13 Mar 5 important things to change on your CV at executive level
5 important things to change on your CV at executive level
Do you think your CV is as well written as you think it is? Can your current CV be the reason you get your next job? Here are five most important things to know if you are looking for a job at the executive level.
1. Introduce Yourself as an Executive
One of the major problems with prospective employees is that they keep editing the same CV that they made all those years ago. Instead of changing the format, they keep adding sections as their experience increases. This could be replaced by an approach where the term executive stands at the top of the page. The career summary serves as the best place to do that as it comes prior to the career advancements that you have stated chronologically. You can jot down the points that wish to portray taking into consideration the audience that would be reading your CV. State the qualities that you have which are relevant to the job description you are applying for such as strategy, leadership, problem solving, delivering growth.
2. Make your Strengths Clear
The two most important points that an employee can have in searching for a job are, for one, the ability to build and deploy strategies and for another, to use those skills to motivate the employees, teams and individuals. That being said the employer would not know that you have these qualities unless you state them quite clearly. The truth is that an employer goes through so many CVs per day that unless yours is more special and eye catching than the others, they will all be same for the reader. Thus the key is to highlight your best skills.
3. Bring Impact
Like effect and cause, every action has two sides. The one most commonly made mistake in a CV is that the candidate manages to inform the reader about the practices and duties that he was entitled to rather than what effect that duties brought about. For example, telling the reader that you led a presentation would not be as powerful a message as informing the reader how your actions had affected the company and the impact your leadership skills had on your subordinates. Bear in mind that the effects that you mention do not have to be quantitative, but can also be stated in the terms of achieving motivation, increasing minority view or analysing to make it easier for the decision makers to make the right call.
4. It’s not the Technical Skills that make you an Executive
If you pick up any CV in general, you would see that people like to flaunt their skills on this single sheet of paper. And where else to show off about your skills if not on the one thing your employer is sure to look at. However, the bad thing here is that in stating numerous skills all at once like Java and SQL expert, you are allowing the other person to perceive you as a technician rather than any executive personnel. So a useful tip is to rely more on hinting management qualities instead of scribbling down every piece of skill that you have
5. Use Formatting to highlight the Important Stuff
The longer you are in the working profession the bigger your CV gets but that is not always a good thing. For one thing, the employers that are looking to hire you have less than a minute to go through your CV.
The best strategy is to make subsections of each role that you have played in your career and to elaborate your time in that particular job using bullets to be concise and clear in the message that you are trying to convey.
The two most relevant points here are firstly, that the format and your usage of bold/italics are consistent and secondly, you should know how to shape your roles with relevance to the job description.
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