Demonstrate strategic, not tactical, value.
Employers are not only looking for your leadership skills — they’re intent on finding an executive champion that will impact growth, retain top talent, and impress their competitors.
Therefore, your executive resume has to take your brand message a step further than just results, and talk about context.
Consider whether the following situations apply to your background:
- Heading a new growth strategy
- Conceptualizing and leading the release of new products
- Reacting to the threat of competition in the industry
- Addressing the effect of the economic downturn
Next, write a short success story that pulls in the challenge and explains the reasons you got involved, plus the outcome, as shown in this example for a COO resume:
“Produced 142% increase in net income by transforming focus to life sciences markets; won contracts at AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, and Johnson & Johnson.”
Repeat this exercise for different situations, and create condensed summary versions of each story for your executive resume.