3 Phrases That Kill The Effectiveness of Your Executive Resume

Want to distinguish your leadership brand among competing candidates?

Then ditch the boring language you’ve seen on other executive resumes.

Just because other resumes (professionally created or self-written) employ a blend of monotonous, overused words doesn’t mean you have to follow suit.

Shake things up and inject some power into your personal brand message by refusing to add these mundane descriptors to your executive resume: Continue reading “3 Phrases That Kill The Effectiveness of Your Executive Resume”

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”

How to Write a CIO Resume for Interview-Winning Results

How to write a CIO resume

Aiming for a C-level or Director role leading an enterprise IT organization?

You’ve probably wondered how to transform your resume from a list of technical skills in order to reach the corner office.

How can you craft a brand message strong enough to get attention for a CIO, IT Director, or CTO role?

Working with CIO.com on an IT Director resume makeover, I spent time with Richard Hein, Managing Director, answering this very question. Surprisingly, it’s often business acumen (more so than tech skills) that attracts hiring authorities… and with CIO.com’s candidate, business alignment was clearly the focus of his career.

To obtain these results, I recommend taking a step back from the typical list of projects, protocols, and programs usually featured on an IT resume, using a fresh eye to show how your achievements met business needs.

These 4 powerful tips for how to write a CIO resume (or IT Director resume) will help you shape a brand-driven, compelling document that elicits action from employers: Continue reading “How to Write a CIO Resume for Interview-Winning Results”

Should You Hire an Executive Resume Writer?

Executive resume writing servicesSeeking 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.

Here are 5 considerations to weigh when deciding to use the services of an executive resume writer – plus reasons you may be able to go it alone:  Continue reading “Should You Hire an Executive Resume Writer?”

How to Make Your IT Director Resume Really Pop

If you’re pursuing an IT Director job, you already realize there’s a special challenge in your search.

Your resume must be written to show technical aptitude, plus demonstrate leadership problem-solving and team management skills (crucial for a later move to VP or CIO positions).

Climbing the corporate ladder to a higher-level IT leadership role requires that you first take stock of your career success stories and the strength of your business skills.

A compelling IT Director resume will contain at least these 3 elements:

1 – Metrics-Driven Results.

Most IT Directors are charged with managing projects at an enterprise scale, creating new infrastructures that set the business up for growth, or resolving support issues that threaten business operations.

Here’s where you’ll want to consider the scope and impact of these initiatives on the business for your IT Director resume. Answering these questions will help you pull in the metrics of most value to employers: Continue reading “How to Make Your IT Director Resume Really Pop”

Is Your Executive Resume Stretched Too Thin?

Recently, I had a conversation with an executive who was concerned about the effectiveness of her resume.

While I can’t comment on how well it represented her (since I’m not familiar with her career), I couldn’t help but notice the diverse job goals listed across the top: “CIO – Operations Director – CEO.”

Wow! That’s a lot to ask of any executive resume – and it’s a lot to hang your professional hat on as well during a job search.

Here’s why: the hiring audience looking for each of those executive leaders will be focused on an entirely different part of your experience and competencies. Continue reading “Is Your Executive Resume Stretched Too Thin?”

Yes, Virginia, you CAN use color on your resume

(Written tongue-in-cheek one year during the holiday season…)

As long as job hunters have tried to stand out (and feel they need new tricks to do so), there’s been the question of color for a resume.

Way back in the Stone Age when I was a candidate, the big no-no was colored paper. Now, it seems that the concept of color ON a resume is still catching on.

My Careerealism post on resume trends brought this to light very quickly.

While I mentioned several up-and-coming techniques that have helped my resume clients immensely, one hot button seemed to be color.

Should you or shouldn’t you? Answer these questions first:

  • Is your field reasonably cutting-edge (say, technology)?
  • Do you want to spark interest and intrigue among employers?
  • Are you open to open to trying new things? 

If you’ve answered yes to any of these, then resume color might be a great advantage for you.

However, if your idea of novelty is using borders for the first time, then it might be best to hold off on color and rely on shades of gray to spice up your resume. Continue reading “Yes, Virginia, you CAN use color on your resume”