Will Your Executive Resume Make the Grade?

Do you need an executive resume writing service?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?”

How to Write a Compelling COO Resume

cooexecutiveTransitioning into a COO role – or taking the next step from GM or VP of Operations?

To be competitive, your COO resume must deliver a quick, yet potent snapshot of strategic leadership and tactical qualifications.

In today’s job market, most COOs direct broad functions such as marketing, production, sales, and technology, while presenting strategic ideas to the Board and playing a large part in company growth.

Management and team direction, profit growth, process improvement, quality standards, cost savings, and promotional acumen can be equally paramount to a strategic vision that drives bottom-line results.

Therefore, your COO resume will need to demonstrate both detailed success stories and an overarching message of leadership.

If you’re struggling to combine these elements into your COO resume, use these tips and examples as guides to a strong picture of success at the executive level:

1 – Add Success Stories (in Context!).

Your career story is often more engaging when told from the standpoint of problems solved, challenges overcome, or roadblocks removed.

Therefore, you’ll want to include descriptions of the situations behind each result for greater impact. As an example, the second page of this COO sample resume contains details of Crisis & Change Leadership that show $1.2 million additional claims revenue produced when the COO stepped in to take over a management job. Continue reading “How to Write a Compelling COO Resume”

Think Your Resume’s Ready for 2013? Read This First

Executive reading your resumeDetermined to make 2013 the year you snag that dream job?

The coming months are shaping up to be intensively competitive, meaning you’ll have to be ready to edge out others for that coveted job.

However, if your resume is like most in circulation, it isn’t anywhere near ready for 2013. Why?

Because it probably relies on outdated methods, lacks marketing appeal, or just downright fails to demonstrate the kind of value proposition that captures attention in a crowded market (no matter what year it is).

Here are 5 telltale signs your resume will fall flat in 2013 (along with tips for hitting the mark):

1 – You’ve never considered using an infographic or chart to display your achievements.

Nothing speaks louder than metrics on a resume, but possibly nothing shouts accomplishment and scale more so than a chart.

These graphics are easy to insert into a Word document with the Insert Chart tool. However, you should only use one if you have impressive numbers to display (as shown in this sample of a VP Sales resume). Continue reading “Think Your Resume’s Ready for 2013? Read This First”

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Executive Resume

Spent hours writing your resume… believing that each keyword or phrase gets analyzed for meaning?

Think again. Employers rarely scrutinize resumes for pertinent detail, and instead rely on a quick scan to make an interviewing decision.

So how WILL your leadership resume be reviewed?

Read on for the truth about how your resume is used in the hiring process, plus strategies to get the attention your career deserves:

1 – Some audiences are overwhelmed by your full resume.

Ever handed your resume to a CEO? You’ll find out pretty quickly that many high-ranking executives don’t have the interest level or attention span to read it. Continue reading “3 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Executive Resume”

Simple Ways to Reinforce Your Brand Message With Resume Headings

Writing your resume to attract the kind of attention your career deserves is a challenge. Content is critical… but your formatting and strategy are equally important!

One of the best resume branding techniques (that can escape your notice even if you review executive resume samples) is changing resume section headings for greater impact.

An easy way to reinforce your personal brand message, descriptive headings give your reader a heads-up on the value of your experience, education, or achievements.

Classic headings, of course, are important for getting your resume past automated systems (see Making Your Resume Format Machine-Friendly for tips). However, you’ll also need HUMAN readers to take note of your qualifications.

Use these ideas to jumpstart creative thinking for each section of your resume, with branded, innovative headings that hammer home your promise of value:

Your Professional Experience.

There’s no law that requires your experience to be contained in a section called Work History.

What about Sales Achievements and Performance or Technical Leadership Experience? Why not try Operations Management Career if your focus is a new role in manufacturing production or within a call center? Continue reading “Simple Ways to Reinforce Your Brand Message With Resume Headings”

Need a Leadership Resume Fast? Don’t Panic

On the receiving end of a recruiter’s call? Found a great job online, but it closes soon?

Your elation can quickly turn to panic, especially if you haven’t updated your resume in some time.

You’ll want to maximize every minute, of course, while creating a document that makes it look as if you’ve spent weeks crafting each word.

Here are 3 shortcuts to reviewing and refreshing your leadership resumeall in short order – to meet the demands of a choice job:

1 – Gather your thoughts.

Before your fingers hit the keyboard to start the resume writing process, take a step back.

Resumes are much more effective if they directly tie your experience to the job, so you’ll need to build your value proposition around this particular role. You can always create a newer version to fit a different job. Continue reading “Need a Leadership Resume Fast? Don’t Panic”

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?”