Blogs Menu
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions
Active Bloggers
Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003
Hannah Whittenly
Cal St Univ, Sacramento class of 2010
Ivan Butcher II
class of
Michael Fortson
- College Not Listed - class of 2018
Beverly Johnson
class of
Kamal Imani
class of
How to Make Your Executive Resume Stand Out
Posted By: Becca Meyers on June 04, 2020

Image Source: Envato Elements

In today's competitive job market, it is more important than ever to do what you can to make your application rise to the top of the heap. Designing a quality executive resume is the first step in getting your foot in the door for leadership positions. While there is no official set of rules to follow when it comes to creating an executive resume, there are things that you can do to make your document shine. Here are five ways that you can make your resume stand out from the crowd.

Leverage the Summary

The most important part of your resume is the summary. This is when you catch the eye of the recruiter or hiring manager and encourage them to keep reading for more information about your skills and experience. Make this count by using this space to truly sell yourself and your abilities. Be concise while still pointing to a few notable achievements that summarize why you are the best candidate for the position. The summary is where you want to highlight your strongest accomplishments. Do not be afraid to tweak this summary to be more specific for each job that you apply.

Make it Personal

Savvy professionals understand the importance of making a resume personalized to the job. It is easy to customize your resume to fit the position. While you may leave the meat of the resume intact, it is a good idea to customize the summary to highlight your relevant skills specific to that job. Tailoring the content to fit the position will drive home that you are the perfect candidate for the position. Part of the customization process is also understanding your audience. For example, a resume that is going to a recruiting firm may look slightly different than one being sent directly to a hiring manager. Having a base resume that you can easily tweak depending on the position and situation will deliver the most flexibility as you undergo the job search.

Do Not Neglect Design

All of the sparking content in the world will not make a difference if your resume appears cluttered and messy. Start your creative process by selecting a simple font and sticking to it. The font size should be between 10pt and 12pt for maximum readability. Do not try to get too carried away with the font or the spacing. An adequate amount of white space will keep the copy from looking too cluttered. It is important that your name and contact information are displayed prominently at the top of the resume. While some amount of classic color is fine, do not get too artsy with the design. If you have an electronic resume, it is appropriate to link to other samples of your work.

Enlist a Professional

You do not want to skimp when it comes to creating your executive resume. For example, if you are looking to hire an Agile coach for your software development team, you are going to want to be 100% sure that this person is equipped to handle the rigors of this position. A well-executed executive resume will tell you what you need to know about any applicant. Investing in a professional executive resume package will ensure that you are able to market yourself in the best way possible. This individualized approach will make your resume stand out and get you that coveted interview.

Be Concise

When it comes to building your resume, sometimes less is more. While it is tempting to want to add more fluff to your resume thinking that it will make you a more attractive candidate, being concise is also important. You want the applicant reviewer to remain engaged. Using excessive wording or repetitive facts will cause the audience to lose interest. Employing the use of bullets and separate information blocks will make the relevant facts easy to locate and increase the overall readability of the resume.

You will never get the opportunity to interview for a position without a stellar resume that showcases your talents and experience. Taking the time to design a quality executive resume will go a long way in helping you to continue to advance your career trajectory and reach all of your goals.

If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Please Login To Post Comments...

More From This Author
What does Workplace Safety Mean in 2020?
Top Tips for Restructuring your Business After COVID
9 Key Questions a Family-Friendly Realtor Will Ask
Professional Development Advice from Seasoned Entrepreneurs
3 Common Mistakes Student Renters Make
Latest Blogs
Reasons Why A Person Needs Online CPR Certification
CardioPulmonary Resuscitation or CPR as it is commonly abbreviated is one of the basic medical techniques employed by frontline medical professionals when providing medical assistance in emergencies. ...more
Steve Hoffmann • 5 Views • July 8th, 2020
What to Do When You're Injured on Campus Due to Unsafe Environment
Campuses are supposed to do everything that they can to make sure that everyone stays safe. That is why if they drop the ball, then they can be held responsible for it. There are several things that y ...more
Hannah Whittenly • 21 Views • July 6th, 2020
Class of 2020
Graduation Cap ...more
Brittany Pinkston • 32 Views • July 5th, 2020
A Black History Fact: UNITY IS PROGRESS
In 1975, Ivan Butcher II, Harlem-born artist, designed and copyrighted, The Black Evolutionary American Flag, with the Library of Congress. With the approaching 1976 Bicentennial celebrations, Butc ...more
Ivan Butcher II • 214 Views • July 4th, 2020
Joseph Jackson Jr. - Leader of The Tougaloo Nine - Honoring Medgar Wiley Evers on TRIBE Family Channel™
Joseph Jackson Jr. -Leader of The Tougaloo Nine - Honoring Medgar Wiley Evers on TRIBE Family Channel™ July 2, 2020 at 5pm/pst 6pm/gmt 7pm/cst 8pm/est Call in: 347-539-5285 or Listen Online- ...more
Beverly Johnson • 29 Views • July 2nd, 2020
Popular Blogs
Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
Join Brother Marcus and the cast and the crew of the Brother Marcus Show live this Sunday evening on February 1, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. for another hot topic in our community! “Divorce in America in 2009 ...more
Brother Marcus! • 66,295 Views • January 27th, 2009
IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS FOLKS: Some of our Republican senators and congressman..are Swearing & Wearing White Sheets Also ..NASCAR was given 70million dollars in tax breaks the New Fiscal Cliff Deal ...more
David Right • 42,896 Views • December 28th, 2012
Seemingly innocent medication such as Visine eyedrops are used by people to concoct a mixture with similar effects as a date-rape drug. When mixed with alcohol and taken orally, the eyedrops can l ...more
Siebra Muhammad • 42,508 Views • May 23rd, 2009
Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl
Albert N. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury of raping a white teen girl. Bu ...more
Will Moss • 31,342 Views • June 4th, 2020
Black History Daily: Who Was the First Black Female Dentist?
In 1890 Ida Gray Nelson Rollins (1867-1953) became the first black woman to earn a doctor of dental surgery degree in the United States. She graduated from the University of Michigan in June. Nelson ...more
Stacie Coulter • 21,500 Views • August 22nd, 2011