Pursuing your next step up the career ladder as CFO or Controller?
Your CFO resume must connect the dots from tactical details, such as financial reporting or systems, to strategic advisor and CEO partner.
By showing examples of strategic decision-making and forecasting, IT oversight, performance recommendations, and Board influence, your CFO resume will position you to compete against other contenders for a C-suite role.
Here’s how to present your value proposition on a powerful, effective CFO resume:(more…)
Now considered career marketing documents, resumes have evolved into a presentation of ROI, complete with metrics, success stories, keywords, and formatting elements that showcase leadership experience.
If you’re still adding to a mid-career (obituary-style) resume, other leaders WILL edge you out in the race for choice opportunities. Mundane details and responsibilities won’t cut itfor a leadership role.
Consider taking these steps to brand your expertise and prove your readiness for that next executive role:
1 – Turn Your Success Stories Into Metrics-Driven Achievements.
Quantifiable results, cost savings, team size, and budget authority are important elements in an executive resume. There’s often no better way to demonstrate how you’ll make an impact than to show it in specific figures.
No matter your role, you can still add metrics critical to your message. For example, a CIO can show cost savings from vendor negotiation or hardware leasing (“Trimmed 45% off annual contracts by establishing new vendor relationships,” for example). The COO can focus on improvements across sales revenue. A VP of Engineering should be able to offer R&D figures showing efficiencies in product development.
To start, put a list of all project budgets, costs, operational and CAPEX figures, and similar metrics into your resume.
Then, as you’re recalling success stories, make a note to quantify savings, employee retention, or increases in profit as part of these achievements. (Your competition will be doing exactly that!)
2 – Switch Up Your Resume Presentation.
If you still see color on executive resumes as trendy, you’ll need to adjust your thinking. The best use of color is to help emphasize the right information in your document.
When judiciously placed, color can highlight the words you want employers to notice, or visually separate text to “add” more space. This is especially important if your document seems crowded.
This Sales Director resume shows how a dash of color can delineate key points (Sales Eminence awards at Oracle)—employing color as both a backdrop and a text enhancement.
Be sure the color you select is in alignment with your industry.
Neon green, for example, would not work well when viewed by a conservative audience.
3 – Add Context to Demonstrate Executive Leadership & Decision-Making.
Employers need to understand your leadership style and the methods you use to drive results. By writing out your achievements in C-A-R (Challenge-Action-Result) format before building your executive resume, you’ll start to see patterns that represent your personal brand value.
You can also use the S-T-A-R formula representing Situation, Task, Action, and Result for each success story; what’s important is extracting the high points of your career.
As an example of context, this CEO executive resume shows how the candidate turned around growth challenges and worked closely with private equity firms to generate new profits.
In the same manner, this CEO and COO resume demonstrates how pursuing government and NGO clients helped turn around the business.
In summary, remember that employers won’t realize the value of your strategic perspective and business acumen unless you illustrate it for them!
To stand out, you’ll need to show both the results you generate AND the leadership style you bring to the company.
One of your first tasks is probably polishing your resume… but oh, how the times have changed.
The new reality in executive job hunting demands not only a powerful marketing package for your skills, but also a keen awareness of social media, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), recruiter preferences, and cutting-edge personal branding.
Take stock of these 10 trends destined to affect how your executive resume is perceived – BEFORE starting to network or reach out to executive recruiters: (more…)
If you’ve spent hours studying current resume trends to see examples of outstanding personal branding, look no further.
The 2013 global Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) award nominees and winners have been announced!
Considered the pinnacle of personally branded resume examples, the TORIs represent the highest honor achievable in executive resume writing.
(My executive resume writing partner, Kim, and I swept the contest this year—making An Expert Resume the #1 award-winning resume writing firm in the world. But don’t take our word for it –view our award-winning resumes from the 2013 competition).
Why look at TORI-winning resumes? They’re judged against stringent criteria for presentation, content, style, graphics, font choice, and strategy by hiring and careers experts worldwide (people who know what a cutting-edge resume should look like!). The competition, run by Career Directors International, draws entries from writers in Asia, Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Europe.
Of course, you can use these award-winning documents (and our other executive resume samples) for inspiration when writing your own leadership resume.
YOUR “award” may come in the form of a new job!
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Trying to be “open” on LinkedIn? Or more intent on locking down your job search activity for privacy?
You MUST understand the site’s broadcast message types,Activity Broadcasts and Activity Feed, and the differences between them.
Often confused with each other, these controls allow messages to be widely distributed to other LinkedIn users, informing them of your activity (and basically prompting them to look at your Profile to interpret your actions).
Here’s a close-up look at the type of information you can control with Activity Broadcasts and Activity Feed settings — with key points on how to customize and maximize these messages for your job search:
1 – Activity Broadcasts.
Activity Broadcasts are the dead-giveaways sent out when you change your Profile. So, if you’re tweaking your Headline to arrive at the best fit, or finally populating your Profile with a ton of new data, this is the one to turn off first.
You can view your Activity Broadcast options by going to Settings, then “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.”
Here, you only have On (“Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies”) and Off. (more…)
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