5 Chief Executive Officer Characteristics to Highlight on your CEO Resume

While the bulk of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) resume should focus on relevant knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments, it is equally important to portray a versatile personality with passion and charisma. When an executive recruitment firm reads a resume, they are looking for proof of prior success and a human being with practical interpersonal skills. The same goes for COO, CDO, CFO, CMO, CIO, CTO, and other c-level executive candidates.

It takes significant hard work and dedication to become a CEO, but it isn’t as plain as making and implementing the decisions that guide the organization. The best CEOs also respect and inspire every member of the organization to be committed to the organization’s success. In a CEO job transition, your resume needs to demonstrate that you have the following.

5 Traits and Characteristics Specific to a CEO Resume

  1. Emotional Intelligence. The role of CEO requires someone who can read, understand, and adapt to different types of people and their needs and motivations.
  2. Conviction & Compassion. CEOs are often the ones to communicate hard decisions and serious or urgent information. To do so effectively, they must balance standing their ground and speaking their mind with the ability to appeal to their audience tactfully.
  3. Optimism & Resilience. An effective CEO knows how to learn from past decisions, set optimistic and realistic goals, confront challenges confidently, and bounce back and push forward after encountering roadblocks.
  4. Communication & Relationship Building. As the organization’s leader, the CEO can boost morale, motivate teams, and inspire trust and loyalty through communication and relationship building with internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Courage & Vision. Employees count on the CEO to take calculated risks, make timely decisions, and drive change. CEOs are the most forward-looking, ambitious, and passionate members of a company.

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Mary Elizabeth Bradford is the Founder and Executive Director of CEOresumewriter.com and Maryelizabethbradford.com and a past executive recruiter. A thought leader in the career services industry for over 20 years, she holds 5 distinct advanced certifications for senior-level resume writing, online branding and executive-level job search coaching (CERM, CMRW, CARW, MCD, NCOPE). She has been seen and heard in major media including Forbes, Time, WSJ, Newsweek and NBC affiliate stations. She holds 2 CDI TORI awards and is a top tier judge for the elite CDI TORI awards for four consecutive years. Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s elite team of award-winning, certified, top executive resume writers, former top executive recruiters, and global HR executives help many of the world’s premier C-suite, board members and thought leaders secure the transitions and compensation packages they want. She works with clients all over the globe.

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