In recent discussions of executive resume writing, a controversial issue has been whether or not you should include an objective at the top of your resume, and if you should add more information to your objective statement and remove information from your career history to create space.
On the other hand, some argue that adding an objective statement is an outdated resume practice. From this perspective, the objective summary should not be added to your resume. On the other hand, however, others argue that you should include an executive (or career) summary. In the words of some, one of this views main proponents, “your career summary is not as long as it should be.”
According to this view, your career summary can fill half the page. In sum, then, the issue is how much should you include in your career summary or if you should include one at all.
My own view is that an executive summary is the best route to show where you’ve been and where you’re looking to go in your career. Though I concede that an executive summary that fills half the page can be hard for recruiters to read, I still maintain that you should have one on your resume. For example, an objective statement may read as”
According to thebalancecareers.com, a sample executive summary look like this:
And here’s and example of an executive summary:
Although some might object that removing bullet points from your career history will compensate for the space needed to include even more information in your executive summary, I would reply that your resume should be visually appealing.
This issue is important because if you don’t have the answer to these things you won’t be able to beat the job application process in 10 minutes.
It’s possible for you to get a job in as little as one week that pays between $100,000 and $400,000 per year. I’ve seen it happen over and over again.
Do you find that it’s hard to make changes to your resume?
Are you looking for a permanent job?
Do you want to know what needs to be updated on your resume?
Chances are the company you applied to is using and applicant tracking system and your resume is getting rejected.
1. What is an Applicant Tracking System?
An Applicant Tracking System is the system employers use to screen out top job candidates. Most Fortune 500 companies receive thousands of resumes per month – all candidates wanting to work for their company.
To stand out, you have to include specific information that appeals to their company. Without this SPECIFIC information, you will NOT get the job.
Without this specific information, your resume never makes it to the hiring manager’s desk. A human (the Recruiter or Hiring Manager) never gets a chance to read your resume to extend the opportunity to interview.
An Applicant Tracking System holds your job application for the Recruiter based on relevant keywords and key phrases on your resume OR releases it an automates an email to you stating you are not right for the job.
You are automatically ranked based on the data you add to your resume.
The computer (ATS) today is unable to assume years of experience or key accomplishments that have not been added.
2. How to beat the job application process in 10 minutes
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- Use critical keywords more than once (hard skills)
- Include a Core Competencies or Skills section (soft and hard skills)
- Add your dates of employment
- Avoid fancy graphics (picture, graphs, and bright colors)
- Choose the correct resume format
- Add relevant accomplishments
- Tailor your resume to each job description
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How to tailor your resume to each job description
Here’s one thing we show our clients about their resume and tailoring their resume to each job description:
- Include only relevant keywords to your resume
I told a fib, there’s two things:
- Know which applicant tracking system the company uses
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When you know which applicant tracking system the company uses, you will know what you should add or remove from your resume. And you’ll be able to increase your chance of getting noticed by Recruiters and Hiring Managers by 80%.
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Finally, spend time training your mindset to overcome job search rejection.
You’ll find getting rejected is a blessing in disguise.
This client received job rejection emails before coming to us for help. She’s now positioned to consistently advance in her career.