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Executive Resume Trends 2018: What Will Make You Stand Out?

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No matter how you job hunt in 2018, you’ll STILL be asked for an executive resume – and the competition will be fierce.

Even if you use social media to convey work history or tap into great opportunities in your network, your resume remains the cornerstone of a well-planned job search.

By incorporating these key elements into a fresh, competitively designed executive resume, you’ll stand out among other leaders in 2018:

2018 Resume Trend: A Clear Focus on Your Passion.

What drives you? What type of work or challenges make you excited to come into the office? How do you inspire passion in your teams or customers? This is the kind of information employers seek about you – and it should land on the front page of your executive resume.

It’s no longer enough to state that you’ve directed teams of a particular size or managed millions in budget. Recruiters are looking for your ability to motivate teams, influence Boards, and shape customer reactions.

If you’re unsure how to convey this information, use these questions to kickstart the process:

  • What distinguishes you from the person who preceded you at your company?
  • How did you get started in this line of work?
  • What should employers know about you almost immediately?
  • How do you select and motivate the right kind of talent?
  • What legacy do you want to leave at the end of your career?

Next, take your findings and write a brief statement that sums up your answer, as shown in these examples for a Chief Technology Officer or consumer products industry Board member:

Lifelong technology evangelist and innovator commercializing profitable, disruptive products

Board member with strategic outlook on fast-paced CPG sectors

2018 Resume Trend:  A Quick-Read Synopsis of Your Career Wins.

Like this TORI award-winning resume for a Chief Revenue Officer, you can incorporate a short listing of achievements that demonstrate career highs. Here, a selection of quantifiable accomplishments are listed under the heading: Generated #1 Revenue & Customer Churn Metrics for 16 Straight Quarters.

You can easily build your own list of notable success stories by condensing significant achievements down into areas of strength, such as Sales Growth or Employee Retention.

Next, add metrics that demonstrate your expertise (45% Year-Over-Year Gains or 98% Team Engagement Scores). By providing quantifiable figures, you’ll show leadership-worthy detail that backs up your value proposition to employers.

2018 Resume Trend:  Use of Symbols & Headlines.

There’s more than one way to demonstrate your fitness for a specific industry or career level, as shown in this example of a CEO and CEO resume in the healthcare field (see the full CEO-COO resume here). To describe his area of focus, a simple symbol and headline noting his specialties were incorporated at the top of the document:

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Resume headlines are one of the best ways to convey salient points of your background, while preserving space for other relevant details.

To create headlines for your executive resume, jot down short sentences or phrases that encapsulate what you do best, such as Driving Growth in Americas Region. You can also describe yourself in third-person, as shown in the example above (Highly Engaged Leader With Passion for Business Vision).

Don’t resort to boring section titles! Instead, insert headlines like Examples of Technology Leadership to introduce your achievements.

2018 Resume Trend:  A Concise Summary of Your Brand.

Like any marketing tool, your executive resume must drive home your point – fast. If you’re still using a long and winding Summary of Qualifications, start over and jot down just a few of your core strengths and achievements.

Use this data to rework the top part of your resume into a brief (and power-packed) set of brand statements. Now, you’ll be able to provide employers a quick glimpse into your executive value, saving time and compelling them to read further.

Not convinced? See how quickly you can digest the following executive resume summaries:

Accomplished technology executive with extensive experience in designing, development, and implementation of high-performance technology solutions. Proven ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while delivering application and infrastructure performance. Experienced in cross-functional team management, problem-solving, contract negotiations, and crisis management. Well-rounded infrastructure, software and data management, application development, IT financial reporting, security, and project management skills.

Vs. this shorter, tighter version:

Strategic, resourceful IT leader behind cost-controlled business improvements – upgrading infrastructure, ensuring right-fit applications, optimizing network operations, eliciting top vendor performance, and building lean, skilled teams. Strong financial and budget expertise; builds viable justification for IT investments.

As you can see, your executive resume summary must be a quick read, supplying just enough data to avoid losing the reader.

