Struggling to convey your distinguished career in a compelling executive resume? If you believe your resume is disjointed and fails to tell employers who you really are, you’re probably right. Related: 7 Must-Haves Of An Executive Resume In 2014 Here’s why: we’re taught to be good at what we do, but not to articulate our value proposition. You may spend many waking hours spearheading change, handling corporate strategy, leading large teams, or directing enterprise-scale projects – but not a single minute thinking about how to represent these accomplishments to others. As a result, writing about your executive career can be a difficult task – particularly without a strategic plan for showcasing your personal brand. Read on for solutions to common challenges in developing a strong executive resume, with tips for improving your message – and simplifying your efforts:
Challenge #1: You’re struggling to focus on what’s relevant from your career.Ever read a long, rambling story where nothing in particular stands out? Perhaps you’ve made lengthy, bullet-point lists of the duties in each position, along with some highlights of revenue generated, projects completed, or costs saved. This is how many resumes are constructed, making employers navigate through details of each job (often getting lost in a sea of text). The problem with this approach? There’s no signature theme of your career evident to the reader.
Solution: Start with the end in mind.Answer these questions before even starting work on your resume:
- What is your desired title in the next job?
- What do you want employers to know about you?
- How has your work had an impact on the entire company?
- What do others commend you for? What is your reputation among peers?