Resumes and Cover Letters

How To Write A Resume That Gets You Noticed

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Resume first impressions are critical because a recruiter or hiring manager will spend all of 10-15 seconds screening your resume. If the recruiter can’t read your resume – they won’t! A well organized, attractively designed, easy to read resume is essential if you want to make it to the next stage of the hiring process.

Here are 4 “must read” tips for executive resumes:

  1. The first third of your resume is the most important part of the document.  Fold your resume as if you were putting it into an envelope and then unfold just the top flap. Does it grab you? It should contain a clearly written profile section that gives a high-level overview of strengths and special skills that are relevant to your career goals and the position for which you are applying.
  2. Think of your resume as a PowerPoint deck.  Although resumes are most often written as word docs, your writing will improve if you can think of a resume more like a PowerPoint deck. Rather than writing a long narrative, you’ll want to write in short, concise bullets (of no more than two lines in length) starting with powerful, specific action verbs that describe what you did (but resist the temptation to include everything).
  3. Front-load your accomplishment statements.  Don’t make employers figure out how much value you bring to the table by burying money earned, time saved, and other concrete results at the end of your accomplishment bullets. By highlighting your accomplishments and making your key strengths crystal clear, your resume will convince a potential employer that you’re a high performer who would achieve similar results in a new role.
  4. Make your contact information prominent — easy to see and to read. Don’t make the recruiter hunt (or squint) for your name or cell phone number. Your contact information should be prominent.  The format should be chronological, which makes your work history and career progression easy to follow. The names of your employers, your title, the locations you worked in, and the dates, should also be clearly visible.

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About the Author

Gayle Rigione is Ivy Exec’s Chief Community Development Officer. Gayle spent 15 years in diverse relationship management and senior management roles at MasterCard International, Arthur Andersen Strategic Services, and Bankers Trust Company. She earned her MBA from Columbia.