I was reviewing business articles and evaluating the speculations and "predictions" on another recession heading our way - please say it's not so...I still have scars from the last one! Anyway, I also got to thinking how frustrating it is when executives are doing everything possible to break into a new career/job and not getting on the employer/recruiter's radar.
With all the online branding and social media tools that support boast about your leadership capabilities, a successful job search will still always start with a successful resume. When you know that your are the right fit for the job, make sure that your executive resume living up to the expectations of your target companies.
Always keep in mind that your professional resume is a career marketing document that should tell an exciting, compelling and concise story about your career and related achievements. The selling and self-promotion starts from the executive resume and continues through out the networking, interviewing and negotiation process.
BAD NEWS: If your current resume is heavy on job task and duty descriptions and light on the “wow”, you may be putting employers and recruiters to sleep.
In order to position yourself as the ideal candidate for your target positions, be sure to tell the full story about your leadership abilities, qualifications and areas of expertise. Remember that you are telling a story – your professional resume should cover the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and WHY of your career journey.
GOOD NEWS: When you are ready to get started on your resume, consider these questions first:
- What can you offer employers that would be an asset to them?
- Why should employers consider you over others applying for the same jobs?
- What are your five primary attributes that would help you in your profession?
- Have you received any special awards or special recognition for outstanding performance in any area?
- Why were you hired, recruited or promoted for each of the positions you held?
- Was there a specific challenge, business problem or market issue that you needed to address?
- What are your top three accomplishments for each position?
- How did your company benefit from having you as an employee?
- What recommendations or solutions did you make that your company adopted?
- What were the biggest business hurdles/challenges you overcame at each position?
Make sure that your executive resume is strategic, not just pretty.
Ask yourself these questions:
-- Are you launching an executive job search for first time in 10+ years?
-- Are you puzzled about whether executive recruiters, online job boards, personal contacts or LinkedIn is the best strategy for you?
-- Are you still marketing that "write-it-yourself" executive resume that is getting no results?
-- Has the personal branding buzz gone over your heard because you still don't know your value proposition?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, take real action today and schedule your complimentary, career/resume strategy session with Abby Locke.
Why? She is an executive career architect who helps senior-level executives who struggle with self-marketing to increase their brand reputation, become sought after leaders so that they can earn the salaries they deserve and achieve their dream careers.