This sample CFO resume illustrates the importance of keywords and shows a creative way that you can incorporate keywords into your resume. Keywords are incorporated into this example resume using columns that list them to the left of the accomplishments they are represented by.
Keywords are the words and phrases that an employer searching through a database of resumes would use to find a person with your qualifications – or to find a person seeking the type of job you are targeting. Keywords are most commonly nouns or noun phrases.
Here is a tip — if you were searching a database for resumes of people qualified to do the type of work you are seeking (and in the type of industry if you are targeting an industry), what words would you enter as search terms? You need to make sure all the relevant words are included in your resume.
Here is another insider tip from professional resume writers: take the time to find and print the text from 6-12 job announcements that describe your ideal position. In this case, you woudl be looking for CFO positions. Once printed, go through them with a highlighter and highlight the words that describe the qualification sought for the position. These words are the words a recruiter would use to search for a candidate, and these are the keywords and keyword phrases you should be using in your CFO resume.
Also notice that the descriptions for each position tell a story.
For example, the first position: “Promoted on the fast track…Spearheaded financial aspects for transformation into a $100 billion commercial company…”
The bullets underneath go on to tell exactly how this CFO accomplished this and the impact that he produced.