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How to Effectively Tailor Your Resume

How To Effectively Tailor Your Resume

tailor resumeTailoring your resume to the specific type of position you are applying for is one of the most important things you will need to do for your job search. When your resume is broad and unfocused, you will likely be overlooked every time (sorry!). Customizing your executive resume will not only get the attention of any hiring manager, but it will increase your odds of being called for the interview.

Here are the six most effective ways to customize your executive resume:

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The Top 4 Executive Resume Examples Written by a Professional Recruiter

executive-resume-examplesIf you want to land an executive position, you need an executive resume written from a recruiter’s perspective who understands ATS systems and how hiring happens in order to stand out and accurately promote your strengths.

Your executive resume’s job is to land the interview.  Having an eye-catching, visually-captivating layout makes a powerful first impression with the hiring manager.  The highest level recruiters, CEOs, CFOs, and board members will call you for the interview when this is done properly. 

The following resume examples were written by a professional executive resume writer with years of experience in executive recruiting.

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Take note of the writing style and word choices that emphasize the candidate's professional achievements to stand out to recruiters. Keep your resume focused on executive and managerial achievements relevant to the targeted position.

Some examples of these achievements and activities are: creating new business opportunities, increasing ROI, business management, and sales generation. Other strong points to include are financial management, risk assessment, developing and implementing strategies, and providing leadership direction.

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Chief Financial Officer Resume Example – Senior Finance Executive

This two-page resume emphasizes achievements and bottom-line results. Results are demonstrated with the numerous examples of past proof of results, while highlighting leadership accomplishments.

The layout contributes to the readability of the executive resume.  The correct layout framework of the resume allows the reader to easily move their eye through the document, increasing probability of that interview call happening.

This executive resume focuses on accomplishments instead of simply listing job responsibilities and competencies. Demonstrating achievement at their job responsibilities in the executive resume is paramount to getting an interview.

Key Points

  • Leadership snapshot gives a quick idea of leadership strengths
  • Bullet point strengths at first glance of the resume
  • Easy readability from the layout and planning

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Chief Operations Officer (COO) - Global Operations Director Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a Global Head Of Operations.

When there are many equally good points to make immediately clear on your resume, a layout like the following is useful to make them all easy to find.

This resume sample has a clear headline and short summary that is led by powerful bullet points that make it quick to learn about the job seeker. This is an often overlooked point in resume writing, where the applicant will overwhelm the recruiter with too much irrelevant information that is difficult to read.

Key Points

  • Usage of graphs and charts to visualize ROI
  • Bold points with supporting relevant statements
  • Strong-colored backgrounds to accent specific sections

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Chief Marketing Officer Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a CMO or Chief Marketing Officer.

By addressing the relevant achievements important to the prospective employer, this executive resume stood out and landed interviews. We immediately listed several of the candidate’s achievements and relevant competencies. Recruiters called because it is bold, easy to read and relevant.

We provided a wealth of work experience, each providing easy to read bullet points to quickly see the job seeker's accomplishments at each position.

Key Points

  • Bold design and points stand out to the reader
  • Shows long work history with many accomplishments

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Human Resources Executive (Director/VP) Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a Senior Human Resources Executive.

The rich use of accented bullet points in the opening section makes this resume immediately eye-catching. It also makes use of a bold headline section, where the executive job seeker's targeted role is made clear.

Key Points

  • Distinct design layout and usage of color backgrounds
  • Bold and clear headlines for each section
  • Bullet-point layout of prior accomplishments and positions

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12 Unspoken Reasons Why Recruiters Are Not Calling You Back


12 secrets getting recruiters call backI get constant inquiries about how to work with recruiters, as well as how to get recruiters to return my clients’ phone call.

At the beginning of your career, job opportunities likely came by interacting with a company’s Human Resources department directly… However, as you have worked your way up to the executive level, the process can often be a bit different. It’s not uncommon to start running into more agencies and headhunters than you did before.

When it comes to higher level positions, companies often outsource the task of hiring to external recruiters who get paid by the employer to find the best candidate for the job.

In response to the inquiries I have received, I’ve put together some tips to avoid misunderstandings during the hiring process, which may also even lead to your next great job opportunity.

Frustrated by search firm recruiters not calling you back when you have submitted your resume to them?

Feel you’re perfect for the job they posted, you know you can do it, but baffled by the fact they have not returned your call?

Effective executive recruiter relationships can play an instrumental part in career advances for the rising professional and the established executive. Whether you’ve worked with executive recruiters before or this is your first time, there is a lot to know about how to build effective working relationships with recruiters. To have an effective relationship with an executive recruiter, it is important to understand the business’s business model and role you play as a potential candidate represented by an executive recruiter. Job seekers that fail to recognize ‘how it works’ with an executive recruiter often find themselves frustrated and unrepresented.

Read on if you are open to honest, tough talk, you are serious about optimizing your job search time and you are prepared to do something about it.

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Election-Proof Your Career: 15 Ways to Win – No Matter Who Wins


election-proof your careerWorried about your job with the political jockeying and economic churning occurring each day?

