FOR MANAGERS

CREATING AN EFFECTIVE RESUME

SIX KEY ELEMENTS TO INCLUDE

1. A title that indicates your precise expertise and role, and thus your brand and proposition
For example CFO in pharmaceuticals or Plastics Plant Manager in Asia.

2. A brief statement that showcases what makes you unique
For example:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions specialist in due diligence and business plans
  • Expert in lean management and ongoing improvements
  • Multicultural Team Management (trilingual: French, English, German)
  • Business development strategy and implementation
  • HR policy management at corporate HQ or subsidiaries

3. A detailed list of your professional experience, but without any superfluous information

  • Each company’s name and overview of the business, for example, whether it is part of a group, which industry, which country, annual sales generated, number of employees, type of governance, etc.
  • Your job title, function, where you operated, start and end date (month & year)
    The scope of your role, whether it was at the subsidiary or BU level, which type of activity, the number of people you managed directly and indirectly, your direct report, etc.
  • Your specific role or challenges and objectives, achievements and outcomes – make these quantifiable

4. Your language skills
Valtus has a global presence, with many assignments taking place overseas so language skills are always a plus. For example:

  • Bilingual (French and English)
  • Fluent in business Mandarin
  • Solid technical German

5. The tools you have mastered
Don’t hesitate to mention technical terms used in your industry!
For example ERP, lean-management, WMS, TMS, CAPM, etc.

6. Your education and training
Initial degree, post-graduate degree, continuing education, special training, certifications (Blackbelt, PMO, actuarial work, etc.)

SIX KEY ELEMENTS TO INCLUDE

1. A title that indicates your precise expertise and role, and thus your brand and proposition
For example CFO in pharmaceuticals or Plastics Plant Manager in Asia.

2. A brief statement that showcases what makes you unique
For example:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions specialist in due diligence and business plans
  • Expert in lean management and ongoing improvements
  • Multicultural Team Management (trilingual: French, English, German)
  • Business development strategy and implementation
  • HR policy management at corporate HQ or subsidiaries

3. A detailed list of your professional experience, but without any superfluous information

  • Each company’s name and overview of the business, for example, whether it is part of a group, which industry, which country, annual sales generated, number of employees, type of governance, etc.
  • Your job title, function, where you operated, start and end date (month & year)
    The scope of your role, whether it was at the subsidiary or BU level, which type of activity, the number of people you managed directly and indirectly, your direct report, etc.
  • Your specific role or challenges and objectives, achievements and outcomes – make these quantifiable

4. Your language skills
Valtus has a global presence, with many assignments taking place overseas so language skills are always a plus. For example:

  • Bilingual (French and English)
  • Fluent in business Mandarin
  • Solid technical German

5. The tools you have mastered
Don’t hesitate to mention technical terms used in your industry!
For example ERP, lean-management, WMS, TMS, CAPM, etc.

6. Your education and training
Initial degree, post-graduate degree, continuing education, special training, certifications (Blackbelt, PMO, actuarial work, etc.)

OUR TOP 10 INSIDER TIPS FOR CREATING A POWERFUL RESUME

1. Forget making it fit on one page! You are an experienced executive: 2 or 3 pages will better enable you to showcase all your various expertise.

2. Choose your title and opening statement carefully. They are key to aligning you with the right assignments.

3. Showcase what sets you apart, your favourite industries, the fields you specialize in, your greatest strengths, the contexts in which you are most comfortable working, etc.

4. Always list your professional experience in reverse chronological order.

5. If you are currently employed, note the date at which you will become available.

6. Only share information that sheds pertinent light on your skill set and achievements.

7. Don’t be afraid to use technical terms specific to your profession.

8. Be factual, provide exact figures and demonstrate your effectiveness with examples of situations you have managed.

9. Only mention languages in which you can actually work (don’t bother with languages in which you only can read or write or speak).

10. Focus on the IT systems and tools you’ve used or rolled out.

OUR TOP 10 INSIDER TIPS FOR CREATING A POWERFUL RESUME

1. Forget making it fit on one page! You are an experienced executive: 2 or 3 pages will better enable you to showcase all your various expertise.

2. Choose your title and opening statement carefully. They are key to aligning you with the right assignments.

3. Showcase what sets you apart, your favourite industries, the fields you specialize in, your greatest strengths, the contexts in which you are most comfortable working, etc.

4. Always list your professional experience in reverse chronological order.

5. If you are currently employed, note the date at which you will become available.

6. Only share information that sheds pertinent light on your skill set and achievements.

7. Don’t be afraid to use technical terms specific to your profession.

8. Be factual, provide exact figures and demonstrate your effectiveness with examples of situations you have managed.

9. Only mention languages in which you can actually work (don’t bother with languages in which you only can read or write or speak).

10. Focus on the IT systems and tools you’ve used or rolled out.