Executive Resume Writing: Quickly Qualifying Yourself as a Candidate…

I’m often asked how an experienced applicant prove their worth without going overboard. Consider kicking things off with a summary of your current work experience as a Mission Statement. This section will show employers what you have done that makes you a qualified candidate for the job you’re applying for.  You can include details about the types of jobs you have held, the companies you have worked for, your job title and the years you worked at each. This may include technical skills related to your previous job or soft skills that you can apply in the position you’re applying for.

While you may have worked in multiple jobs or industries throughout your career, you should focus on the most relevant jobs when creating your resume. Develop a list of skills and qualifications that are relevant to the job you’re applying for and list those at the top of your resume, next to your professional summary. This will help the hiring manager quickly understand the value you could bring to their company.

While it is ultimately your responsibility to know which jobs to include on your resume, you should give the hiring manager a clear list of jobs you’ve worked in the past. This will help the hiring manager quickly determine whether you have the skills and experience they’re looking for. While you may have a lengthy work history, a good resume length for a student just out of high school is a short one to two pages.

  1. If you have over three years of relevant work experience, you can make a two-page resume, but if you have less than three years of experience, definitely make a one-page resume.
  2. Since you have less experience than an experienced professional, you should focus on the skills you have that align with the job. Include a skills section that lists a combination of hard and soft skills.
  3. Your education section should generally sit at the bottom of your resume. However, if you have over five years of relevant education, you can put it above your work history. If you have less than five years of experience, you can make it below the education section.

While you should keep your resume to one page, you may consider adding a second page if you have several years of relevant experience. Keep the top of your resume clear and easy for the hiring manager to scan. Add your job titles and up to the last three jobs you’ve held in reverse chronological order, with the most recent job at the top.

Your contact information should sit at the top of your resume, which means it is easy for the hiring manager to contact you. Include your full name, phone number and email address. If you have an online portfolio or professional website, include those also.