Steering executive transitions are a challenge in good markets. So, what do leaders do in times of economic upheaval? To find out, read my latest Forbes article, “Job Search Strategies For C-Level Executives During Tough Times.”
You can read all of my articles as a Forbes Contributor by visiting Mary Elizabeth Bradford, CERM, CMRW, CARW, MCD, Forbes Coaches Council Member.
These are challenging times for corporate execs, but “those who manage the economic effects of this crisis in a clear and compassionate way create more value for their companies and will come out of this pandemic stronger than ever before. So before announcing deep layoffs, we recommend that you consider these measures first.” Read on in HBR’s article, “The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs.“
When combining compensation programs after a merger, both company culture and business strategy must be taken into account. Read more about best practices for M&A transition in this Chief Executive article, “Compensation Programs After The Merger: Optimize Rather Than Harmonize.”
This is a MUST READ for all C-level leaders. It resonated with me deeply, because I learned a long time ago that the foundation of all interviews is the opportunity to engender trust in a small window of time. Read the full article, “Why Jonathan Thurston is One of the Most Trusted Leaders,” by personal branding coach, Jane Anderson.
20+ years of expertise summarized in a 2- or 3-page document is not an easy feat. This explains why developing a Chief Executive Officer resume can be tricky. Often, CEOs will come to me with original 5- pages resumes, simply as a result of not knowing what strengths to emphasize and which to minimize or exclude.
However, here are three Executive CEO Resume samples that demonstrate universal selling points that are generally applicable across all C-Level resumes.
Executive Resume Sample #1
Give your audience a clear table of contents at the top of Page 1.
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In this first resume, you see how the CEO spelled out who he is, and where he wants to go—very clearly. For example, just the keywords at the top give you the following information:
- Industry of Preference and Expertise: Tech Companies in Growth Mode
- Title: CEO / Advisor
- Organizational Structure Preferred: Private Equity
- Special Area of Expertise: M&A’s, Growth
As the eye draws to the document’s other supporting areas, what this CEO specializes in is very clear:
Risk Controls / Executive Board Partnerships / Strategic Exits
With this context – now the reader not only knows the CEO’s primary skills, strengths, and industry preferences, he/she also has enough context to read deeper into the document and digest it. In other words, without a table of contents or summary overview, it’s difficult to digest the details.
View the full CEO executive resume sample #1 here.
Executive Resume Sample #2
Speak from a position of leadership and metrics to set the perception as a results-driven leader in the minds of your readers.
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Leaders are expected to garner results. It is anticipated that their vision and personality will inspire and motivate their teams. By clearly focusing on the results you deliver, you inspire the trust of your readers.
This second executive resume example demonstrates the results the CEO garners. It spans revenue growth, expansions, major transactions, major awards (industry thought leadership), and high-visibility projects.
IMPORTANT: Note that the bullets begin with the CEO’s result…not the activity and THEN the metric result at the end. I wrote a more in depth post about C-level resume tips like this here.
View the full CEO executive resume sample #2 here.
Executive Resume Sample #3
Set up your storyline to make it easy for your reader to understand your value.
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This particular resume has some special components. First, it’s a one-page version of a three- page resume. One-page resumes are often preferred by banks, boards, and private equity firms. This resume is also color-branded to the CEO’s industry of choice. It clearly demonstrates her thought leadership and industry expertise. It gives scale and scope at the cursory glance. It is visually very attractive.
Even though it’s only one page, this resume clearly outlines this CEO’s career narrative. It starts with her title and provides a summary of why she was hired. Then, it crisply delivers her primary accomplishments, which are supported with just enough detail in the few bullets below the summary accomplishment. This respects the reader and sets up the storyline so that the reader WANTS to digest, read, and understand this CEO’s career narrative.
IMPORTANT: Note that each bullet begins with her quantifiable result…NOT the activity and then, the result at the end. Beginning with the result shows more energy and power. It translates that this CEO understands it’s the RESULT—not the activity—that is of primary importance.
View the full CEO executive resume sample #3 here.
In summary, the majority of CEOs hire a resume writing firm to develop their marketing documents —but even if you don’t write your own resume, these tips will help you know what to look for in a top executive resume writer or executive resume writing firm!
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One of my favorite clients just released this wonderful book titled: The Uncommon Commodity, The Common Sense Guide for New Managers. Chock full of great insights and tips! Learn more and grab your copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Doug-Thorpe/e/B01I7ABQC0/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Great article for so many of my clients. The points that stuck with me most include:
- We have never met great leaders who feel they have over-invested in talent.
- Companies can and should continue to “think big” even as they grow.
- They’re “spiky” in how they allocate funds and they invest big in three areas: game-changing capabilities, next-generation leaders, and next generation business models.
- They use the power of 10X—a willingness to commit 10 times the normal resources—on their critical capabilities.
Read more here.
Big moves and senior level / global appointments at Goldman Sachs, UBS, Nasdaq and German financial technologies investor group, Deutsche Börse…to name a few.
Details here: http://www.efinancialnews.com/story/2015-12-25/financial-news-careers-25-12-2015
Why should you care about creating mini-celebrity status when it comes to your executive career? Because self-marketing in your area of expertise can have multiple career benefits for you including:
- Potential exposure to future executive “dream” positions – they contact YOU!
- Establishment as an expert in your industry
- Widening your network
- More ability to garner positive references and testimonials
- More control over who you work with and how you work
Certain aspects of this list will stand out as meaningful to different people. The real point is, managing your career gives you options you may not have had otherwise.
So where do you start? Here are three quick and easy tips:
Tip #1: Get a Platform
It’s easy to create a platform to express your opinion and ideas in your area of interest or industry by starting your own blog. WordPress.com is free and setup is easy, even if you are like me and not technical.
Another option is to utilize LinkedIn Publisher (connect with me!). LinkedIn is a business-oriented networking site, so it’s perfect for sharing industry news, insights and expertise. You can also use Groups to answer questions other business people are asking on various topics. A quick way to establish your credibility!
For more on utilizing LinkedIn, check out my blog article, LinkedIn for Executives: Tips VPs to CXOs MUST KNOW to Leverage the Power of LinkedIn.
Tip #2: Rub Shoulders with High Performers in Your Industry
Get involved in a corporate volunteer group or industry association. These are two wonderful portals filled with people that care deeply about industries and issues – just like you! Not only will this broaden your networking circle but it will keep you growing in your career.
And remember, if you attend an industry luncheon to listen to a great speaker, introduce yourself to him or her after their presentation. Give them your business card as well – and gulp, ask for theirs! It’s the little things you do as you “put yourself out there” to be open to new opportunities, friendships and possibilities that will pay off in the long run.
Tip #3: Grow Your Knowledge Base
What was the last certification you received? How about ongoing training?
I recommend making sure that each year you commit to 2-3 actions that will result in learning a new tool for your trade. How about starting with that one training, certification or learning experience that has been in the back of your mind to master! You know the one I’m talking about. And check with your employer’s ongoing education benefits to find out if your training might be a covered expense.
Bonus Tip: More Social Networking
Remember that LinkedIn’s not the only game in town when it comes to establishing thought leadership and broadening your network. For quick and tangible insights on the top 3 social networks for job seekers, check out 25 Career Experts Reveal Their Top Social Networks for Job Seekers.
Establishing mini-celebrity status doesn’t mean you have a gigantic ego. It’s simply a wise business move that opens doors of possibility for you. You will be amazed how putting these simple tips into action will quickly change up your career status!