Executive Search & Interim Careers
Yes? Then ensure your Executive Profile, LinkedIn Profile or Resume is ...
- Professional, visually appealing and influential
- Gives factual evidence of where you've added value
- Clear, with unambiguous content that highlights your expertise
- Illustrating your expertise in different markets / countries
- Includes bottom-line results - examples of what you did to achieve positive outcomes
If you encountered and overcame complex
problems - outline what these were and the positive result.
Importantly, focus on your assignments - include a variety - and don't go too far back in your career - executive searchers do not have time to read a life-story! If your strategy falls short of any of the above, then you might miss out on the top opportunities and lose income.
Create a professional Resume - Executive Profile with impact!
To engage recruiters and headhunters beyond a cursory glance, it is crucial to offer what they like best in a Resume / Executive Profile . . .
- Jargon-free, easily readable text
- Factual information on results achieved
- Information that is directly relevant to the job profile
Gain credibility - clarify your achievements by stating what you did, how you did it and the benefits to the organisation in terms of . . .
- increased revenue
- reduced overheads
- improved market share
- enhanced service levels
- headed acquisitions and mergers
- led HR training and development initiatives
- expanded markets geographical and by industry, and so on . . .
- Consider the following examples taken from Resume produced for successful Interim Consultants. . .
Demonstrated the business value of refocusing marketing activity on brand and service quality - a strategy that increased the airline's catchment areas and passenger numbers Project led Marketing and R&D teams in the identification, evaluation, formulation and presentation of a market entry business proposal for an innovative product concept, and convinced the President to promote the plan as an 'Imagination Breakthrough'
Project managed £240M inner city development: consulted with 10 service providers to negotiate the 'actual cost' and co-ordinate the diversion of underground services across the overall redevelopment programme with minimum disruption to the environment and all involved
Devised clearly defined, strategic business development programme involving recruitment and performance measurements across sales, marketing, finance and operations to deliver 'best in class' client service
As recruiters scan resumes looking for the words the job in hand, it helps to incorporate 'keywords' into your resume and profile
Keywords help executive recruiters quickly identify candidates with relevant experience. Scour on-line job boards and press adverts to identify keywords that reflect your area of expertise. For example, a Human Resource Manager's keywords might include . . .
- cultural change
- CIPD qualification
- Investors in People
- employee relations
- drive through change
- recruitment and selection
- remuneration and benefits
- negotiating and influencing
- managing sickness absence
- managing people and budgets
- personal development plans
recruitment campaign management
delivering HR and business solutions
advising and guiding managers and staff
development & implementation of HR policies
managing grievance, discipline and attendance
permanent, temporary, interim staffing solutions
coordination development and delivery of training
providing advice and guidance to managers and staff
Strategically positioned keywords will not only help you to attract the attention of executive search consultants but will also ensure that your resume remains focused.
Importantly, ensure your resume is perfect; however effective your bottom-line results, however many keywords you include. nothing will happen without the help of executive search consultants and your personal network of contacts. So, what steps should you take?
To identify executive search consultants in your area of expertise, research the internet and join Linked-in - the fastest growing business network!
Proactively target the executive searchers as they can be helpful in accessing the 'hot off the press', 'not yet posted' and 'hidden, job market - particularly the top management positions
Email and post your resume - setting out your objectives, particular area of nterest, salary expectations and geographical scope
Then, keep in touch. Keep reaffirming your interest by building a rapport with recruiters - they are invaluable to the success of your job search.
Persevere with this proactive, communicative approach and you will be well on the way to your next level management position
To summarise, a targeted jobsearch, combined with a professionally presented resume and/or profile could lead not just to a new role but that 'once in a life-time' career opportunity
At A Perfect Career we work with you to produce an outstanding Resume and Profile and job application letters
Helga Edge MBA
is the Principal Consultant of A Perfect Career with 20+ years experience in influencing executive recruiters. Helga can be contacted on Tel UK London: 0203 4114 876 or