Your Executive Resume Writing Checklist

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

Check to make sure your executive resume has all of these elements.

Check to make sure your executive resume has all of these elements.

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
  • Publications
  • Conferences attended
  • Presentations
  • …and more.

Include these last if you have them.


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Are You Using Numbers on Your Executive Resume?

Are You Using Numbers on Your Executive Resume?

There are three levels of writing your executive resume. Choose wisely to fully describe your accomplishments in your executive resume.

Level 1: A mere description of your job, as recorded by human resources.

There are three ways to write executive resume accomplishment bullets.

There are three ways to write executive resume accomplishment bullets.

If you are an executive in charge of sales, this responsibility is likely recorded in your job description catalogued by human resources. This means that you are charged with growing sales, managing a team, and generally leading the sales endeavor. It says nothing about whether you actually accomplished this goal. Therefore, at the most basic level of resume writing, you can write:

* Responsible for increasing sales.

How does such a description sound to you? Does it answer your need for information about how well this person succeeded in the role? There is no context for how this person accomplished this goal, and certainly no metrics by which to measure his success.

Level 2: Some context, but no quantification

At a deeper level, you can deliver a clear description of the tactics and choices you made as an executive to dance your company. More than simply a description of your job given by HR, you can describe the choices you made to achieve your company’s goals:

* Guided sales team and drive alongs, providing coaching and mentoring to improve sales strategies and techniques.

As you can see, with more information and context, this accomplishment statement amplifies your story. Nevertheless, it does not yet provide The metrics that describe exactly what you were able to do. It gets you partway, but not all the way to writing an excellent accomplishment statement in your executive resume.

Level 3: Context, metrics, and demonstration of clear success

At the highest level of executive resume writing, you support those accomplishments with metrics that immediately demonstrate your success. These numbers can be straight numbers, or they can be percentages if you are concerned about divulging company private data:

* Increased sales team’s widget sales pipeline by 22% within two months of hire.

Sometimes, metrics are not quantifiable

What if your executive team does not measure your success with facts and figures? What if you build relationships, guide teams, and provide efficiency strategies that cannot be tied directly to specific metrics? If this is the case, then use the values by which you are judged to provide context and measurement of success. For one notable client I can recall, an internal auditing executive, his unique metrics was that his organization passed every annual audit during his tenure with the company. That’s not a metric of growth or sales, but his success was critical to the company’s success.

In conclusion, to demonstrate that you are the right person to take on those types of challenges again, you need to elevate your accomplishment bullets in your executive resume to show that you have the skills and the history to back up your experience.


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Cut the Clutter, and Start Storytelling in Your Executive Resume

Cut the Clutter, and Start Storytelling in Your Executive Resume

The biggest mistake you are making with your executive resume is one you do not even know you are doing. You’re describing your career history. It is true–you are describing your jobs one by one, and you are boring your audience, ensuring that they do not read beyond the first line or two of each position you have held. Read on to learn how to change your executive resume writing strategy by minimizing the space you use to describe your career.

You Are Probably Thinking that This Resume Strategy Sounds Crazy

Tell Stories in Your Executive Resume

Tell Stories in Your Executive Resume

You might be thinking that storytelling is a crazy strategy for your executive resume, but I assure you it is not. The truth is that no hiring executive wants to know what your human resources department thinks your job should be. If you are simply describing your position, you are dulling your top-notch expertise into a simple paragraph and a few bullets that do not do your career justice.

Cut the Clutter, and Start Storytelling

Instead of describing the minutiae of your daily job duties, start telling stories. Your future hiring executive wants to know not what you did, but how you did it. Another way to think of this is that your future hiring executive wants to be able to evaluate your experience in the context of your company and your industry, not in the context of the HR-speak in the company files. If you need a good rule of thumb, the body of your executive resume should be about 30% position description and 70% storytelling.

How to Tell a Great Story in Your Executive Resume in Three Easy Steps

Follow this rubric to tell great stories in your resume. Your resume will be more interesting to start, and your future hiring executive will be able to associate the problems in his or her companies with the types of solutions you are accustomed to driving.

