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Read these BlueSteps Executive Search blog articles for the latest tips that will help improve your executive resume and your brand.

The time where executives could expect to spend their entire career in one company has long since evaporated. In today’s fast-changing executive career landscape, moving to new companies and shifting careers multiple times has become a professional norm, and is one that we all must adjust to.

Regardless of your current job status or whether or not you’re considering new executive opportunities, it is vital to have a well thought-out career management strategy in place. Executive careers can be unpredictable and if you are forced to enter a period of transition, you can reduce the time period with some careful forward planning. 

For many executives, especially those who have been in their current position for several years, the answer to this question is often out of memory.

But, with the rise of new executive searches in many sectors, according to recently released AESC data, now is the time to make sure your executive resume/CV is up-to-date and effectively written.

When working with executive search consultants, if a suitable opportunity arises, your resume will be immediately requested, leading to missed opportunities for those who are underprepared.

“Omit needless words,” wrote William Strunk Jr. in 1918’s timeless writing guide The Elements of Style. “A sentence should contain no unnecessary words…for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”

That’s good advice, and a key element in making an effective executive resume for your job search. Resume language should be tight and concise because:

In today’s job search and recruitment world, having a “personal brand” is all the rage. Most people know that they need one, but they just aren’t sure what it actually means, what it does, or how to go about defining it, much less how to communicate it to others.
 
I think that the best place to start is to describe what a personal brand is not. Many are under the impression that the personal brand is a carefully crafted image of you that has that “Wow!” factor, drawing everyone you come across to you like a magnet. It is not.
 

Keywords are the driving force behind HR and executive recruiter searches, and thus they are critical to developing an effective and highly productive LinkedIn Profile. The competitive nature of the employment environment makes it essential for you to set yourself apart from the competition. On LinkedIn, the number of keyword hits you receive will affect how your profile is ranked during recruiting searches.

 

You’re a senior executive and, after many years as corporate leader, you decided to target a non-executive or independent board director seat. Perhaps you reached the age of 50+ and your outlook changed, or you already are a board director and want to be on more boards. Either way, you can leverage your leadership experience and expertise to qualify for that seat on the governing body of a corporation.
 
1. Get Started: What do you do? Is the resume that you used for corporate roles appropriate for board director roles? It probably needs some changes. Most likely, information needs to be reweighted and job descriptions need streamlining.

The world is experiencing the biggest aging workforce population in many decades. Don’t be in denial that age discrimination doesn’t exist.  Employers are looking carefully at executives that are approaching the “too old” status.
 
Gone are the days when a company hires you for life. Companies can’t make that type of guarantee. Since they are forced to reinvent their business model and processes every 3-5 years, they have to look at the big picture, including their executive talent. How does a 50+ executive survive this mentality?
 
One of the essentials to surviving ageism is to build skills for any economy. Repackage your current skills and develop new ones that are valuable in today’s business expectations.
 

The key to an executive resume that gets results is writing one that is targeted toward the type of position you are seeking. But what if you have more than one position you are qualified for and interested in?
 
A sales/business development executive may be equally qualified for an executive role in Business Development or Product Management. Or an operations executive may want to target a General Manager role, while keeping the door open for a more specialized role in Supply Chain Management. An IT executive with an operations background may want to be considered for either a CIO or COO job.
 

With 20 million people unemployed globally in 2013 and joblessness expected to reach 215 million around the world by 2018, it may be time think outside the borders of your own country for your next executive job search. According to the International Labour Organization, 40 million new jobs will be created through 2018, yet 42.6 million workers are expected to enter the market during that same period. With competition for jobs rising, how do you maximize your career potential?
 

When was the last time you edited and updated your executive resume? Carefully reworking your resume can be a daunting task that many are guilty of pushing to the bottom of their executive career to-do list. It’s difficult to know what to include, where to start, or how your writing will be perceived by executive recruiters and future employers alike.
 
As your most influential self-marketing document, here is a checklist of factors to consider when reworking your resume:

Showcasing your Unique Selling Point: What skills do you have that will make you stand out from the numerous other executives applying for the same roles?