You have conquered the world as a top professional with vast skills and successes!  Ironically, this can make top CV preparation for the next job a more difficult challenge!  Preparing your executive resume can be daunting no matter how much experience you have in your chosen field.  With that in mind, we wanted to share a few ideas on how experienced candidates can conquer that challenge and get their top CV right for the new opportunity!

Tailor to the spec

Spend some time looking at different job specifications. This will help you focus on the type of role you are looking for.  When you identify one that catches your interest you can then build your executive resume around this. Look carefully at the requirements of the role and mirror this from your own experience. This will help keep you on message in terms of your application, use familiar language that will resonate with the recruiter and at the same time genuinely get across how you are a great fit for the role.

Tailor the spec

Create a solid foundation for your top CV

When it comes to submitting your executive resume, one size simply doesn’t fit all but it is important to spend some time putting together a core document that you can build your applications around. This may be time-consuming but will be worth it in the end and it is something you can enhance and enrich as you go through your career.   Tailor your CV to each position that you are applying for, reflecting the language used and highlighting the experience that is directly relevant to the role. It doesn’t have to be two pages, but equally, don't really on a 5-page executive resume - the key bit is to make sure all the most important information goes on the front page.

Think ‘Professional Profile’

We are big fans of a “Professional Profile”, a short paragraph at the beginning that summarises you.  It should briefly list years of experience and qualifications in a career summary. This allows the reader to get a feel for the applicant but should be interesting enough to encourage them to read on your executive resume.  We find this is very important for experienced candidates as while there may be less competition for some roles, the competitors are skill fierce with all having a fantastic experience.

How top professionals can write an executive resume!

Quality over Quantity!

When you have been in the workplace for over 20 years it can seem difficult and perhaps unfair of you to reduce a wealth of experience to a few pages. Remember though - an executive resume is just the carrot on the stick to get you that interview.  You can expand further when you get past this first stage and a succulent top CV is key. It also shows your fine-tuned communication skills and your ability to strip back your entire career and pull the salient points to the front that matter to the client.

Think of the reader

If you are looking for permanent employment your two most recent roles are the most relevant.  Briefly introduce the company you worked with, your role by title followed by bullet point description of what you do or did! The information should be easy to read with the right, consistent font, paragraph, and spacing. The reader is under time and attention pressure so help them spend more time on your executive resume! It should almost feel like the relevant information is jumping off the page rather than something that has to be combed through with a magnifying glass.

 

February 2019

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