As President of an executive search firm, I see resumes from highly qualified and able candidates every day. And it only takes a glance to see why many of these experienced executives are not getting the interviews that, doubtless, they feel they deserve.
The reason ? Many of these resumes look and feel the same. Same dry format. Same qualifications and similar backgrounds. Same laundry list of previous achievements. Nothing at all to set one resume apart from the next…
To be perceived as a top of the line, A-list candidate, your resume MUST be memorable. It must be impactful. It must sell you to potential employers. A list of what you did last year or the year before just won’t cut it. Employers want to know what you are going to do in the future – for them. Here’s some tips to ensure that your resume doesn’t end up in the ‘also-rans’ pile.
i) Be Unique
You must show employers why they should be interested in YOU over equally able and competent competing executives. Ensure that your resume highlights the factors that differentiate you from the pack and focus closely on your unique skills.
ii) Be Specific
You are, no doubt, rightfully proud of your achievements as an executive and want to let potential employers know that they are getting an experienced, successful candidate. However, you need to be specific. Give real results and relate these achievements to the company and position you are applying for now. Show how what you have achieved in the past can benefit the potential employer in the future. If you can do that, yours will be a resume they come back to, for sure.
iii) Be An Expert
Most employers want to recruit executives who are already adept in their chosen field. They want to feel that they are hiring proven expertise. Your resume needs to show your expertise in your field. Focus on those areas of your career that do that instead of providing a laundry list of everything you have ever done. Don’t be afraid to show off your specialized knowledge and let potential employers know how this knowledge is going to benefit their bottom line.
Use your resume to give recruiters and potential employers the incentive to want to be interested in hiring you. Setting yourself apart from your competitors is a surefire way of achieving this.
About the Author
Joe Pelayo is President of Joseph Michaels Inc, a retained executive search firm with over 15 years experience recruiting top financial talent. The company recruits for clients like Sony and Coca Cola. Visit http://www.josephmichaels.com
Free Resume Templates – A Much Needed Resource
The average employer spends approximately 30 seconds reviewing each resume. Therefore, it is critical for a resume to present its information in a clear, concise, and easy-to-read format.
Job seekers need all the tools they can use in today’s competitive job market and free resume templates are one of those tools. Templates are pre-existing forms or formats that often include preset margins, graphics, fonts, and other information pertaining to the layout of a page. They are a valuable resource to use when creating a resume. Many of them are simple to use, just fill-in-the-blanks and your resume is ready to print…
Free resume templates have received their fair share of negative press with many critics stating they are too common and present a cookie cutter appearance. These critics are in the minority with the bulk of employers stating they are more concerned about content than they are about style and flare.
A person can have the best looking resume and still not be qualified. Content matters!
The use of a template helps to minimize some of the extraneous tasks associated with creating a resume and allows the writer to focus on the content.
A resume template is a valuable resource because:
it can save a person time it presents their information in a standardized, professional manner it is easily customized to the individual’s unique skills & qualifications! Hundreds of free resume templates are available that can be used to create a resume that clearly outlines a person’s skills and qualifications. A search at Google returned over four million listings. One of the best places to download a free resume template is at Microsoft’s website located at www.microsoft.com. Click on “Office” located on the left side menu panel under the heading “Product Families,” then click on “Templates,,” scroll down and in the main body of the website will be a heading named “Your Career.” There you can download a variety of free resume templates formatted in Microsoft Word.
Save yourself time and the frustration of trying to format your own document and use a template to create an effective resume today!
About the Author
Jeff Melvin graduated with an MBA and is a highly experienced resume writer with over 10 years experience. Jeff created www.Effective-Resume-Writing.com as a free online resume resource center providing information on how to write a free resume, free resume formats, free resume templates, resume cover letters, and a list of job search engines.