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EXECUTIVE RESUME EXAMPLES
Sample Executive Resume . . . Selected Executive Resume Examples
 

THE IMPACT OF AN EXECUTIVE RESUME ON SALARY

It is a simple fact that the best executive resumes usually lead to the types of positions that generate the most lucrative compensation packages. But as obvious as this appears, it would seem that many senior-level job hunters really fail to appreciate just how much impact their executive resumes and other written marketing materials have on future earnings. Because if they do understand this relationship, it then becomes extremely difficult to explain why so many of these people continue to send out low-impact marketing materials that do little or nothing to differentiate their experience, skills and successes from other potential candidates all seeking the same positions.

Obviously, factors such as level of position, functional area, and size of the company automatically conveys important information about potential salary demands. For example, the Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for an $80 billion global giant will certainly command a much higher salary than the Vice President of Manufacturing for a $15 million firm with regional sales. In fact, the difference in base salary for these two positions could easily be $500,000 (or more) per year, and this does not take into consideration the amount of their annual bonuses or value of their perquisite packages that together could add another seven digits to the disparity between the two positions.

But when comparing two job candidates with similar backgrounds in smaller to medium-size companies, the impact of an executive resume can easily make a five-digit difference in the perception an employer develops as to your salary expectations. And while the same situation exists among executives with similar backgrounds in large companies, the money differential is likely to be much greater. In other words, the better the selling power of your executive resume, the more likelihood that employers will assume you have higher salary expectations before they even call you.

If you can differentiate yourself from the pack, you have taken the first essential step in improving the probability that you will have a shortened and more lucrative job search. People with high-impact executive resumes almost always find jobs faster than those who have neglected this aspect of their search preparation, even in labor markets characterized by high unemployment and a glut of available candidates. And the jobs they find usually have higher salaries than those who are less purposeful in preparing their materials, since they know how to write the type of executive resumes that sell value based on their previous experiences and successes with other employers.

LET YOUR EXECUTIVE RESUME SPEAK FOR YOU

An employer who runs an ad to recruit a new executive is likely to receive hundreds of responses from interested applicants, but will often conclude that “There are only a couple qualified people in the whole pile.” This doesn’t mean that no other applicants are qualified to fill the position. What it does mean is that only a few people were able to properly convey their qualifications in order to even be considered. (NOTE: Jobs that are advertised, posted, or given to recruiters are referred to as the published job market, which in total represents approximately 20% of all executives hired.)

Conversely, an executive resume’s ability to influence an employer is amazing when you consider that 80% of all executive positions filled are never published. This is called the hidden job market and it may be tapped in two ways (excluding jobs found through networking which by itself accounts for about 50% of all executive hires). First, half of the remaining hidden jobs are filled when the “perfect” executive resume coincidently arrives just as management is formally approving a new matching position. In the second case no job opening exists when the executive resume arrives, but after being impressed by the applicant’s credentials and conducting several interviews, management may create a new position just for that person based on the results they feel he or she can deliver.

When you target positions in the published job market you will almost assuredly be going head-to-head against a considerable number of competitors seeking the same positions. And when you focus on the hidden job market you are typically facing very little competition, but since luck and timing play such critical roles in finding a potential fit, you must be prepared to play a rather large numbers game. Either way, astute job hunters think in terms of developing high-impact marketing materials, and are constantly seeking ways to get their credentials into the hands of the right decision makers.

Not only is your executive resume the pivotal factor in getting an initial face-to-face meeting, but it also serves as your most powerful advocate throughout the entire interviewing process. Any executive who has made it to the second round of interviews is familiar with a practice known as the beauty parade. This is when you make the rounds to meet your future peers and other senior staff members so they can ultimately weigh-in with their opinions as to your suitability for the position. Obviously, all of these people will review your executive resume before they meet you, and are very likely to take another look at your credentials prior to submitting their final hiring recommendations.


EXECUTIVE RESUME WRITING SERVICES
One-Page Executive Resumes Vs. Two-Page Executive Resumes

You have probably heard a variety of suggestions from well-meaning friends and associates as to which format (functional vs. chronological) is best, the type of font you should use, and any number of other issues regarding the preparation and appearance of your executive resume. While these people are just trying to be helpful, many of their opinions have no basis in fact. There is, however, one question that we are frequently asked, and it does have a logical answer based on the person’s experience and qualifications: “Should my executive resume be one page or two pages in length?”


