For your executive job search, you need to remember that you are a product for sale and the employer or company hiring is the customer with a substantial need to fill at the executive level. When crafting your executive resume, be sure to follow these three elements:
1.) Demonstrate You Can Exceed Their Needs. An organization hiring at the executive level has a critical need the Board of Directors must fulfill and it’s important to understand that time is of the essence. The longer a period of time the position remains empty, the more risk the organization or company has. Using this information to your advantage, ensure that your executive resume is crafted specifically to perfectly fit the existing and future needs of the company you’re interviewing. Let them know you are able to meet and exceed their company goals.
2.) Demonstrate Professional Value. In business, generally speaking, you can offer the least expensive product or a product or service with the best value. It is not feasible to offer both. The same holds true when investing in people at the executive level and when discussing compensation. These organizations will purchase the least expensive office supplies, but you can be sure they will invest properly in business executives to carry the organization to the next level.
To further demonstrate your professional value, be sure to highlight your past successes in your career history. Always use hard and quantifiable numbers to build your story which can include sales numbers, revenue growth, cost reductions, or milestones met or exceeded. Such quantifiable data will help build your worth in your executive resume and give you maximum impact to get the job.
3.) Positively Stun Your Prospect. Even at the executive level, employment recruiters and Human Resources departments review countless resumes and give just a second to each unless there are elements that help stand you out from the crowd. If you don’t include formatting and text that catches the reader, you may find yourself in the dreaded trash pile.
Use the current needs of the company to add some examples and language into both your executive resume and cover letter so that the reader will be able to relate better. You’ll want to really understand the goals of the company you’re interviewing for so you can properly tailor your writing to meet their needs. You can use certain visual text elements including bold and italics, but use sparingly so you don’t distract the reader.
Jessica Peloski is an executive for a major National Corporation and writes articles on how to write an executive resume. For more information, please visit http://www.ExecutiveResumeSecrets.com/how-to-write-an-executive-resume