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The 8 top sections headhunters are looking for in the best executive resumes
1. Your Bio
Besides your name, a short (a few words to a sentence) description of who you are and/or what your goal is can be very effective. The idea is that a section like this sets the stage for the rest of the resume. Even if the people reviewing your resume know you, this is a great place to establish yourself and your mission. This makes the rest of your resume that much more effective.
2. Your Strengths
This is a great way to brag a little, however, be certain that you’re backing it up. So, don’t simply state that you’re a great negotiator, put an example below it which demonstrates that fact.
3. Your Experience
Obviously this will be your main section of any executive resume. As mentioned above, be sure to focus on your impact in each role and to focus on demonstrating the skills and qualities you know the headhunter and board are looking for in your functional resume.
4. How you spend your valuable time
The “my time” section is an Enhancv resume builder exclusive and the perfect place to start a creative resume example. You can use it to show where you’ve focused your career, how you spent a typical day, or even how you would allocate your ideal investment portfolio.
5. Your Languages
Besides the fact that speaking multiple languages increases your cognitive abilities and the likelihood you’ll get hired, it speaks to valuable cultural knowledge in a globalized world. Even if you won’t be using these languages in this exact position, they may be worth mentioning.
6. What you’re most proud of
Often the things that mean the most to us don’t fit neatly into our resumes. That’s why the “most proud of” section is a great way to demonstrate unique qualities, values, or accomplishments. You can speak about overcoming a significant hardship, learning a valuable lesson, or showing your devotion to friends and family.
7. Your philosophy
Do you have a core philosophy of business? A quote or basic idea which guides all of your decisions? Is Jack Welch your hero or are you a “move fast and break things” kind of person? This is the perfect place to mention it. This kind of information really tells a recruiter where you stand, whether you will fit into their company culture, and how you approach problems.
8. Your favorite business or leadership books
Similar to a philosophy section, including the books which have shaped your thinking is a quick way to help a recruiter understand you better. This can be an effective way to show that you can fit into a company culture and understand a company’s values.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Executive role you want
Perhaps the most effective thing you can do to improve your chances of getting hired is to get referred to a position. Referred candidates are hired 60% of the time compared to everyone else who make it to an interview just 2% of the time. This is even more true in the world of executive headhunting.
So before you start applying, be sure to check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.