Executive Job Search Tips

Written by Serena Berger
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Presumably an executive is well aware of how to craft an effective resume; you may have read through many, yourself, in a position where you had the power to hire. Your own resume should be replete with your qualifications for and experience in a job like yours. If you are looking to change companies or try something new, however, there are a few things to consider if you want to make yourself more appealing and move beyond your traditional resume.

The Executive Bio

The executive bio is gaining popularity for high-level managers and even higher positions. Many executives choose to write their bio, but some opt to make a video bio. Either way, the content is somewhat similar to a resume, but the form and style are significantly different.

A resume is intended to get a reviewer's interest in order to get you invited in for an interview. An executive bio is mean to give the reader an understanding of your experience, abilities, and successes. You would not use bullet points, lists, bold text, italics, or underlining to draw the eye or create structure. What you would do is write in the third person or speak in the first person about specific achievements and experiences.

Executive bios are not intended to gain you interviews with potential employers or search firms directly. What they are is an effective networking tool. They can be used if you're hoping a consultant will be able to market you, they can be published in a press release or brochure, they can be used to introduce you at a speaking engagement, or they could be passed around with information about attendees at a conference in your field. A video bio can be posted on the Internet for anyone to hear you speak about your accomplishments in your own words. When people read or view your bio, they become part of your network, and are better able to appreciate what you would be able to do for them.

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