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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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