Myth #1 . . . An executive resume should never exceed one page in length so that it is quick and easy to read.

Myth #2 . . . A two-page executive resume is more effective since it provides employers with far more detail.

While there is much to be said in favor of brevity, a one-page executive resume that does not adequately sell the depth and breadth of the candidate’s experience is doomed to failure. Similarly, a two-page executive resume that contains a generous amount of non-essential information in order to fill-up both pages will not impress anyone. Even though 98% of the executive resumes we write are two pages long, our determination as to the appropriate length for each specific client is made only after we have had an opportunity to evaluate the person’s background and competitive situation.

 


"BEFORE" VS. "AFTER" EXECUTIVE RESUME EXAMPLES
 

Most home-spun executive resumes in circulation today do little or nothing to differentiate the people using them from their competition. Nearly all of these types of executive resumes are lacking in terms of content and impact, and they are far from being testimonials as to their users’ potential for future success. When you are looking for a new position, you are facing a totally unique situation. It is a form of competition in which you don’t know who your competitors are, or exactly what they are doing. Job hunting is a serious business, and while you can’t change your past, we can change how you communicate and sell it to potential employers.

To appreciate just how much difference there is between the average home-spun resume and the professional versions that we create, we have included “Before” and “After” executive resume examples so that you can see the difference for yourself. It should also be noted that Richard (fictitious name of the original author) had sent nearly 450 copies of his “Before” resume to both recruiters and employers over a five-month period with only one lukewarm response. After completing our version, Richard mailed his newly minted “After” materials to the same firms and recruiters he had previously contacted, and received four responses which culminated in two solid offers (one of which he accepted as a division President with a $185,000 annual salary increase and a very generous relocation package). And best of all, this activity occurred over an 11-week period from the time he initiated his second mailing.


Before Vs. After Executive Resume Examples

 
 

SELECTED EXECUTIVE RESUME EXAMPLES  

Listed below are a number of executive resume examples selected from different operating levels and various fields of endeavor. While we have altered key information on each executive resume sample to hide the client’s identity and places of employment, the basic content for all of these executive resume examples conform almost precisely to the original materials which have brought all of their users considerable job-search success. Do not, however, draw any inferences from any specific executive resume sample as to the type of format that would work best for you, or the appropriate length of your executive resume based on your own background and qualifications.

SELECTED EXECUTIVE RESUME EXAMPLES
Achievement-Oriented Executive Resume Examples In Varying Fields Of Endeavor

President / CEO (Executive Resume in Manufacturing)
President / CEO (Executive Resume in Hospitality)
Senior Vice President / CFO (Finance Resume)
Senior Vice President (Human Resources Resume)
Vice President (Sales & Marketing Resume)
Chief Information Officer (Information Technology Resume)
Vice President (Manufacturing Resume)
Vice President (Product/Brand Management & Marketing Resume)
Vice President (Property and Casualty Insurance Resume)
Senior Vice President (Credit Risk Management Resume)
Operations Executive and In-House Counsel (Executive Resume)
Real Estate Operations (Commercial Real Estate Resume)
Vice President (Public Affairs & Communications Resume)
Manager (Warehousing and Logistics Resume)
National Sales Executive (Financial Services Resume)
Military-to-Civilian Transition Resume (Aviation Defense Industry)


EXECUTIVE RESUME EXAMPLES THAT PAINT THE PERFECT PICTURE
Well-Honed Packaging & Marketing Skills Win The Best Jobs Faster & Easier

Through actual observations of our clients over the years, it is quite obvious that those who become most adept at packaging and marketing themselves are far more effective at job hunting than their other equally qualified job seekers who invest less effort into the process. Those who can develop the best written marketing materials, those who aggressively pursue the types of companies they have targeted, and those who have the most effective interviewing skills are the ones with the greatest chance for success. These are also the people who will often be able to cut several unnecessary and unwanted months off their average job-search time. This is certainly a goal well worth pursuing.
 




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