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Executive Resume Sample for an International Business Executive - Critique

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In this sample resume critique, the certified professional resume writer at ResumeEdge explains the process of creating the client's "after" resume from the client's "before" resume.Sample Resume

So that you may easily compare them to judge the quality of ResumeEdge's work, both the "before" and "after" sample resumes are linked below. They are also linked from the Sample Resumes page.Sample Resume

Sample Resume Critique

Dear Anthony ~

As requested, I used Design #4 for your resume. The "Executive" format utilizes the Times New Roman font resulting in an elegant document that befits a Professional of your stature.

I began your resume with the tag "International Business Executive," then listed your skill set of ASP & e-Business, B2B, B2C, and CRM." Following this is a brief qualifications summary that summarizes and emphasizes your unique capabilities. Here, I described you as "visionary" and noted your record of turning around troubled companies.

I then wrote of your founding Perez Systems and its subsequent sale to AT&T, your tenure as a Senior Executive with MAA, and your directing worldwide operations for Tristan, Inc. By mentioning these companies and your role in their success, a hiring manager will quickly appreciate your business acumen.

I then wrote that you are a licensed pilot (in international business, I believe this is a definite plus), and then ended this section with your linguistic capabilities and bulleted noun phrases that clearly show your expertise.

In the next section, I detailed your Career Accomplishments beneath subheadings for each employer. Here, I also revised and condensed text for clarity, conciseness, and maximum impact.

For example, in your submitted information you wrote:

Founder of the WorldEDGE philosophy, which permits MAA's products to integrate more readily with other best-of-breed solutions. This programme was developed in the London facility to expand the feature/functionality of the MAA core product. The UK field engineering team created a set of APIs which when 'packaged' effectively became adapters enabling MAA's core product to openly integrate with packages that permit greater functionality for reduced costs. This philosophy was presented to the USA in November 2000, and has since been embraced by the company, it's customers and the market at large.

I condensed and revised that to read:

"Founded WorldEDGE philosophy to integrate company products with other best-of-breed solutions and expand the functionality of company's core product thus reducing costs. WorldEDGE has since become the premier solution in the worldwide market."

In another example, you wrote:

In 1996 the EMEA office represented some 14% of worldwide revenues, amounting to $19m. Upon joining, in 1997, it was apparent that field staff utilization was not being effectively forecasted or managed, with staff frequently being deployed for less than 32% of the available time. Forecasting and scheduling processes were implemented to permit better forecast utilisation, and third party supplier relationships were agreed enabling better staffing of projects including the use of outsourcing, thus reducing costs. These processes, tied with new and modified internal processes, resulted in superb revenue increases year-on-year amounting to 54% of $92m by 2001.

I condensed and revised that to read:

"Reduced costs and increased worldwide revenues from $19 million in 1996 to $50 million by 2001 through implementation of forecasting and scheduling processes, third party supplier relationships, and new internal processes that transformed project staffing and outsourcing."

Hiring managers want to know what you did ("Reduced costs and increased…"), then how you did it (…"through implementation of …).

In the next section, I detailed your Professional Experience, again beginning each bullet point with the strongest action verb possible, while also revising and condensing text for clarity, conciseness, and maximum impact. I ended your resume with your Education.

You'll notice I left out your computer knowledge. Given your senior executive status, I felt this data could be excluded. All decisions to modify or exclude data were in keeping with the guidelines and standards set forth by the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW).

With your new resume, you now have a powerful tool that's well organized and filled with pertinent data, while also being aesthetically pleasing.

It was a pleasure serving you, Anthony. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

ResumeEdge Writer
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

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