No matter how much advice is published on the subject, some myths still circulate about the best way to write your resume.
Fortunately, a lot has changed in resume writing and job search – and you can benefit from these new trends.
For example, you might have been told to keep your resume to a specified length or to always exclude certain types of information. Given how much has changed in the job market, many of these “rules” have fallen by the wayside.
Take a look at the longstanding myths and misconceptions about resume writing, then see which of these apply to your own resume: Continue reading “Did You Fall for These Resume Myths?”
Starting to write your executive resume?
You might feel overwhelmed by the amount of information needed to produce a standout document – especially if you have decades of experience to cover.
Take 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.
Consider using these 5 tactics to mine for career and personal branding in an executive career (the same steps employed by professional resume experts): Continue reading “5 Executive Resume Writing Secrets Used by Experts”
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”
Running a job search – but using resume writing trends from the past?
You’ll find yourself at a disadvantage in today’s aggressive job market.
Plenty of job seeking activities have changed over the past decade… and your executive resume needs to keep pace with them.
Job seekers in 2017 and beyond must develop and leverage a personal brand message throughout each aspect of their resumes, social media activities, cover letters, and LinkedIn Profiles.
To ensure your resume and job search activity aligns with the latest resume writing trends, take note of these 5 critical elements: Continue reading “Resume Writing Trends for Executives & Professionals”
Need to convey your leadership effectiveness in your executive resume?
Building a strong, personally branded leadership resume is easier than you might think.
The trick? Think in terms of headlines.
Headlines, or taglines, in executive resumes are a simple concept that can help you write about yourself, helping steer employers 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 “3 Ways to Boost Your Personal Brand With Resume Headlines”
Summing up your executive career in just a few pages is difficult — especially in today’s click-happy world, where recruiters judge your skills in mere seconds.
If you want to compete at a leadership level with the powerhouse executive resumes you’ve seen elsewhere, you’ll need to pull out all the stops for a compelling and engaging document.
Try adding these powerful, yet simple touches to your executive resume for a shot of adrenaline in your message:
1 – Borders. Continue reading “5 Ways to Put Your Executive Resume on a Power Trip”
Trying to catch a break in the competitive market for executive talent? Your resume MUST be on par with the branded, value-driven documents used by other leaders.
As an executive expecting to make your mark, you’ll need to avoid the typical (yet major-league) resume writing errors that can put you at a disadvantage.
Sharpen your approach and position yourself as a contender by checking your executive resume against these too-common resume writing mistakes: Continue reading “3 Executive Resume Mistakes You’re Making Right Now”
Gearing up for your 2014 executive job search?
One of your first tasks is probably polishing your resume… but oh, how the times have changed.
The new reality in executive job hunting demands not only a powerful marketing package for your skills, but also a keen awareness of social media, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), recruiter preferences, and cutting-edge personal branding.
Take stock of these 10 trends destined to affect how your executive resume is perceived in 2014 – BEFORE starting to network or reach out to executive recruiters: Continue reading “Top 10 Executive Resume Trends For 2014”
As a writer who works with executives on a daily basis, I see many different types of “before” resumes – some good, some not so much.
Invariably, the question arises as I talk to executive job hunters: Is my resume really THAT bad?
Do I really need to work on it, or will it just need a few tweaks? What could I possibly need to change? (… and so on).
Even if your executive resume was already professionally written, you may still have doubts about its effectiveness (especially if you didn’t go through a deep-dive analysis of your personal brand).
Look at your executive resume objectively for a few minutes, then answer these 7 questions to determine whether it needs an overhaul: Continue reading “Will Your Executive Resume Make the Grade?”
Want to be considered for a coveted Vice President of Sales role – with a leadership resume that promotes you far above a Sales Manager or Director?
You’ll face an uphill battle if you rely solely on the same metrics and quota figures that nailed your current position.
Here’s why: employers assume that a VP-level sales leader will have already mastered the art of building relationships, training sales teams, and exceeding objectives. Most Sales Managers or Directors aiming for the VP slot have proven that they can close deals and surpass expectations!
What your resume REALLY needs to make it past the gatekeeper for a VP Sales job are these 5 elements, strategically positioned on your executive resume to illustrate your readiness to take the helm of an entire Sales organization: Continue reading “The 5 Essentials of a Powerful VP Sales Resume”