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Webster defines an executive as "a person whose
function is to administer or manage affairs of a corporation, division,
department, group of companies, etc." This can be the president,
director, chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief
information officer, controller, executive director, vice president,
general manager, treasurer, principal, owner, and the list goes
Generally, a person in such a position has strategically
worked his/her way to the top echelons of management over a period
of at least ten years. Executives tend to have many relevant past
positions, credentials, achievements, published articles, speaking
engagements, community service activities, and other important qualifications.
In order to reflect this experience, an executive
resume is almost always more than one page. In fact, an executive
resume can be as long as it needs to be in order to convince the
reader that the candidate has what it takes to manage an organization
Just because an executive resume is long, however,
doesn't mean it should be wordy. The same good writing described
in the 12 Step Resume Process is even
more important in an executive resume. Because the number of applicants
for an executive position is generally not as large as for lower-level
positions, every word of an executive's resume will be read many
times before a decision is made. Make sure every word you write
serves a purpose!
As a general rule, executive resumes should be
conservative in style. Senior-level management is considered a very
sober position with considerable responsibility, so there is no
room for frivolity. That doesn't mean, however, that the design
of an executive resume must be boring. The effective use of type
style, white space, and discrete graphic lines can make your resume
stand out from the crowd.
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Give Your Resume an Edge!
From Designing the Perfect Resume, by Pat Criscito.
Copyright 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Barron's
Educational Series, Inc.