You might feel overwhelmed by the amount of information needed to produce a standout document – especially if you have decades of experience to cover.
I recommend taking a step back to look at your value proposition and contributions from throughout your career, framing your story step by step.Not only will this aid you in writing your resume succinctly and clearly, but you’ll be in better shape when it comes to fielding interview questions.
Pursuing your next step up the career ladder as CFO or Controller?
Your CFO resume must connect the dots from tactical details, such as financial reporting or systems, to strategic advisor and CEO partner.
By showing examples of strategic decision-making and forecasting, IT oversight, performance recommendations, and Board influence, your CFO resume will position you to compete against other contenders for a C-suite role.
Seeking your next executive role, or trying to move up to the corner office? You’ve probably realized that you’re up against intensive competition from candidates with a wealth of experience.
But will you need a professionally written executive resume to compete at this level?
Does every executive outsource this part of the job search? Will a do-it-yourself approach be just as effective?
It depends. While it’s true that every move counts in today’s job market – and that numerous executives have leveraged a professionally written resume to make their mark – there are cases where you’ll be able to rely on a self-written document.
Invariably, when executives try to figure out how to stand out in the job search, the subject of cover letters comes up – followed by confusion.Do you really need a cover letter for each executive job application? How can you be sure that employers are actually reading the letter you’re so carefully crafting?
Is it a myth that a cover letter can distinguish you in the executive job search?Here are 3 key points to consider when it comes to the cover letter question:
1 – Yes, cover letters are read by (some) employers.
However, this varies among different companies and their hiring practices. This informal survey from About.comshows some hiring managers are emphatic that a great cover letter will boost your chances of being selected for a choice interview.Studies in the careers industry also consistently nearly two-thirds of hiring authorities read cover letters, and of that group, nearly 50% consider them crucial. You’ll never know at the outset which third of hiring managers you’re dealing with, of course. Therefore, it’s better to be prepared with a strong personal brand message encapsulated in a cover letter, than to lose out on a great opportunity. Continue reading “Do You Really Need a Cover Letter For Executive Jobs?”→