Posts tagged Executive Resumes
How to Make Your Executive Resume Stand Out -- The Art of the Humble Brag

It is the sales/marketing aspect of the executive resume that stops many executives cold. You may feel like you are being cocky or a braggart if you persuasively recount your accomplishments and lay out your capabilities in a way that captures your prospective employer’s interest. Yet mastering the art of the humble brag is absolutely critical to positioning yourself effectively in a competitive executive job market.

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How Long Should My Executive Resume Be for 2019-2020?

As an executive resume writer with over four decades of experience, my answer to the executive resume length question, in a nutshell is: “Your resume should be as long as necessary to effectively communicate your qualifications, experience, and value proposition.” It’s as simple as that! But you may ask, what is the best length for my executive resume?

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Personal Information to Include in Your Executive Resume – and 15 Items to OMIT

Perhaps the most indispensable part of your executive resume is a certain category of personal information – the kind that tells the reader who you are and how to contact you. But there are also certain kinds of personal information that you will want to leave out.

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You May Be Surprised What Your Executive Resume Document Properties Reveal

Many casual users and even some frequent users of Microsoft Word do not realize that the metadata that Word keeps about your executive resume document under “Properties” is very extensive and can reveal a lot more about you than is wise.

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Hard Skills and Soft Skills Your Executive Resume Must Demonstrate

When you boil it all down, what a prospective employer is looking for when reviewing an executive resume is the right combination of hard and hard skills that will enable a candidate to deliver the results the company needs. But what ARE those "hard" and "soft" skills?

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Should My Executive Resume Contain an Objective Statement?

Most executive resume writers and careers professionals would advise that a powerful summary or profile section supplant the dated, traditional “objective” statement. Particularly since most objectives are candidate oriented (what I want or need) versus employer oriented (what the employer wants or needs), the business-case style summary or profile is generally much preferred.

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Avoid Rejection with These Executive Resume Writing Tips

Since your executive resume is in most cases going to be your foot in the door to a new opportunity, it is critical to ensure it makes a dramatic positive impression on the reader, whether that may be a recruiter, hiring manager, or HR resume screener…. If your resume fails to meet criteria that person or system is looking for—and quickly—it may be discarded, never to be seen again.

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Should My Executive Resume Include a Photo?

A key question to consider is whether a photo will make you stand out in a positive or negative way. Even in those cases where the picture (or the whole executive resume) is not immediately discarded, think of the possible outcomes. Notice that only one out of the five possibilities listed is favorable.

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Do You Know What Your Personal Career Brand Is? Have You Refreshed It Lately?

Way back when I first started writing resumes, I realized that when you analyze it, job search is really a marketing activity – self-marketing, that is. So is overall executive career management. In reality, we all have a career brand – what others see as our essence.

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Structure Your Resume and Executive Job Search Strategy to Combat Ageism

Ageism in hiring and in the workplace after you have been hired is nothing new… Here are some anti-ageism steps to take in your executive job search and career management.

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Is Keyword Testing of My Executive Resume Worthwhile?

We’ve all heard that when a recruiter views your resume, it has about 6 seconds to impress him or her—or not. The reality is that most resumes don’t even get to the point where they are viewed by a human being for that 6 seconds. As many as 75% of applicants’ resumes are rejected beforehand, by the ATS system bots.

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A Baker’s Dozen Items NOT to Include in Your Executive Resume

Nearly as important as knowing what to include is knowing what does NOT properly belong in your executive resume. The potential list is long, but here are the top ones in my view, starting with a me-oriented objective…

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