Executive Resumes

Written by Adam Blau
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For those people applying for senior positions at companies, it is imperative that special executive resumes are used to showcase their accomplishments and experience. An executive resume differs from a standard resume in that it is often longer and more detailed. The applicant usually has considerably more knowledge and experience under his or her belt, so it makes sense that executive resumes would be lengthier.

Executive Resumes and Length

One pitfall by which many applicants are trapped, though, is the idea that executive resumes need to be a specific minimum length. This causes the applicant to pad the resume with unwanted filler, muddling up the true experience and impact that might have been delivered by a leaner, more concise resume. A resume should only be as long as it absolutely needs to be; better that a hiring manager speed through a phenomenal resume than get mired reading some mindless padding, thereby thinking less of the candidate.

It is usually helpful to start by listing every award, accomplishment and job you have ever had. Once you have your entire life in front of you on several sheets of paper, go through each one, item by item, and ask yourself a series of questions about it. "How does this reflect on my overall career? How does this demonstrate my potential as an executive for this company? Is this item redundant? Am I better off condensing or expanding this item?"

After a while of pruning and shaping, your resume should start to attain a leaner, more powerful image. Yes, executive resumes are frequently longer than standard resumes for other jobs, but they should not feel overly long. The same principles of resume writing apply; the reader should have a clear view of a powerful, confident person.

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