LEARN KEY EXECUTIVE RESUME WRITING TECHNIQUES FROM THIS EXAMPLE CFO RESUME

Cfo Resume Sample
Cfo Resume Sample

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CFO Resume Project Brief

This example 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 (known as an applicant tracking system or ATS) 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 describing a required skill, qualification, or credential. However, sometimes brand traits or soft skills could be used as keywords.

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 of a technique used by professional resume writers: take the time to find and print the text from 6-12 job announcements that describe your ideal position.

In the case illustrated by this example resume, you would be looking for CFO positions. Once printed, go through them with a highlighter and mark the words that describe the qualification sought for the position. If you don’t like to print documents, create a separate document in Word and list these keywords and keyword phrases that you find in the job announcements. These words are the words an executive 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 experience listing in this CFO resume 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.

It’s important to mention that the accomplishments sections of this resume, with the keywords to the left, are set up in simple, separate two-column tables. Unless the resume designer is knowledgeable about ATS standards, tables can cause problems when a resume is entered into an ATS. Simple tables such as these are “ATS-friendly” in most modern ATS systems.

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