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Executive Resumes, CVs & Career Documents

Read these BlueSteps Executive Search blog articles for the latest tips that will help improve your executive resume and your brand. For additional tips, register for the webinar: How to Optimize Your Executive Resume.

Keywords are the driving force behind HR and executive recruiter searches, and thus they are critical to developing an effective and highly productive LinkedIn Profile. The competitive nature of the employment environment makes it essential for you to set yourself apart from the competition. On LinkedIn, the number of keyword hits you receive will affect how your profile is ranked during recruiting searches.

 

You’re a senior executive and, after many years as corporate leader, you decided to target a non-executive or independent board director seat. Perhaps you reached the age of 50+ and your outlook changed, or you already are a board director and want to be on more boards. Either way, you can leverage your leadership experience and expertise to qualify for that seat on the governing body of a corporation.
 
1. Get Started: What do you do? Is the resume that you used for corporate roles appropriate for board director roles? It probably needs some changes. Most likely, information needs to be reweighted and job descriptions need streamlining.

The world is experiencing the biggest aging workforce population in many decades. Don’t be in denial that age discrimination doesn’t exist.  Employers are looking carefully at executives that are approaching the “too old” status.
 
Gone are the days when a company hires you for life. Companies can’t make that type of guarantee. Since they are forced to reinvent their business model and processes every 3-5 years, they have to look at the big picture, including their executive talent. How does a 50+ executive survive this mentality?
 
One of the essentials to surviving ageism is to build skills for any economy. Repackage your current skills and develop new ones that are valuable in today’s business expectations.
 

The key to an executive resume that gets results is writing one that is targeted toward the type of position you are seeking. But what if you have more than one position you are qualified for and interested in?
 
A sales/business development executive may be equally qualified for an executive role in Business Development or Product Management. Or an operations executive may want to target a General Manager role, while keeping the door open for a more specialized role in Supply Chain Management. An IT executive with an operations background may want to be considered for either a CIO or COO job.
 

With 20 million people unemployed globally in 2013 and joblessness expected to reach 215 million around the world by 2018, it may be time think outside the borders of your own country for your next executive job search. According to the International Labour Organization, 40 million new jobs will be created through 2018, yet 42.6 million workers are expected to enter the market during that same period. With competition for jobs rising, how do you maximize your career potential?
 

When was the last time you edited and updated your executive resume? Carefully reworking your resume can be a daunting task that many are guilty of pushing to the bottom of their executive career to-do list. It’s difficult to know what to include, where to start, or how your writing will be perceived by executive recruiters and future employers alike.
 
As your most influential self-marketing document, here is a checklist of factors to consider when reworking your resume:

Showcasing your Unique Selling Point: What skills do you have that will make you stand out from the numerous other executives applying for the same roles?

As an executive, you use every available tool to ensure success for the companies and teams you lead and direct. Certainly your own career advancement should embrace every possible resource and strategy to guarantee an efficient and effective executive job search campaign.
 
Here are five “Must-Have” documents for your career development arsenal:
 
1. Executive Resume. No surprise here, but beware! Resumes have changed radically in the past few years. Make sure your resume meets today’s modern standards.

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile TweetChat, featuring Jane Anderson, International BlueSteps Executive Career Coach.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

“The added value of retained executive search is not just finding candidates; it’s finding the best candidates.” Rachel Roche, President of Smart Search

Earlier today, BlueSteps hosted the #ExecCareer TweetChat featuring our expert BlueSteps Executive Career Services (BECS) panelists. Our expert career panelists, Barbara Safani and Stephen Van Vreede, provided very informative and useful answers for all in attendance.
 
If you missed it, catch up on all the excellent advice that was given in the Storyfy transcript below. Topics covered included: