Executive Job Search: Resume Tips and Pointers
The purpose of a resume is to highlight an individual’s background and experience in a clear and concise way. It should introduce the strengths of a candidate and generate interest for future discussion. There is no one correct resume format, but there are certain key characteristics in any good executive job search resume. The following tips are important to keep in mind when drafting an effective resume:
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- Include complete contact information: Your resume may be “passed around” within an organization. Anyone who has an interest should be able to easily contact you. Include your name, address, and best email and phone number to contact you.
- List education and licenses: List your degrees in reverse chronological order including university, degree and major or area of concentration. Include any awards or special area of studies if pertinent to the position. Also include any appropriate certificates or licenses you have received such as CPA, CIA, CFP, etc.
- Highlight work history: Present your work history in reverse chronological order. Include company name, position held, dates of employment, and a brief description of your duties, responsibilities, and significant accomplishments. As a rule, include more detail on recent experience than on earlier positions. Avoid the temptation to present your resume in subject matter or skills concentration format. You may prefer this presentation, but your resume may initially receive a brief viewing. If it a takes a screener longer to find pertinent information, your resume may be placed in the “no thank you” stack.
- Tailor your resume to the position: Do not present one resume for all positions, but create a resume that is unique for each position for which you are applying. Be sure to include key words that are included in the position description or job posting.
- Be mindful of length: Keep your resume to two pages. Anything longer may have a negative effect on the reader. You may have a longer version available to leave with an interviewer if they request one. To make your resume pleasing to the eye, include adequate “white space” and use bullets to highlight your experience.
- Proofread your resume: Make sure to review your resume thoroughly for spelling mistakes, typos, and grammatical errors. If available, have someone you trust review your resume. Also, read your resume out loud to yourself or someone else. This simple technique may identify certain phrasing or sentences that need to be revised.