The previous article had discussed what exactly are HR managers looking for when they read a CV. However - what if you're planning on applying to a senior position? Here are some handy tips to craft your perfect executive-level resume.
Try to summarise your experience and skills in 3-5 lines. Try not to write generic sentences, such as a “hard-working team player”, or “highly motivated individual”. Try to add specific examples, data, or facts to demonstrate your accomplishments. You could talk about your experience in training new juniors or graduates, your track record in guiding teams in launching innovative business solutions, or your ability to create and maintain solid relationships with strategic partners. This introduction can be showcased at the top of your resume.
List the relevant skills you have in bullet points so that HR can understand you quickly at a glance of your CV. It is important to be selective here; choose the most prominent skills which are expected of you.
You should also list managerial and executive-level skills. This is what differentiates a junior-level and a senior-level CV. Some examples of executive skills are "Strategic Business Planning", or "Profit & Loss Management", or "Mergers & Acquisitions".
If your previous job is related to the position you are currently applying for, describe the company profile of your last job, your responsibilities, and your achievements. It is also necessary to quantify your listed examples where possible. For example, you achieved an annual saving of $800,000 by successfully renegotiating agreements, or you managed a team of 24 analysts with a budget of $1.3 million.
The most important asset of a senior employee is their experience, as it is the differentiator between yourself and other candidates at a similar level. Your educational background is no longer your key selling point, so these details should be moved to the end of your CV.
One of the most common, reoccurring jokes in the job industry today is how an "entry-level position" requires 2+ years of experience.