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4 Executive Resume Writing Best Practices

25 Mar, 2019

4 Executive Resume Writing Best Practices

If you are thinking about changing industries or stepping up to the next-level in your field, positioning yourself for a successful job search can be a daunting task.

The key to gaining entry to your next senior-level position (VP, SVP, EVP, CEO) is to remember that no matter the position being sought, you need to translate the value you bring in a way that proves you have what it takes to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact.

Here are four-steps to help you stand out as a qualified candidate in your next role.

INSIDER SECRET TO RESUME WRITING >> Focus Your Executive Management Resume On Your Audience

Before you begin writing, learn as much as you can about the position you are pursuing. This will help you determine what skills and experiences your target employer is looking for in their next candidate.

After you arm yourself with a more thorough understanding of the employer’s needs, make a list of where your skills and experiences intersect with those being sought. This exercise will help you deliver a focused message.

SPEAK THE EMPLOYER’S LANGUAGE

Rather than recording your responsibilities, concentrate on the impact you’ve made. Make a list of challenges you faced, actions you took, and the outcomes of your efforts. To get to the result, ask yourself, “what happened next?” This exercise will lead you to your accomplishments.

Look for common themes between the job description you’ve targeted and your contributions and then translate those common themes into value stories that resonate with your target audience. By showcasing how you’ve met expectations and made a difference, you are proving your value and building credibility in your ‘brand’.

THE 3-WORD FORMULA FOR CRAFTING COMPELLING ACHIEVEMENTS

Challenge. Action. Results. Yes, words tell, and numbers sell but you need to present your accomplishments in the best way possible. To do that, you need to frame your quantifiable achievements with the problem or challenge you faced and the actions you took. This helps bring your value into focus and paints a clearer picture of how you’ve gone beyond the status quo.

Use this 3-word formula to articulate your value throughout your resume: CHALLENGE (what was going on) + ACTION (what you did) + RESULT (what happened after you took action) = VALUE STORY

NO MATTER THE POSITION, EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR THE VALUE THE CANDIDATE BRINGS TO THE TABLE

The most successful senior-level job seekers understand how competitive the job market is and that it requires a strategically-crafted resume that weaves together their career story, skills, and accomplishments with the employer’s needs in an authentic and compelling way.

When you’re ready to get started, ask yourself these questions:

  • Who is my target audience?
  • What are they looking in their next _______ (CEO, Vice President, SVP, EVP, Director)?
  • How do my skills and experience match their needs?
  • What are my value stories and how do they align with the employer’s pain points?

.These best practices will help you stand out and win more interviews!

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