How To Write An Executive Resume - What is wrong with your resume?

The Executive Resume. 

Today I want to give you an outline of the perfect executive resume for your next leadership role.

The reason being, I've just reviewed the resume of a general manager, and to be honest, there was a LOT he needed to change. 

The thing is, other people had already reviewed the resume and thought it was good, but it wasn’t working.

It wasn’t getting him interviews. 

So what to change?

I want to make one thing very clear from the start.

When you're at a high level, a senior level - so that could be a manager with over 15 years experience, a senior manager, a head of, a general manager or any executive you might be - everybody at your level has a great skillset and loads of experience.

So you need to really take it a notch up to stand out. 

That's exactly WHY you need to have an executive resume. 

But how? I hear you ask.

First of all, is by having a definite message, or elevator pitch.

It needs to be crystal clear as this will be the key driver of your resume, your LinkedIn profile and the interviews you will do.

It's a key driver to introduce yourself to a CEO or superiors.

And the reason it is important is because it is this message that communicates the value you can create. 

However, a lot of people don't know how to create that message.

I've seen a lot of resumes through my 12 years' experience and most don't have it.

You will build your competitive advantage if you incorporate it, because it's that message, if it's clear and concise, that will resonate with the right people and repel the those that don't match the job you're looking for. 

So basically, when I'm talking about the perfect resume, there are two components:

Number 1: Your layout.

Don't make your resume text-heavy. It needs to be simple, professional, scannable and compelling.

Stop fiddling around with little things.

Stop making it in a pretty template.

Plain, slick - that’s it.

This is far more important than you might realise and the wrong layout could have your resume flicked swiftly onto the “No” pile,

Number 2. The content.

You need to create your message and make sure it’s readable through your resume, so you demonstrate the calibre of candidate you are, the salary you're looking for and the value you can create for an organisation.

The content needs to be compelling enough for me to pick up the phone, there and then, and say, “I want you in for an interview!”

That's basically what your resume needs to do - get you an interview. If it doesn't get you the interview, it's not doing its job.

So what I want you to do is download my Six Figure Career Plan.

It's a one-page plan that will give you invaluable insights into all the components you need to put in place.

But it will also give you the Six Figure Resume template which is critical for you to get an understanding of how you can optimise your resume.

Also, connect with me so you will be notified as soon as I upload a new video and if you want to dive deeper, book a free career strategy session with me.

It's a conversation about where you are at the moment, where you want to be, what the roadblocks are and how I can help you get you there faster.


Hi, I'm Caroline De Kimpe, Career & Leadership Coach and founder of The Career Success Program (

I'm an Executive Recruiter and Senior HR Professional turned Career & Leadership Coach.

My speciality? I help professionals, like you,  land their next 6-figure leadership role where they feel challenged, fulfilled and get the financial rewards they deserve by helping them build their confidence, raise their profile and stand out from the crowd.

My career expertise has been featured in The Daily Telegraph, Marie Claire and Leaders In Heels.



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