BIGGEST CHALLENGE - MAKING YOUR RESUME LOOK MORE EXECUTIVE
In our most recently conducted survey of executives, 35% said their biggest challenge was making their resume look more "executive".
So, what makes a resume an executive resume? And how does it differ from resumes of experienced professionals?
The single most defining characteristic of an executive resume is a pervasive use of numbers. Nothing conveys an executive's ability to deliver business impact than a set of quantified scope and results.
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers
In real estate, it's all "location, location, location". In an executive resume, it's all about "numbers, numbers, numbers". It's true that other aspects of an executive resume template are also important, such as a clear objective headline, a branding statement, etc. But, during the initial 6 seconds, even without truly reading your text, the recruiter can simply scan the resume for numbers to understand the business results and impact you've delivered in the past. If there aren't many numbers present on the first page, the resume will be instantly judged as a more junior professional's and likely be rejected.
Some executives initially struggle with identifying the numbers they can insert into their resume. While it's true that some job functions, such as finance and sales, lend themselves easier to quantification than others, any executive should be able to come up with many numbers to use within their executive resume. If you are struggling with this, here are some simple tips.
1. Think KPIs and metrics - recall what types of measures were used to judge your or your department's performance.
2. Use % when more appropriate - if you are uncomfortable inserting absolute numbers because of confidentiality considerations, or because absolute numbers will not be impressive, use the percentages.
3. Focus on business impact - try to come up with as many numbers as you can that directly relate to business results and business performance-related metrics.
4. Quantify your scope of responsibilities - if you don't have many business performance-related numbers, supplement them with numbers that convey your scope of responsibilities (number of employees, budget, P&L, etc)
5. Use executive resume samples - let proven executive resume examples be your guide. Find some trusted executive resume samples (ideally specific to your job function) to see what types of numbers are used by your peers in their resumes.
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INFUSE YOUR RESUME WITH NUMBERS TO GET YOUR RESUME NOTICED
Want to make your resume look more "executive"? Use numbers to communicate your past accomplishments and business results you've delivered - and don't be shy about it. Most executive resume lack sufficient quantification, so your numbers-infused resume will help you separate yourself from the crowded field of other candidates.
Want to learn more about what makes a resume an "executive" resume? Read our "10 Secrets of Effective Executive Resumes" or one of our other executive resume tools. If you are ready to upgrade your executive resume but could use some help, our proven "Resume Success System" is s great way to get started.