Creating a well-crafted resume

I am amazed at how often I am asked by candidates if their resume should be only one page in length. More often than not, my answer is no. A resume is an outline to the story of your professional life. The longer you’ve been in the work force, the longer your resume should be.

Individuals with 10+ years of post-graduate work experience, should ideally provide a two page detailed resume. In addition to listing education, company names, titles, locations, and years at each job, you should include information on the types of companies listed: i.e. industry, size, private, public, etc. Be sure to highlight how your current role fits into the department or organization. Include how many people report to you and to whom you report. Emphasize the size of the business, P&L accountability and improvements you made to the business. Be sure to emphasize key accomplishments and ways that you have exceeded goals and expectations. Also highlight any community, non-profit, professional organization or board memberships/ affiliations.

Senior executives with a long list of progressive job experience and accomplishments in their field are encouraged to present a resume that is 2-3 pages in length. When circulating a multiple page resume, an addendum can be used after page 2 to provide further information about possible publications, achievements, awards, licenses, etc.

A resume is a marketing tool used to highlight your accomplishments and differentiate you from other potential candidates. It should give the potential future employer a firm understanding of the type of experience you have, along with the desire to learn even more about you. A well-crafted resume, of an appropriate length, will open doors to interviews and future career prospects.

Candidate Confidentiality

Few things are more important to me as an executive search professional than my ability to ensure and protect each candidate’s confidentiality. Those familiar with retained executive search know that we proactively approach gainfully employed executives and ask them to become candidates for searches we are conducting. If we can’t ensure passive candidates that their participation will be confidential, it’s understandable Continue reading

10 Years of Success

10 YEARS OF SUCCESS. As we prepare to celebrate our ten year anniversary in 2013, we thank our clients and candidates for their loyalty over the years. We have completed more than 200 successful searches and look forward to completing many more over our next decade and beyond.