Whatever happens in Washington or Wall Street over the next few months, the fact remains that the uncertainty posed by the election and global fiscal incidents have many people worried about how it will affect their job. 

Does this describe you? 

Executives are rumbling loudly about how the fiscal and electoral outcome can affect the workplace. 

Despite this growing concern, I believe you can triumph in this economic turmoil and political uncertainty.  

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7 Must Have Components for an Eye Catching Executive Resume Summary


eye catching executive resumeSo it’s time to craft the perfect resume that you hope will land you your next big interview and opportunity. That’s great. A new job can bring new experiences and opportunities for you to grow while you help lead another company to success. However, getting your foot in the door can be the hardest part about the job search.

Today, hiring managers are increasingly pressed for time as they scan hundreds of resumes looking for the perfect candidate. Resume summaries can be the key to having your resume examined versus just being tossed into the trash. However, in order to be successful, they need to be written with great care. Today, we look at seven must have components that you should have in your executive resume summary so your resume stands out above the rest.Continue Reading…

How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume? 4 Rarely-Discussed Strategies


how far back should i go on my executive resumeAs with most tactical executive resume development questions, the question “How Far Back Should I Go On My Executive Resume?” is no exception in receiving the “It depends” answer. However, these are the X guidelines we use in making decisions on how much do we include and how far do we go back on resumes for executive-level clients with 15 to 35 years of work experience.

Generally speaking, we recommend focusing on the most recent 15 years of work experience, but this answer can vary based on each person. The nature of the experience, and the various forms it can take, when compared to the target positions is the main factor in determining if we will consider using the earlier information on a resume:Continue Reading…

Top Blog Posts You Liked in 2014


top blog posts 2014You told us and we listened…here are the top blog posts of 2014 that you told us added the most value to your job search. Share them with your friends and colleagues as they prepare for the 2015 job search…or maybe some are new to you? Want to re-read your favs? Let us know your thoughts and if you agree with the rankings below.

We are so grateful for all your attention and feedback all year. Here is to a great 2015!Continue Reading…

Chief Marketing Executive Resume Tips

Chief Marketing Officer StrategyAs a Chief Marketing Officer or an EVP of Marketing, it is important to show you are a marketshare acquisition strategist for new and existing products and services. Demonstrate how you gain and sustain new client relationships. Prove you can expand and nurture existing key client relationships. Attract the high caliber talent that you can train and develop to do the same activities.

Companies want marketers who are not only creative, but who emulate they understand the business of their marketing craft. Progressive companies want marketing leaders who showcase on the marketing executive resume ROIs on their product launches, creative resources, and implemented trend observations. Show these successes on your Marketing Executive Resume using these 7 marketing executive resume tips and you can have companies knocking at your door to learn how you can do this work for them.Continue Reading…

4 Ways to Write an Achievement-Based Executive Resume

write an achievement-based resumeHere’s a pill that may be tough to swallow: most people have lackluster resumes. They tend to write extremely generic resumes that only showcase basic job duties. As a result, recruiters think they are dealing with someone who can only do the basics.

Achievement based resumes, on the other hand, help you stand out from the crowd because they give concrete examples of what you can do on the job.

Achievements are those things that made a lasting impact on the company or the client. Below you’ll find some tips on how to write an achievement-based executive resume.Continue Reading…

5 Powerful Ways to Incorporate Soft Skills Into Your Executive Resume

incorporate soft skills into your executive resumeUp until relatively recently companies thought that hard skills are what would get them their bottom line.

Now we’ve come to realize that soft skills are just as important when it comes to growing a company. Soft skills are considered to be behaviors and traits such as adaptability, critical thinking, people skills, likeability, time management and so forth.

Essentially soft skills are those that aren’t as hard driving or as up front. Often times they are skills that have more to do with your personality, making them slightly more difficult to put on paper. That’s why how you present them is crucial in whether or not you’ll get the job. The following are some ways to effectively & strategically incorporate soft skills into your executive resume.Continue Reading…

Who, What, Where, How – Four Keys to Crafting a Winning Executive Resume

keys to crafting a winning executive resume Employment for life is increasingly a thing of the past – even at the executive levels, according to a study recently published in the Harvard Business Review. Executives are switching jobs more frequently – on average every four to five years.

If you’re looking to take the next step in your executive leadership career, here are some guidelines and keys to crafting a winning executive resume that’ll make you stand out as a candidate, whether you’re in the public, private or non-profit sector. Continue Reading…

6 Iron-Clad Ways To Find Keywords To Optimize Your Executive Resume

search engine optimization for resumesOptimizing your executive resume means your executive resume must be “SEO friendly” to be found by recruiters looking for candidates like you. More specifically, this means that it has to be rich in keywords that are relevant to the position you are applying to, in order to get past the online screening process and the human being reading/scanning your resume. There is a very fine line, however, between having the right number of keywords to get you through to the next level, and matching the job description so closely that the system will think you are a spammer.

Here are six ways to find keywords to optimize your executive resume, and how to ensure your resume gets passed on to recruiters. Continue Reading…