2 Exceptional Executive Resume Examples (with Writing Guide!)
You made it. After countless years of hard work and dedication, you’re ready to apply for a C-level executive job.
However, despite all of the accomplishments, expertise, and people skills under your belt, there’s one thing even you’re worried about: getting your resume to the interview stage.
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That’s why we’re here with these helpful executive resume samples. Here at Let’s Eat, Grandma, we’ve written over a thousand successful resumes for job seekers across every industry and experience level. Our professional business writing consultants know a thing or two about resumes, and we’re happy to share our winning formula with you.
These C-level executive clients (names changed) came to us with two different but equally serious issues: one resume was too long, and the other was too short!
We worked with them to distill their long, impressive careers into executive resumes that were concise, yet thorough. Thanks to a few factors, these resumes convey a large breadth of experience while still maintaining a recruiter’s attention.
Check out these executive resume examples (both before and after our rewrites), then read on for some actionable tips:
Executive Resume Examples (Before and After)
Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
What makes these executive resume examples great?
#1: Lengthy Descriptions Cut Down
We get it – you have a lot of experience, and the job requires a lot of responsibilities.
However, you should never have large descriptions on your resume longer than a few lines.
While aspiring CRO Christopher was on the right track with separating his experiences into paragraphs and bullets, his phrasing was too wordy and buried his great content under unreadable mountains of text.
Hiring managers need to be able to scan through your resume to quickly find what they need. That’s why we rephrased Christopher’s experiences into short, distinct categories with skill-specific bullets. You should too.
#2: Impressive Content with Key Accomplishments
CEO Robert had the opposite problem: his resume didn’t have enough content. His experiences were well-phrased, but with just a few simple phrases for each job, they didn’t convey his expertise.
Removing Robert’s previous, pre-1995 jobs not only prevented age discrimination, it gave us room to elaborate on his most recent job.
We filled his job description with easy-to-read bullet points featuring his top specific accomplishments, dynamic verbs, metrics, and last but not least, keywords from the job descriptions.
#3: Robust Summary of Qualifications Added
A good Summary of Qualifications (NOT an Objective Statement!) is a necessary part of any resume. With your long career, it’s downright crucial.
Make sure to write a concise summary that mentions:
- Your experience level (with a number of years)
- Your key areas of expertise
- Specific accomplishments
Don’t be afraid to use bolding, italics, and even bullet points with notable accomplishments in your summary.
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