Optimize Your Executive Resume for 2022

Dec 5, 2021 4:47:56 PM

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January and February are the BIGGEST hiring months of the year, with 35% of all jobs created happening in the first two months. Are you ready for January 2022 and the upcoming hiring wave??

In the video above, Tammy Kabell with Career Resume Consulting reviews a "good looking resume," and explains the hidden flaws in a typical resume, and how to correct those to increase your response rate by 3X to 4X.

Tammy shares with you the beauty of the functional resume. In a functional resume, you can include stellar accomplishments from 25 years ago right next to an achievement you completed last year or even last week. In this format, you don’t have to tie each achievement to the name of each role or the year when it happened. Instead, you focus on the achievements themselves.

As a general rule, whether it’s a chronological resume or a functional, one-page executive summary, you only need to target 15 years back if you’re looking for a VP role or below.

If you’re targeting a role in the C-Suite, you can include up to 20 years back. Employers, recruiters and private equity firms will want to see up to 20 years of experience to make sure they’re bringing on C-Suite material.

Instead of focusing on the chronology of your career, the functional resume highlights all your greatest achievements. Your career summary is included at the bottom of the page, almost like a footnote.

You can list your position title, the name of the company, the city where you worked, and the dates of your time in that role for all positions dating back 15-20 years—depending on whether you’re targeting below or above a VP-level role.

Any roles you held more than 15 years back can be grouped under Earlier experience. In the section for earlier experience, you don’t need to include the city where you worked or the years you held each role.

Using a one-page functional resume means you don’t have to be afraid of ageism. Dates and chronological information about your career will not get in the way of a recruiter seeing you as the top-performing talent you are!

Tammy Kabell

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