There are many different opinions on how long an executive resume should be, but most resume experts agree that content drives employers’ interest. So, the length of your executive resume should depend on the position you’re applying for, how long your work history is, and what experience you have. See why a one-size-fits-all approach to resumes doesn’t work anymore.
You don’t want to sell yourself short by sticking to one page. Your resume is YOUR career marketing document, and it should highlight your value proposition and develop your brand to position yourself as the perfect fit.
I explain to clients that resume length can vary depending on your current level in a company. When you are in an executive position such as Vice President or CEO, one page often cannot do justice for all your accomplishments and industry experience. You want quality over quantity when crafting resumes; two-to-three pages will suffice with each bullet point intentionally written to be tailored to the job being applied for.
Write to the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have.
When writing, make the connection between your past experiences with how they are transferrable to what the prospective employer needs. Your resume should be aligned with the position for which you are applying.
Do Your Research.
The best way to get an employer’s attention is by catering your resume specifically to their needs. This involves looking at everything from the company culture, what they need in this role, and what makes them different from other employers on the market today.
A resume is a powerful marketing tool, so it should be designed to capture attention. Make sure your best content pops off the page; don’t make recruiters hunt for what you want them to see! One easy technique is bolding keywords that are important and relevant. Use clean fonts. Leave white space.
Write with Brevity.
Be concise. Say what you need to say in as few words possible without sacrificing meaning or impact–use strong language and action words that have an edge. Tailor your resume bullet point to each position for maximum results.
Add in Numbers and Metrics.
Numbers and metrics help employers see the impact you can make on their company. That’s why it is essential to include them in your resume, for instance, after a section where you’ve described some of your accomplishments with numbers like “Boosted top-line revenue by $1.5M by….”
Maintaining an engaging and relevant resume will entice the prospective employer to continue reading, regardless of length (within reason). Therefore, when creating your executive resume ask yourself, “Why is this important?” or “Why would the employer want to know this?”