Top 10 Executive Resume Writing Tips

If you're thinking of applying for an executive position, then you should know that you are applying for a coveted 100k+ job, and as such you need to be well prepared. Part of being prepared is having a good resume, and we're not talking about a basic resume that you would put together for a retail job. An executive resume needs to have a touch of class and you will need to have experience that goes above and beyond the common employee. That being said, we are going to provide you with ten tips that will help you to compose your executive resume in a professional fashion:
 
1. Honesty is the Best Policy: There are many people who will tell you that fibbing on your resume is a good idea. While it might seem like a decent idea at the time, it can really come back to haunt you down the road. You may even find that you lose your job depending on how dishonest you were.
 
2. Experience: Listing your experience is very important. When you make this list it is important for you to list the relevant experience for the job you are trying to take. For instance if you are interested in a management type position you would need to list your experience in the management field. The rest is basically common sense, so make sure you take a look at what you're applying for and decide how you want to present yourself.
 
3. Formatting: One of the biggest questions people have is how they should format their resume. This is a bit difficult at times, but sometimes a plain resume will do the trick. If you want to do some formatting then you should make your resume easier to read. There are some examples online for reference pages and various informational pages that you can add.
 
4. Length: A normal resume would be about one to two pages. An executive resume will need to be considerably longer though it should never be more than five pages in length if you can help it. Keeping your resume organized is very important due to the fact that the human resources department will be limited on time. That being said, you will need to keep it brief and make it scannable. Your future job might just depend on this.
 
5. Research: Writing a resume isn't all about you. It would be a good idea to research the company carefully, making sure to note any new changes to policy or even new products being released. If you can, try to incorporate these into your resume without making it terribly obvious.

 

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Gail Esparan