2018 Resume Trend: A Short, Powerful Story of Your Achievements.

Face it, no one has the time or interest to read a 7-page novel of your accomplishments. By culling success stories to hard-hitting statements, you’ll show employers the ability to focus on relevant points.

Most executive resumes can fit squarely into 2 or perhaps 3 pages. If you decide to offer additional detail, make sure your document is easy to navigate. As an example, this CEO resume uses a first-page summary-only strategy to introduce the candidate, with subsequent pages providing additional details.

If you struggle to condense your story into a tightly written executive resume, try reworking parts of your history into “sound bites” that capture the actions you took and the end results, using these examples for inspiration:

Delivered 42% year-over-year profit by focusing manufacturing teams on top 8 product lines and rationalizing underperforming products.

Exceeded profit records up to 34% and reached peak satisfaction scores from new relationship building efforts among Fortune 500 customers.

2018 Resume Trend:  Using Color to Set Off Important Data.

I’ve said this many times, but it bears repeating: black-and-white documents heavy with detail are easier to skim if you’ve added a bit of color.

Your executive resume needn’t employ flashing lights and neon green, however, in order to make your point. Step into the use of color by altering your resume headlines with a subtle blue or shading a few areas for emphasis, as shown in this example of  a Finance leadership resume:

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By easing the navigation required to digest the most notable parts of your work history and success stories, you can quickly set off important points, allowing recruiters to see snapshots of value that illustrate your readiness for a new position.

In summary, there’s numerous ways to restructure your executive resume for a clear, attention-getting message. 

Make 2018 a banner year by capturing your personal brand in an innovative, content-rich executive resume.

Executive Resume Writer

Need a competitive edge in your job search? As an award-winning executive resume writer, I create branded, powerful resumes and LinkedIn Profiles that position you as the #1 candidate.

My clients win interviews and top C-suite, EVP, VP, and Director positions at Fortune 500 firms, niche companies, start-ups, and emerging industry leaders, enjoying the competitive advantage of powerhouse documents and executive job search techniques tailored to today’s job market.

Get in touch with me to experience the outstanding results I can bring to your transition.

– Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CPBA, TCCS, COPNS, CIC, CTTCC

 

Did You Fall for These Resume Myths?

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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?”

Executive Resume Trends for 2017

executive_resume_trends_2017If 2017 is anything like 2016, we’ll be bombarded with sound bites, powerful memes, and intense communications messages.

And by incorporating these concepts into your resume (even in a conservative field), you can use the same methods to make a powerful impression on employers.

No matter your industry or position, employers and recruiters will be performing a fast scan of your executive resume to get a feel for your credentials, career history, and social media presence.

Make their job easier by following 2017 resume trends, ensuring you’re making your mark and taking the best opportunity to shine among your job-searching competition:  Continue reading “Executive Resume Trends for 2017”

Resume Writing Trends for Executives & Professionals

LinkedIn Profile OptimizationRunning 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”

5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary

Knockout LinkedIn SummaryWant to quickly distinguish yourself from your job-hunting competition on LinkedIn?

Look no further than your LinkedIn Summary.

The “elevator pitch” of your social media profile, a powerful, pithy Summary can position you as a strong candidate and compel employers to take a second look at you.

So how do you craft a knockout message of brand value for your LinkedIn Summary?

First, you’ll need to master the concept of writing for an online audience and take the principles of SEO into consideration, then wrap your content into an attractive package.

To rework your LinkedIn Profile Summary into a power-packed description that elicits attention from recruiters, start fresh with these 5 steps: Continue reading “5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary”

Does Your Executive Resume Lack These Important Branding Components?

Executive Resume BrandingWriting an executive resume isn’t what it used to be.

If you’re still adding to a mid-career resume, other leaders WILL edge you out in the race for choice opportunities.

Mundane details for the executive roles in your career trajectory won’t convey your capabilities and strengths at the level you deserve.

Today, executive resumes have evolved into a powerful presentation, complete with metrics, context, keywords, and formatting elements that showcase leadership experience.

Consider taking these steps to brand your expertise and prove your readiness for that next executive role: Continue reading “Does Your Executive Resume Lack These Important Branding Components?”

