Executive Resume Writing

Who needs an executive resume?

  • Executive
  • Senior manager,
  • Senior professional with over five years experience,
  • Academic

Executive resume formats can be used by any job seeker, but are most useful to those who have a high-powered career in one field perhaps 20yrs management experience and they want to emphasise many aspects of that career and their achievements. Alternatively they may have numerous academic accomplishments and seek a more comprehensive approach to their academic/employment history.

Vacancies for the above posts are likely to be swamped with applications so your resume needs to be outstanding. You need to show the employer that you are the executive who can get results, accept responsibility and be accountable. The resume should look as professional as possible to represent you, the ultimate professional.

Your resume should cover your skills, abilities, personal attributes and achievements. The personal statement should have maximum impact preferably highlighting your major accomplishments throughout your career. Money is all-important so emphasise areas where you generated significant revenue, reduced costs, improved production or service quality etc. Detail how you contributed to your previous employers success.

Executive Resume formats are generally written using Times New Roman font. Due to the need to cover an expansive work history the executive summary is likely to be longer than 2 pages so keep it concise and leave out unnecessary filler words or useless adjectives.

In an Executive resume achievements are detailed near the top of the first page. Additionally, you should include professional memberships, voluntary work, teaching experience, presentations and recognitions etc.

When writing your executive resume you should:

  • Write it using Time New roman font
  • Include as much detail as is necessary to demonstrate the breadth of your experience and accomplishments
  • Research your employer and address the problems being faced by the particular industry.
  • A personal profile should be more geared towards an executive summary rather than a normal profile.
  • The executive resume is about your experiences and what you have learned and applied from them.
  • You do not need to list all previous responsibilities but rather your ability to effectively solve problems.
  • Tell the executive resume reader what did you do rather than what you had to do (the job description).
  • Your career experiences from ten years previous should be selectively listed. If an experience from the distant past adds value to your executive resume then by all means list it.