Careers Slideshow: Executive Resumes: The Top 5 Mistakes and How to Fix Them

By Jennifer Lawinski  |  Posted 08-26-2011

Executive Resumes: The Top 5 Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Mistake 1: Your resume has no overarching brand.

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The Fix: Know your own story. Understand what it is that you're trying to convey to a reader and make sure your star moments jump out.

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Mistake 2: Your resume has no executive summary.

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The Fix: Show a timeline of your experience, but lead your resume with a summary that highlights the core skills and accomplishments you want to emphasize.

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Mistake 3: Your niche and specialties aren't clear.

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The Fix: Having an eclectic career isn't a negative, but be clear and concise about your responsibilities and what roles you have filled.

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Mistake 4: You list few concrete accomplishments.

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The Fix: Don't just list responsibilities, list results. Show that you performed your responsibilities well by adding concrete accomplishments, such as the results achieved by executing a technology plan.

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Mistake 5: Your resume is visually difficult to read.

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The Fix: Pay attention to spacing. White space is important. Make sure fonts and layout are professional and can be easily ready in 10 seconds. Vary the look of the page to highlight core information.

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