Catching up with old friends can give you a new perspective on life. Recently, I met with Laura. She’s a Managing Director for a local non-profit organization.
Laura was always an activist. Ever since middle school. And she was all about boycotting the corporate world. But, a few years ago the corporate world turned to sustainability.
Now, Laura wanted to join the crusade and change corporations from within. For this purpose, she had to build a new Managing Director resume.
You might say that she’s moving from one managerial position to another. What is the difference?
Until just a year ago, her non-profit was strapped for cash. She was busy searching for sponsors.
Currently, Laura has millions of operational cash at her fingertips. Instead of gaining supporters, she is busy convincing board members.
Her job title is the same. But the scope of her work is entirely different.
How did she go about building her resume to get the position?
Read on to find out how our team helped her.
This complete guide will teach you
- What hiring managers consider the perfect job applicant
- How to tailor your resume for the specific job posting and stand out among the rest
- What should be the focus of your resume to win the recruiters’ attention
- How to make the most of the skills section and balance out your hard and soft talents
- How to make a strong statement with the experience section and show you are the right person for the job
How to tailor an outstanding managing director resume
Much like with any other resume, you must concentrate on past achievements. Potential employers want to see you are results-oriented. You need to deliver on what you sell.
But this won’t be enough to set yourself apart. There are a few other points you need to factor in your resume:
- The industry knowledge you have - niches, products, services, etc.
- The size and types of companies you’ve managed before
- The budgets you have operated with, as well as the company turnover
Hiring managers need to know the scope of your duties and talents. As you can see in Laura’s case, running a local non-profit organization is one thing.
But managing complex supply chains for a multinational company is an entirely different case.
That’s why it's important to customize your resume according to the job ad. If you display your accomplishments the right way, recruiters will see that you have:
- Taken the time to consider their offer
- Supplied them with the appropriate information to make an informed decision
Even if you have experience in a different niche, your skills are transferable.
And if you show you are a fast learner, start preparing for the interview. Because you’re getting the callback.
All that is left is to select the right resume layout. The best one for a Managing Director position is the reverse-chronological format.
This is not an entry-level position. You need to present a clear career progression. Reveal all the skills you've developed along the way.
What does this look like?