While the Executive Bio is your “marketing brochure,” or your opportunity to emphasize your personal brand, and the Cover Letter is the place to demonstrate your value proposition, the Executive Resume or CV can be thought of as your “product spec.”
If you want to stand out in today’s competitive job market, often a good resume is not good enough. So, what makes up the components of the perfect executive resume or CV?
Writing a meaningful CV that will truly support you in your search for your “Dream” job is only possible if you have a very clear idea of what you want to achieve / what are your personal and professional goals for the next 10 to 15 years.
Most candidates and Executives still believe that a CV must describe accurately their past career and the various functions they occupied at the different Companies they worked with since they graduated. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Most CVs consist of a list of skills and competencies. Usually commonly associated with a series of corporate titles. Consequently, most CVs of Finance Manager or Sales Manager have a strong tendency to be strictly identical. Only the names of the various employers may vary from one CV to an other.
# 1 – To be noticed – To be read – Your CV design and lay-out shall be sufficiently attractive to commend at least a glimpse from the reader.
# 2 – Within a few seconds, it shall be clear who you are and what problems you can solve / what solutions you can deliver
# 3 – With minimum efforts, the reader shall understand what skills and competencies you bring to their organization and to what extend they will be meaningful to them.
# 4 – Carefully selected achievements will bring depth to the first impression created by your CV and differentiate you from the crowd.
# 5 – By avoiding “common” mistakes, you will ensure that you are invited for a preliminary discussion/interview.
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