203. What an executive resume should look like. (Rebroadcast)

resume Sep 11, 2023
The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 203: What an executive resume should look like

I receive countless requests for resume updates on my LinkedIn Services page, and it is one of the most requested conversations during my private 1-1 consultation service. So, I decided to dive back into episode 101, where we delve deep into the nuances of executive resumes in the age of ATS systems. You will get insights on various facets of resumes. From choosing the right template to understanding how to ensure it can be read by software and humans, this episode is packed with actionable tips to guide your resume revamp. If you're job searching for a new position or need a resume refresh, this episode is for you!

The 6-Second Challenge: Your Resume's Crucial First Impression

Studies indicate your resume gets a mere 6-second window to make an impact, and that's if a human being reads it! But what if those critical 6 seconds are spent under the scrutiny of a machine? Nowadays, it's hard to know if the first reader of your resume is a bot or a human. With the rise of ATS systems, the dynamics have shifted. What should your resume look like to get you a job interview and eventually get you a new job? 

Applicant Tracking System (ATS): Understanding its importance in the selection process

An ATS is a software solution that streamlines the initial recruitment process. Numerous ATS providers have developed strong partnerships with large employers and popular job boards like seek.com and LinkedIn Jobs. Some ATS platforms are even open-source.

In today's job landscape, your application—yes, even for senior-level positions—is likely being screened by an ATS before it ever reaches a human. However, while ATS (Applicant Tracking System) compliance is now a buzzword, it's surprising how many seasoned professionals still miss the mark with their resumes. An Applicant Tracking System, or ATS, streamlines the initial recruitment phase using automation. Numerous ATS platforms have aligned with popular job boards such as Seek.com and LinkedIn Jobs. Furthermore, open-source ATS solutions have made the tool more accessible to all.

For job seekers, the mantra should be to tread carefully: ATS platforms come in various shapes and sizes, and their efficacy varies. So, it's essential to keep your resume simple and easy to read by all ATS rather than making a fancy-looking resume that runs the risk of not being read by the software.


Timestamps to guide your listening:

  • 02:06- Let's talk about resumes
  • 03:26 - What is ATS?
  • 08:20 - Which resume template is the best?
  • 11:26 - Can my resume be colorful?
  • 12:32 - How many pages should my resume have?
  • 13:18 - The difference between a resume and curriculum vitae?
  • 14:27 - Should my resume have a headline?
  • 16:14 - How do I show proof of my expertise in the resume?
  • 18:01 - Should my resume have logos?
  • 19:30 - Can I do my resume using Canva?
  • 20:34 - What if I'm not good at writing?
  • 21:30 - Should I get my resume done by a professional?

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Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

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