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Top 10 Executive Resume Tips

Matt Glodz
Top 10 Executive Resume Tips

Improve Your Executive Resume With These Resume Writing Essentials

There is simply no room for sloppiness or careless mistakes in the executive recruitment realm.

Your resume is a direct reflection of your communication skills and professionalism, and a small error can very well cost you a coveted opportunity.

When putting together an executive resume, it’s critically important to pay attention to the seemingly minor details.

Before you send off your resume, run through our list of top 10 executive resume writing essentials.

1. Start with the basics

Your header should contain your:

Name

If you hold any professional designations such as “CPA” or “RN,” consider listing them after your name as well.

Email Address

  • Make sure that your email address is professional.
  • FirstNameLastName@gmail.com will work just fine.
  • It’s often considered poor taste to provide your company email address, especially if you are currently working there.

Phone Number

  • Provide a permanent number that you check regularly.
  • Again, avoid providing your company line.
  • Make sure that your greeting is professional.

City and State

You can list your full mailing address, but this is no longer a strict requirement.

LinkedIn link

Learn how to create a custom, abbreviated LinkedIn URL at this link.

Make sure that your LinkedIn content aligns with that of your resume, as inconsistencies can raise red flags.

2. Provide an overview of your career highlights

For this section, you can use one of two headings:

"Career Highlights"

Instead of writing a generic professional summary in paragraph format, use 4-5 bullet points to craft an overview of your main achievements and career progression.

Provide specific examples instead of generic industry buzzwords.

"Key Expertise"

Create a two-column bulleted list summarizing your key industry expertise.

Avoid listing soft skills such as “strong communicator” and “team player.” Instead, highlight your key technical proficiencies.

3. List your roles 

Unless you have a strong reason for not doing so, you should list your professional experience in reverse chronological order.

Be sure to include:

Company Name

Location

Dates Employed

  • Always list month and year. You don’t want to raise any questions about whether you're being completely transparent.
  • If you only list years of employment, it’s likely that recruiters will ask for a more detailed breakdown later anyway.

Position Title

  • If you held multiple positions at one company, you should provide the dates you held each position.

4. Highlight your accomplishments

To stand out from other applicants, use your bullet points to explain what you accomplished in each role – not just what you did day-to-day.

  • Did you increase sales? By how much?
  • Did you sign deals? How many?
  • Did you save the company money? How?
  • Did you work on special projects? What impact did they have?

5. Be specific

Never assume the reader will know what you mean.

Don’t say that you signed “multiple” deals with companies in “various” sectors, for example.

Spell it out.

Quantify your contributions and the scope of your work whenever possible.

6. Write concisely

Say much as possible using as few words as possible.

And avoid flowery and self-promotional language.

7. Format neatly

Any of the following formatting slips convey sloppiness and poor attention to detail:

  • Lack of alignment
  • Inconsistent spacing between sections
  • Multiple fonts/font sizes in one section
  • Cluttered or “claustrophobic” appearance (from attempting to squeeze too much onto a page)
  • Unprofessional fonts/colors

8. Stick to resume writing conventions

Let your experience speak for itself.

You don’t need to do anything fancy design-wise to make your resume stand out.

In our experience, it’s better to keep it simple and stick to traditional resume writing conventions.

9. Check your grammar and spelling 

     Your grammar and spelling need to be 100% correct.

    If you’re not an expert, download Grammarly or have your resume edited by someone who is.

    10. Print it on paper and check it again 

      It’s easy for your eyes to glean over errors when you’re reading a document on your screen.

      We always recommend printing it on paper and copy editing the old-fashioned way!

      Learn more about our executive resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn preparation service here.

      If you have any questions about how we can assist, please email us at team@resumepilots.com.

      You can also upload your resume here for a free review and feedback on how we can help, if needed.


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        About the AuthorMatt Glodz


        Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of Resume Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

        After studying business communication at Cornell University, Matt worked within Fortune 500 companies, where he observed what drove the decision making of recruiters and hiring managers first-hand, noting that qualified candidates were frequently denied interview opportunities due to poorly written documents.

        At Resume Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background - which includes prior work for a Chicago Tribune publication - to craft resumes that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing resumes for over eight years.


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