5 Ways to Make Your C-Suite Resume Believable

To pique the interest of potential employers, you must provide a C-Suite resume, value proposition letter, and other career marketing documents that are believable. One way to check if your executive resume is believable is to conduct the “scratch test.” If you were to scratch your name off the top of the resume and write in the name of a CXO colleague in the same field and industry, would the information still be valid?

If the answer is “yes,” you need to revamp your content. Vague responsibility descriptions, a lack of accomplishments, blatant overuse of keywords, and an incongruent LinkedIn profile can all cause your reader to question whether the information on your CXO resume is actually true. Here are 5 things you can do to make your C-Suite resume believable.

How to Add Credibility to Your C-Suite Resume

  1. Back up your expertise. Don’t just say you’re a strategic mastermind—prove it! Use quantifiable achievements and attention-grabbing accomplishments to back up your claim. Provide specific details that demonstrate your expertise.
  2. Write in your authentic voice. When writing your executive resume, use terminology and language that you would use in a real conversation. Drastic differences in vocabulary usage can raise questions in an interview as to the authenticity of the candidate.
  3. Strategically use keywords. Using keywords effectively isn’t as simple as counting how many times you use a particular keyword throughout your document. The placement of keywords matters, too. If you have a “Core Competencies” section, or something similar, make sure you have bullets throughout your employment history that loop back to those competencies.
  4. Unified visual brand. A harmonious visual brand sends the message that you put in the time and effort to ensure your career marketing documents accurately reflect your knowledge, skills, abilities, goals, and expertise. Not only that, but you can strategically use the design to guide your reader to see the information that is most relevant and unique about you.
  5. Include only relevant, tailored information. Even if you have a breadth of experience, portraying a jack-of-all-trades on your CXO resume can actually work against you. Instead of wowing your reader, it may make it all seem vague and, therefore, less believable. Instead, show your reader that you can blend perfectly into their world by targeting your executive resume to their needs.

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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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