Your Executive Resume Writing Checklist–Examples from a Real Executive Resume
If you are looking for a new executive job, you are probably checking and rechecking your resume. Use the following checklist to ensure that your executive resume contains all of the elements your audience is expecting to read. If you do not include everything on this list, you risk underrepresenting yourself, failing to meet your audience’s expectations, and eliminating yourself from the running even before the race to selection begins.
1. Take It from the Top: Your Name
Your resume must begin with your name. No exceptions. Do not title your resume “Resume,” and do not deviate from the First Name, Last Name, Advanced Degree/Certification (if applicable and relevant to your targeted position) format. Do not put this information in the document header, or it will be lost to applicant tracking systems.
2. Executives in the ‘Hood: Your Contact Information
Directly below your name should be your contact information. Use a street address, not a P.O. box. Include a mobile phone number or another number that you will know to answer professionally. Include only one set of contact information.
3. Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Title Your Resume with Your Position Title
If the intern opens the mail or sorts resumes, into which position should he be sorting your resume? Ease this process and brand yourself well by titling your resume with your current job title or your future job title.
4. What Does Your Billboard Say: Your Branding Statement
If you had a billboard on a well-traveled highway, what would it tell drivers passing by? Remember, these drivers are focusing on the road, talking to their passengers, and changing the radio station. Hiring executives devote roughly the same attention and time to your resume, so write a brief, well-branded paragraph about the expertise and talent you bring to the role.
5. Experience is the Teacher of All Things: Your Executive Experience
For a deep discussion of resume bullets and accomplishments, read about The Difference Between Resume Accomplishments and Duties.
6. “When I Think Back…”: Your Formal Education and Professional Training
Your education supports your entire career history, so describe it well. Read Education Goes Last on a Professional or Executive Resume for specifics on how to describe your educational history. If you are one of the many executives who never went to college, Resume Strategies for Executives Who Never Went to College will describe how to overcome this challenge in your resume.
7. Details, Details: Extras that Demonstrate You Are the Right Candidate
Some optional sections you might want to include in your executive resume can differentiate you from the crowd:
- Board memberships
- Volunteer positions
- Conferences attended
- …and more.
Include these last if you have them.
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