Step 1: Pick a Career Story Topic

Your story topic can be

  • “What was the mess/situation/complexity that you were hired to solve?”
  • “What was the best thing you ever did in your job, the cool outcome that makes you smile every time you recall it?”
  • “What was the worst project you worked on? Why was it awful?”
  • And many more, all related to the types of problems you expect your future hiring executive to be facing (check the job posting if you are not sure what they want!).

Step 2: Tell What You Did to Fix It

In the second step, describe the action(s) you took to resolve the problem. Talk about your team’s contributions, your leadership, the money you invested or saved, and the process you followed to ensure a positive outcome. For example, you might describe how you negotiated a termination clause with a vendor and brought a development team in-house for a particularly thorny project. Or you might describe the way you coached your sales team to increase top-line revenue.

Step 3. Describe the Outcome

In the final step, tell what happened in your company or your industry as a result of your contribution described in step 2. In the examples above, you might describe how bringing your development team in-house sped production 10% and saved the company 16% monthly over the original vendor cost. Or you might indicate that your sales team exceeded quota by 15% for three consecutive quarters and are on track for +18% in the current quarter.

Putting It All Together: The Accomplishment versus the Duty

In conclusion, nobody cares that you were responsible for hiring a development team or for driving sales. At the executive level, these are part and parcel of your job, and talking about them the way your job description reads is frankly boring. If you want to wow your future hiring executive, then you need to put the bulleted statements together in a way that cannot be ignored or overlooked:

  • Within three months of hire, jump-started flagging [project title] by exercising termination clause on expensive development vendor and recruiting 5 in-house developers plus project manager; completed project 10% faster than plan and saved 16% on projected budget.
  • For three consecutive quarters, coached team to exceed quota by 15% with combination of advanced product training and weekend retreat focused on selling strategies and customer needs assessments. On track to beat quota in Q4 20XX by 18%.

These are the accomplishment statements that impress hiring leaders. Your hiring executive needs to know not just what you did but how you did it and why it was important. Remember, if the accomplishment is relevant to a future executive role and important to you, you can tell a great story about it.

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Top Tips for Executive Resume Writing

Top Tips for Executive Resume Writing

Top tips for executive resume writing from Five Strengths. Change your strategy now!

Top tips for executive resume writing from Five Strengths. Change your strategy now!

If you are thinking about developing your executive resume right now, take a look at my most popular blog posts from the last several years. These are the ones that executive job seekers like yourself review again and again for top tips on how to prepare your executive resume.

How Long Should Your Resume Be?

The right length of your resume is based on your unique job search needs.

The right length of your resume is based on your unique job search needs.

Job seekers with long careers tend to have had . . . long careers. When they are ready to write their resumes, they want to include the best and the greatest experience. Instead, they choose to start with their very first job, making their resume span multiple decades. The result is a long, directionless document. Read How Long Should Your Resume Be? for expert tips to choose the optimal length for your resume.

5 Keys to Resume Bullet Bliss: Resume Accomplishments Versus Duties

On your resume, for each position you have held in the last 10 years or so, you’ll need to include two key components: The description of your duties as well as your accomplishments. These two components are really quite different, and they serve completely different functions. Duties tell what you did; accomplishments tell why what you did was useful, valuable, and important. Do you know the difference? If not, read 5 Keys to Resume Bullet Bliss: Resume Accomplishments Versus Duties.

What if You Failed as an Entrepreneur? Where Does *that Go on Your Resume?

You can turn entrepreneurial failure into a successful resume.

You can turn entrepreneurial failure into a successful resume.

What if you were part of a failed start-up, and there is nothing that is clearly representative of your accomplishments to report on your resume? This can be an extraordinarily difficult situation for former entrepreneurs to negotiate. The trick to creating a successful entrepreneur resume is to focus on the key contributions that you made, even if they did not ultimately result in a profitable conclusion. In other words, the accomplishment is in initiating and succeeding through the process, not its result. Read What if You Failed as an Entrepreneur? Where Does *that Go on Your Resume? to retool your executive resume writing strategy to compel future hiring executives to look more closely at the assets you do bring to a future company.

