While many of the rules for resumes are similar for many job candidates, there may be some issues that executives may have to consider in their job resumes that other people may not. For executive career change, you want to avoid some of the obvious mistakes for the executive. Here are some issues that you want to avoid.
Including an Objective Statement
Objective statements often have very little useful information when you are trying to get a new position. It is a better idea to include a summary that sums up your career in bullet points. Points to get across in your summary are the what, where, and how long is your career history; it should be carefully crafted. The goal of a well-written summary is to convince the hiring manager to continue reading your resume.
Being too Vague
A list of job titles without responsibilities is also a bad idea for your executive resume. Many job titles don’t mean the same thing in other companies so hiring managers may not relate to what you have written down. You may need to be more specific about what you did – use terms like amount of sales, how many people reported to you, or actual improvements in efficacy. No matter what you job title was, actual numbers can help clarify your previous roles for any hiring manager.
Cramming Everything on One Page
If you are at the executive level, it is unlikely that you can fit all your experiences on one page. Although the conventional wisdom suggests that a one page resume is the most appropriate, most employers will actually skim two or so pages of information. The first page should paint the picture about you, what you have done, and your goals while the second page can be a bit more general. That way, if the employer only reads the first page, he or she will have more than enough information to make an informed decision.
Leaving off the Sales Pitch
Many people don’t look at the big picture when creating a resume. Your document should cover a story about you and emphasize your big achievements and successes. It is a marketing document and you need to remember that when developing your executive resume.
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