Executive Resumes

2014Since today is Presidents Day, it’s apropos to discuss Executive Resumes.

Six-figure executives are well aware that they are judged by is their ability to interact with boards, business owners, oversight committees and fellow corporate executives. They are judged on their ability to drive and achieve profitability goals. And they are judged on their ability to promote a positive public image for customers, partners and investors. These are all points that should be stressed in an Executive Resume.

High level candidates are also expected to showcase their ability to provide a vision and leadership to an organization, manage and inspire direct and indirect reports, be accountable for day-to-day operations, and ensure productivity and profitability. These are also vital messages an Executive Resume conveys to recruiters and perspective employers.

An Executive Resume must not gloss over or be overly expansive about key points, and should avoid including useless and/or repetitive information. All vital points must be covered with clarity and directness and the focus of an Executive Resumes is on accomplishments and not on rote responsibilities. Don’t be overly concerned about the number of pages; concentrate on what each page says about you and it will be OK.


As part of the preparation process complete a thorough resume building exercise to gather the necessary substance for your resume before you begin writing. Also research which executive format and style is best for your role and industry.

Then go over this information to determine the proper words and phrases to convey this information and the best places to place them in the document. Lately I have begun to see written endorsements included in Executive Resumes and I for one find the right ones in the proper positioning can be quite powerful.

As for Social Media here are some things you must know. First off you need a friendly, business oriented picture on your LinkedIn page and it must be consistent on all your Social Media.

Another important factor to know is that your LinkedIn page should not be a clone of your resume. Whereas a resume is a more formal document, LinkedIn is Social Media and the optimal word is social. You need to show people your human side and let people get to know you on a more personal level. Again I tell my clients over and over, “decision makers do not hire qualifications and skill sets they hire people, and more important they hire people they like.” So use your social media to make yourself not only a great candidate, but a likeable one as well.


Use you voicemail messages as a 30-second radio commercial. Script out and rehearse a voice mail messages so you come across as natural and spontaneous before you leave your message and practice your promo until you sound upbeat and professional. While others are leaving spur of the moment and often rambling message, you can gain a competitive edge by leaving a voicemail message that make people want to call you back.

As always I am happy to critique U.S. resumes, LinkedIn pages and job search action plans at no cost. Email me at perry@perrynewman.com

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