16 BURNING QUESTIONS YOUR 2016 EXECUTIVE RESUME MUST ANSWER
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.
Rosa Elizabeth Vargas
Certified Master Resume Writer (CMRW)
Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)
Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW)
Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
Are YOU Committing Career Suicide? Many Professionals Are.
Halt! Please stop surfing and read this article because you could unknowingly be on your way to committing career suicide!
Cautionary tale: I’ve witnessed many job seekers, including high-ranking executives, arrive at the shocking realization that they’ve progressively carved an unfavorable, seemingly intractable career path. Why? Because they NEVER anticipated needing to launch a job-search campaign again, especially after a long tenure in which they were convinced was a ‘stable’ and ‘reliable’ career track. Fortunately, CareerSteering.com is here to warn and advise you!
How to Recognize a Career Suicide Trail and Derail it Midway
The job search competition is fierce. There is no way to deny that. All the career gurus are advising you to build your brand, tap into the hidden job market by launching a strategic job search campaign…but, have we failed to divulge you must be a superstar!?
With so many qualified professionals seeking employment, it is not enough that you are competent, smart, and experienced. Nope, it is not. Your self-marketing must pack power, make a memorable impression, and ‘wow’ your prospective employers.
What makes a superstar in the realm of job hunting and career management? A superstar is…
1. A subject Matter Expert (SME) = Know your industry’s ins and outs. Stay abreast of the latest (keep your finger on the pulse), so you offer trending knowledge and competitive skills, which cannot be easily found in someone else, and, certainly, cannot be resisted.
Many professionals become comfy in their zone and don’t seek to acquire new skills or predict what may be needed in the future in order to remain center stage.
2. Confident = No matter how strong your brand or your job search tactics, your inadequacy and insecurity will be perceived. How do you build confidence? Work on being an SME and, yes, believe in your value. Plus, be courageous and brag, promote and flaunt your talent. Moxie anyone?
So many job seekers make the mistake of not tooting their own horn (and those that easily do, often shouldn’t). Know HOW you are brilliant. Ensure you can ’emanate’ your prowess, and, ooh baby, let the world see your glow!
I have said it many times before and I will say it, here, again…you have to be willing to stand apart from the job search mob by daring to break the norm and differentiate yourself. Try the new, the fresh—take a chance. Will someone think a resume without an Objective is just crazy? Maybe. Will your friends advise you against a personal branding statement on your resume because that is just not done? Perhaps. If you call a company and ask if they are willing to review your resume will they think you are just insane for soliciting them? They might. But these tactics work! Call them crazy if you’d like but ‘crazy’ worked her for Paul McDonald of American Idol. And a little job search ‘craziness’ will work for you too. Continue reading »