Read This Before You Copy An Executive Resume From The Internet

Avoid the pitfalls.

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Plagiarising an executive resume from the Internet is not smart. Doing that won't save you time or money - and it certainly won't help you land that dream role. Thankfully, you have other options.

Irene McConnell
3 min read

Not that I’m psychic, but I know how you got here. You sat down at your computer and typed “executive resume” into Google and here you are. Welcome. I’ve been expecting you.

Look, I know you’re in a rush, so I’ll get right to the point.

Why Copying Examples Of Executive Resumes Is A Bad Idea.

Doing so won’t save you time, or money, in the long run. And it certainly won’t help you take the fastest path to the CEO job. Here’s why…

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You’ll wind up looking like everyone else.

But just a minute, you’re thinking:

  • It would be so quick and easy to download a few executive resume examples that match (or almost match) your job title
  • Handpick a few details that match your experience
  • Keep borrowing bits and pieces until the person on the resume almost begins to resemble you
  • And you’re finished! Resume sent off; short-term problem solved.

Let that wave of urgency pass. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Now that I have your attention again, let’s move on.

Two More Reasons To Avoid This Method:

1. It’s Likely To Be Task-Based.

Most executive resume examples are created off of job descriptions.

Which means they end up being task or responsibility-based. Something a recruiter would expect from a much more junior-level candidate.

Tasks say nothing about your distinctive approach to your work.

(Related Article: Ultimate List Of Resume Mistakes).

And they definitely don’t communicate your unique value. In other words, they fail to demonstrate what makes you different to all the other executives you’re competing against for the role.


2. The Strategy Is Missing.

A generic executive resume could never convey your own career experience with clear, impactful language.

It could never show your keen ability to draw a visionary path through chaos.

So why would a recruiter assume you can navigate complex dynamics and carve a clear path forward for a business?

As an executive, your resume needs to show why you’re the best person to solve that company’s critical business problems. Jimi Hendrix, widely accepted as the most original guitarist in history, said:

“I’ve been imitated so well, I’ve heard people copy my mistakes”.

How, then, to shine like a Hendrix?

Here’s word one: USP.

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Define Your Unique Selling Proposition.

Hold on, you’re thinking.

One minute you’re hunting for a template, and the next minute I’m hitting you with some marketing lingo. But don’t run away just yet.

Succinctly explained, your USP expresses your distinct ability to solve commercially-relevant business problems within your field and/or for your employers of choice.

Your USP should drive the narrative and content of your resume—something a template could never pull off. And something even most professional resume writers aren’t qualified to do.

The fact is your resume is only part of the story.

Your Career Story, That Is.

Conducting comprehensive internet searches for executive-level candidates is now standard practice amongst recruiters.

And if your executive resume isn’t part of a story-centric online personal brand, even a solid word-of-mouth referral may not be enough to win the game.

Tying together your career moves, personality and key achievements into a story that seems as though it was meant to be told is no easy feat.

But that’s precisely how my executive resume writing team develops and applies your USP.

Done right, your USP will allow you to see yourself through an entirely new lens, weaving together points of interest from your career into a compelling narrative that positions each career move as strategic and connects them to your deeper purpose.

Deeper purpose? And you just came for a template.

Now You’re Faced With An Important Decision.

Go for the quick fix, or go all-in and invest in your future.

To decide this at warp speed, answer this question without delay:

Did you get where you are today by taking the fastest and easiest route?

No, I didn’t think so.

Yet the fact remains that you need a resume SOON. Believe me, I get it. My executive resume writing team can help you put your best foot forward in the near-term, while keeping our vision focused on the long-term, big picture for your executive resume.

While you’re mulling it over, I’ll leave you with two bonus reads that will help you determine which step is the right one for you to take next.

(Related  Article: The Truth About Cheap Resume Writing Services).

(Related Article: The Smart Way To Deal With Recruiters).

I know, I know. You’re still in a hurry. But you’ve come this far. Why not take it all the way?


– Irene


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