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TORI Best Executive Resume Award

2014 Best Executive Resume 3rd Place Award WinnerView other 2014 Award Winning Resume Entries by Michelle Dumas

The TORI Awards are a prestigious international award given by Career Directors International to recognize the “best of the best” resume writers in the resume writing industry. This executive resume was honored as one of the top three “Best Executive Resumes.”

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Tips For Creating An Award-Winning Best Executive Resume

This executive resume illustrates a number of cutting-edge resume writing techniques including the conservative use of color, inclusion of charts and graphs, and dynamic personal branding. The result is a highly effective resume that tells a compelling story of an executive whose entire career has been about inspiring and leading corporate growth, improvement, and change, successfully balancing shareholder interests with long-term organizational vitality.

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Is color always appropriate to use in a resume? Especially an executive resume? Not always, but it is becoming more and more acceptable, especially when color is used in an understated and sophisticated way as shown in this “Best Executive Resume.”

Charts and graphs are especially eye-catching and are appropriate in almost all resumes, if you have the data for them. It is a way of presenting lots of numbers in an easy-to-understand manner while enhancing the visual appeal of the resume.

Also note the strong use of challenge-action-result stories in this resume, plus the snapshot box calling out the key strategic impact in each position. Stories help make your executive resume more interesting and help the reader make connections between their needs and your proven ability to deliver on those needs.

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Michelle was very friendly and extremely professional. After she completed my resume I sent out only two resumes and actually received both interviews! I accepted one of these positions at an annual salary $12,000 higher than I was receiving previously...

J.V., New Hampshire

I've been so busy with my job hunt, I haven't been able to write you! I've gotten responses from many recruiters and most of them mention how great my resume is. Eli Lilly is supposedly very interested in me right now, but I haven't heard from them. I had a rep recommend me for a position with them. Otherwise, I'm interviewing with a biotech company for a great sales position and I'm going through the process with Abbott, Merck and AstraZeneca. I actually received the call out of the blue from a district manager with AstraZeneca last night. He was looking over my resume because he just had a position open up in his territory and he wanted to talk with me. We connected this afternoon and he invited me to interview with them on Friday! ... I've had a lot of people ask me about my resume and I belong to many bulletin boards and discussion groups for pharmaceutical sales wanna-be's. Many people ask for resume advice and tips. I always point them your way! I'm so glad I picked you. I just can't say enough about what a wonderful job you did on both my resume and cover letter. My husband is definitely going to ask you to do his resume once I get a position. I hope some of these other people take my advice as well, it will make their job search so much easier!! Thanks again, really. I'll let you know when I land my position!

...then a couple of months later, L.C. wrote again to say:

I just wanted to send you a quick update. Everyone was definitely impressed and dazzled by the resume you created for me! Since I started my search, I've seen dozens of other sales resumes and yours left them ALL in the dust! Some of them were even professionally designed and I really can't believe how little they got for their money. Although I did receive offers from pharma companies, I finally accepted an offer from a medical device company! I'm now a medical sales consultant and I LOVE my new career! I want to thank you again for helping me get my foot in the door with landing interviews and for all of the stress you took off my shoulders by taking my resume on. Now that I have my dream job, my husband will definitely be contact you SOON!

L.C., Rhode Island

The quality and responsiveness of this service are excellent. Your electronic systems are easy to work with and require little effort to understand. Everything in this process is done professionally and with speed. This was an investment in my future I am glad that I did. The resume and cover letter designed for me is simply outstanding! I will recommend your services to friends and colleagues.

P.Z., Louisiana

Very good service!!! Nancy was very responsive and available to answer my questions. She also reached out to me in order to have a better understanding of my career experiences and what I wanted to highlight! This is my first professional resume and I am very happy with the final product. I think that it represents my accomplishments and highlights my strengths. I have already recommended you to a couple of my friends!!!

S.N., Illinois

I wanted to get back with you and let you know that on Friday, I accepted a job for which I am very excited. I will start December 2, 2002 as the Vice President, Sales and Marketing for a company called XXXXXXX. They provide full service packages for XXXXXXXXX. I will also be the business unit manager for a new business they will launch in the coming months. Their services are based on providing the very best and comprehensive service at very competitive prices. It is a great opportunity to leverage my last 10 years in college and university relations and youth marketing. It is also located right here in XXXXX, about four miles from my house! There will be some international travel (very exciting) but there won't be the heavy domestic travel that I've had for the last 7+ years. And so I am now embarking on my first extended vacation since college. This feels like such a luxury. I want to sincerely thank you for all of your help through this process. The resume that you created was absolutely critical in my landing this position. I had more than a half a dozen interviews within weeks of circulating my resume, was a finalist for three positions and was offered two positions. The one that I accepted is without a doubt the best fit. I am truly thankful and feel very blessed to have had my search turn out this way. I hope all is well with you and I will continue to recommend your services very highly.

S.K., Arizona

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