As an executive resume writer, some clients come to me after they’ve tried to write their resume on their own. They discover that there are many intricacies in writing a high-level professional/executive resume that yields results [interviews] that they did not consider. First, what type of position are you seeking? Is the resume written with that particular position in mind?
- Does the executive summary align with the organization’s business, operational, program, and other objectives?
- Is the summary relevant to your career objective? How does it demonstrate your leadership, strategic planning, and capacity to adapt and drive change?
- Does your resume consider both your current experience, touch on past successes, and relate to the position for which you’re applying?
- Does it demonstrate your visionary and strategic abilities, history of accomplishments, quantifiable results, and show exactly how well qualified you are to take a step up in your career?
High-level professionals and executives don’t see the strategies and nuances necessary to sell themselves. Consider this, are employers interested in someone who is responsible for a department that had a 15% increase in performance? Or, do they want someone who developed a plan and led the team in implementing strategies that increased performance by 15%. The term responsible for seems more passive doesn’t it? In the developed a plan sentence, you take a much more active part in the process and you show you are an achiever. You don’t just do – you actually take ownership for the work.
Give yourself the competitive edge with a high-impact resume. You can increase your earning potential by $10,000 to $60,000 [based on client comments] or even more. If you’re dusting off your old resume and cover letter, you might want to rethink that strategy. Your competitors are hiring outstanding writers to position them for success. Do you want to take chances with your career and earning potential?
When an employer has more than 30 or 40 resumes to read [in this market, probably more], you need to stand out quickly. A high impact resume that distinguishes you from top competitors is essential. It’s not about simply applying for a job, right? It’s a career – your career. Remember your competitors are using every tool at their disposal to get hired. After all, it’s their dream job too!