Top 10 Resume Mistakes by Job Seekers Over 40

If you are still typing “Resume” at the top of your resume, or if you are mistakenly writing an objective statement about what YOU want from a future position, read Top 10 Resume Mistakes by Job Seekers Over 40 to learn about the executive resume writing mistakes you are probably making right now.

7 Secret but Powerful Resume Hacks that Get Interviews

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Can you hack your resume to get more interviews?

How can you tell the difference between a ho-hum, reasonably good resume and a powerful, attention-getting, interview-winning resume? You’ll know, because the rules that govern excellent resume writing will have been hacked. Here is the countdown of my most secret hacks to writing a resume that breaks the rules and gets the right interviews. These 7 Secret but Powerful Resume Hacks that Get Interviews will tell you how to improve your own executive resume.



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What to Do about Your Executive Job Search if You Have Been Fired (or Consciously Uncoupled) from Your Company

What to Do about Your Executive Job Search if You Have Been Fired (or Consciously Uncoupled) from Your Company

Fired from your job? Follow these 5 steps to start your executive job search.

Fired from your job? Follow these 5 steps to start your executive job search.

Let’s face it–there is very little that is good about being fired. Executives experiencing this type of crisis often believe that the best thing for them to do is to get right back in the saddle and go search for a new job. Instead of forcing yourself into a job search situation for which you are not fully prepared and to which you are not fully committed, take a step back and follow these five steps to preparing to start an executive job search.

1. Take time to heal from the job loss.

It has been said that job loss and the ensuing loss of income is one of life’s biggest stressors. If you recently lost your job, you should take the time you need to process what happened without the compounding pressure of engaging in job search. You need to clear your head, read a dime store novel, and spend time with your family–to the extent that the financial pressures bearing down on you are not dire.

2. Evaluate your position in your industry.

If you have been terminated from a position, either terminated for cause or let go as part of a reduction in force, take some time to rethink your career trajectory. Consider the following questions:

  • Is this industry expanding or contracting?
  • Does your function within your industry have future viability?
  • Do you like your work well enough to return to something just like it in another organization?

If you are not entirely sure that the industry from which you came is the one you want to continue in, then perhaps this is a time to make a radical change in career direction.

3. Re-engage your network.

Once you have taken time to heal and evaluate your situation, start to talk to people inside and outside of your industry. Be a great conversationalist by being a great listener, and learn what drives them, professionally speaking. Do not go casting about asking anyone who crosses your path for a job–that is not networking. Rather, advance your knowledge of others’ careers and industries. You might learn something valuable to add to your own executive job search strategy.

4. Write your resume.

By this time, you will have had time to recover from your job loss plus taken the time to discover what is really important to your executive career strategy. Use this information to craft a resume directed toward a particular role in a particular industry. If you are unable to pull this information out on your own, do not hesitate to ask for help; there are career experts who walk this path every day. In any case, make sure that you include your current volunteer work or education as a current role, so that future hiring executives know that you are keeping your industry skills sharp.

5. Start applying for positions–via your network

You have developed quite a lot of information about the direction you want your career to go, and you have validated this information with your network. Now continue to work within your network and those your first-degree connections (think: LinkedIn) suggest you should meet to become top of mind before positions are posted publicly. You will find this to be a much stronger strategy than scouring the job boards for open positions and posting into the void. If you must use job boards, set up alerts to email you with appropriately filtered lists, so that you can review them quickly and decide to apply through the job board or approach the company from a networking connection.

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Not Getting Interviews? Apply for Only 6 Jobs in Your Executive Job Search

“Why am I not getting interviews?” you’re wondering? “I’m sending out dozens of resumes, but the calls aren’t coming in.”

Not Getting Interviews? Hint: There are only 6 executive jobs that are right for you.

When job search candidates tell me that they have applied for hundreds of positions and received no interviews, they usually sound panicked and angry. After all, with all that effort they are putting into their job searches, why aren’t they getting any interviews? They are baffled, frustrated, and worried about their chances for success. They don’t see that there are only perhaps six jobs that are right for them.

