Feb 13, 2020 12:53 AM EST
Job-hunting for a role as an executive can be challenging, especially considering you are up against a number of other talented and experienced professionals who want the job as well. Openings for executive positions are also few and far between, meaning that you really need to put your best foot forward when job hunting.
This is why it's important that you learn more about C level executive recruitment first before beginning your job search. That way you'll have a better idea of how to attract recruiters and eventually land the job of your dreams. One of the things you should learn about is how to write a solid resume.
While your education is important, executive recruiters are going to be much more interested in what you've done and accomplished lately. If you have a lot of experience, then just focus on your last decade or so and make sure to highlight the parts that are relevant to the job you're applying for. You should also try to mention other career accomplishments during the interview.
Put your most relevant and recent work experience on your resume first before your education. If you'd like to still be able to highlight your academic credentials, you could always do so in your executive summary, cover letter, or even in the application.
Because executive roles are for leaders and exceptional people, you should expect the competition to have similar years of experience and skills. In order to stand out from the crowd you'll need to be able to talk about the impact you made on the companies you used to work for.
Since numbers don't lie, you'll need to include them in your resume. Your career highlights section should include detailed stats on how you:
Implemented new systems
Always use numbers, facts, and stats to illustrate the results you've achieved in your career to this point. This is the best way to gain the interest of hiring managers and executive search firms.
By this point in your career you've probably accomplished a lot, but hiring managers and recruiters have a lot of resumes to go through so it's important that you are highlighting the experience, skills, and results that are directly related to the executive role you are applying for. Whether you're applying for a CMO, CRO, or CTO, will also determine how you tailor your resume.
Be sure to keep it clean and concise, and if there's anything else you'd like to mention that you didn't have room to include, you can always bring it up during the interview.
Many recruiters will often use a system that matches a list of keywords to the ones used in resumes. These keywords will be focused on executive level skills and other key competencies that you can usually find in the job description of the job posting. Include these on your resume so that you are more likely to catch their attention.
Use these tips and you'll be able to take your resume to the executive level.
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