The Executive Resume: Moving Beyond Accomplishments
by Linda Matias of www.careerstrides.com
There is a major difference between conventional resumes and
executive resumes. Accomplishments are usually the center point of a
conventional resume (i.e., indicating how much money was saved, how
sales increased, what processes were proposed, planned, initiated,
implemented, or streamlined). The executive resume, on the other hand,
has more than one focus. It alludes to the executive’s ability to
drive profits (accomplishments) and the capacity to lead (that is, to
blend various “soft” skills) an organization.
Successes are easier to hone in on. The result is clear, often
quantifiable. After all, either you penetrated a market or you didn’t,
or either you were a top-performer or you weren’t. It is harder to
capture emotional competencies on paper, to indicate who you are, what
you stand for, how you relate to others, how you affect change within an
On an executive resume, a list of accomplishments does not suffice.
Employers expect more, and since your resume is an introduction to your
full qualifications, you must incorporate what you have done as well as
provide a notion of how you influence others. This information must be
presented in a concise and compelling manner given that your resume is
your most important marketing tool.
Moving beyond accomplishments
Coupled with a track record of financial success, good leadership is
the single most important factor in the survival of an organization.
Because of this, executives who point out the following “soft”
needed skills on their resume are usually the ones invited to an
interview. They show that they have the intangible qualities that
promote the growth of the organization. These are the elements in
Visionary – An “idea person” that challenges traditional ways
of conducting business, and is willing to take on calculated risks.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically, act tactically and have the
strength of character to motivate others to buy into his or her ideas,
concepts and values.
Professional Integrity – A person who understands the value of
honesty, accountability and trust in a business environment.
Charisma – Knack for captivating an audience, having a presence
that commands respect and has a natural ability to hold the interest of
Emotional self-control – Someone who anticipates challenges and
overcomes those that are unexpected.
Effective use of inner resources – A person that trusts his or her
gut instincts and takes the initiative to drive change.
Flexible Communication Style – The ability to assess a situation,
and react to it appropriately.
Since there isn’t much room at the top, opportunities at the
executive-level stage are limited, your resume should move beyond the
entry-level approach, and focus on who you are professionally and
personally. This is why it is crucial that as an executive you present
yourself as a complete package - a product a company will want to
Certified in all three areas of the job search—Certified Interview
Coach ™ (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), and Nationally
Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)—Linda Matias is qualified to assist you
in your career transition, whether it be a complete career makeover,
interview preparation, or resume assistance. She is also the author of
"How to Say It: Job Interviews" (Prentice Hall, August 2007). You can
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