The first thing I advise these frustrated executive job search candidates is to stop applying right away. Clearly, the strategy they have chosen is not working–they’re not getting positive responses to their resumes, and they are not getting interviews that match their expertise. There is something very wrong with their approach, and doing more of it will result only in more frustration and fewer calls for interviews.Not getting interviews? Narrow your career focus, and you'll get calls for interviews for the right jobs.

Now I’m Wondering, “Why Are there only 6 Jobs in My Executive job Search?”

Then, I ask what positions they are targeting. The wide range of responses is staggering. And there is the problem. There are no “hundreds of positions” that are right for any one person–no wonder there are no calls for interviews. I would posit that there are only 6 (or thereabouts) positions that are right for any single executive. So when executives are frustrated because they are not getting interviews, I tell them it’s because they’re casting a net that is by far too wide.

By eliminating all positions and companies that are not directly in the bulls-eye of your job search, paradoxically your job search will become more fruitful. You’ll target your entire job search process to this set of positions, which you have taken time to identify, focus on, and target your messaging toward. Yes, it might feel like you’re eliminating hundreds of possibilities, but instead your message is becoming more authentic and more believable to your hiring entity. You’ll start to sound like the executive they have been looking for all along.

So how do you focus on your 6 ideal jobs? You leave out everything not in your ideal executive job search zone. If the executive job is not targeting

  • Your values
  • Your corporate culture
  • Your function
  • Your growth
  • Your aptitude
  • Your skill set

Then do not apply, and have zero regrets about leaving it off your list.

Updated January 2017.

3 Career Change Strategies for Former Entrepreneurs

3 Career Change Strategies for Former Entrepreneurs

As the economy fluctuates, many entrepreneurs consider their long careers and successes in the companies they built. We hear of high-tech leaders who built companies from their basements, and we hear of manufacturing leaders who built product suites appealing to the mass market. If you are an entrepreneur with a company that has potentially maxed it out its life cycle or that is about to be sold, you might be considering entering the paid workforce as an employee in another company. Read on for three career advancement strategies for former entrepreneurs that you can use right now to build a smart plan for your career transition.

1. Define your network.

Of course, as an entrepreneur, you know lots of people. You meet them in business meetings, in your Chamber of Commerce, through friends, and through friends of friends. However, have you ever approach any of them with critical business questions? It is even less likely that you have approached this network with questions about your own career advancement. Now is the time to revive old relationships. Building out the number of people on whom you can call to ask about opportunities in other industries or other companies is going to be an essential if difficult part of this process.

2. Assess your own skill set.

As an entrepreneur, you likely wear many hats. Depending on the type of fire you are putting out, you might be CFO, CEO, or CIO on any given day. You might also be sales executive, human resources executive, or the guy who has to run to the hardware store to pick up a new light switch. Other entrepreneurs would sympathize with how thinly you have been stretched. They would also understand that you might find it hard to identify the skills you want to build on in a new role. Thus, it would be wise for you to take an hour or two and inventory what you love about your job, what you hate about it, and where your skills fit in to what you want to be doing next. If you have no idea where your assets might be of value in a corporate environment, now is the time to speak with an expert, such as an executive career consultant, who can help you make that determination.

3. Prepare your resume and career portfolio.

If you know exactly what you want to be doing in a new company, now is the time to have your executive resume prepared. (If you are still in decision-making mode, go back to number 2 on this list. Preparing yourself for a new career but taking the steps out of order will result only in your mounting frustration.) If you have done the research, then you know what goes into writing a resume for a former entrepreneur that resonates with hiring executives in the current market. You’ll know how to enhance your marketability to somebody who is scanning your document in perhaps 20 seconds or less. You can find many resources in the library or on the Internet that will explain how to write, organize, and design the modern executive resume. At the same time, do not neglect to prepare an effective LinkedIn profile that will get you found by the hiring executives and recruiters who are looking for experts like yourself. For certain, if you find the resume and career portfolio writing process daunting, as many executives in your situation do, then engaging a career management consultant who knows how to do this might be a wise choice for you.

