How to Write a Job-Winning Executive ResumeCareers Plus Resumes
Everyone wants to know how to write the most impressive, job-winning resume one could possibly have. Here, we will use a Hotel Casino Management Executive resume as an example of a client who was trying to secure a role with a new resort after serving as Senior Vice President & General Manager of some of the most renown casinos across the United States for the past 30 years. In his line of work, Larry was responsible for pretty much everything from generating millions of dollars in revenue to facility maintenance and customer service. The hospitality industry can be very demanding just like many others and requires extreme dedication to get the job done efficiently and productively. Larry struggled to convey his accomplishments and key strengths since he had over 30 years of information to sort through and organize. For an executive-level candidate like Larry, writing an effective resume concisely while getting the point across can be an extremely difficult task with the amount of information he had to go by.
Naturally, as intelligent as Larry is for an executive with such an accomplished career, he decided to take a smart step and hire a professional resume writing service to help him put together his entire 30 year background in a short-story nutshell. The first thing you need to realize is that employers do not want to read through every single job you’ve held for the past 20 or 30 years, especially if the duties were very similar or redundant to one another. Instead, they like a concise summary of qualifications and key strengths, followed by a list of accomplishments coupled with a quick overview of your general day-to-day responsibilities. Writing a story about your entire background on one or two pages is very tough for someone who doesn’t even know where to begin. This is the problem we had to help Larry overcome and hopefully one we can help you overcome as well.
The first thing Larry’s writer did after receiving his ancient and outdated resume was call him for a consultation and ask what his personal career goals were. The reason he asked this particular question was because this is absolutely the most important first step in writing a job-winning resume for one simple reason. Targeted resumes work better – period. For example, if you have a resume that speaks of your background, but does not speak to the employer about how your background relates to their expectations and requirements, then this may cause confusion to the reader and/or show them that you did not put enough effort into the resume to demonstrate your attention to detail or desire for the job. Therefore, make sure you determine what it is exactly you want to do and craft your resume around the industry, specific job title, or specialized field you are targeting. This can be achieved by extracting and highlighting “industry-specific key/buzz words” that will jump out and grab the reader’s attention at first glance as indicated in the image sample located in the beginning of this post.
Next, you should think long and hard about all the accomplishments (e.g. – percentages, sales figures, cost-savings, etc.) that were a direct result of your performance. Jot these down on a piece of paper or type them up on a Word Document, then pick out the most significant ones that really stand out more than the others. Also, don’t include every single award you received by name. Instead, state that you “won several Top Performer Awards based on revenue growth” if you have several of them to list. This eliminates redundancies and makes your resume much easier to read. Basically, help the reader grasp the context of your abilities in as few statements as possible and combine as much related information into a single statement as possible (as long as it is grammatically correct and reads well). After you list the company names, dates, and job titles, include a brief summary of your daily responsibilities followed by the accomplishments in a bullet format as shown on the sample image above. If you exceed one or two pages as an executive, that is perfectly fine. Most executives have many years of experience and have held many different leadership roles, so a one page resume does not always fit the story. In Larry’s case, we purposely left off his prior 10 years of work history because it was not directly relevant to his targeted goal and some of it was redundant to what was already listed. As an alternative, his writer mentioned that Larry has 30 years of relevant experience in the opening paragraph. This leaves room for discussion during the interview and shows the reader that Larry does in fact have the amount of experience it takes to hold a senior-level executive role.
In summary, make sure to ALWAYS showcase your key strengths first, then write a concise depiction of your prior roles, and follow that by including a list of major accomplishments. Keep your resume as easy-to-read as possible and avoid redundancies. Put a significant amount of time and effort into this document to show a prospective employer that you really care about landing the job and have what it takes to produce results while tackling new challenges. Follow these simple methodologies, and you should be well on your way to producing a job-winning executive resume.