DOWNLOAD PDF: Resume Guidelines – Mid-Career

Think of your resume as you would a company’s brochure. Company brochures describe their products or services using language that resonates with potential customers. This means that the brochure must address what their target customers believe they want or know they need. If the brochure doesn’t resonate with what potential customers are interested in very quickly, they will usually discard the brochure.


You should approach preparing your resume the same way. If it doesn’t resonate with a potential employer very quickly, they will usually discard it. You may get a rejection letter or even an email saying that you may be contacted should a position open up in the future that would be appropriate for you. You shouldn’t count on hearing from them again.

In my book, 12 Steps to a New Career, I describe the different formats of resumes and the pros and cons of using each one. If you are making a career change, you should read and follow the guidance in that book before you start to prepare your resume. I encourage my clients to prepare their resume using a combination format. You can download a PDF that uses the examples in the book here: Resume Guidelines – Mid-Career.  I caution people who want to take only what they want from the example or decide to modify it based on someone else’s ideas. After being on both sides of the table and participating in numerous interviews with my recruiters and our clients, if you use the format I recommend, you will have a powerful resume that serves you well and conveys the message that will be consistent with what you say to people when you are networking for employment.

Keep your resume focused on what you want and what skills and experience you bring to the table directly relating to what you want. Do not include personal characteristics or activities that do not bear specifically on the job you are seeking. Prepare only one version of your resume. You can bridge the gap between your resume and what the recipient wants to know about you in your cover letter. Don’t tailor your resume for each situation because you then will have multiple versions of your resume in circulation and you increase the likelihood that you will get screened out if the reader gets two different versions.

Two very important thoughts to keep in mind when you are preparing your resume:

  • There is no one format for a resume that works for everyone.

  • Your resume will not get you a job but you won’t get a job without one either.

Are you a CEO or at C-Level and need an expert to help you craft a strong and compelling resume? As a former Managing Director of an executive search business, I participated with our recruiters in reviewing thousands of resumes and have participated in numerous candidate interviews with our corporate clients. This experience at the decision level for both recruiters and employers has enabled me to know what they want to see in your resume and how they will decide whether you are the right person or not. If you want to find out if Carl can help you craft a compelling resume, contact Carl.


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