Abolish the Resume!

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There’s only about a 15% chance you will get a job through a job posting if you are at the executive level, so you really don’t need a resume to get you in the door. However, once you are in the door, at some point you will be asked for your resume. It is simply a part of the process.

According to ExecuNet Career Strategist Saundra Botts, “Thanks to science, we know a lot more about what is happening in the brain in the 6.25 seconds the average resume gets looked at.” The ExecuNet-created resume follows a formula that knows how to¬†optimize keywords for applicant tracking systems and we know how to control the narrative of the candidate’s value proposition so that the things the hiring manager wants to see pop out at them.

At the executive level, the resume is behind networking in importance but does have a role, because you know they will ask for it or will find it natural when you offer it. That’s a guaranteed opportunity to show your value so it does have a place in a job search, but Saundra would do away with it if she could for more substantial personal marketing documents. Listen to Saundra explain…


William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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