Even executives who’ve had several years of experience in a profession can find it hard to secure a new job. The problem clearly isn’t lack of experience, but rather understanding how to best position themselves on the resume so that employers will take notice of what they have to offer.
When you’re a senior executive, there’s typically no shortage of information to include on the resume – and that’s where the problem lies. When there is no strategy to writing the resume, the end result is usually a mish-mash of information that doesn’t help employers to understand exactly how and why you would fit into their needs. Apply the strategies below to your executive resume writing:
1. Present information that aligns with the employer’s needs.
When employers review your resume, they are looking to understand how you may fit into the role they are looking to fill and its organization. A resume that is written like an autobiography (everything from past to present with no filter on what information is appropriate to include) fails to provide customized information that shows you meet their needs. What you need to do is highlight the specific experience and skills that align with their needs. You do that by carefully reviewing the job posting, understanding what the specific needs are, and then thinking of how you’re proficient in those areas for highlighting on the resume. Utilize an Executive Summary (not an Objective statement) at the top of your resume to present highlights of what you have to offer to meet the employer’s needs.
2. Demonstrate you brought improvement/results to your previous jobs.
While detailing roles and responsibilities at previous jobs under Work Experience can help improve on keyword matches when the resume is run through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS), it needs to present other information once it gets in the hands of a human reviewer. The human reviewer will be looking for information on how your actions on the job brought results. When you share information like this, it provides employers with a much better understanding to the type of experience and situations you’ve faced and what you’re capable of achieving on the job. For more tips on how to highlight results/accomplishments on the job, read: “How To Quantify Your Accomplishments On A Resume.”
3. Connect with the employer.
Those who are hired for the job are typically ones who’ve related well with the employer. They’ve showed how they fit in and share similar passions. To help build that connection with the employer on the resume, indicate professional affiliations, volunteer work and other aspects that may be outside of work that are relatable. For example, if you know the employer is heavily involved in community work helping pets in need and you’ve volunteered at an animal shelter, include the brief mention at the end of the resume to help build a stronger connection. Your professional affiliation with related field and industry groups also help demonstrate to the employer you share a passion in the same space as they do.
These are simple strategies to help improve the executive resume. The more you can tailor your information, the easier it is for employers to take notice of you and initiate follow-up action. Show employers you can meet their specific desires and needs and connect with them by showing you share similar passions!
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Don Goodman’s firm was rated as the #1 Resume Writing Service in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Don is a triple-certified, nationally recognized Expert Resume Writer, Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist who has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Check out his Resume Writing Service. Get a Free Resume Evaluation or call him at 800.909.0109 for more information.
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