Executive level positions require a lot of change. More responsibility, harder work, better rewards, more job satisfaction. Things also have to change in order to secure that executive level position. For one thing, your CV has to acquire an executive level feel. You need to include the right words, the right structure. Here are a few tips to help you to prepare an executive CV.
Include an Executive Summary
An executive summary is your CV in a nutshell when you’re applying for executive level positions. It is not an outline of your career goals. It’s not about what kind of job you want to end up in. It’s about showcasing the reasons why you’re the natural candidate for the position. For example, if you’re applying for a position in a company that’s having some struggles, your executive summary should position you as a turn around specialist. It’s a chance to highlight the skills, experience, and qualifications that make you the ideal candidate.
Make a Good Impression Quickly
Executive level positions are all about producing results. If you want to make an impact, include a ‘Key Accomplishments’ section where you can outline the results you’ve already achieved. Give them the statistics, numbers, and data. Let the recruiter see that you are a person who can deliver the output that’s required from the position.
You want to highlight the skills that make you an obvious choice for an executive level position. At this level things like being experienced in Excel are an expected minimum. You need to highlight more pertinent skills such as change management, employee development, mergers and acquisitions. Listing these skills in a ‘Core Proficiencies’ section gives your CV the executive level clout that you need to land an upper management position.
Target Your Executive CV
CVs are important tools in securing the right job, but you have to know how to use them effectively. You should always tweak your CV so that you target towards the specific job you’re applying for. Every job is different, and each firm will have specific needs and requirements. Aligning your CV with the specific needs within the job profile will make you stand out among all the other candidates for the position.