When you’re in the hunt for the career of a lifetime, you need to leverage any and every advantage available. This includes presenting a powerful resume that will help you stand out from the crowd and leave a lasting impression.
Many executives might consider themselves a pro when it comes time to drafting an impactful resume. However, if you find that your dream job is still evading you, it may be time to take a closer, more critical look at your executive resume. There just might be some fine-tuning opportunities that can make all the difference.
Here are 5 of the most common mistakes found in executive resumes that could be hurting your chances to advance in your career:
1. Too Long – Too Short
Some people are convinced that a one-page resume is the way to go while others attempt to cram every detail of their working life into a resume that is much too long. Put simply, a one-page resume is unrealistic for an executive who wants to convey a strong message. On the other hand, a resume that is 3 or 4 pages might come across as exaggerated or overblown. Find a happy medium. We suggest a 2 page resume – no more, no less.
2. Wrong Format
Is your resume formatted to give the most pertinent information clearly and quickly? Traditional resumes fall back to the chronological approach to show where you’ve been most recently. This presents a problem when the job you are interviewing for is tied to skills you have from 3 or 4 jobs back. Find a way to clearly list your skills and accomplishments upfront so those reviewing your resume find what they are looking for quickly.
3. Weak Verbs
In an attempt to stay concise and to the point, many executives make the mistake of using weak verbs or leaving them out altogether. They might simply list bullet points that start off with “verb-implying nouns” like “project management” or implementation. Rather than omitting verbs, use action-oriented verbs such as “influenced” or “spearheaded.”
4. Adding Photos
The problem with adding a photo of yourself to your resume is that you may actually be giving a resume reader an easy way to pass you over. Resume readers are typically making very quick decisions of either yes or no. The last thing you want to do is give them a reason to say no to your resume because of a superficial reaction to your photo.
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5. Mixing Fonts
Some executives will spend way too much time thinking about the most effective font to use for their resume. Just be sure you are not mixing fonts, especially if you are cutting and pasting from other documents. Take the time to carefully review your resume to ensure you are consistent with the use of fonts.
JBN & Associates has a broad reach of countless personal connections to help you find the dream job you’re looking for. Learn more about our executive placement services by calling us at 480-334-2822.