Apr 26 2011
I have also experienced this problem. With one executive resume, I removed unnecessary descriptions and extracted key results. When returning to the executive, he liked the appraoch but felt the full picture of what he is capable of was no longer there. The problem Phil identified as a personal biography approach for a resume was clearly present in his response. Every executive would like to convey all achievements in their career with a detailed description of their leadership style, but there is simply not enough space in a modern CV / Resume.
Instead, think of your resume as a pixilated picture. From a far, the viewer can see the full picture and key highlights, enough to want to get closer and see more detail. Yet when they get closer they realize not all the detail is there and need to seek another way to fill in the gaps. During the hiring process, this is where the recruiter will call you in for an interview to discuss your career history, leadership style, skills and goals.
That is the job of a CV / resume; a marketing document that must entice the reader enough to want to discuss your specific results further and see how your experiences can apply to the role at hand.
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