2016 Executive Resume Trends

2016 Executive Resume Trends

Just like 2015, 2016 brings new and innovative ways to present resumes and tactics to utilize the information captured in the resume building process. In some cases the 2015 Trends are still very prevalent and still need to be incorporated into designing and writing a new executive resume document.

In addition to an eye-catching design layout, achievement-driven bullets and strong word choice to define your brand, as demonstrated in these executive resume samples, these 7 executive resume trends will help you ensure you are ahead of the competition and viewed as the leader of your field.


Customize for the audience--not only the position.                                         

Sending a resume to a third party recruiter, you need to motivate them to want to send you to their client. Whereas, when sending your resume directly to a hiring manager, you need to address how you will create results for them and make their life more productive in hiring you. Factor this perspective in when sending your resume to a corporate recruiter or through an employee referral. Ask yourself, “What is their motivation to take the next step with your resume?” and address that point.


Make it easy for readers to digest your information.

White space, white space, white space...Cramming content in multiple, information-dense, multi-lined paragraphs with little white space around each one is enough to make a reader go, “Next!” When recruiters see these types of documents, recruiters don’t want to read them. Make it easy for your readers to find information using bullets, sectioned off information chunks and simple graphics to move the eye through the document.


Lead with your achievements early.

Put your best foot forward leading with your accomplishments early in the summary and in the employment sections. Gone are the days where there was a long summary or no summary. In today’s employment marketplace with shrinking attention spans, an executive must lead with the strongest first impression in the summary: their crowning, most relevant achievements. This will keep the reader engaged in 5-10 second increments and motivate them to keep reading.


Treat your resume as your personal marketing collateral.

Just as you would have a business card or your biography on a company webpage, your executive resume is an extension of your personal brand. Your executive resume is your personal marketing collateral.


Speak to benefits, not just your experience.

Do not lead with years of experience if you want to be hired on merit. For example, “I have reduced operating expenses by 23% in six months” is much more interesting to an employer versus your stating, “I have 30 years of sales experience.” The latter elicits a yawn versus the former piques an eyebrow and leaves the person wanting to see where else you did that feat.


Alignment with content your online and mobile profiles.

An executive resume is not a compartmentalized document anymore. It’s not the only way someone can find you any longer, and nor should it be. Ensuring your resume is in alignment with your branded.me page, LinkedIn profile, twitter account, blog, and other social media pages that are pertinent to have in your field is paramount. A hiring manager may find your work on your personal blog, but when they reach out to ask for your credentials and you send your resume, you want to make sure your online presence is in alignment with your offline / resume presence. Authenticity is everything.


Use the resume and the process for other documents.

Don’t use the resume process to create a resume only. Use this accomplishment-gathering process and personal branding development exercises to create executive bios, 1-page networking resumes, infographics, social media bios, etc. Those that say the resume is dead are wrong. The resume may not be used in every situation every time, but the process in which to build a resume is still used to create other contemporary and traditional documents that are being requested at the executive-level job search more often.

Be Well!


Lisa Rangel - Executive Resume Writing Services

Chameleon Resumes


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