Rosa Vargas_certified _resume_writer_4Rosa Elizabeth Vargas, the creative principal writer and founder of Career Steering, has earned new accolades to augment her already impressive list of accomplishments in the career and resume writing industry.

She is one of a small, elite group of Certified Master Resume Writers and also holds three other leading resume writing credentials.

Today, we congratulate her because her masterful brushstrokes have led to this most recent triumph: 2 TORI (Toast of the Resume Writing Industry) Awards and 3 nominations in 2015, following a record-breaking 7 TORI nominations and 4 wins in 2014.  In all, 17 honors (nominations and wins) for Rosa since 2013!

She proudly celebrates along with a select group of award-winning and nominated colleagues. Rosa looks forward to more success in 2016 that will continue to deepen her expertise and enhance the value she offers careerists.

The Toast of the Resume Writing Industry (TORI) is an annual global professional resume writing competition held by Career Directors International that creates a lot of buzz in the industry and attracts the best of the best! More than 300 professionals from across the globe enter every year. The judging panel is a coalition of leaders, experts, and authorities in the resume writing, career coaching, and recruiting industry.

Congratulations Rosa Elizabeth Vargas!

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Executive-resumeIf you are ready to job search with a FANTASTIC executive resume, you have to strategize beyond functions, skills, and accomplishments. Yes, beyond achievements, because at the executive level EVERY candidate is competent and successful.

As a leader, you are not hired as a ‘cog in the wheel’ but to re-invent, fix, or upgrade the machine! Wouldn’t you agree? Therefore, you must decide to become the hero in your executive resume and paint that picture — make your mark! Are you a miracle worker? An innovator? A change agent? A turnaround artist? An all-star coach?

 

WRITING YOUR EXECUTIVE RESUME WITH POWER

1. Tagline: What is your promise to your future employer? Make them care!

2. Personal brand statement: No, it is not the same as a tagline. A tagline is your hook — a branding statement is a mini-preview of what is to unfold in your unmatched, superhero tale.

Ingredients for an ROI-driven brand:

Passion + Specialty + Legacy + Your distinct signature (why you and not someone else?) + Value Offer = SUPER BRAND!
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16 BURNING QUESTIONS YOUR 2016 EXECUTIVE RESUME MUST ANSWER

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2016 is around the corner. (I can’t believe it!) January is the busiest time in the career services industry. Every year resumes that flood my inquiry inbox fail to address critical points employers and hiring managers want you to answer. I am sharing the top 16 with you today, so you get off to a great start!  You’re welcome!

 

1. What is your new career goal? Be very specific about the function and industry. A title would be great but not necessary. What is essential is that you are transparent (and sure) about the type of role you seek. Are you looking to assume an executive position in operations? Finance? Sales? Business Development? Technology Implementation? Even if you have worn many hats – one hat per resume!

 

2. What is your specialty? Bottom-line: what do you do well? Being result-driven is great (and expected), but to what end? What type of results? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT! :-)

Are you great at creating opportunities for growth? Identifying top talent? Operationalizing? Reducing costs? Innovating? GREAT! How much? How often? Why? How?

 

3. What is in it for them? Your resume is about you, but it is not for you! You need to speak to your audience and heal those pain points.

We are not looking for this –> “You will hire someone who is hardworking, dedicated, and wonderful.” [Eye roll] We are looking for palpable, quantifiable, and bankable accomplishments.

 

4. Are you on LinkedIn? There are several ways you can answer this on your executive resume; one method is to include your LinkedIn URL in your executive resume’s header.  (Please be sure to customize your LinkedIn URL). And, please make sure your LinkedIn profile is not a rehash of your executive resume.

 

5. What is your reputation/personal brand? This is important because it will evolve and strengthen your executive resume’s persuasive power by marketing beyond qualifications to promoting differentiation. (i.e., Unmatched talent that only you can offer.)

 

6. Where are you now? It is surprising how many times I come across an executive resume that has not been even slightly updated. If you don’t know what to write right now, the least you can do is add your current job title and employer. Yes? As a matter of fact, please do that right now! Thank you.

 

7. How did you exploit the role they assigned to you? This is critical. It is great to step into a role and perform an excellent job, but it is competition-outdistancing to reinvent it and exceed stakeholders’ expectations.

 

8. What change did you drive or what impact did you make? Is your governance the type that calls others to action or rallies diversified stakeholders behind a common goal?

 

9.  How do you measure you were effective? Even if you are not in a metric driven role, I assure you there is a way to tie your contributions to quantifiable success (perhaps indirectly). What influence did your leadership have on top and bottom-line?

 

10.  Did you have P&L responsibility? How much? How did you strengthen P&L Management? Quantify.

 

11.   Did you have direct reports? How many and at what level? Global? National? Regional?

 

12.  Did you assume different positions within the company? Please list them all and if they were lateral moves or promotions.

