pinnacle of their careers. In other words, they have touched greatness. Yet it turns out to be rather disappointing if they don’ t present in the form of a great executive resume – it matters much more than you think.

So, are there any other aspects that you consider is important when creating a great executive resume? If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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