Salt Lake City Executive Resume Writer Wins Two Years in a Row in Global TORI Competition 2013

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Salt Lake City Executive Resume Writer

Wins Two Years in a Row

Global TORI Competition 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (October 22, 2013). Five Strengths Career Transition Experts, Salt Lake City, UT, is proud to announce that Amy L. Adler, CEO, has captured third place in the 2013 Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) competition for Best Executive Resume. This win follows her 2012 first place win in the same category and complements her TORI nomination for Best Career Re-Entry Resume (2013).

Amy L. Adler, CEO of Five Strengths, earned third place standing in what many call the toughest TORI category — Best Executive Resume — in the 2013 TORI Awards. This win highlights Amy’s excellence in executive resume writing, a unique skill honed over years and matched with a strong professional business background and honored with a first-place TORI win in 2012.

Amy L. Adler wins 2013 Global TORI Award

Amy L. Adler wins 2013 Global TORI Award

“Executive resume writing requires a solid understanding of complex professional histories,” commented Amy. “I consult with CEOs, COOs, CIOs, CTOs, and CMOs, presidents, vice presidents, and directors to tune their career marketing portfolios to the companies and positions they desire,” she reported. Amy’s success is founded on a comprehensive information-gathering strategy unmatched in the industry and hallmarked by a focused, one-on-one consultative program that guides executives from sometimes frightening crossroads in their careers to ultimate career satisfaction.

Contributing to hundreds of career transitions over the course of her extensive resume writing career, Amy consults with executives who are the best in their industries to help them navigate the often confusing processes of career transformation, job search, and industry change. In fact, Amy often has told her clients that her mission guides every aspect of her consultancy: Amy says, “I have the best job in the world–for me, and I want all executives to feel that way about their own careers.” Clients who work with Amy on their career transition strategies experience improved clarity about and authenticity in articulating their career goals, more interviews, better salaries, and overall greater long-term career satisfaction.

About the TORI Awards

The TORI Awards recognize excellence in professional resume writing and are presented annually by Career Directors International (CDI). The stringent TORI competition draws hundreds of entries each year from professional resume writers across the globe. CDI is the industry’s premier professional association and maintains more than 500 members.

About Amy L. Adler

Amy L. Adler, MBA, MA, CARW, CEIC, is the CEO of Five Strengths Career Transition Experts, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Amy is one of the most experienced career transitions experts in the nation and frequently writes and speaks on career advancement, executive resume writing, and executive career advancement strategies. Having written hundreds of job search documents, several examples of her work have been published in Gallery of Best Cover Letters, 4th Ed. (David F. Noble, JIST Publishing, 2012).

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5 People You Can Trust to Help Your Executive Career Change

5 People You Can Trust to Help Your Executive Career Change

As you consider your executive career transition, you’re going to find that there are lots of resources available to move it forward. How do you know whom you can trust throughout this process? How do you know who has your best interests at heart? Read on to learn how to identify those who can help you most effectively.

1. Friends and Family

You may consider asking your spouse, your friend, or even your parent for advice about your executive career transition. Generally, these individuals in your close circle of trust will have your best interests at heart, but they tend to be among the least objective about what will work for you. Certainly they will know you well and have a good sense of what your strengths and salient characteristics are, but their own self-interest or personal interest in your well-being might interfere with your ability to seek out and obtain a position that satisfies all of your professional requirements.

2. Your Coworkers or Executive Manager

Among those who might offer you a solid career advice are your professional peers or executive leader. However, do know that as much as they have your best interests in mind, they also have agendas. They might be competitive with you or they might ask you to take on more than your fair share. Certainly, as you work your way up through the executive tier in a company, you need to pay attention to the needs and wishes and wants of your colleagues and superiors, but they might not provide the best advice for you if they do not understand your specific aspirations, particularly if they fall outside of your current company.

3. A Mentor

You are certainly among the privileged if you can find and secure a mentor who can stand apart from you and provide you with rock-solid career advice. Finding a mentor can be challenging, but it can be extraordinarily rewarding as well if the mentor truly has a vested interest in your success. The best way to find a mentor, according to leading career experts, is to identify the best-in-class for your industry or role, but not somebody in whose company you wish to work. That in and of itself presents a particular challenge, as you will need to do some serious research to identify that person and then pitch your wish to be his or her protégé. Nevertheless, a good mentor who fulfills the role successfully is an incomparable asset to your career advancement, as he or she can give you an insider’s view to an industry or role while remaining completely objective.

