2 of My Favorite Insider Tips for Executive Resume Writing

by Meg Guiseppi on September 29, 2014

executive resume writing

Aside from the given personal branding and first-step job search strategies everyone needs to embrace before writing their resume – targeting, research, and relevant keyword development.

. . . And resume-writing best practices in terms of value-driven content, formatting, and grammar,

Here are 2 tips you may not know for your resume that can help elevate the value you offer and catapult your job search forward. With adjustments, both of these also apply to writing your LinkedIn profile:

1. Add a quote to the “summary” section at the top.

Insert a short compelling quote from someone you’ve worked with about you and the value you offer. Or include a quote of your own – something you’re known for saying. Or choose an inspiring quote that guides you, from someone well-known in your industry.

Highlight it with italics and bolding to make it stand out, and consider placing it in a graphic box for even more emphasis.

For your LinkedIn profile, obviously don’t pull a quote from one of your LinkedIn recommendations.

2. Create a personal brand statement with personality.

Some people forget about the “personal” in personal branding. Do more than create a brand statement that simply lists relevant keywords and phrases. Ignite it with some of your personality.

Generate chemistry by weaving together your key areas of expertise (typically these are your relevant keywords) with your key personal brand attributes – who you are, how you operate, what you’re passionate about, your leadership and management style, what you’re like to work with.

How does the following vibrant brand statement grab you? Do you get a feel for this COO/President turnaround management expert?

Entrepreneurial, persevering leader who takes on turnarounds that no one in their right mind would touch. Known for cutting to the core to identify organic business growth opportunities, enhance operations, improve profitability and reorganize to transform losers into profitable organizations.

photo by Antonio Litterio

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1 Meg Guiseppi October 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

Ash, thanks for commenting! Yes, I recommend that job seekers at any professional level, no matter how many years experience, have a branded summary section on their resume.

Distinguishing yourself is the same for all job seekers.

— Identify good-fit employers to target for jobs.
— Research their current needs that you’re uniquely qualified to help them with.
— Define your personal brand (personal attributes, passions, driving strengths, etc.) around qualities those target employers are looking for.
— Create brand-reinforcing content (for documents and online profiles) that will resonate with those employers, and position you as the best hiring choice.

I hope this helps!

2 Ash G October 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

Hi Meg,
Would you also recommend creating a summary for non-executive resumes e.g. professionals with less than 10 years of experience.
How can such professionals distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace?

3 Meg Guiseppi October 6, 2014 at 6:42 am

Thank you for your insightful comment, Darryl. Standing out and differentiation are what personal branding is all about. Job seekers need to distinguish themselves from their competitors and position themselves as a good hiring choice.

4 Darryl T. Hill October 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

Great article. This article adds something most executive job seekers do not have on their résumé. When you have something that makes you stand out from other job seekers this is always a great idea especially in this job market.

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