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?”

5 Ways to Put Your Executive Resume on a Power Trip

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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”

Top 10 Executive Resume Trends For 2014

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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”

Will Your Executive Resume Make the Grade?

Is your executive resume good enough by Laura Smith-Proulx
As a resume writer who works with executives, I’ve seen many “before” resumes of varying quality and impact.

Typically, the candidate asks, “Is my resume holding me back? Or does it just need a few changes? What do you think?”

Even if your resume was professionally written, you may still have doubts about its effectiveness (especially if your writer didn’t conduct a deep-dive analysis of your personal brand).

Look at your executive resume objectively for a few minutes, then answer these 5 questions to determine whether it needs an overhaul:

1 – Does your resume provide metrics in the TOP HALF of the first page?

Employers want to quickly figure out how you’ll fit their needs and solve their problems. If you don’t connect the dots for them, they’ll comb through your dates of employment and job titles, looking for reasons to rule you out.

Unless you have a perfect job history, a degree from Harvard, or a coveted executive spot at Amazon, a quantifiable summary like the one in this CEO resume is a requirement for a high-powered job. You’ll notice it avoids tired phrases such as “proven ability” or “highly accomplished leader.”

You’ll need to spend time digging up metrics that illustrate your performance, then choosing the best ones to highlight, front-and-center, on your resume.

2 – Is your resume design RELEVANT to the job you’re pursuing?

If you read this question and had to take another look at your resume, it’s probably not eye-catching enough to stand out against competing documents. On the other hand, if you’ve loaded it with neon-green and orange graphics to pursue opportunities in a conservative field, it might be time for a change.

An infographic or chart can make a powerful statement, as long as it covers salient points of your career and is placed appropriately among your success stories. Before making changes, think carefully about the alignment between your message and the audience who will read your executive resume.

3 – Are signature achievements, awards, clients, or employers shown at the TOP of your resume?

Employers will nearly always miss information that’s buried, especially if it is placed as a footnote to your job responsibilities. Career-defining accolades, as shown in this CIO and CTO resume, must land in prime resume real estate (that top half of the first page again), or your audience can get lost finding them.

Don’t neglect to mention your job at a major Fortune 500 employer, especially if you’ve been promoted multiple times there. Why? This tells recruiters that a) you’ve passed a stringent vetting process in the past; b) you have credibility in your field; and c) you offer an edge over competing candidates.

The same goes for graduation from a renowned alma mater, or your ability to secure top, brand-name accounts. (Name drop! Please!)

4 – Does your resume fit into 3 PAGES OR LESS – with an easily readable font?

You have 10 seconds or less to get an employer’s attention! Don’t make employers squint at important details by using a tiny font and listing every detail of the past 30 years.

If your executive brand message doesn’t pop within the first page, with an easy-to-read design in at least 10-point font, most people won’t spend time looking for it.

No one has the time to read your resume cover-to-cover, so don’t bother writing a novel. If you must document a large volume of individual successes, publications, or speaking engagements, develop an Addendum or Achievements listing that can be pulled out for interviews.

5 – When you send your resume out to employers, are you receiving a RESPONSE?

The ultimate litmus test of whether you need resume help, a positive reaction from employers is your only goal.

No matter what I (or even you) think of your executive resume, it has one main job: to bowl over hiring authorities and compel them to call you before their competition does.

If it works, you’ll know it.

One final clue:  if you answered “No” to the majority of these questions, you already know the answer to the first one.

Executive Resume Writer

Need a competitive edge in your job search? As an award-winning executive resume writer, I create branded, powerful resumes and LinkedIn Profiles that position you as the #1 candidate.

My clients win interviews and top C-suite, EVP, VP, and Director positions at Fortune 500 firms, niche companies, start-ups, and emerging industry leaders, enjoying the competitive advantage of powerhouse documents and executive job search techniques tailored to today’s job market.

Get in touch with me to experience the outstanding results I can bring to your transition.

– Laura Smith-Proulx, CCMC, CPRW, CPBA, TCCS, COPNS, CIC, CTTCC