Once you reach the executive level and begin writing resumes for a six-figure salary, it becomes crucial that you go that extra mile to show you can provide the results a company is looking for. Your executive resume is beyond important in convincing an employer of this.
The problem many top-level professionals experience when writing resumes is they fail to show the depth of their experience. If you want hiring managers to absolutely believe you’re qualified, then you have to show your worth. Here are some tips to help push you toward your goal:
Know the Company
It’s difficult to determine how a company can benefit from hiring you without knowing what they need. Sure, you can find this out from the job posting. But it’s better to think from the perspective that you are already working for the company. This way, you can begin researching their needs, issues, etc. in depth.
Based upon what you’ve learned about them, what steps would you take to solve a specific problem for them? How would you handle some of their internal or external conflicts? How would you go about ramping up their business in your chosen department? These are questions you should already know the answers to as you cherry-pick the information you want to include about yourself in your resume.
Solidify Your Winning Qualities
In your resume, cover letter, and executive biography, it’s important to not just show a company who you are as an employee, but introduce it to your brand. You might be able to prove that you’ve been a great employee in the past, but showing that you are a staple in your field proves that you identify with it—and it identifies with you.
One way you can introduce your brand is by adding links to your resume, including your LinkedIn page, professional Web site or blog, a couple of publications you’ve been quoted or featured in, videos you’ve given speeches in, etc. Your commitment to your field can equate to a commitment to the company, which is why it’s good for them to get know you beyond the past jobs you’ve worked.
Show Them Your ROI
Making a great return on investment (ROI) is always crucial for any company. As a prospective employee, you will be one of these investments that companies want to believe will bring in good returns. A great way to show that you’re a great ROI is by quantifying the results of your previous employment.
Count out how many people you’ve managed, how many times your department won awards, how much money your department made under your management, etc. This helps employers visualize the results that you could potentially provide for them.
Also, remember there can be no spelling or grammatical issues on your resume at all. It must be submitted in a perfect state to be taken seriously. If you remember these tips in the writing process, it should flow more smoothly than ever before.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
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