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Resume Tips

Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search. It should include the following information:

Contact Information. Include phone, mail and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.

Career Objective. You may choose to list or not list your career objective. If your objective doesn't match the consultant's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your recruiter find your ideal career match.

Summary Statement. Your summary should be brief.

  1. Include your title and years of experience.

  2. List pertinent skills.

  3. Discuss your character traits or work style.

Example: "Strategic and performance-focused executive with 10+ years of innovative, energetic leadership with two non-profit behavioral healthcare provider organizations. Expert in leveraging resources, capabilities, and relationships to achieve high quality healthcare at and human services at competitive costs. Motivational leader known for clearly defining mission and goals, aligning people and resources, and consistently delivering results that exceed expectations."

Professional Experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.

Other Components. Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.

Personal Information. Do not include personal information such as age, marital status, etc.

Domains & Practices of CEO Performance


  1. Board Engagement - Help Directors Help the Organization
    Effectiveness: promote a forward-looking agenda
    Relationships: think beyond the meeting
    Capabilities: seek balance and development

  2. Corporate Strategy - Focus on Beating the Odds
    Vision: reframe what success means
    Strategy: make bold moves early
    Resource allocation: stay active

  3. Organizational Alignment - Manage Performance
    Talent: match talent to value
    Culture: go beyond employee engagement
    Organizational design: combine speed with stability

  4. External Stakeholders - Center on the Long-Term "Why"
    Social purpose: look at the big picture
    Interactions: prioritize and shape
    Moments of truth: build resilience ahead of a crisis

  5. Team and Processes - Put Dynamics Ahead of Mechanics
    Teamwork: show resolve
    Decision making: defend against biases
    Management processes: ensure coherence

  6. Personal Work Norms - Do Only What You Can Do
    Office: manage time and energy
    Leadership model: choose authenticity
    Perspective: guard against hubris


Source: McKinsey and Company, October 2019

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