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Executive Resumes

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Executive Resume Format

An executive resume format generally features:

  • Conservative appearance
  • Separate area showcasing career accomplishments
  • Finished length of two or more pages

Executive resume formats are not only for executives. Just about any job seeker can use an executive resume format, especially one who has career or academic accomplishments and seeks a more comprehensive approach to employment history.

Conservative Appearance

Executive resume formats generally employ the Times New Roman font, which is universally installed on PCs and easy to read, yet elegant in appearance.

Designer fonts, which include Black Adder II, Castellar and Broadway, are best left for resumes of graphic designers, artists and those working in nontraditional industries. (However, they are not good for scannable resumes in any case.)

Using ample white space and underscored section headings are aesthetically pleasing and provide visual cues about where one data area ends and another begins.

Career Accomplishments

This is the hallmark of the executive resume format and what hiring managers most want to see. In this economy, when dozens or even hundreds of applicants with essentially the same backgrounds vie for each opening, the only characteristic that will separate a candidate from all the others is what they accomplished in previous positions.

In an executive resume, these achievements are showcased near the top of the first page. What's more, these accomplishments are generally quantified in terms of percentages, dollar figures, and time periods to specifically indicate what was done.

Finished Length

Executive resumes are usually two or more pages, because of the sheer breadth of experience.

Regardless, a resume should be only as long as it needs to be. It's unwise to expand a one-page resume to two pages to meet an arbitrary page length, just as it is to cram a two-page resume onto one page, reducing white space and font size to such an extent that the finalized resume is hard to read and not aesthetically pleasing.

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