Take These Overused, Trite Words Off Your Executive Resume

Executive resume errorsIf you want to impress employers, don’t repeat the same tired words you’ve seen in other documents!

These terms can water down your personal brand message (and bore recruiters).

To ensure you’re piquing the interest of hiring authorities, scan your executive resume for these too-common words and phrases – and consider using more powerful replacements: Continue reading “Take These Overused, Trite Words Off Your Executive Resume”

Don’t Just Update Your Executive Resume! Start Over Instead

Poised for an executive job search? Updating your existing resume probably seems like a logical first step, but hold on!

Your previous resume was probably written 5 or 10 years ago, using a different tone, formatting, and keyword content designed for a lower-level role. At the executive level, the game changes – requiring a different type of storytelling and presentation to ensure your brand stands out.

To write an effective and powerfully targeted executive resume, you’ll need to do more than just add job titles and dates. Here’s how to rethink your executive resume content and take steps to reach that coveted corner office: Continue reading “Don’t Just Update Your Executive Resume! Start Over Instead”

3 Ways You’re Wasting Space on Your Executive Resume

Wasted Space on Executive Resume

Getting a slow response when sending your executive resume?

If so, you might be focusing on extraneous details – while starving employers of the facts they need to make a hiring decision.

In fact, if you haven’t heard, the executive resume has evolved considerably as a marketing tool for your personal brand and value proposition, complete with splashes of color and persuasive, quantifiable content.

To take stock of your executive resume’s effectiveness, consider whether you’re committing these resume space-wasting sins (and try these ideas for a more powerful and effective presentation): Continue reading “3 Ways You’re Wasting Space on Your Executive Resume”

(Simple!) Tips for Branding Your Executive Resume With Headlines

executive_resume_headlinesFacing the task of writing a resume that conveys your effectiveness as a leader?

Heard the buzz around personal branding in executive job search?

Maybe you’re confused about how to blend these concepts to create a powerful executive resume, but take heart. Building a strong, personally branded executive resume is easier than you think.

The trick? Think in terms of headlines.

Headlines, or taglines, in executive resumes are a new concept, but an easy one to grasp and implement (especially if you’re struggling to write about yourself!). While they may seem like “extra” words to place in your resume, their purpose is to steer the reader toward notable accomplishments that prove your value.

Try these headline tips to inject your executive resume with a dose of power and confidence: Continue reading “(Simple!) Tips for Branding Your Executive Resume With Headlines”

Seeking the Best Resume Writer You Can Find?

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Launching a job search? You’ve probably thought about hiring the best executive resume writer you can find.

There’s a plethora of resume writers advertising services online and through social media. 

But how do you know if an executive resume writer will market you effectively?

What if the final product doesn’t represent you or your field? What if you don’t understand the writer’s work?

What should you look for (and ask) when vetting the best executive resume writer for you?

I recommend setting out to qualify writers with these 7 questions, which will give you a good idea of the quality, responsiveness, and attention you’ll receive. After all, most executive resume writers represent a sizable investment (from $500 to more than $4,000). Continue reading “Seeking the Best Resume Writer You Can Find?”