Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all step-by-step guide to landing your next C-suite position. You’ll need to do more than dust off your CxO resume and put it online. The reality is that most executive-level jobs are never advertised, which means candidates have to focus on networking, targeted search activities, and a professionally branded set of career marketing documents.
Enter: the executive biography.
In addition to your C-level resume, value proposition letter, and LinkedIn profile, an executive biography can take your executive job transition to the next level by going a step farther in describing your character. In addition, it can be a welcome change in narrative style from your other documents. Read on for what prioritizing an executive biography as part of your career marketing documents can do.
Why You Need an Executive Biography
- It sets you apart from the crowd. Nothing says professionally put together and ready for the next step like a fully branded set of career marketing documents. Employers and recruiters expect to see an eye-catching resume and value proposition letter, but if you add an executive biography on top of that, you’ll show them your passion and willingness for going above and beyond.
- An executive bio tells your story in a unique format. CxO resumes are written in implied first-person and avoid using articles, determiners, and pronouns. An executive biography, in comparison, uses full sentences and proper grammar, which makes it a refreshing read for someone who has read multiple resumes in a row. The narrative format is a chance to draw your reader into your story and wow them with your track record of success.
- It spotlights your drive, purpose, and communication style. Again, C-suite resumes are made up of sentence fragments, keywords, graphs, and visuals. In an executive biography, you can provide more details and elaborate on your passion, personal philosophy, and leadership. While it still isn’t written in the first person, the format allows for more creativity and originality.
- Bios make it personal. There is no substitute for face-to-face communication, and during an executive job transition, your career marketing documents are tools to get you those conversations. As an in-between, include a professionally taken headshot on your executive bio. It can be the same one you use on your LinkedIn profile. You want your reader to view you as a human being and contributing member of their team. Finishing the document with a few personal facts can also have a lasting impact.
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C-suite and Board-level executives that have professionally polished, well branded and strategically aligned resumes and LinkedIn profiles not only enjoy easier transitions, more interest, and robust offers—often 25% to 75% above their previous compensation plans—they gain the competitive edge and strategies they need to manage their C-level career transitions as well as they run their companies. Let us take the guesswork out of your next C-level transition. Click here to set up a 15-minute introductory call. We are interested in learning more about your goals and to see if we can help. We offer several executive resume writing services including coaching; LinkedIn optimization; executive recruiter, private equity and venture capital distributions; and strategy-focused private coaching sessions.
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.