How quickly does someone scan over your resume? Interviewers are looking at your skills and experience, which will alert them to the needs that they are hoping you will fulfill. That takes maybe 20 seconds, tops.
So, what do you need to do? Make it pop! Bold certain words throughout your resume so they pop off the page at someone. You’ve got their attention now, right? An example would be: “have 10 years experience as a Project Manager”. OK, that sentence is just sitting there. But if you use “have 10 years experience and success a Senior Project Manager overseeing new business development oppotunities… “. Much better, right?
Quantifying your achievements is another great way to ensure that your executive value is being communicated in your resume. Did you meet your 2013 sales goals? If so, by how much? Revenue growth? By what percentage? Cost reductions? What system/staffing changes did you oversee that led to a reduction in overall operating costs. How did your success in an executive leadership role impact the company? Using graphs and charts is another creative way to immediately show your value, as many times numbers speak louder than words in certain industries.
Also, be sure to use the same phrases and job descriptions that the potential employer is using-speak the language of the employer. This makes them feel as if you have really read the job requirements and understand the position. It’s only a matter of critiquing your resume so that when viewed it takes on a whole new life. Hint: you can get a lot of this information right off of the job posting, or, if you really want to get technical, find key terms on the company’s website of social media pages.
There are a number of ways of customizing your executive resume. Find the ones that work best for you. You can always find suggestions and help online; it’s just a matter of where to look. Make yourself stand out above the rest!