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Selling yourself into an executive role

Job vacancies receive many applications - some perfect, some hopeful and some plainly irrelevant. In fact they always tend to fit into one of three categories: Perfect, Possible or Painful.

One of our recent successful senior female appointments for a very exciting role with one of our international clients provided useful reinforcement about the need for a well-tailored CV.

Recruiters are busy people. According to research from jobsite TheLadders, recruiters spend an average of six seconds before they make the initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision on candidates. Their study used a scientific technique called ”eye tracking” on 30 professional recruiters and examined their eye movements during a 10-week period to “record and analyse where and how long someone focuses when digesting a piece of information or completing a task.”

Recruiters, arguably like journalists, are time-pressured so by providing exactly what they need and making the links clear is essential. The corporate recruiters that wherewomenwork reports, while actively wanting to identify more female talent, do share our concern that while men generally quantify in their CVs the women tend to be less-tangible.  

One of our recent successful candidates took her vast international transferable skillset and moulded it well in her application to highlight how relevant she was to the vacancy with our international client.

The candidate made very clear links between her past experience and how this provided even greater breadth and opportunity than some of the more obvious career candidates. The skill applied to the candidate's resume was impressive. It was of course professional, contained tangible achievements (each pointed started with a past tense verb), and was quantifiably factually based.

Her two page CV, under 1,000 words, provided a great sell on why the role was hers.  wherewomenwork filled this six figure position for our client in less than three weeks.

So remember ... tailor every aspect of your CV. Make your experience tangible and output based. Make strong obvious links why your experience value-adds to the role and the company.

And of course, if you haven't registered with wherewomenwork and joined our communities, please be on our radar if you want us confidentially helping you navigate your next chapter.

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And you can always contact me Glenda Stone, wherewomenwork's lead recruiter on senior corporate vacancies.

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