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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.

Age discrimination: It’s illegal, but we all know it happens. You can’t change your birthdate, but you can take steps to prevent age discrimination during your job search. A good technique is to give your resume a virtual shot of Botox with a QR code.

QR codes are small, two-dimensional squares that can be scanned with a smartphone to direct the user to a website containing additional information. You’ve probably seen them on advertisements – they’re showing up on everything from ketchup bottles to movie posters.

As Robert Frost might say were he alive today,” C-level executives go down the road less traveled. And that makes all the difference.” And, recognizing that the C-level executive does travel on a different plane than other senior management, therefore, they need to have a resume that stands out above. So how does a C-level resume look? What needs to be included? What needs to be excluded?  Here are the top seven tips to lay the groundwork and get you started.

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Although writing a resume is a very personal experience, it pays to follow some basic guidelines in order to increase the likelihood of potential employers taking your application to the next step. The following ten points are collected from top expert sources and should assist in making your resume clear, interesting and impactful.

I don’t know what it is about resumes. People seem to get so caught up in what they think a resume “should” be that they overlook what a resume can be…an entree to a new role, a new career, a new life. Some people seem to treat their resumes like they are their tax returns…break a rule and get penalized; enter information in a different place and suffer the consequences…it really doesn’t need to be so formulaic…and it shouldn’t be. A good resume is a representation of your strengths, your passion, your dreams…all wrapped up into a compelling message of value. Here are ten mistakes I see people make when writing resumes and some tips for how to avoid these pitfalls.

If you’re applying, or planning to apply, to executive jobs overseas, you may have asked yourself these questions:

As a senior-level executive, you most likely have a LinkedIn profile, a BlueSteps membership, and a membership to your industry's association. Maybe you've published books, have your own website, often have public speaking engagements, and your name may often appear in your local, or even national, media. With all of those credentials, you may start to think that your resume is no longer so important. Maybe you've even read somewhere about some impending death of the resume. Well, it doesn't matter how accomplished you are, the resume is not dead. And you need one--a smart one.

Membership to BlueSteps provides an excellent way to become visible to top-level executive search firms and consultants and is an extremely valuable tool for anyone seeking a senior executive-level role. BlueSteps is the executive career management service of the global Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC). Over 8,000 executive search professionals belong to the AESC from around 300 retained executive search firms in 74 different countries. All AESC affiliated search consultants have free and exclusive access to the BlueSteps database which they use to source suitable candidates when hired by a client firm to fill a vacant executive position.

As recruiting season gears up, I’ve heard from consulting hounds the following question: “What makes a resume get into the “pass” pile versus the ding pile?” I’ll try to flesh it out in the following set of posts. I start here with some guiding principles…

Principle 1: Know Your Audience

The majority of candidates, executive though staff, write resumes and apply to jobs in roughly the same way…writing a cover letter to focus a static resume.

I’ve written in previous articles to “Stop Writing Cover Letters, and You’ll Get More Interviews”, and described why cover letters are an obsolete tradition in today’s job search. In the 15 seconds the average hiring manager spends making an interview/no interview decision…most hiring managers make their decision based on a resume – not a cover letter. In a recent Linkedin poll, over 80% of hiring managers stated that they read resumes first.

Yet, the majority of candidates mistakenly use a cover letter to demonstrate why they are perfect for a position.