 

13.  Were you asked to take on special projects? If so, what was the goal? What was the value? What resulted?

 

14.   Was this a first-time role or did you replace someone? Tell us what happened.

 

15.   What major challenges did you need to overcome? Set the stage. Create contrast.

 

16.   Who did you report to or work with directly? This is important, especially if the leader you most paired efforts with is in a position you are now seeking.

 

I could go on, but I think this is enough fodder to get you going with a 2016 executive resume revamp. Your executive resume must be clear, targeted, and rich with specifics that will set you apart.

Good luck!

Rosa Elizabeth Vargas
Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW)
Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)
Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW)
Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
www.careersteering.com
writer@careersteering.com

 

 

 

 

“Marketing is the art of meaningful differentiation.”

John Lederer

EXECUTIVE RESUME A career-altering executive resume is not engineered by just narrating your employment history—but by way of persuasive storytelling and strategic road-mapping!

I realize you’ve probably heard this before and I bet you wondered how you can convert your executive resume into a six-figure, job-interview magnet. Well, there are several strategies but we don’t have time for a workshop right now;  therefore, allow me to help you mount a resume turnaround by first attempting to pivot your thinking. (That’s where it always begins!)

Answer the following questions and carefully weave those answers into your resume. Then reap the benefits of shifting from a passive and boring MS Word doc into a high-impact, influential marketing dossier that even you will enjoy reading over and over again!

 

INTROSPECTIVE QUESTIONS THAT WILL INSTANTLY DIFFERENTIATE YOU

DESTINY: Where is this resume taking you?

PURPOSE: Why do you want to go there?

TARGET: Who needs your services and why?

VALUE OFFER: What services do you offer and what problem(s) does it solve?

RETURN ON INVESTMENT (ROI): What is in it for them? Let me try again… What is your bottom-line promise?

BRAND: What is unique about how you approach your job?

DISTINCTION: Why are you good at it and how is it unmatched?

PROVE IT: How do you know you are really that good?

REINFORCE IT: How do you measure/quantify how good you really are?

Answering the preceding questions isn’t and shouldn’t be easy.  An active executive resume connects the dots for your future employer or customers. Establish yourself as a ‘wanted’ leader by not taking a laid-back approach in the writing of your career tale, because that only results in a very lifeless document. To influence and enhance the quality of interview invitations you attract, you must strategically and progressively draw in your audience by unraveling your meaningful ROI-driven story and enlightening them as to why they need YOU!

 

Rosa Elizabeth Vargas
Certified Master Resume Writer
Award-Winning Resume Writing Services
www.careersteering.com

If you are ready to job search with a FANTASTIC executive resume, you have to strategize beyond functions, skills, and accomplishments. Yes, beyond achievements, because at the executive level EVERY candidate is competent and successful.

As a leader, you are not hired as a ‘cog in the wheel’ but to re-invent, fix, or upgrade the machine! Wouldn’t you agree? Therefore, you must decide to become the hero and paint that picture on your executive resume — make your mark!

Are you a miracle worker? An innovator? A change agent? A turnaround artist? An all-star coach?

 

WRITING YOUR EXECUTIVE RESUME WITH POWER

 

1. Tagline: What do you promise your future employer? Make them care!

2. Personal brand statement: No, it is not the same as a tagline. A tagline is your hook — a branding statement is a mini-preview of what is to unfold in your unmatched, superhero tale.

Ingredients for an ROI-driven brand:

Passion + Specialty + Legacy + Your distinct signature (why you and not someone else?) + Value Offer = SUPER BRAND!

Let’s take CocaCola for example:

They don’t say, “We are a beverage that has been serving the global market for decades.”

They say…

To Refresh The World

To Inspire Moments of Optimism and Happiness

To Create Value and Make a Difference

(You can read the rest here)

3. Brand-aligned, high-impact examples: Again, you want to reach beyond accomplishments. So, which of the many amazing milestones in your career were actually game changing? Against what kind of opposition/challenges/backdrop? Set the stage — contrast is good!

How did you…

pave the way

set a foundation

drive culture change

delivered hyper growth

changed corporate identity

yielded brand liquidity

saved the company

4. What’s your overarching story?

career overview that shows a progressive story

experience that reinforces your promise and brand

clearly defined results tied to long-term goals and immediate gains

 

5. Now prioritize and position, because it is true what they say about real estate!

“You have to think of your brand as a kind of myth. A myth is a compelling story that is archetypal if you know the teachings of Carl Jung. It has to have emotional content and all the themes of a great story: mystery, magic, adventure, intrigue, conflicts, contradiction, paradox.” ~Deepak Chopra

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