Laurie Smith, Certified Executive Resume Writer

Laurie Smith, Certified Executive Resume Writer

Meet Your Executive Resume Writer

As President and Founder of Creative Keystrokes℠ Executive Resume Service, I am an executive job search expert who will carefully craft marketing tools for you with the impact to produce executive job interviews.

A multi-certified, C-level executive resume writer, career training coach, and social media career strategist, I can equip you with powerfully branded career marketing pieces that yield interviews and job offers.



Why Engage an Executive Resume Writer?


Can’t I Just Write It Myself?

To compete in today’s intensely competitive executive employment market, you need career marketing and job search materials prepared by a top-notch resume writer.

You know you cannot afford to use documents produced by a “resume mill” from boilerplate, by rote, or using yesterday’s techniques.

As so many of my clients have told me, they know they are very good at what they do but acknowledge that they are not equipped to present themselves well on paper. They realize that LinkedIn profile, executive bio, and executive resume writing require very specialized skills and training.

To emphasize this point, many of my most appreciative clients have been marketing, sales, and business development executives who know what it takes to write effective marketing copy.


If you are:

  • Looking for your first “job” after many years as entrepreneur or business owner,

  • In need of a resume for the first time in many years,

  • Competing for a promotion with your current employer,

  • Ready for a career change or move up in responsibility and compensation,

  • Leaving government or military service and preparing to compete in the corporate world,

  • On the executive job market due to a recent downsizing, merger, acquisition, restructuring, or major realignment of the management team,

  • Looking to position yourself effectively for seats on advisory boards or corporate boards of directors

… you can relax now! You have found the right place.

Why Choose Creative Keystrokes

to Write Your Resume


Why do so many Fortune 500 executives choose to work with Laurie’s top-rated executive resume service, Creative Keystrokes℠?

  • EXECUTIVE-LEVEL SPECIALIST: I focus almost exclusively on writing resumes for executives from VP to C-level (and have done so for over 20 years), in contrast to many writers for whom executives are a small part of their practice.

  • RECOGNIZED EXPERT: Recognized in the industry as a pioneer and leading executive resume writer, I have served as an international resume writing competition judge, sat on a specially commissioned industry association ethics committee, and trained resume certification exam graders.

  • PROVEN SUCCESS: With over three decades of experience, I know the senior executive employment market and secrets of crafting effective executive resumes that will help position you as a top contender in an ultra-competitive 21st century executive job market.

  • BROAD JOB FUNCTION EXPERTISE: I have created winning resumes for diverse executive-level roles, including Senior Director, Managing Director, President, GM, VP, SVP, EVP, CEO, COO, CFO, CHRO, CIO, CTO, CMO, CCO, and CXO.

  • TOP CORPORATE CLIENTELE: My clients come from the executive management teams and C-suite of companies from start-ups to some of the largest corporations in the world including Microsoft, Google, Coca-Cola, Apple, Disney, Amazon, Caterpillar, Deloitte, Siemens, Ford, and numerous others.

  • KNOWLEDGE OF NUMEROUS INDUSTRIES: I have developed highly effective and complete career document portfolios for top-echelon rising executives and senior/C-level executive candidates spanning the gamut of industries.

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A Complete Career Portfolio

is More Than Just an EXECUTIVE RESUME


You’ve worked very hard to rise through the executive ranks.

To continue on your way to the top (or to stay there), you need a high impact and complete career document portfolio.

Your portfolio should include both a resume and a LinkedIn profile, and for more senior executives and those involved in board service, you will want to include an executive bio as well.

As you begin to engage in an active job search, you may also need well-crafted cover letters, follow-up letters, or other documents such as salary history and reference list.



Did you know that over 95% of recruiters were using LinkedIn® as a primary recruiting resource as early as 2014, making a brand-supporting, keyword-rich LinkedIn profile as important as your executive resume?


Executive Resume Writing 

Tips & Samples


View Executive Resume Examples that Have Won Jobs at Fortune 500, Prestigious Niche, and Start-up Companies Worldwide

If you are visiting this site, you may already be familiar with my work.

Perhaps you have been referred to me by a past client or one of the recruiters who recommend my career services to their candidates.

Maybe you have read an article or blog post I have written about executive resume writing tips.

You may have come across observations about me somewhere online.

You could have found me through published resume writer directories or the sites of professional resume writing associations.

Or maybe you have seen my work in one of multiple books that feature samples of resumes or cover letters I have written, or my advice as a careers professional.

However you found me, If you have not seen my work yet and would like to view some examples of executive resumes I have developed, you can get a good idea of my approach from documents I’ve written that are featured in various publications.

You will find numerous resume samples in Craig Rice’s book, The $100,000 Resume (New York: McGraw-Hill), where 14 examples of my executive resume writing style appear throughout. Samples of my cover letter writing style appear in the first, second, and third editions of the book Cover Letter Magic (JISTWorks). Sample resumes are also featured in the book, Executive Job Search for $100,000 to $1 Million-Plus Jobs (Impact Publications).

Additionally, you can view some sample executive resumes here, where you will also find links to many articles I have written containing executive resume writing tips.

executive Client 

Success Stories & Comments





Fortune 5 Executive & START-UP Leader


Created high-impact resume for Stuart E. that generated 85% response rate and paved the way to serial successes as President and CEO in startup world.

VP Global Operations & Supply Chain


Transformed obituary style resume into one that client Nancy B. termed a "gem" and landed her the #2 position in giant global technology company.

Healthcare Chief Operating Officer


Equipped Tim G. with resume that he called "one of the best investments in my career since graduate school" and won coveted role with major healthcare system.



Creative Keystrokes℠ clients win top positions with major corporations worldwide.

They seem to think my executive resume writing has something to do with it. Read a few of their comments.

“It looks really good… I have no changes, it would be like putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa…. A great piece of work, I really liked how you put it together.”

~ President & COO

“I am very impressed and very happy, this is really one of the best resume preparations I’ve ever had, you did a great job of capturing what I wanted to get across.”

~ Managing Director & General Counsel

“You should know that your resumes have opened many doors for me, kudos to you.”


“These look fantastic! I wanted an executive resume that was in the top 1% of what it could be and that is what you gave me. It should help tremendously in this ultra-competitive job market. Thank you.”

~ Chief Financial Officer


Next Steps to

a Dynamite Executive Resume and LINKEDIN PROFILE


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