Senior Executive Resume Writing Guide

A resume writing guide specifically for senior executives.

Senior executives looking for work in today's global market know it is essential to have a great resume. Many employees do not know how to use key words to describe their previous experience. In fact, many executive employees have job titles that weaken their resumes. The importance of knowing how to write a resume using key words to describe previous job experiences, abilities, and qualifications is essential to getting ahead in this global world. Remember a resume is a tool to market "the applicant" to the employer to get an interview.

The career objective statement:

The first step to having a great resume begins with a hook - a statement that will grab the attention of the reader. This hook is usually found in the beginning section of the resume called objectives. State the type of job wanted and why the applicant has the qualifications to do this type of work. Often if the employer's attention is not caught in the first sentence he may not read much further. It is important to remember that a resume is a tool to get an interview. Determine what the employer wants for the specific position and then state the applicant's qualifications and skills that meet these needs. The resume must convince the employer that the applicant is more qualified than his/her competitors.


An executive resume needs to show where the applicant obtained his/her education as well as listing classes that are job related to the position. Many employees have returned to college to get different types of degrees that have helped them climb the career ladder. What classes has the applicant completed? What computer programs does the applicant know? List any classes important to the position.


The resume must describe any past experiences, skills, and abilities necessary for the position. Begin by making a list of all skills, abilities, experiences, and previous employment. While many people do not want to brag about themselves, it is essential to do a little bragging.

Be sure to list all job activities, projects, and special skills the applicant has. What "buzz" words describe these skills? What are some of the qualifications and skills of the applicant? Does the applicant have any leadership qualities? Does the applicant perform well under deadlines? What are his/her interpersonal skills? Be specific about what abilities and skills the applicant has.

Hobbies and Interests:

It is important for the applicant to show the employer that he/she can meet deadlines and can be counted on to finish projects. Does the applicant have any hobbies? Does he/she have leadership skills? Does the applicant belong to any local clubs?

Length of resume:

One to two pages are acceptable in length. Remove any lengthy descriptions that might not be related to the specific position. Has the applicant described his/her skills, qualifications, and abilities?

Revision process:

Once the resume is written it is essential to proofread it. Check for correct spelling. Check the dictionary if needed. Check for grammatical errors. Ask a friend to read over the resume. Make any needed changes.

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