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Executive Resume and 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.

Candidates tend to think too much about what a resume/CV needs to include (experience, accomplishments, etc.), that they forget about its real purpose. Your resume/CV is a tool that can help you begin a different role, a different career, or even a different life. The basic elements of a successful resume/CV are important, but will not be all you need to find your next opportunity. Focus on communicating your value and your brand foremost above simply getting the resume/CV formula right.
 

Says a candidate to the search consultant: “So, how do you like my CV?” The search consultant replies: “Well, I’m actually impressed. I have never seen a CV on a yellow sticky note before.”

While I personally have never actually received a curriculum vitae on a yellow sticky note, I have had many memorable instances regarding content included on CVs and the fact that some CVs caused me to endure endless time searching for content that was well hidden or not included at all. Composing a CV seems to be as subjective as selecting a personal clothing style, but there are some corporate guidelines you should consider. You might even find out that you have spent too much time on your CV in the past, but did not include the crucial facts.

You’ve got the degrees, the highly sought-after skills, the years of leadership experience, and the impressive job titles to boot. You are armed with incredible success stories to delight and impress interviewers, but so far, your resume hasn’t garnered enough interest for you to be able to tell them in person.

If you’re beginning to wonder why your phone isn’t ringing, maybe it’s time to ask yourself if that resume of yours is effectively marketing you for the role you are seeking.

This message is for the up and comers. The next generation. The about-to-bes. The replacers of the old guard. Yes, this article is for the millennials. Note: Even though the majority of executives come from an earlier generation, most of the advice here could also apply to an executive’s resume.

You’ve probably heard this comparison before: A job search is in essence a marketing campaign with you as the product. Your career communications tools are your marketing collateral, and your executive job search strategy equates to your marketing campaign. A smart campaign hones in on specific targets with specific marketing messages built around a specific career brand aligned with specific proof points.
 

Executive bios can be a great way to reinforce your executive brand, provide executive search consultants and potential employers with further information about yourself, and reflect on what you have accomplished in your career to date.

They are also a useful opportunity to go beyond the facts that are quoted in your resume/CV and inject some personality into your career story, enabling recruiters and future employers to connect with you on a human level and envision you within a potential new role.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive resumes/CVs, featuring Albert Hiribarrondo, from Alspective Group, and Rainer Morita, from BlueSteps Executive Career Services.

Some of the questions asked included:

Your resume is your professional story. At best, it is easy-to-skim, engaging, and provides the depth of information necessary to understand your value. A well-balanced mixture of contributions, achievements, and responsibilities, presented in the backdrop in which they were performed, can provide that depth of understanding.
 

No matter how much time or money you have invested into crafting that killer executive resume, if your cover letter does not make the grade, it is unlikely that recruiters or potential employers will be motived to open your attached career document.

The importance of having a well-written, persuasive and professional cover letter cannot be overstated, but it is something that many senior-level executives struggle with. Since there's such a short amount of space to make a positive first impression and explain why you are suited to the role, BlueSteps has provided three simple steps to help you on your way.
 

Are you using the right tool for the job? As an executive resume and LinkedIn profile writer, a common misconception I come across in my work is the belief that a LinkedIn profile should be merely an online version of one’s resume.