The executive resume sample documents on this page will guide you in creating powerful executive resumes to secure high paying positions...
Executive resume formats generally have:
That said, executive resume formats can be used by any job seeker, especially if you have significant career or academic accomplishments and you seek a more comprehensive approach to employment history — if that comprehensive approach is relevant and enhances your candidacy.
Let's look at each of these factors in a bit more depth...
Executive resumes generally use the Times New Roman font, which is universal on PCs, easy to read, yet elegant in appearance.
Designer fonts, which include BlackAdder II, Castellar, and Broadway, are best left for graphic designers, artists, and those in nontraditional industries.
Also, the ample use of white space and underscored section headings are aesthetically pleasing on an executive resume and provide visual cues about where one data area ends and another begins.
This is the hallmark of the executive resume and it is what hiring managers are most interested in reading. 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 you from all the other job seekers is what you have accomplished in previous positions.
In an executive resume, these achievements are showcased near the top of the first page. Also, these accomplishments are generally quantified in terms of percentages, dollar figures, and time periods to specifically indicate what was achieved.
Executive resumes are usually two or more pages because of the sheer breadth of a candidate's experience. However, a modern resume should be only as long as it needs to be to contain the data relevant to the current job search.
It's not a great idea to expand a one-page resume to two pages just to meet an arbitrary page length.
Nor is it smart to cram a two-page document onto one page, reducing white space and font size to such an extent that the finalized document is hard to read and unattractive to look at.