4. A Recruiter

If you know a recruiter from having worked with him or her to fill roles in your organization, you might find this person is a tremendous asset to your own executive career transition. The recruiter might be seeking someone just like you, or that person might know somebody who is. To that end, the ability to create a powerful recruiter network can help you advance your own career transition. The pitfalls of working with the recruiter however, are several. First, you have to trust that the recruiter will keep your aspirations and drive to leave a particular company under wraps. Also, know that the value of this relationship flows according to the money. The recruiter doesn’t work for you if you are a job seeker. In fact, the recruiter works for the individual or company who is paying him or her, leaving candidates such as you in the category of “talent” rather than “particular person I want to help.” Thus, you can trust the recruiter to recommend you for positions for which you are eminently qualified and write for, but apart from that, do not expect much in the way of hands-on treatment from a recruiter who has perhaps dozens of roles to fill and hundreds of candidates to review daily.

5. An Executive Career Coach and Executive Resume Writer

A career coach is a professional dedicated to the career transition success of others. This career coach works directly for the executive and delivers world-class advice, coaching, and sometimes explicit consultation to individuals requiring a partner in the executive career transition process. Often, the career coach and resume writer has credentials from national or international career management organizations that validate his or her training in the field, and he or she also might have won some major global awards in the field. Executive career coaches and executive resume writers report on the exponential success their clients achieve with the type of support they offer, but you need to decide if, as an executive on the cusp of career transition, you are ready to put in the work required to make your own career announcement a successful one. You are welcome to contact me if you would like to know more about the type of work required to make an executive career transition into a successful endeavor. Primarily, it involves a willingness to reach out to new people, except a great deal of direction, and a drive to be the best in your position and your field. Are you ready to make that choice?

Lead Your Executive Career Transition–Just the Way You Lead Your Company

Lead Your Executive Career Transition–Just the Way You Lead Your Company

Of the many similarities among those who seek me out is that they all are deeply committed to making their companies as successful as possible. They strategize and plan and execute, all with amazing results. What strikes me is that many of these often did not do the same with their careers. They worked hard, got promoted, got recruited, and got hired. However, now the employment economy is quite different, and they must plan to be successful, just the way they plan for their companies to succeed.

Nothing Purposeful Happens on Its Own

Even though serendipity is great, the employment marketplace for executive leaders shares only passing similarity to that of other economic eras. Thus, executives need to focus on making purposeful change, which, itself, only comes out of purposeful decision making. So ask yourself these questions:

  • What choices can I make today to improve my access to the right positions?
  • With whom do I need to speak to get my career change on track?
  • What are the resources I need to enact a positive career change?

These are the same types of questions you might ask your own corporate team about their decision-making processes.

Examine All of the “Departments” in Your Executive Career Change “Company”

Now break you answers down further into their essential parts, perhaps by business department:

  • Strategy (what is next for me?)
  • Finance (what are my financial goals?)
  • Accounting (what happens if I quit today?)
  • Business development (whom do I need to meet?)
  • Marketing (how I am going to promote myself? what is my messaging?)
  • Advertising and public relations (what documents do I need to promote my marketing message?)
  • Operations (how will I keep track of my progress?)

Hire the Right Help

As you think about the choices you need to make, perhaps you need to think about the resources that can create the greatest degree of success in the shortest amount of time. For example, your business might require a marketing leader with expertise outside of your team’s core competencies to attack a new market. Or it might need a new financial strategist to build a well-researched acquisition plan. Certainly, if your company needed this expertise, you would source it. Wouldn’t you do the same for your own career? There are resources that can move your career forward as well. Ask me about them.

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About Amy Adler

Amy L. Adler, MBA, MA, CARW, CEIC, is the founder and CEO of Five Strengths Career Transition Experts, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five Strengths is a premier executive resume writing and career coaching company. Amy recently was nominated for Best Executive Resume and Best Career Re-Entry Resume in the 2013 global Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) Awards. Amy won first place for Best Executive Resume in the 2012 TORI Award competition.