Executive Resume Template

Resumes are not all created equal. Every line of work possesses its own unique set of talents, knowledge, experience level, amount of education, degrees and certifications that need to be emphasized on a professional resume. This is especially true for job seekers in the market looking to obtain executive positions. The executive level is its own world with types of experience and education, among other factors, that are unique to it and must be conveyed on a resume by applicants in order to successfully get an interview. It is important to understand, when writing an executive resume, exactly what executives are looking for in a peer. You must write a resume focused on your audience to convey that you are one of them.

Executive positions are a key component of all companies. Management experience, high levels of education, major accomplishments and key certifications must be stressed on a resume for an executive job opening. Knowing the importance of management level positions, it’s crucial to understand that resumes for these positions will be carefully scrutinized by hiring managers and, most likely, other executives who may become your peers in the company. Because of this, and executive resume must be written well, concise and, above all else, must sell you as a dynamic executive that they must hire; you are a key part of their future.

It is always important to target your resume. You must analyse your own skills, education and experience, consider the job posting and what they are asking for, and then tailor a custom resume where your applicable details and areas when your abilities match their needs are highlighted first. It’s important to consider resume format. Most executive level job applicants will have executive experience and will need to write a chronological resume, which emphasizes experience and accomplishments in the field. Some applicants, however, may be looking to transition to an executive position. These job seekers will use a functional resume format which focuses on skills.

Here is an example of a chronological resume:

Jennifer Blankenship
890 Rock Ledge Way,
Perth WA6000
Australia
Phone: (02) #### ####
Email: YourEmail [@] YourISP.com

Career Objective: To obtain a position as Chief Information Officer at a technologically dynamic company where I can apply my 15 years’ experience in the information services field to help grow the business by leveraging emergent technologies.

Work Experience:

Northwest Traders Partnership
Network Services Manager
June 2006 – Present

  • Managed busy network operations team for international importer/exporter.
  • In my time as Network Services Manager, I increased network uptime from 70% in 2006 to its current level of 98%.
  • Negotiated with company management and partners to expand IT staff in order to increase service level agreements and reduce implementation time by 50%.
  • Created yearly budget based on smart growth and rotating technology refresh.
  • Managed staff reviews, recruitment efforts, and other human resources related aspects of network staff management.

Anderson and Blanchard Financial Services
Helpdesk Manager
April 1999 – June 2006

  • Managed team of seven tier 1 and tier 2 client services staff to support desktop users in a fast moving 24/7 environment.
  • Oversaw research, purchasing and implementation of new helpdesk ticket management software to boost service level agreements by 75%, increasing response time, ticket close time and customer satisfaction.
  • Worked with network services managers to implement knowledge exchange programs to ramp up new staff faster and achieve staff education goals.
  • Implemented purchase order system to better track department spending and inventory

Techs On The Run
Team Lead
June 1996 – April 1999

  • Started as a mobile technician serving home and small business computer users; promoted after six months of excellent performance to team lead.

  • Managed scheduling and staffing for regional staff of 35 mobile technicians.

Education:

  • Masters in Information Technology Management, Perth Business College, 2008
  • Bachelors of Science, Information Sciences, Australia Institute of Technology, 1999

  • In the example above, it’s plain to see that Jennifer has a wealth of executive management experience, starting with her first promotion after only six months in the job market. This is exceptional and her 15 years experience, clearly her string suit, needs to be highlighted here. Now let’s look at Jennifer earlier in her career. She has very little management experience on a corporate level, so she must rely on a functional resume.

    Jennifer Blankenship
    890 Rock Ledge Way,
    Perth WA6000
    Australia
    Phone: (02) #### ####
    Email: YourEmail [@] YourISP.com

    Career Objective: To apply the knowledge obtained at the Australia Institute of Technology and my experience serving clients in the field and managing support staff to achieve a position of helpdesk manager at a firm where I can be a strong, valuable asset.

    Skills:

    • Accomplished team manager
    • Excellent at work scheduling and time management
    • Very good interpersonal skills
    • Customer focused and results oriented

    Experience:

    Techs On The Run
    Team Lead
    June 1996 – April 1999

    • Started as a mobile technician serving home and small business computer users; promoted after six months of excellent performance to team lead.
    • Managed scheduling and staffing for regional staff of 35 mobile technicians.
    • Implemented extensive follow up program to ensure customer satisfaction and repeat business.

    NT Computers
    Technician Intern
    January 1995 – June 1996

    • While pursuing my degree, I interned at NT Computers, a computer repair and consulting company.
    • Performed first level troubleshooting on computers for home computer clients.
    • Scheduled work to be performed for call-in customers.
    • Maintained hardware and software inventory.

    Education:

    • Bachelors of Science, Information Sciences, Australia Institute of Technology, 1999
    • MCSE: Windows NT 4, currently working toward MCSE for Windows 2000.
    • A+ certification for desktop support

    IN this example, Jennifer is just out of college. She is working at a computer repair and service firm and has been promoted to a management level position. She is managing a team, scheduling work and coordinating staff, but doesn’t have the experience of a seasoned manager. As such, she has written a functional resume that spotlights her relevant skills first. This way, resume reviewers will hopefully focus on what she can do instead of perceiving a lack of experience.

    Writing a resume is about selling yourself to the reader. It’s an opportunity to mould the conversation and steer the reader to the areas where you shine. You always want o target your resume to the opening and the company in order to say “here are your needs, and here’s what I can do to fill them.” This can be done by focusing on what you have done in the past if that information is strong, or it can be done by spotlighting relevant skills and talents. Either way, you will accentuate your positives and downplay any potential negatives. Writing an effective resume, whether chronological or functional, is a vital first step to getting the executive job you want in order to progress your career.